While the 800w's keyboard features hard molded keys similar to past Treos, the Treo Pro's keys have a grippy, gummy texture similar to the Palm Centro. Both devices feature the same five-way navigator and shortcut buttons, but the Treo Pro uses the touch screen for the left and right softkeys rather than physical buttons.
With its latest two devices–the Treo 800w for the Sprint network and the unlocked, 3G Treo Pro for GSM providers–Palm has rejoined the modern smart phone community, packing in features such as 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, 3G connectivity and integrated GPS found in most current-generation smart phones. Palm is aiming both devices at corporate customers–both run Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and will work out of the box with Microsoft’s back-end mobile management systems–but the Palm Treo in particular, with its surprisingly sleek and attractive form factor, could be a big hit with consumers as well.
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