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Palm Treo Pro Review

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Camera:

The camera took decent pictures, better than the 800w. Colors were a bit washed out, but lines were generally crisp and clear. It had trouble with low light conditions though, and even in medium light pictures appeared much, much darker than they should have. The interface lays to rest any lingering doubts that this device was manufactured by HTC; 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.

Camera Interface - Palm Treo Pro Review
Camera Interface - Palm Treo Pro Review
Camera Interface - Palm Treo Pro Review

Camera Interface


Outdoor Samples - Palm Treo Pro Review
Outdoor Samples - Palm Treo Pro Review
Outdoor Samples - Palm Treo Pro Review

Outdoor Samples


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Medium Light - Indoor Samples - Palm Treo Pro Review
Low Light - Indoor Samples - Palm Treo Pro Review

Strong Light

Medium Light

Low Light

Indoor 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.

The HTC Streaming Media player comes preloaded and allows the user to watch videos from the likes of You Tube. It is a fairly rudimentary player with a bland and unintuitive interface. We’d have much preferred to see the YouTube client found on the Diamond, but we’re sure HTC doesn’t want their OEM devices to compete with their branded offerings too much.


Palm Treo Pro Review
Software:

The Pro runs on a Qualcomm MSM7201 400Mhz 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, most notably Sprite Backup, Google Maps, TeleNav. The latter two can take advantage of the built-in GPS and TeleNav is great as always. HTC’s QuickGPS program is also on board, allowing 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.




Sprite Backup - Palm Treo Pro Review
Telenav - Palm Treo Pro Review
QuickGPS - Palm Treo Pro Review

Sprite Backup

Telenav

QuickGPS


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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Palm Treo Pro

Palm Treo Pro

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.1
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Display320 x 320 pixels TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm MSM7201, Single core, 400 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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