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Palm Treo Pro CDMA Review

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Palm Treo Pro CDMA Review


One of the most useful upgrades in Windows Mobile 6.1 is the threaded text messaging, but Palm has been doing this for years.  On the 800w Palm stuck with their application; it is unfortunately absent on the Pro.  It’s a minor gripe, as the functionally is basically the same, but we appreciated the little touches like smiley shortcuts and felt the look was better overall.  Windows Messenger is bundled with the device, as is Sprint’s Instant Messenger program which integrates AIM, Yahoo Messenger and Windows Live Messenger into one application.

The Pro does email as well. It supports most common formats, such as POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Lotus Domino as well as Microsoft Direct Push. When connected with an Exchange account the user gets real time emails, otherwise accounts can be set to check at intervals ranging from every five minutes to once a day. The user can view and send most attachments, such as Office documents and PDF files.


Connectivity and Data:

Sprint’s Treo Pro is a CDMA device, with 3G data.  It features EVDO Rev. A and Wi-Fi b/g.  For short range communication the Pro offers both infrared and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, which supports the following profiles: HSP, HFP, OPP, GAP, SPP, SDAP, HID, GAVDP,  A2DP, AVRC, PAN, SAP and PBAP.

Wi-Fi on the Pro is a great feature, but Palm’s implementation here sucks.  The connection is dropped once the device goes to sleep by default, meaning that the user has to reinitiate the connection with the Wi-Fi switch.  In the preferences this can be changed to automatically connect on wakeup.  We understand that disabling it during sleep saves battery, but at the same time it means that if Wi-Fi is the only data connection the user will not get email notifications, etc, when the device is sleeping.

Some reports had the Pro being able to do simultaneous voice and data, but at least on our unit this was not the case.  Since the device has not been officially released yet this is of course subject to change and we will update our review accordingly.

ActiveSync handles all the data transfer between your phone and PC. It interfaces with Outlook, allowing the user to both back up their data and stay connected on the go.

HTC has been including Opera Mobile in many of their ROMs, but unfortunately the Pro ships only with Internet Explorer.  Luckily it is at least IE6, which includes native flash support and has a page overview function for easier navigation.  At face value there really isn't much different though, and while better IE6 is still leagues behind other browsers and we still recommend an immediate download of Opera Mobile 9.5 or Skyfire to beef up your browsing experience.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. npaulseth (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Mar 2009)


FYI, the Pro has a 528mhz processor, not a 400mhz processor. It's the same processor found in the HTC Touch Pro/Diamond.

posted on 10 Mar 2009, 03:44

2. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)


Thank you! We've updated it.

posted on 12 Mar 2009, 22:52

3. Bored_Shitless (Posts: 19; Member since: 16 Jan 2009)


LOL @ the T-Mo network screen shots for a CDMA device.

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Palm Treo Pro CDMA

Palm Treo Pro CDMA

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.1
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Display2.5 inches, 320 x 320 pixels (181 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm MSM7501A, Dual core, 528 MHz
128 MB RAM
Size4.49 x 2.36 x 0.53 inches
(114 x 60 x 13 mm)
4.69 oz  (133 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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