Palm Treo Pro (unlocked)
Manufacturer: Palm Part number: TREOPROBLKULK
- Bottom Line:
- The Palm Treo Pro offers significant improvements in the design and features department, but the smartphone doesn't offer anything revolutionary and costs more than its competitors, which will make it a hard sell.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $99.00 - $299.99
- Reviewed by: Bonnie Cha
- Reviewed on: 08/26/2008
The good: The Palm Treo Pro boasts a sleek design and offers a wide range of wireless options, including Wi-Fi, HSDPA, Bluetooth, and GPS. The Windows Mobile smartphone also provides many productivity and communication tools for the business user.
The bad: The Treo Pro is too expensive and can be sluggish at times. The QWERTY keyboard is cramped and doesn't really suit the business feel of the device.
The bottom line: The Palm Treo Pro offers significant improvements in the design and features department, but the smartphone doesn't offer anything revolutionary and costs more than its competitors, which will make it a hard sell.
I'll be waiting for Palm OS version
by Eduardo Andres Fontanilla on August 27, 2008
Pros: Full wireless options Wi-Fi, HSDPA, Bluetooth, and GPS, these are better in a machine designed for that purpose (I'm ANTI-iPhone). Palm is Palm
Cons: Windows: This definitely takes away points.
Summary: I've always had a PALM from Zire through Tungsten T3 now I have a Treo 680. I have everything in my hands, contacts, phones, e-mail, a browser (simple but ...
Summary: I've always had a PALM from Zire through Tungsten T3 now I have a Treo 680. I have everything in my hands, contacts, phones, e-mail, a browser (simple but it works). Definitely I will wait until Palm OS version arrives!
9 out of 14 users found this user opinion helpful.
If your office is committed to Windows, a great option
by dehling on September 8, 2008
Pros: Small and light. Much better performance than any other Windows Mobile device I have seen -- it actually does what WinMobile advertises it can do. Battery performance is pretty good (a full business day with normal use). Easy to use.
Cons: Windows Mobile still locks occasionally. There is no such thing as enough battery, particularly with WinMobile devices, so I doubt e-mail only Blackberry users will be satisfied. Phone ringer could be louder (it can be hard to hear when on the go).
Summary: I guess what you think of the Treo Pro depends on what you are looking for. A lot of reviewers seem to wish for a Palm OS. But if your ...
Summary: I guess what you think of the Treo Pro depends on what you are looking for. A lot of reviewers seem to wish for a Palm OS. But if your office is heavily Windows and Office based and doing things like editing Word and Excel files, viewing PDF and Powerpoint attachments, etc., are a regular part of your work, Windows Mobile is a good option and provides better functionality than Blackberry for the must-work-while-away-from-office (aka 'road warrior') crowd. That said, Windows Mobile tends to be a memory and processor hog, slowing devices down to a crawl, draining batteries rapidly, and frequently causing crashes. The Treo Pro seems to tackle those challenges better than any other device on the market with a QWERTY keyboard. I have had the Treo Pro for about 2 weeks now and have not experienced those problems to any significant degree -- the device runs programs and switches between programs in a very reasonable time, lock-ups are a minimum (only 2 to date, only once since I completed the setup/updating with my existing Outlook data) (by the way, as a former Blackberry user, I know lock-ups are a constant challenge there too), and the battery life is what I consider to be very good (a full 10 hours of e-mails and it still has enough battery to make a few phone calls before I can get it to a charger). Setup is easy (though it can be time consuming if you have a lot of Outlook data to sync). The touch screen is sharp and pretty responsive. As a phone, I have had as good a connection and as consistent a signal as I have seen in any smartphone, including Blackberry and iPhone models (much better than my old AT&T 8525). Much smaller and easier to carry than AT&T Tilt. They keyboard is a bit tight (particularly near the space button -- it is easy to hit space when typig c, v, b or n if you are not careful), but if you are already a thumb-typer, you will adjust quickly. Features like built-in Google Maps really work. If you want a Windows Mobile device, this is by far the best I have seen.
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Love the design. Unlocked is also a plus.
by achiodi on August 29, 2008
Pros: The device looks great and the dimensions look like a nice compromise between the older Treo's bulkiness but comfortable keyboard and the Centro's slimness but cramped keyboard.
Cons: I also prefer Palm OS but I gather that most business and corporate users want WinMob so I can't blame the choice of OS.
Summary: Also, I think that an unlocked/unlocked phone is great. So many cell carriers cripple many features on phones and add their own crap that I feel like I've ...
Summary: Also, I think that an unlocked/unlocked phone is great. So many cell carriers cripple many features on phones and add their own crap that I feel like I've rented rather than bought my phone.
6 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
The first THIN TREO packed full of features.
by jaynarey on June 22, 2009
Pros: The new thin design is terrific and has a great feel in the hand.
Dialing & Applications can be accessed via Voice Command. Fabulous.
One-touch Wi-Fi button, and as a Realtor I need a IR port. I got to upgrade to the TREO PRO for renewing, FREE !!!
