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Palm Treo Pro Review

Discussion in 'Microsoft Windows Mobile Phones' started by charlyee, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. charlyee

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    After 1 year, 3 months, and 19 days :D. I finally gave up my Treo 750 for the Treo Pro. I have had this device for just one week so this will be a work in progress.

    Firstly of all this device is unbranded and unlocked dirctly from Palm. Although it has the AT&T 3G frequencies, an US provider has not picked it up yet.


    What came in the box:

    1. Treo Pro with battery installed.

    2. Quick Start Brochure

    3. Charge/Synch cable.

    4. Power Adapter.


    1st. Impressions:

    1. It is very slim with a shiny black finish.

    2. Built quality is excellent, and I have to admit better than the 750.

    3. The screen resolution is gorgeous.



    Pros:

    1. The call clarity is even superior to the Treo 750.

    2. The reception is execellent even in places where coverage is poor to non-existant.

    3. The earpiece is quite loud even in the lowest setting.

    4 The Speaker is very loud and clear.

    5. The processor is much faster than the 750.

    6. Great form factor, light and easy to hold

    7. The vibrate is loud.

    8. The battery life is phenomenal for a WM PDAPhone.

    9. The standalone GPS can get a satellite fix quickly and works flawlessly with Google Maps.

    10. Sprite Backup came pre-installed.

    11. Screen Saver with date and time. It shows missed calls, voicemail, SMS/MMS



    Cons:

    1. The keys are smaller and more cramped than the Treo 750 and it took me some to get used to.

    2. The black finish shows finger prints and smudges boldly.

    3. No indication for new E-Mail

    4. Micro SD card located under battery door.

    5. Soft Reset located under battery door.


    What was very easy to do:

    1. Blue tooth pairing with my laptop.

    2. Setting up Active Sync.

    3. Setting up my 2 pop3 E-Mails


    Third Party Applications Installed.
    1. EZQUOTE
    2. MemMaid
    3. Weather Panel
    4. Dictionary
    5. Electrical Calculations
    6. Magic SS
    7. Today Agenda
    8. Celurion's side button

     

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  2. Gamer03

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    Excellent review Charlyee. Thanks for posting it. When I first heard initial impressions on this device others were saying that the smaller keys would be a problem. That is good to hear that you got used to the keys. How is the battery life with your device? Have you tested the average talk time (including data and other features used during the day)?

    It is good to hear that you are enjoying your new device. :)
     
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    Great review Charlyee and good luck with your new toy!:)
     
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    Thanks Gamer. :).

    The smaller keys were definitely a problem for me initially. I haven't actually done much testing of battery life but I have been making much more than average calls due to the situation at home. I am also playing with it and installing and uninstalling applications, with that it is around 20% remaining at night.
    Thanks Joe. I am glad it meets your approval. :D
     
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    I'm pleased to hear that you are enjoying your new HTC device... ;)

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    Don't be fresh Charlyee, you still bought another crappy Treo.:D But I did get a look at the phone and I have to admit I like what it has to offer feature wise and I actually like it.:)
     
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    That is good battery life especially considering the usage that you described.
     
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    Hi Charlyee,

    Nice review. I also looked at the Treo web page. Looks like a nice phone and good upgrade from the 750.

    Do I dare ask how much you paid for it?
     
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    Thank you viewfly, I am really enjoying it. Interestingly due to lack of cases for it many are using the iPhone case from AT&T.

    I paid 2.5 iPhones directly from Palm :D. That is how much my 750 was last year also. So I figured the Pro was bargain with faster processor, twice the memory, WiFi, GPS etc.

    Palm850/v0100 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows CE; IEMobile 7.11)
     
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    I can see why. The size of the Treo Pro is much slimmer than the 750, about the size of the iPhone. That makes it much more attractive than the 750 (plus wifi, gps).

    But oh the price!!! $500 is a bunch. A similar problem I had with Nokia's.

