With all that potential storage it's a shame that media playback is restricted to the capabilities of the Windows' own media player. Thank heavens for CorePlayer downloads then.
The Pro's two-megapixel camera is a very basic device with no autofocus and no flash - it's acceptable for taking snaps for your contacts book but not a whole lot else. Video capture is limited to 320 x 240 at 30f/s. Palm hasn't given the Pro a forward facing video camera though in the real world this is hardly a major oversight. Does anyone ever actually make 3G video calls?
Volume and camera keys on one side...
Signal and call quality proved to be well up to snuff during our time with the Pro, while the Wi-Fi radio proved far more capable of finding and holding a signal than that on the Samsung Omnia we tested recently.
Palm claims a maximum of five hours' talk time and 250 on stand-by from the 1500mAh battery. Certainly, the combination of a slightly larger-than-average battery and slightly smaller-than-usual screen means that the Pro needs to be charged less often than the majority of the Windows-driven smartphones we've tested of late. Two days between charges was never a problem unless we really went to town on the Wi-Fi and the GPS receiver.
Incidentally, the Treo comes with a novel little mains charger that uses the supplied USB cable, meaning one less lead to get tangled up when you're out and about. The box and sundry packaging is made from entirely re-cycled material, Earth fans.
...and a tricky-to-press Wi-Fi key on the other
At the time of writing, the Treo Pro has yet to appear on contract from any of the usual suspects though you can buy it direct from Palm, SIM-free, for a very respectable £399.
Some will criticise the Treo Pro for being neither fish nor fowl, but the option of being able to execute many of the device's functions using either the touchscreen or the keyboard is not without attraction. On balance, it's a smart, well-built, well-featured phone that is likely to serve its owners well.
Palm Treo Pro
Got mine this week - but this review is wrong
...but the wife won't let me use it until Xmas. Meanwhile I'm still on my WM6 Pro 750v which IS a touchscreen device contrary to the opening paragraph in this review.
Another error is that you don't have to hold down option to type numbers or symbols. Just press once and then the next characters is a number/symbol. Press Option twice and it locks. Same with the Shift.
The phone is already out on Vodafone under the business section or upgrades. Got mine for £99 on a 18 month £16 a month contract. Or the wife's contract rather hence no serious playing with the thing until Xmas.
3g or not 3g
"Palm hasn't given the Pro a forward facing video camera though in the real world this is hardly a major oversight. Does anyone ever actually make 3G video calls?"
Apparently you need that for video conferencing, as mentioned in the Reg review of the iphone 3G:
"And despite the 3G upgrade, there's no front-facing camera for video conferencing."
Mines the one with the Jesus phone in the pocket, I swear you can see the virgin Mary weeping in the default wallpaper.
....Certainly from reading that it seems as though it would be a far better handset than the Touch Diamonds we have in the office.
If i didn't have a Jesus Phone, i'd be quite tempted by that!