Palm Treo Pro for Sprint Release Date Still Unknown

Still no release date available for the Treo Pro on Sprint Wireless. The last rumored release date was February 15th, but that date appears to be in jeopardy. BGR is reporting that the Treo Pro for Sprint Wireless release date is now TBD.

As soon as we get an official release date, we’ll pass it along.

 

Palm Treo Pro for Sprint Delayed, Shows Up On Best Buy Website

After a bit of a mixup, the Palm Treo Pro showed up on Sprint’s website only to be removed a few hours later. We get word via Mobility Today that the unofficial release date has been moved to February 15th. Best Buy will offer the Treo Pro for Sprint Wireless and it seems they’ve jumped the gun also, with the new Treo Pro showing up on their website today. Best Buy reportedly has the Sprint Treo Pro in stock, but the site shows a 2-week backorder on the device, making the rumored February 15th release look more and more like the real deal. This is also a Sunday, so we’ll have advanced warning once the Best Buy ads for the week of February 15th – February 21st go out.

via Engadget

Treo Pro Makes Brief Appearance on Sprint’s Website

As we prepare the launch of our dedicated Palm Pre website, it’s refreshing to get back to some good ole’ Treo news. The long awaited debut of the Treo Pro on Sprint Wireless, while still unconfirmed, is imminent. In fact, the Treo Pro was spotted this morning on Sprint’s website, only to get pulled later in the day.

 

If there are not changes, the Treo Pro on Sprint Wireless will debut at $249.99 (with a 2-year contract, after rebate). Stay tuned and we’ll provide updates as soon as they become available. In the meantime, you can read Treo Pro reader reviews and our complete in-depth review of the Treo Pro.

CDMA Palm Treo Pro Gets FCC Approval, Sprint Annoucement Soon?

The CDMA version of Palm’s Treo Pro has just received FCC approval, the final step to it becoming available for sale. It’s been rumored for weeks to release on Sprint and many thought Palm would use CES to announce the Treo Pro. It’s clear the company wanted to keep one the light shining on the new Palm Pre, which it did quite successfully with the Pre winning "Best in Show" at CES.

With the Pre announcement behind us, look for a Sprint Treo Pro announcement  in the coming days, weeks. 

via EngadgetMobile

Palm Redesigns Website Ahead of Nova Debut

In advance of the CES Event on Thursday, Palm has just debuted a completely redesigned website.  The new site features a very clean look showcasing the Treo Pro, Centro and Treo 800w.

 

Clearly, this is just another step in what is the rebranding of Palm or should we say the new Palm. Of course, the biggest step comes with the announcement on Thursday. The buzz continues to build and Palm has done a great job in getting people excited about Thursday’s Nova OS launch and a new phone that some have dubbed "iPhone like".  The final piece of the puzzle comes Thursday. Will they deliver?

via Mobility Today

Treo Pro for Sprint Wireless Coming?

In late October, we first learned about the Sprint carrying the Treo Pro when it came up in a product listing in their support section. With much of the excitement surrounding Palm’s CES event appropriately aimed squarely at the Nova OS and new Palm phone, it appears that we might also get the official word on a Sprint Treo Pro. Mobility Today grabbed a screenshot when Palm’s new website went live and it clearly shows a CDMA variant of the Treo Pro being available. To date, the Treo Pro has only been available as an unlocked GSM model.

It could prove that Thursday will bring announcements of new OS, new product line and a Sprint Treo Pro. Of course, Christopher Meinck will be there offering live blow-by-blow coverage. Sign up for the reminder or simply get your eyes set on everythingtreo.com/live on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. EST.

 

Treo Pro Review

The Treo Pro was released a few months back to much fanfare and despite a slight delay, I was finally able to get my hands on the latest Palm device and put it through the paces.

 

 

The Treo Pro was released in September and unlike previous models it represents a major shift in design and aesthetics.  Jon Rubenstein, the former Apple executive who ran the iPod division, is now playing a key role in the development of new Palm devices. The shift is apparent with the new Treo Pro, a vastly different device than the Treo 800w that just shipped on Sprint in July of this year.


