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Chapter 1. Meet Your Treo > Understanding the Treo 650 Memory System

Understanding the Treo 650 Memory System

I already explained that the Treo 650 uses a nonvolatile memory system that is different from the volatile memory approach the Treo 600 takes. What I didn't explain is how this change affects the Treo 650 on a practical level, which ultimately led Palm to offer free memory cards to Treo 650 users. Maybe the word “free” got your attention. Although I can't promise that the offer is still available, continue reading to find out how you might be able to snag a free memory card for your Treo 650. In the process, you'll learn some important information about how your device works.

The Treo 600 relies solely on random access memory (RAM) for storing device data and applications that you install. The core Palm applications are stored in read-only memory (ROM) and, therefore, are protected from being lost, but everything else is subject to being lost on a whim if the device should somehow lose battery power. Granted, you'd have to completely forget about charging your device and ignore its low-battery warnings for this to happen, but it's entirely possible. The volatile memory in the Treo 600 makes the device a little like a pet, in that you have to feed it regularly (charge the battery) or it will die (lose the memory). Pets are great, but I don't need that kind of responsibility in my handheld communicator!


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