Excerpt: Even though the sleek and beautiful touch-screen Palm Treo Pro is essentially a minor update of the 800W, its alluring external aesthetic make it feel like a whole new phone. Like the 800W, Palm does a superior job of putting lipstick on the Windows Mobile 6.1 swine behind the Pro’s pretty face with a highly sensitive touch screen, and mapped hard keys that limit your need to actually touch the screen.
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.
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
Conclusion: If QWERTY bar smartphones and touch screens are your thing, the Palm Treo Pro has what you want. Windows Mobile 6.1 may be aging but it's still a very effective operating system for business-minded folks who need MS Office and Exchange support. The Treo Pro is attractive and feels good in the hand, though it's a bit slippery. It has a full compliment of features including EVDO Rev. A, a good GPS and WiFi, but nothing that stands out to beat the competition.
Pros: Sleek design, EVDO Rev. A., Attractive and compact. very good GPS, good data speeds when in a strong coverage area, excellent speaker.
Cons: Tiny keyboard, fingerprint magnet., Slippery, screen resolution not impressive or well-used by Windows Mobile, not terribly strong cell reception, battery standby life could be better. Keyboard is a bit small for larger hands.
Excerpt: 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: While there are certain things about the Pro that we think could be improved, such as the camera, it's a solid business phone that runs relatively smoothly. It lacks the finesse of the BlackBerry Bold and wow of the iPhone but it works well and is a good choice if you're looking for a Windows Mobile phone that does what it says on the tin
Summary: Those looking for a full-featured Windows Mobile smartphone should consider the Treo Pro. It may not have the snazzy interface designs of the competition, but this means it performs better in most areas.
Pros: Excellent performance, Sleek, iPhone-esque design, Superior coverage for regional areas, HSDPA, Wi-Fi and GPS
Cons: Tiny QWERTY keypad, Average battery life, More expensive than comparable phones, Needs better navigation software