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Review: Palm Treo Pro

November 4, 2008

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Available Date: End October 2008

Launch Price: RM2,199

Fresh Gear rating: 8/10

Specifications:

  • 400MHz Qualcomm MSM7201
  • 114 x 60 x 13.5mm (133g with battery)
  • ROM: 256MB RAM:128MB (MicroSD Slot)
  • 320×320 pixel; 65k-color; transflective back-lit touchscreen
  • Quad-band, WiFi, Bluetooth and A-GPS.

Un-boxing the Palm Treo Pro

The Palm Treo Pro comes with a rather interesting retail packing. First of all, the retail box is small and with a “cut” at an angle at the bottom making it slanted while standing. This also makes it stand out from other display in the shop.

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Open up the cover reveals the Palm Treo Pro (very much like Apple iPhone packaging). Inside the box shows the accessories neatly packed (divided by recycled cardboard).

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Inside the box comprises the following accessories.

  • Wired headset
  • USB AC with 3 different adapters
  • Sync Cable
  • 2GB Memory card
  • 1500 mAh Battery
  • Manuals

There is no CD, pouch or extra stylus inside the packaging.

Package Content

Package Content

USB AC Adapter

USB AC Adapter

Treo Pro Battery

Treo Pro Battery

First Impression

When we first saw the Palm Treo Pro, we were very impressed with the design. It is currently the thinnest Palm Treo series with so much features built-in. The design of the phone is modern with curve at the right places. Glossy Obsidian black gives it a classy feel but it is very prone to finger print and scratches.

Palm Treo Pro

Palm Treo Pro

Back Cover

Back Cover

Screen comes flat without edge is a great design as it minimizes dust built-up. Just like previous Treo series, there are many useful buttons on the PDA. E.g. 5 Way Navigator button, Windows button, OK button, Calendar & Email/SMS button, Call and Hang-up button.

Treo Pro Keyboard

Treo Pro Keyboard

On the top of the phones is the ON/OFF button, Silent/Mute Slider button.

ON/OFF and Mute Button

ON/OFF and Mute Button

Not many PDA nowadays comes with IR (Infra Red) transmission. Located on the right side is the Wireless button with the IR port.

IR Port and Wireless Button

IR Port and Wireless Button

On the left side sits the UP/Down button and Camera button. You can also change the button mapping.

Up/Down and Camera Button

Up/Down and Camera Button

At the bottom is the headphone jack and also the sync cable jack. Do note the sync cable on the Treo Pro is different from other Palm Treo series.

Audio Jack and Sync Cable connector

Audio Jack and Sync Cable connector

Inside Palm Treo Pro

Inside Palm Treo Pro

Using the Palm Treo Pro

Some of the key difference Palm did to this PDA is the main screen google search button, screen saver with time/miss call notification and also the auto key lock function.

Palm Treo Pro main screen

Palm Treo Pro main screen

Since this device is manufactured by HTC, Palm have also license some useful software/utilities and included them into the Palm Treo Pro.

  1. HTC Task Manager
  2. HTC Communication Manager
  3. HTC Camera Software
HTC Communication Manager

HTC Communication Manager

Since Palm Treo Pro does not comes with CD, it comes pre-loaded with the required Windows Active Sync desktop software in the device itself. The first time you connect it to your computer it will run and install automatically.

Size Comparison

Palm Treo Pro & HTC Touch Pro

Palm Treo Pro & HTC Touch Pro

Palm Treo Pro & HTC Touch Pro

Palm Treo Pro & HTC Touch Pro

Palm Treo Pro & HTC Touch Pro

Palm Treo Pro & HTC Touch Pro

Palm Treo Pro & HTC Touch Pro

Palm Treo Pro & HTC Touch Pro

Camera Shots

Picture taken using Palm Treo Pro

Picture taken using Palm Treo Pro

Picture taken using Palm Treo Pro

Picture taken using Palm Treo Pro

Picture taken using Palm Treo Pro

Picture taken using Palm Treo Pro

Conclusion

Pros

  • Nice modern and sleek design
  • High capacity battery
  • Palm customized software (E.g. quick search, screen saver and auto key-lock
  • QWERTY keyboard

Cons

  • Pricey compared to Samsung i780
  • Some software might not run properly on a 320X320 screen
  • No 3G video call camera
  • No VGA Screen
  • Finger print magnet, constant wiping needed.

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2 comments

  1. This is a great smartphone check the accesories to use it at 100% we also have the palm treo pro, palm centro and treo 680 to choose for.

    Congrats for the blog it is one of my favorites!

    Palm Treo Pro


  2. Thanks!! I am glad you like it🙂



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