Treo Pro unveiled

by Volker Weber


Windows Mobile 6.1, full keyboard, HSDPA radio (tri-band UMTS, quad-band GSM), GPS, 802.11b/g, a 320 x 320 touchscreen display, 256MB ROM, 128MB RAM, a 2-megapixel camera, support for microSDHC cards up to 32GB, standard 3.5mm headphone jack and a 1500 mAh battery. I like the design.


I think that those are the biggest in-ear headphones I've ever seen!

TBH I really can't believe that Treo are still making devices - they seem so irrelevant these days, particularly in the European marketplace. Can't see this being the model to revive the brand somehow...

Stuart Mcintyre, 2008-08-19

The other way around. The device is pretty small. Well, this will be a Windows Mobile device and will have to compete with all the other HTCs.

Volker Weber, 2008-08-19

I'm ready, I want one. My old trusty Treo 600 has served me well for four years. It's got two small holes burned into the screen from welding slag jumping into my pocket, the case is cracked in serveral places from being dropper on concrete, and it still continues work. It's been a real trooper doing all I ask of it. An upgrade to some thing with blu-tooth and WiFI is a plus for me. Windows Mobile and WiFI makes it Skype friendly, another plus for me.

Mark Holtrop, 2008-08-20

I recently traded my Treo 700wx for the new Windows Mobile 6.1 Treo 800w. It's very small, thin, light, has a much higher resolution than any previous Treo, has a qwerty keypad, built in WIFI, GPS, comes pre-installed with free LiveSearch turn-by-turn navigation, and is quite fast.
There are days that I don't even need to turn my PC on.

Jess Stratton, 2008-08-20

Mark, I am pretty sure that this is a very nice device. The question remains whether Windows Mobile is OK. I have only found one device with WiMo that I liked: the Samsung i600 (a.k.a. Blackjack). It's a Windows Standard device, the Treo is a Windows Professional. The main difference is that Standard does not use a touchscreen. Touchscreens that require a stylus are perfect for people with three hands. :-)

I should have one towards the end of next week. If all goes well.

Volker Weber, 2008-08-20

I can't figure out what the difference is between this phone and the 800w, besides the looks and the headphone jack, unless those are the only differences. The good news is that I've had the phone for maybe two months now, and I've only needed the stylus once or twice. I can't remember what for...

Jess Stratton, 2008-08-20

The biggest one: 800w is an EvDO device, the Pro is HSDPA/UMTS/EDGE/GSM. Different network technology.

Volker Weber, 2008-08-20

Volker, my biggest issue would be the lack of a stylus, believe it or not. Having larger than average hands and fingers makes the small buttons, as well as the touch screen, a hit-n-miss operation at best, so the stylus is actually a plus for me when navigating the menus. The loss of the unique to Treo sync/charge cable to a mini usb is a big plus in my world as well. If you don't like it you could always pass it on to me!! ;-)

Mark Holtrop, 2008-08-22

Mark, that is a frequently asked question. Stuff always goes back. Sometimes it is broken, often in mint condition. You can't get new stuff if you don't return the old.

Volker Weber, 2008-08-22

@Mark - I'm a lefty and have a huge thumb so I tend to be clumsy and not-so-dexterous with with touchscreen. I've found that the Treo is really good at intuitive use of the 5-way navigation button, too!
I play around with the buttons in different screens... for example, when in the mailbox, if you use the left/right buttons, you'll navigate through your different mail accounts. If you navigate to a menu and hit the center button, it will 'activate' it, and then you can use the bottom button to scroll downwards.
I've found it's helped me tremendously, especially as I need to do most operations one-handed.

Jess Stratton, 2008-08-22

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