Palm Treo Pro CDMA Review - PhoneArena

Palm Treo Pro CDMA Review

This is a CDMA phone offered with Sprint,
but there are also Alltel and GSMversions.


Palm isbringing a new device to Sprint, have you heard?  It’s sleekand sexy and a big departure from their previous designs.  No,it’s not the Pre (that’s coming too), it’s the Treo Pro.  Wefirst saw the Pro a few months back in GSM garb, and honestly not muchhas changed.  The Sprint version has all the great features ofthe original, but obviously swaps the GSM radio for a CDMAone.  It retains Wi-Fi and has EVDO Rev. A for 3G cellularconnectivity.  Other features include GPS, a full QWERTYkeyboard and Windows Mobile 6.1Professional.

Included in the box you willfind:
  • Li-Ionbattery
  • AC Adapter
  • USB datacable
  • Stereoheadset


The CDMA Pro isidentical in design to its GSM forerunner.  The face is muchsleeker than any Treo we’ve seen before, with curvy lines and flushnavigation buttons.  The keys are the same as on the Centro,though with a little more spacing since the phone iswider.

The Treo Pro does not abandon its rootsaltogether though, and the overall design is the same as any other Treoout there: display on top, cluster of navigational and shortcut buttonsin the middle and QWERTY keyboard below.  The 2.5” sits flush with thehousing, a departure from previous Palm devices that makes thetouchscreen easier to use.  It measures in at 320x320 pixelsand as a Windows Mobile device is only 65k colors.  It’s agood display, but not great.  We had no problems reading itany lighting condition, but like we’ve seen on past Motorola screensthe colors seemed just a bit washed out and they aren’t as vibrant aspanels we’ve seen from HTC and Samsung, even though HTC manufacturesthe Treo Pro.

You cancompare the Palm Treo Pro CDMA with many other phones using ourSizeVisualization Tool.

Thecluster in the middle features the same buttons we’ve seen before, butits makeover is much needed and gives the Pro a much differentlook.  There is the five-way directional pad in the middle,with two stacked shortcut keys to each side and send and end on the faredges.  Thankfully Palm has ditched the needless mechanicalsoftkeys we’ve seen in the past.  The d-pad is a silver ring, andin the middle is a black bubble button with a silver Palmlogo.  It is easy to use and navigate with.  Theshortcut keys are pre-programmed to Start Menu, OK, Messaging andCalendar, but are customizable in the settings menu.  Theyalso are flush and seamless with the glossy black housing, which is alarge part of what gives the Pro its modern appearance.  TheSend and End keys are simplysmall black circles, rounded and raised with an LED-litgreen and red ring around them respectively.  They arevisually separated from the rest of the cluster by an hourglass-curvedline.  Again, small design touches that make a world ofdifference.

The keyboard isvirtually the same as the Centro,though there are a few small differences.  Since the Pro iswider, the far left and right columns of keys are as big as the rest,not tapered like the Centro.  There is also the slightestamount of extra spacing between the keys, making a fairly good keyboardbetter.  It’s still no BlackBerry, but the slight grippinessof the keys prevents your finger sliding off and pressing two atonce.  Unfortunately they are not super grippy like therefreshed Centro.  They feel much cushier than the hardplastic keypads of previous Treos, which we appreciate.  Thetravel is good and there is no doubt that the key has beenpressed.

The side buttons are sleek and welldesigned; there is no missing them but they blend into the body’sminimalist design well.  The volume rocker sits on the topleft, and below itis the camera key which has to be held to activate.  Theright side has aflush Wi-Fi on/off button towards the bottom, sitting above the IRport.  The keys on the left side offer reassurance whenpressed, but the Wi-Fi switch has no tactile feedback.  Whenwe pressed it worked, but we only knew so because of the onscreenconfirmation.

The top of the phone has a power button to the leftand sliding silence switch to the right.  The power key isflush like the Wi-Fi switch, but easy to press like the left sidebuttons.  The bottom houses the microUSB charging/data portand 3.5mm headphone jack.

The back of the Pro would probably fit perfectly onthe iPhone3G, assuming it had a removable door.  The Proshares the same fingerprint magnet glossy black finish and softrounding at the corners and edges that make it comfortable tohold.  Unfortunately it also shares the tendency to scratchwhen breathed on, and even the most OCD user will notice lightscratches after just a few minutes of use.  Under the door isthe microSD expansion slot.

The 2-megapixel camera is situated in the middle near the top, anddirectly to the left is a vertical speaker on the edge.  Thestylus is tucked away tightly into the bottom left corner. Thankfully Palm has moved back to metal after using a cheap plastic oneon the 800w.

TheTreo Pro feels good in the hand, reminiscent of the iPhone. It’s slightly narrower, which we always prefer, but overall thedimensions are very similar and the rounded backing makes the depthdeceptive.  The weighting is good; the Pro is solid withoutbeing heavy.  Where the Centro was an evolutionary departurefrom the norm, the Pro is a gigantic leap forward in the design of Palmdevices and bridges the gap between the Treo andPre.

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