    Enjoy and look for further reviews.

    vf
     
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    I tried the iPhone case at the AT&T store and it did fit rather well. I did not get it though, instead of which I got this one, the irony of protecting a $500 device with a $6.00 case really appealed to me. :D

    As it turned out it was really a good buy, it is very low profile and gives adequate protection. I had to cut out slots for the side button but other than that no complaints.
     
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    Half Way Around The World With My Treo Pro
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    I took my TP to India, part site seeing, part visiting relatives. The device performed flawlesslessly - data, SMS, E-Mail, GPS: Specially the GPS, it was neat to get a GPS fix on the different landmarks including my ancestral home (where I was born) and add them to my favorites in Google Maps.

    In the manual mode it would see 6 networks but whatever I chose, in a very short time it would usually put me back on Vodaphone IN, they must be in cahoots with AT&T.

    In the Automatic mode it was always Vodaphone. The only exception was at the airports where it would be AirTel.

    In and around a bird sanctuary in a rather remote location, there was perfect signal on Oasis, a small regional provider limited to NC India.


    Interesting experience with Palm
    ----------------------------------------------
    I found out just before I left that my device did not come with the stereo headphone as the box said, I called Palm and they promised to send one out right away.

    When I came back I found that Palm had sent me a whole new unit. I called and explained to them, they told me to take the headphone out of the new one and to send it back after they send me a return label. I don't have a return label yet, I hope they will be E-Mailing me a retirn label and not another whole unit again. :eek:
     

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    Update:

    Downloaded GPSToday, and really like it.

    Modified the space for replies in SMS from 2 lines to 4, by this method.
     

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    GPS Today sounds cool. Let me know how that works out, I may add that to my TIlt...

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    Jay, I have had it for a while & I do like it. Give it a try on your Tilt & see how you like it.
    Palm850/v0100 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows CE; IEMobile 7.11)
     
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    My Treo Pro is 2 months old today. I just put on BodyGuardz for the back & am going to go w/o the case.

    I can honestly say the TP has the best reception, call clarity & the most stable OS of any PDAPhone or PDA I have ever had.

    With the few extra goodies like WiFi & GPS added, I definitely made the right decision to get this.

    Palm850/v0100 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows CE; IEMobile 7.11)
     
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    Do you still use the treo 750? I know I alternate with my phones sometimes
     
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    Hi there, sorry I didn't see this post before. I don't use the 750, infact I sold it soon after I got my Treo Pro. I don't usually switch phones & have been known to take a day old device with me when going fishing & get fish slime all over it. :D.

    As to the Treo Pro, it will be 10 months old & is the best device I have had to date in all respects. I also enjoy the fact that it is unique & not everyone owns one.

    I had a minor problem with the case & Palm replaced it with a refurb, then recently the refurb had the same problem & now Palm is sending me a new device with the full one more year warranty from when I receive it.

    The new units are on back order so Palm sent me a vehicle charger to ease the pain of waiting.

    I have had nothing but good experience with my Treos & every other Palm device I have had prior to that & now certainly their handling of problems.

    I have been a die hard Palm fan & plan to remain so, I do hope they bring out a GSM Palm OS device with a bar form factor. :)

    Btw, I enjoy reading your posts very much, it is always nice to see a knowledgeable & mature young person & specially one so interested in cell towets. :)

    As you may have noticed, I am usually in the habit of writing a book as an answer to a simple yes or no question, so I hope you got your answer & don't mind the earful :D

    Palm850/v0100 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows CE; IEMobile 7.11)
     
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    I agree with you about the not all have it and makes it unique. As to the GSM version, well it is on its way but if you ask when, then no one knows. It will be interesting and if the Palm App store comes with a lot of good apps, you might see me joining the Palm fan base. Actually I always was but had certain issues with it but with Web OS Palm could win me over.
     
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    Thats ok and its too bad you sold it...i would have bought it lol....just so that if i ever upgrade i dont have to make my plan a data plan. I guess i will find another :( jk :D
     
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