Treo 800w

Out Of Box Experience

The packaging of the Treo Pro is by no surprise very Apple-esque. The entire package is diminutive when compared to other phones on the market, sans the iPhone 3G. Right from the get go, you have a feeling that care went into everything from the product to the packaging. Inside are the standard essentials that ship with most Treo smartphones.



  • Palm Treo Pro unlocked
  • Rechargeable battery
  • AC Phone Charger and assorted adapters
  • USB Cable
  • Stereo heasdset
  • User manual


Gone is the rather large manual in favor of the “Getting Started” guide, which is a bit more robust than a “Quick Start Guide”. The accessories also show an attention to detail, an example of which is the AC charger and USB Cable. They both have round silver circles on the topside and this makes it easier to connect your Treo Pro. These are minor touches, not always found on competing phones (T-Mobile G1), that make life easier.



Hardware and Design

Forgetting about specifications for a moment, the Treo Pro is a beautiful looking phone. It’s constructed of a high gloss black plastic and bears a resemblance to the iPhone 3G, complete with silver company logos on the back. Despite having a bevy of keys and buttons, nothing is protruding from the device, be it volume adjustment buttons or even the keyboard. If you place the Treo Pro on it’s side, it almost appears flat on both the front and back. Even the buttons on the side and top of the Treo Pro are ever so slightly higher than the casing. The silver color of the buttons get lost in the black gloss, again this gives an appearance of more minimalistic design, yet doesn’t affect the usability. The phone is very small. I compared it to the T-Mobile G1, BlackBerry Bold and iPhone 3G. While the Treo Pro is slightly thicker than the iPhone 3G, it’s also not as wide. This makes it very easy for one-handed use. You can carry your Starbuck’s and check your email without flinching. In fact, texting was easy enough using one hand. At no time did it feel uncomfortable or awkward.



On the left side of the Treo Pro, you’ve got an addressable button that can be mapped to any application along with your volume controls. On the other side, the Treo Pro has a dedicated WiFi button, for ultra-fast access when in a WiFi area. During my testing the Treo Pro found my WiFi network in seconds. Once I entered my WEP password, pressing the WiFi button would connect me immediately. Although it is on the side, I wouldn’t worry about accidentally hitting the WiFi button while it’s in your pocket or it’s case. In fact, you’ll need to use your fingernail to properly press the WiFi button.



At the top of the Treo Pro is a power button, but not in a traditional sense. It simply turns off the phone features. There is no way to turn off the Treo Pro, outside of removing the battery. Adjacent is easy access to the ringer on/off switch, which is perfect for when you have to run into a quick meeting or a situation that requires you turn off the ringer.



Like the Treo 800w, gone is the multi-connector in favor of a microUSB connector. Unfortunately for some, this means your existing Treo accessories will not work. Still, this move was a longtime coming and it is a vast improvement over the multi-connector. The Treo Pro features a 3.5mm headset jack, making it easy to use any standard stereo headset. You’d almost miss it, but the stylus is to right of the speaker jack and very accessible.



Palm is using a 320×320 “transreflective” flush touchscreen. While the screen is flush, the display is actually recessed in the Treo Pro. I found the screen to be no different than previous generations. In some ways, a bit disappointing when compared to competitors such as the BlackBerry Bold. This could simply be a limitation of Windows Mobile, so I cannot fault Palm. When the Treo Pro is in standby, the screen displays the day and time. This was a useful feature that I had not seen elsewhere.



The keyboard on the Treo Pro uses the same sheet key technology employed on the Palm Centro. The keys themselves have a “jelly” feel to them. I found the keyboard to be a bit cramped. I’m not sure if it’s the departure from the “smile” layout of traditional Treo smartphones or just the decision to make the keyboard footprint smaller. I can see the keyboard as a reason why some opting for the Treo 800w.



The camera is 2 megapixels. Pictures taken with the Treo Pro surprised me. They were very good quality. The camera application also has slick look to it and offered advanced features such as “white balance” and an 8x zoom.



