Palm officially announced the Palm Treo Pro device, although some training pictures leaked onto the web last week. Will this newest Palm device be an ongoing development of the Palm Treo 750 and the US Palm Treo 800w, or is it something completely new.
I’ve owned the Palm Treo 750 for quite some time, and Palm developed the device from a end-user usability perspective. Since the Palm Treo Pro is just the second Windows Mobile device, I hope Palm continued the line of putting some really nice features (deeply anchored into the Windows Mobile OS) into the device. Let’s first start with the specification list and some picture of the device:
- Platform: Microsoft® Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional Edition
- Processor: Qualcomm® MSM7201 400MHz
- Display: 320×320 transflective colour TFT flush touchscreen
- Radio: HSDPA/UMTS/EDGE/GPRS/GSM radio; Tri-band UMTS – 850MHz, 1900MHz, 2100MHz; Quad-band GSM – 850MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 1900MHz
- Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g with WPA, WPA2, and 801.1x authentication
- GPS: Built-in GPS (standalone and assisted)
- Bluetooth® Wireless Technology: Version: 2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate
- Memory: 256MB (100MB user available), 128MB RAM
- Camera: 2.0 megapixels with up to 8x digital zoom and video capture
- Battery: Removable, rechargeable 1500mAh lithium-ion; Up to 5.0 hours talk time and up to 250 hours standby
- Expansion: microSDHC cards (up to 32GB supported)1
- Connector: MicroUSB™ 2.0 for synchronisation and charging
- Audio: 3.5mm stereo headset jack
- Dimensions: 60mm (W) x 114mm (L) x 13.5mm (D) 133 grams [ref01]
The specifications really show that the Palm Treo Pro is a high-end device, up to today’s standards. I’ve highlighted some cool features. Pocketinfo already managed to publish a review, and I will put forward some conclusions combined with my own thoughts:
- On the front of the device there are no hardware keys / buttons to control the softkeys. This can only be done with touching the screen, although this device is put forward as a business manager. Personally I miss this functionality !! Matthew Miller also asked Palm about this in his Q&A session. [ref06]
- The GPRS / UMTS / HSDPA hand-over works remarkably well, and out-performs other devices like the HP iPAQ 914c, the HTC Touch Pro as well as Option Globetrotter and Bandrich datacards.
- I like the fact that Palm has put a decent 1500 mAh battery, and I hope the Treo Pro can exceed the 1 business-day on one charge.
- The device is really well balanced and can be easily controlled with one hand.
- The dedicated threaded SMS application, which has been introduced on the Palm Treo 750, is switched for the standard Windows Mobile 6.1 threaded SMS application. However the great keylock application is still present on the device (one of the best implementations of the keylock I’ve seen). And furthermore the call button is mapped to the phone history (not the 10 last-dailed-contact with all the numbers like on the Treo 750)
- The hardware keyboard is typically Treo, but compared to the Treo 750 the material is different and the whole keyboard seems to be smaller.
Overall it seems a pretty decent workhorse, and I invite you to read the articles on the weblog of Jason Langridge (you tube video) and Matthew Miller’s Q&A session with Palm. Both articles reveal some background information about certain design aspects. The Palm Treo Pro will hit the stores medio September (at least here in the Netherlands).
Some new links with some nice video’s and eye-candy are added to the reference list !!
- PALM: Palm Treo Pro Official Product Page
- PALM: Palm Treo Pro Press Release
- POCKETINFO: Palm Treo Pro review *IN DUTCH*
- THE::UNWIRED: Palm announces the Palm Treo Pro Windows Mobile Smartphone
- JASON LANGRIDGE: Palm Announce the Treo Pro Smartphone
- ZDNET: Q&A with Palm on the Palm Treo Pro reveals a few cool features
- MOBILITYTODAY: Palm Treo Pro Unboxing @ Mobility Today *NEW*
- ENGADGET MOBILE: Palm Treo Pro unboxing and hands-on *NEW*