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Palm Treo Pro CDMA Review

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Camera:

The 2 megapixel camera performed decently. We were not able to put it through a proper test, but at least on-screen it appears to be the same as the GSM Pro. Colors were a bit washed out, but lines were generally crisp. The interface shows its HTC heritage; it is nearly identical to devices like the Touch and Touch Diamond. It has been slightly reworked, but the icons and layout are unmistakable. This means there are many more options than we saw on the 800w, and overall the results were better.

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Interface - Palm Treo Pro CDMA Review
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Interface - Palm Treo Pro CDMA Review
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Interface - Palm Treo Pro CDMA Review

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Camera Samples - Palm Treo Pro CDMA Review
Camera Samples - Palm Treo Pro CDMA Review
Camera Samples - Palm Treo Pro CDMA Review

Camera Samples



As with HTC devices we’ve seen, the Pro can record videos at small, medium, large and CIF resolutions and in both MPEG4 and H.263 formats. Again, options are more generous than what we saw on the 800w and fall more in line with what we saw from the Diamond. Videos are of YouTube quality, there is not much else to say about them.


Multimedia:

Windows Media Player 10 handles audio and video playback, nothing new here. It is a capable player and we like many things about it, but there is always room for improvement. See our review on third party offerings for a more in-depth look at what is available.

Sprint TV is included and gives the user access to dozens of channels of both live and on-demand content. Sprint Music gives the user both a player and the ability to download tracks over the air. There is a YouTube program, but it is not the same client found on the Diamond. Instead it launches Kimoma FreePlay, a decent player but nothing like the excellent YouTube player found on branded HTC devices.


Palm Treo Pro CDMA Review
Software:

The Pro runs on a Qualcomm MSM7501A 528MHz processor and has 128MB RAM and 256MB ROM. For a Windows Mobile device it ran fairly smoothly and we only experienced occasional menu lag. It supports microSDHC expansion, but does not come bundled with any card.

It is preloaded with standards such as Office Mobile and Windows Live, but there are also some useful programs that ship with the device. Telenav on the original Pro has been replaced with Sprint Navigation, a carrier-branded version of Telenav. Google Maps isn’t preloaded, but is of course a free download. Quick GPS allows the user to download satellite information for quicker fixes. Picsel PDF Viewer has thankfully been ditched in favor of Adobe Reader LE. Last but certainly not least is Remote Desktop Mobile, which does exactly as the name implies.

Of course there are countless third party programs the user can install to customize their device and make it more useful. Despite its problems, Windows Mobile is a powerful OS, and while not quite open-source the development community really comes through in overcoming Microsoft's shortcomings.


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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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