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Palm Treo Pro Windows Mobile smartphone

Unusual... but far from unusable

The screen, while nothing out of the ordinary, is bright enough and copes better is direct sunlight than some Windows phones we've seen of late. Crank the text size up to maximum and, all told, it does a fine job of telling you what's going on.

Palm Treo Pro Palm Treo Pro

Webraska satnav bunded... but only a 14-day trial

When on standby, the screen shows the date and time with the backlight disabled. The idea is that you can quickly check the time without having to activate the display - thus keeping the battery-sapping backlight on as little as possible. But, in practice, the contrast of the black on grey display is so low as to make the numbers virtually illegible.

Palm has not graced the Treo Pro with a third-party Windows party frock such as HTC's TouchFlo3D, and while this means the resultant UI is rather plain and basic, it's also quick and responsive, and never seems to tax the 400MHz processor or the 128MB of RAM it has to play about in.

Our test handset came with a 14-day free trail Webraska, a GPS navigation application, though we understand that handsets from Vodafone will ship with a Telmap Navigator trail. While the QuickGPS-assisted GPS system worked swiftly and reliably, and the speaker was more than loud enough, the screen size was rather a limiting factor when it came to using the Pro as a satnav. And you'll have to cough up £4.67 a month if you want to carry on using Webraska when the trial period ends.

Best stick to Google Maps, which comes pre-loaded.

Wireless communication is taken care of with quad-band GSM/GPRS/Edge, tri-band UMTS 3G with 3.6Mbps HSDPA, plus 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi and stereo Bluetooth.

Palm Treo Pro

There's a basic 2Mp camera on the back

Built in memory goes no further than 256MB, of which 100MB is available for storage. Luckily, Palm has included a Micro SDHC card slot good for up to 32GB of expansion. Palm is the first handset maker we've come across that actually states support for cards up to 32GB. Access to the card slot necessitates removing the battery cover, but not the actual battery.

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