Excerpt: The Treo Pro is a culmination of everything that Palm has learned about making a handheld to date, and the result is a great-looking device with a well crafted spec sheet. Palm makes it no secret that their latest Windows Mobile device is targeted at professionals: it’s the Treo Pro, not the Treo Consumer. That said, expectation for this device are quite high, but we have some hang ups. Read on for a comprehensive look at the Palm Treo Pro!
Conclusion: If cool-factor aesthetics aren’t a critical issue for you, the slightly bulkier and less stylish 800W is $100 less than the Pro, and all you really lose is 120MB of internal memory (easily compensated for with a microSD card) and the 3.5mm headphone jack. But with the Pro, Window Mobile executives with a cool-gadget ego to stroke no longer need be ashamed whenever compatriots whip out an iPhone or BlackBerry Storm .
Pros: Beautiful aesthetics; Zippy EV-DO Rev. A connections; great voice quality; quality video playback; 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
Cons: Not upgradeable to Windows Mobile 6.5; poor camera and video; poor battery life; tightly-packed QWERTY keypad; no direct access keys for camera or music playback
Conclusion: This Treo Pro is a solid, responsive handset for business customers who need Windows Mobile compatibility. But anyone else is probably better off waiting to see how the highly anticipated Palm Pre stacks up.
Pros: Good voice quality. Responsive UI. Smooth video playback.
Cons: Mediocre reception. Poor battery life. Could use more RAM and a better Web browser. Camera lacks some basic features.
Palm 1065NA Treo Pro Quad-Band GSM Smartphone (Unlocked): Beautiful Work Horse
Personal Electronics buzz
15 December 2008
Excerpt: The Palm 1065N Treo Pro Quad-Band GSM Smartphone unlocked version is available through several well-known on-line merchants. I ordered mine and received it yesterday. It is everything I expected and then some. The Palm 1065N Treo is a perfect balance with instant-on WiFi capabilities and GPS. The full Palm QWERTY keyboard is as usual a perfect messaging, editing and IM machine.
Summary: Some may feel that the Windows Mobile market has of late been dominated by both HTC and Samsung with their latest offerings such as the HTC Touch Pro and the Samsung Omnia. However, there are actually many other alternatives out there for the picking. Palm, for one, is a name that should ring a bell with most tech enthusiasts, though the company has taken it slow and steady of late. With that said, the latest of its Treo series, the Palm Treo Pro gets a new look.
Summary: The Palm Treo Pro integrates Centro design elements with the Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system, with features of contemporary BlackBerrys, to produce a sleek smartphone built with the image-conscious corporate user in mind.
Summary: Windows Mobile is the Marmite of mobile operating systems: some users love the ease with which it enables access to business, while a good many more hate it. One self-proclaimed fan found that this phone uses Windows to fine effect.
Conclusion: For the most part we like what we see in the Treo Pro. Palm has always been good at making functional business devices, but they’ve lacked in the innovation department for a long time now. The Pro brings a complete makeover to the Treo line that is years overdue, but great nonetheless. Functionality remains par for the course, though we would have liked to see a prettier interface.
Pros: Sleek, modern design without losing functionality, All the productivity that comes with Windows Mobile 6.1, Lots of connectivity options, including Wi-Fi and 3G
Cons: Call quality is subpar, Hardware is beautiful, but the software needs some sprucing up, Keyboard is good, but large fingers still may have problems