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Chapter 3. Customizing and Personalizing... > A Few Other Interesting Treo Customi...

A Few Other Interesting Treo Customizations

You might be surprised that not every Treo customization has to do with tweaking software settings. In fact, I've run across a few interesting customizations that have nothing to do with the Treo OS or applications. These customizations involve making subtle changes to the physical device to help prolong its life or improve its usability.

You've probably already considered a case of some sort to help protect your Treo. Everyone has an opinion as to what kind of case is ideal for protecting a device yet allowing quick access. I won't attempt to weigh in on the case debate simply because it's such a personal choice. What I will weigh in on, however, is an issue somewhat related to cases: screen protectors.

A Treo screen protector is a thin clear film that you apply over the surface of your device's screen to help prevent scratches and, in some cases, eliminate glare. You have a few different options for Treo screen protectors, such as a transparency sheet that you cut to fit or a commercial screen protector with an antiglare coating. If you're the kind of person who enjoys tinkering and solving your own problems, you might want to try a nonadhesive transparency sheet before spending the money on a commercial screen protector. If you decide to consider a commercial screen protector, following are some options to consider:

All these screen protector options will likely serve you well in terms of extending the life of your Treo's touchscreen and helping keep it clean.

Another interesting customization I heard mentioned by a Treo user involves the pesky little plug that connects the AC charger into the Multi-connector cable (or directly into your device). The plug on the AC charger is very small and square, making it difficult to tell which way it should be oriented when plugging it into the Multi-connector or your device. A little raised arrow on one side of the plug identifies the side of the plug that should face upward. The customization involves placing a small dab of white correction fluid or light-colored paint on the arrow to make it more easily visible. This allows you to quickly determine the correct orientation of the plug without having to pull out your magnifying glass!

Tip

While you're at it, the paint dab idea isn't bad to use on USB plugs as well. Few of my USB cable ends are easy to read in terms of quickly figuring out which side should be facing up.


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