Cons: The only real negative I see with this phone is the fact that the QWERTY keyboard is a bit too tight - although I have had the phone for only hours, I seem to be able to enter contacts and type text messages with little problem and with few errors.
Summary: I owned the TREO 700wx prior to this. It has all the functions I need and more in a thinner, sleeker design. For me functionality is critical and the TREO ...
Summary: I owned the TREO 700wx prior to this. It has all the functions I need and more in a thinner, sleeker design. For me functionality is critical and the TREO is superb at either one or two-touch access to almost feature and application. Love that.
I've only had the phone for 1 day - and yet it seems like a great "all around" phone
that gets the job done fairly quickly. I love the Calendar and Messaging buttons that were added instead of having to access the Today screen first.
The Treo Pro was definitely designed with "the most direct route" in mind to many important applications and features. Does it have the glamour and bling of the I-phone ? No, but I-phone users pay twice or even three times as much each month
compared to what I pay. Overall a good choice for people who like the TREO and who like Windows Mobile OS. The new WM 6.0 browser even renders FLASH
which others don't do and you can either view the Desktop version of a website,
or the Mobile version of that same site. Great feature.
I haven't had the chance yet to download music, but I've heard that EVERYONE
loves the new standard 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack so that the PRO can
double as an I-POD or other MP3 player with regular headsets. Watch a movie,
watch TV on the phone - you can do it all.
I think it was a good choice.
If you can purchase the phone for $ 200 or less, it's definitely a good deal.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Stop forcing windows on us
by tysone22 on August 28, 2008
Pros: It's a Treo what more do you want
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Bring back Jeff Hawkins
by onremlop on August 27, 2008
Pros: It has a phone built into it.
Cons: Grafitti and innovation are missing.
Summary: I look at the Apple iPhone and it reminds me of what Palm could have put on the market 6 or 7 years ago under the right company leadership. It ...
Summary: I look at the Apple iPhone and it reminds me of what Palm could have put on the market 6 or 7 years ago under the right company leadership. It is too bad this company has been mismanaged for as long as it has been and still is surviving. Their PDA 10 years ago owned most all of the marketshare and could have done that with smartphones had they developed innovation and profits instead of just profits. Innovation sells more product than trolling for corporate profits.
3 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Right Bus, Wrong Driver
by colonnade on August 23, 2008
Pros: Palm quality in hardware is pretty reliable, design and the touch screen, make navigation a breeze. Layout allows for one-handed operation and a familiar and logical layout makes transition easy.
Cons: Windows mobile OS is the downfall. Requires too much memory, locks you to windows software and just too hard to operate logically, after you experience some of the better OS. Palm OS, Symbian or Blackberry might be a better option. Blackberry---
Summary: My experience with the T-Moble WIng was a nightmare. Trying to switch over and convert the calendar, email, notes and 4,000 contacts never worked. The hardware turns out was ...
Summary: My experience with the T-Moble WIng was a nightmare. Trying to switch over and convert the calendar, email, notes and 4,000 contacts never worked. The hardware turns out was grossly under powered for the WM-6 requirements and it ran like a dead turtle. The memory & processor on the TreoPro is just not enough horse power to try to keep up with the features. Blackberry's success and the Palm's success is based on specific niche market and time tested OS, and the WM-6 fails each race.
This is like the "RIGHT BUS, WRONG DRIVER"... nice hardware, but wrong Operating System... or really like "No Driver."
5 out of 10 users found this user opinion helpful.
I love my Treo Pro.
by yaoon on March 12, 2009
Pros: My Treo link to mobile-friendly information about the device in the start menu
Cons: Everything else uses mini USB to charge, it would have been nice if Palm did too. This uses a proprietary end on a USB cable.
Summary: I love my new Treo Pro. I have been using it for about 2 weeks and already plan to hold on to it for the long haul. Little, history, I ...
Summary: I love my new Treo Pro. I have been using it for about 2 weeks and already plan to hold on to it for the long haul. Little, history, I have had the Origional Treo, 200, 600, and 650. This is the best of them all. I swtiched two windows mobile 2 years ago because... well the PALM OS is dead in my book. That aside, I really missed the treo. I think palm gets how to build a nice device.
Keyboard: Works great. I find for a thumb keyboard and now with some experience I can fly with it. Personally, I love the thumb keyboard. Perfect for one handed operation with little compromise.
Thin: This thing fits very nicely into the pocket and the screen guard is excellent. I dont even know I have it with me and I never accidently Dial anyone. It fits in the hand wonderfully.
Buttons.. Some devices are going away from having so many buttons. However I like the ability to launch frequent programs. The Pro is great at letting you customize. (You have many hardware buttons and some of them can also be configured to have an Option + Hardware button application bound to them)
Also, you have hardware button access to volume control and wifi.
GPS: Works great. I installed and worked right away.
Power: this device is not a power pig. With normal use I get a good run off it. Mind you, I use applications on it all day along and SMS extensively.
Camera: I havent used it. Frankly, it doesnt matter how many mega pixels any phone has, it still just a phone camera. Quality is never that good. But it is good enough for those fun quick shots.
