Review: Palm Treo Pro, takes on the Blackberry Bold

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Review: Palm Treo Pro, takes on the Blackberry Bold

The Treo Pro finally brings Palm's flagship smartphone into the modern age. It's available exclusively from Telstra on Next G, and unlike its cousin the Centro it comes with WiFi.

The Palm Treo Pro features a 2.5 inch display, roughly the same as the Treo 750 but with the resolution boosted to 320x320. It also sports a faster processor and double the RAM.

The new Treo also comes in 85 mm thinner and 20 grams lighter -- making it significantly more pocket-friendly. The keys are slightly smaller than the Treo 750, but still more user-friendly than those on the tiny Palm Centro.

The Treo Pro runs Windows Mobile 6.1 with a few handy modifications, such as missed message alerts on the screen saver and drop-down Task Manager, which makes it easy to access advanced settings and kill applications running in the background.

The Treo Pro is a touchscreen device but it lacks a touchy feely GUI such as HTC's TouchFLO. Its key new features are GPS (standalone and assisted) plus 802.11b/g wifi with WPA, WPA2, and 801.1x authentication.

Initially available exclusively from Telstra, the Treo Pro is a quad-band GSM, tri-band UMTS device running on the high speed Next G network. It comes bundled with a range of Telstra services including Mobile FOXTEL, BigPond Music and the very impressive Whereis Navigator sat-nav software (on a stingy seven day trial).

The phone features a 2 megapixel camera with video capture but no front camera for making video calls. This is the first Treo to feature a 3.5 mm headphone jack, but the trade-off is the loss of the multi-connector in favour of microUSB for charging and syncing.

The phone also features Bluetooth 2.0+ EDR, infrared, 256 MB of onboard storage and a microSDHC slot supporting cards up to 32 GB.

The Treo Pro is an admirable addition to the Treo lineup, but it's expensive and those after a companion for both work and play should also consider the likes of the BlackBerry Bold.

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