Palm Treo Pro: Jewel on My Palm

palm-treo-pro1The Treo Pro along with GPS and Wi-Fi was first released in August last and tech specs on the new smart phone also hit the Web. Treo Pro runs on Windows Mobile, it has a touch screen and stylus, Wi-Fi, and a micro USB port for charging and syncing data, among other features. The new Windows Mobile device supports features like an HSDPA cell radio (tri-band UMTS, quad-band GSM), GPS, 802.11b/g, a 320 x 320 touch screen display, 256MB ROM, 128MB RAM, a 2-megapixel camera, support for micro SDHC cards up to 32 GB. and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Generous battery life and voice quality and efficient GPS are really impressive.

Aesthetically, the Treo Pro looks very much like a combination of Palm’s popular consumer-oriented-smart phone, the Centro, and Treo 800w device. The Treo Pro experience starts with handsome packaging. The phone was designed by former Apple executive Jon Rubinstein, a key iPod creator.

An installation CD for Microsoft ActiveSync software is no longer supplied. You just connect the Treo via USB cable to your computer to install the program and synchronize contacts, calendar entries and so on. The USB also charges the device.

With its smooth casing, the Treo Pro certainly feels like it means business. Keys on the traditional qwerty keyboard are tightly spaced but usable, at least with my average-size fingers. Treo Pro weighs about 4.7 ounces and is a lot thinner than other Treos. It’s a tad thicker than the iPhone but not to the point that you much notice when holding the two devices. Have you held Palm in your Palm yet?


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