Dislikes: well, the screen is a standard windows mobile device screen. I was hoping for a new device, especially manufactured by HTC it would have a bit more kick to it. However, its very functional and does what I want. One thing I love is how they built into the keyboard access to the brightness control. This is something all devices should have. Its really hard to increase the brightness if you can read the screen. No problem with the treo.
The ALT key on the keyboard allows you to access characters not on the keyboard, including accented letters for various languages. What I dont like is that its a little window that shows up with about 8 characters show and you scroll to see more. Well there are a lot of characters, it would be better if they just filled the screen so you can quickly find the special character you want.
Windows Mobile Phone Dialer stinks! This is true in my opinion for any windows mobile device. Its a phone, but you have to navigate often 2 to 3 screens deep just to get a phone number. For example, you start typing someones name and the dialer appears. It instantly starts searching for a name. Great! When you select a name by pressing enter, it pulls up their contact screen. (HUH???) yes, you now get to see more info about them. I just want to DIAL the phone number. Long story short, for simple dialing its more complicated than it needs to be. Second, the Windows Mobile phone dialer always seems unresponsive and slow. Its a phone... but the phone is slow. it makes no sense. This is not a critisim against the treo, but if this your first Windows Mobile device you will be a bit disappointed with this.
My Final gripe is that it uses the Micro USB Cable. I dont know why. All I can say is that about 90% of my small electronic gizmos use Mini usb and now I have a new cable standard to deal with. I am sure there is some value to it, but I dont see it. Yes, the connector is smaller, but the cable is still just as thick and just as long. So why I need a thinner (by maybe a few hair widths) I dont know.
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If you made it this far, thanks for reading.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Needs an Updated, Palm compatable OS, not WinMo!!!
by lotsabs on August 27, 2008
Pros: Good overall design, a step in the right direction.
Cons: Needs Updated (compatible with existing Palm OS software) Palm OS, Needs Updated (compatible with existing Palm OS software-ooh did I say that already?) and better keyboard with hard keys, not those ridiculous jelly keys!
Summary: Come on Palm...Give us what we want! I am STILL waiting to replace my Treo 650! If I wanted to migrate to another OS, I would have already purchased ...
Summary: Come on Palm...Give us what we want! I am STILL waiting to replace my Treo 650! If I wanted to migrate to another OS, I would have already purchased an i-Phone!
4 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
Palm very poor customer service.
by DOCPDA on November 25, 2008
Pros: Has keyboard,
Cons: Poorest customer service imaginable. Poor software and support..
Summary: Have owned smartphones for ten years, since the first treo 170 came out. this is the worst experience i have had. The phone failed to load its internal software, when ...
Summary: Have owned smartphones for ten years, since the first treo 170 came out. this is the worst experience i have had. The phone failed to load its internal software, when i called customer service, it was the most useless waist of time, after each unsuccessful attempt they would insist on having level 2 support call you, which never happened despite my repeated calls. all in all have spent 3+ hours of time to no avail. This enterprise grade phone costing $549. is a ripoff, No wonder palm stock and rating has sunken so low. Very poor show by a company that used to be the apple of smartphiones.
1 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Palm
- Part number: TREOPROBLKULK
- Description: The Treo Pro smartphone by Palm is thoughtfully designed for people who define their workday the way they see fit. Respond to business and personal email, stay on top of appointments and contacts, and use Wi-Fi or GPS when you're out and about. Then watch a video on YouTube, catch up with news and sports on the web, or listen to a few songs. Treo Pro is perfectly balanced.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone
- Form Factor Full keyboard - Touch screen
- Integrated Components GPS receiver,
- Width 2.4 in
- Depth 0.5 in
- Height 4.5 in
- Weight 4.7 oz
- Body Color Obsidian
- Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
- Band WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- Mobile Broadband Generation 3G
- Service Provider Unlocked
- Operating System Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
- Application Software Messaging,
TeleNav GPS Navigator,
Windows Media Player Mobile,
Windows Live Messenger,
Microsoft Office Mobile,
Microsoft Internet Explorer Mobile,
Adobe Reader LE,
- Input Device(s) Touch sensitive screen,
- Phone Navigation Buttons Navigation button
- Data Transmission HSDPA,
- Wireless Interface IEEE 802.11b/g,
Bluetooth 2.0 EDR
- Type QUALCOMM MSM7201
- Clock Speed 400 MHz
- RAM 128 MB
- ROM 256 MB - Flash
- User Memory 100 MB
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSDHC
- Sensor Resolution 2 megapixels
- Digital Zoom 8
- GPS Navigation GPS receiver
- Navigation Software & Services Google Maps
- Type LCD display
- Technology TFT Transflective
- Display Resolution 320 x 320 pixels
- Color Depth 16-bit (65000 colors)
- Connector Type Headset jack - Mini-phone 3.5 mm,
- Technology Lithium ion
- Capacity 1500 mAh
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 300 min,
Standby - up to 250 hour(s)
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Stereo headset,
- Also Included 256 MB