Palm Treo Pro

Palm has always focused on the communication needs of business people. This is reflected in their Treo series of mobile smartphones, which have been widely praised for their email and messaging functions. The Palm Treo Pro may have a stylish design that resembles an Apple iPhone, but it competes with the RIM Blackberry and other smartphones for the business market. It has a large keyboard and touch-sensitive screen that makes it ideal for reading, writing, and organizing emails and text messages.

Palm have a long history of designing mobile smartphones and personal digital assistants for business people. The company was established in 1992, just as the first handheld computers were starting to appear. The Palm brand soon became famous with the huge success of the first Palm Pilot. The first model in the Treo series followed soon after, and there have been several models released in the years since then. The latest model is the Palm Treo Pro, which breaks with tradition by having a more stylish design than previous models.

The Palm Treo Pro is being hailed by critics for its sleek appearance. On initial inspection, its rounded corners and glossy black finish make it resemble an Apple iPhone. The lack of a bezel around the touch-sensitive screen improves the appearance but also makes it easier to operate. Of course, the presence of a small keyboard on the front makes the Palm Treo Pro look somewhat less stylish than the Apple iPhone, but that is a small price to pay for not having to type using a virtual keyboard on the screen.

In another break with tradition, Palm has gone with a straight keyboard for the Palm Treo Pro, instead of their familiar curved keyboard. The keys are small and almost flush with the surface, which would be a problem if they did not have a tactile rubber surface. The 2.5″ LCD screen has a resolution of 320 by 320 pixels, which is adequate for reading and writing messages. Along the sides of the Palm Treo Pro are several buttons that are used to change the volume and activate the Wi-Fi. There is also a mute button that will be appreciated by anyone who has been embarrassed by a ringing phone during a meeting.

The Palm Treo Pro is available as a GSM or CDMA model, and both models come with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Wi-Fi allows access to an ever expanding range of internet services, provided that the device is within range of a Wi-Fi hotspot. With Bluetooth wireless headphones, the user can experience the freedom of not being tied to the device with a cable. Of course, there is a also 3.5mm jack on the base for a pair of wired earphones. Charging and syncing the Palm Treo Pro is done by connecting it to a computer through the microUSB port on the base.

Powering the Palm Treo Pro is a 400MHz processor, supported by 256MB of RAM memory. This is more than enough to run Windows Mobile, since it has none of the flashy animations that tend to slow down other phones. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasts for nearly sixty hours, which is average for a device of this size. The two-megapixel camera is good enough for taking pictures, but the resolution of the video capture is less than impressive. The integrated GPS is a great feature because it allows the Palm Treo Pro to be used as a basic satellite navigation device.

Like the last few models in the Treo series, the Palm Treo Pro uses Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system. Starting with the latest 6.1 version, Palm added a few tweaks of their own to make the interface cleaner and easier to use. It still looks like a Windows desktop rather than a mobile smartphone interface, but many business users prefer it that way. All the classic applications one would expect are included, such as the mobile versions of Office, Excel, and Outlook. Media Player is also included for playing music, podcasts, and video clips.

This Palm Treo Pro Review is Written/Updated on Nov 17th, 2009 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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