The Treo Pro from Palm is bringing a sleek new look to the smart phone for businesses users. However, the erratic 3G performance and battery life issues in the Palm Treo Pro need to be resolved.
With the new Treo Pro, Palm
for once is bringing the sexy to business users, delivering a sleek, appealing device ready for business use.
Unfortunately, the Treo Pro's erratic 3G performance quickly
depletes the battery under certain circumstances, making it difficult
to recommend the device until the 3G problems are resolved.
Without question the Treo Pro is Palm's most aesthetically pleasing
smart phone to date. With its shiny obsidian case and smooth, rounded
edges, the device is both visually pleasing and comfortable in the
hand. At 4.49 by 2.36 by 0.53 inches, the Treo is much thinner front to
back than the Treo 800w for the Sprint network that I recently
reviewed; at 4.69 ounces, the Treo Pro weighs almost an ounce less.
is positioning the Treo Pro as a GSM World phone, selling it as an unlocked
device from $549 from the Palm Store. The device, which supports HSDPA, EDGE
and GSM, should work seam??Ãlessly in international markets, as it offers
quad-band GSM sup??Ãport (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) and tri-band UMTS support
(850, 1900, 2100 MHz).
its sleek look, the Treo Pro is part of Palm's family of devices aimed at
business custom??Ãers, so it comes preconfigured with Windows Mobile 6.1 Profes??Ãsional,
which works out of the box with Microsoft's Exchange (including Direct Push support)
and System Center Mobile Device Manager platforms. The device also includes the
Office Mobile Suite of applications-the mobile iterations of Word, Excel, Power??ÃPoint
Treo Pro has a fairly power??Ãful mobile processor (a 400MHz Qualcomm MSM7201
processor) and an adequate amount of mem??Ãory (128MB), so performance was
reasonably snappy compared with other Windows Mobile devices I've tested.
However, available on-board storage is some??Ãwhat limited as the Treo Pro has
256MB of on-board storage, but only 100MB is available for user programs.
Howver, the Treo Pro can be outfitted with a large amount of remov??Ãable
storage, as the MicroSDHC slot supports cards up to 32GB (my biggest card, at
6GB, worked fine). Unfortunately, the user needs to remove the back cover to
access the MicroS??ÃDHC slot, which I found difficult and awkward to remove.