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Palm Treo Pro  (Source: Palm)
Treo Pro looks more like the Centro than Treo's of yore

Palm officially announced its new Treo Pro mobile phone. The handset runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro providing the familiar look and feel of Windows and gives you mobile versions of commonly used Microsoft Office applications -- including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

The handset also includes a large color touch screen that allows navigation of the handset without scrolling through menus. The phone includes a complete organizer that synchronizes with Outlook and allows you to accept meeting invites and more. The phone is equipped with GPS and offers WiFi connectivity providing instant-on, one-touch access to local hotspots.

The Treo Pro accepts push e-mail from Microsoft Outlook and allows you to view graphics and links in HTML e-mails. The phone can also check Hotmail, Gmail, and Yahoo mail accounts. Web surfing is done with Internet Explorer Mobile at wireless broadband speeds using UMTS/HSDPA connectivity. One good feature that the Treo Pro offers that other popular handsets -- like the iPhone 3G -- lack is the ability to be used as a tethered modem.

The Treo Pro features Windows Media Player Mobile allowing users to listen to music and podcasts as well as watch video clips on the phones touch screen. The handset also features a built-in camera and onboard memory is expandable with microSDHC cards up to 32GB in size.

The Treo Pro uses a Qualcomm MSM7201 400MHz processor and the display has a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels. The radio inside the phone can operate on HSDPA/UMTS/EDGR/GPRS/GSM networks. The radio is tri-band UMTS operating on 850/1900/2100MHz frequencies and quad-band GSM operating on 850/900/1800/1900MHz frequencies.

The Wi-Fi radio inside the phone is 802.11b/g and supports WPA, WPA2, and 801.1x authentication. Bluetooth technology used in the phone is version 2.0+ enhanced data rate. The device has 256MB of onboard memory with 100MB of that available to the user along with 128MB of RAM. The camera the phone features is a 2-megapixel unit with 8x digital zoom and can capture video.

The 1500mAh lithium-ion battery is removable and rechargeable. The battery provides up to five hours of talk time and 250 hours on standby. Dimensions of the phone are 4.49-inches x 2.36-inches x 0.53-inches and the phone weighs 4.69 ounces.

The Treo Pro was leaked onto the internet earlier this week.



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No Verizon? :(
By jamesbond007 on 8/20/2008 2:48:15 PM , Rating: 2
Aww shucks. I love my Treo 700WX, but that phone is pure sex. From features to aesthetics, it's leaps and bounds better than mine. Too bad I'm on Verizon and can't get that phone...

Just out of curiosity, how hard would it be for Palm to swap the GSM-based stuff with something compatible with CDMA? Complete PCB overhaul?

Just wondering. :)




RE: No Verizon? :(
By lifeblood on 8/20/2008 3:26:48 PM , Rating: 2
I admit cdma vs gsm is a pain in the backside. My old job paid for my Verizon cellular service so I got a used Treo 600 (cdma) on ebay for $27. When I left my old job my wife put us on an AT&T family plan which meant I couldn't use my Treo anymore. It's taken a while but I finally got another Treo 600 (gsm) for $35. I'm lucky as the accessories are compatible with either. However, it would have been much easier if the phone did both gsm & cdma, or all carriers used the same system.


RE: No Verizon? :(
By Targon on 8/20/2008 5:53:47 PM , Rating: 2
The problem is that you need different hardware(electronics) to support the different protocol. While they COULD in theory make a single phone that could handle both carriers, it would eat into the battery life(because the extra electronics would mean more electricity needed). Due to the extra physical space needed for the extra chips, it would also mean a larger physical phone.

Palm tends to release similar phones for each carrier. So while THIS version may not be available for Verizon yet, you may see a Verizon version with a different model number in another 3-6 months.


RE: No Verizon? :(
By Darkskypoet on 8/20/2008 6:36:47 PM , Rating: 2
My understanding from other articles, speculation, sources, etc. is that the CDMA version will be coming a bit later. Which is good, as I really need to replace my treo 650. I just hope there is a Palm variant like with other treos. I have a tonne of software for my palm treo, and would love to keep using it. Playing Divx on my treo 650 is nice, no re-encoding necessary.


RE: No Verizon? :(
By jamesbond007 on 8/20/2008 8:21:56 PM , Rating: 2
Sweet, thanks for the info. Palm has been decent about getting good phones out for both companies, but it seems like Verizon misses out on the iteration of the better releases. :p I think the 755p is nice, but I think that's only Sprint as of now. My biggest gripe with my phone is the thickness and the antenna. It's like carrying around a cynder block in my shorts and I feel like I'm carrying a Zach Morris phone!

"Are you just happy to see me or is that a phone in your pocket?!" =D


RE: No Verizon? :(
By retrospooty on 8/21/2008 9:29:53 AM , Rating: 2
Nope... The 755p and Centro are both aailable on Verizon... I had both, currently on the Centro and lovin it. And the above poster is right... Give it a few months and you will see it or something very similar on CDMA carriers.

Myself, I would like to see another Centro 1cm shorter and a bit thinner as well.


nice phone
By Moishe on 8/20/2008 12:53:59 PM , Rating: 2
Good looking and packed with features.
Too bad Windows Mobile is a drawback.

Still, a good showing from Palm




RE: nice phone
By JosefTor on 8/20/2008 11:06:17 PM , Rating: 2
Wow... I haven't said this in a while but... good job Palm. I actually like how the phone looks and am glad there is a touchscreen and a good UI. Lack of touchscreen and a descent UI will keep me from the Blackberry Bold.


new feature.
By jithvk on 8/21/2008 12:37:51 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
The 1500mAh lithium-ion battery is removable and rechargeable


whats new in that? i thought its a standard feature.




RE: new feature.
By kkwst2 on 8/21/2008 9:12:57 AM , Rating: 2
The whole gist seems to be comparing it to the iPhone for some reason. The iPhone doesn't have a removable battery, right?

The tethering thing was sort of funny too. Most Windows-based PDA phones allow tethering AFAIK. My HTC phones certainly have. But the iPhone won't do tethering without a hack, I believe.


By lifeblood on 8/20/2008 1:00:25 PM , Rating: 2
I really enjoy my Treo 600 but always lamented the lack of wifi. I don't wish to pay for the data service but would like to be able to browse the internet when sitting in one of the numerous hotspots around town. I'm sorry to see it doesn't use Palm OS. I use a number of user installed apps that work great on the Palm OS. Hopefully I can find the same apps for Win Mobile.




sigh!
By melgross on 8/21/2008 12:10:53 AM , Rating: 2
Well, this looks like close to a last gasp.

My last Treo, the 700p was pretty good for its day, but pales now.

I'm having problems understanding what they mean by a large screen. It's the same size as the one on my 700p. Comparing that to my iPhone 3G, it looks tiny. And it's saddled with Win Mobile, the worst of the major smartphone OS's. I've yet to see a phone with it get a good overall review. It usually ends with something like "The hardware is good, but..."




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