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Chapter 4. Synchronizing with Your Deskt... > Understand the Treo-to-PC Connection

Understand the Treo-to-PC Connection

Unlike some handheld devices, which are packed full of desktop features in the hopes that some users might forgo a notebook computer for a handheld, Treo devices aren't intended to replace a traditional computer. Treo devices are designed for phone and data services that work together with your desktop or notebook computer to provide features that are truly useful in mobile scenarios. It just isn't realistic to think that a device with a mobile phone footprint can possibly play the role of a full-blown computer. I mention this fact because it helps explain why the connection between your Treo and your desktop computer is so important.

You have a few options when it comes to connecting your Treo to your desktop or notebook PC, but more than likely you'll start out using the multi-connector cable that came with your device. This cable connects your device to a USB port on your computer and includes a HotSync button directly on the connector. It's also possible to connect with a computer via Infrared, Bluetooth, or even Wi-Fi if you add a Wi-Fi expansion card (available from Palm). However, I'd like to focus on the trusty USB connection for now because it's the simplest way to connect your Treo to your computer.


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