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Listed at 5.0 hours of talk time and up to 250 hours of standby, I was mightily impressed by the battery life. While my testing is hardly the scientific nature, I found the Treo Pro battery to be more than sufficient. Given the diminutive size of the device, excellent battery life was a pleasant surprise.

Software

The Treo Pro runs Windows Mobile 6.1 and has a few enhancements courtesy of Palm. Those who have used Palm’s Windows powered smartphones will recognize the familiar Today screen. From the Today screen you can view upcoming appointments, tasks and of course search Google. There are options in the Today screen settings to include Windows Live. That worked greeted and has the “sliding panels” effect that’s found it’s way to Windows Mobile Standard devices on 6.1.

The menu bar has a task manager application that pops-up within the Today screen. This is probably very easy to access with your stylus, but thumb access is a bit difficult. I find myself forgetting that Windows Mobile Professional is not entirely intended for thumbs and fingers. This is a great utility, as it allows you to clear programs from accessing memory.



With all the various supported wireless connections, a Today screen shortcut brings you to the Comm Manager. This allows quick access to the On/Off switches for the Phone, Bluetooth, WiFi, Microsoft Direct Push, Data Connection or simply activate Airplane mode to turn off all wireless connections. The right soft button allows access to settings for Phone, Bluetooth or Wireless Lan.

 


The Treo Pro also ships with “Zen” theme and it keeps the “back in black” theme going full tilt throughout the Treo Pro experience. All that’s left out was the AC/DC ringtone.

One of the useful commercial apps that comes pre-installed is Sprite Backup. This is consistently amongst our software best sellers. Sprite allows you to back all the data on your Treo to the microSD card. If for some reason, the hardware fails on your Treo Pro, you can easily restore using Sprite Backup.

 




All of the standard Windows programs come standard. Office Mobile includes Word Mobile, PowerPoint, Excel Mobile and OneNote Mobile. The Treo Pro allows you to read, create and edit documents. Documents can be attached and detached from emails. Of course, the real draw here is the interoperability between the Treo Pro and Outlook.  

Yet another feature is GPS, allowing for turn-by-turn directions using TeleNav (monthly service fees apply).  For reasons unknown, TeleNav continuously quit on me during testing. While GoogleMaps does not offer voice guidance, the maps feature worked without issue. Do a search for ‘pizza’ and the Treo Pro delivers nearby pizzerias. Tap the pizzeria of choice and you have the option to get directions. UPDATE: Just prior to sending back the Treo Pro, I performed a hard reset which brings the device back to it’s factory state. The model I received was previously used, so something must have gone awry with TeleNav. After the hard reset, I had no issues getting TeleNav started and providing driving directions. Aquiring my location took longer than I would have liked, but there are a nice array of options in TeleNav and the visuals look great. Along with this of course you get voice route guidance.

 

 

 

 

There is no CD with the Treo Pro. Connecting via USB to Vista (through Virtual PC on a Mac), the Treo Pro initiated a set-up process aptly titled PC Setup. A setup program then launches on your desktop and guides you through setup. Easy as pie. No loading software, just a very straightforward process that took minutes.



Internet Explorer Mobile is the default browser and it does not offer a very good web experience. If you are reading WAP pages, then it’s sufficient, but falls short when compared to browsers appearing on other platforms (Palm’s Blazer still does a much better job at rendering than IE). It’s not to say that Internet Explorer is un-usuable. Using this site as an example, I had not problem reading the frontpage stories and viewing images. Internet Explorer simply bunches up the navigation into one neat pile. Luckily, there are options. The Java based Opera browser offers a free alternative and there is quite a buzz surrounding the Skyfire browser that is currently in beta.

Pros:

 

  • Beautiful design
  • Feature rich (WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.0)
  • Unlocked allows for use on any GSM network
  • Large selection of quality third party applications
  • Easy set up process
  • Robust software bundle includes Office Mobile and Sprite back up solution
  • Google search on today screen offers location based searches


Cons:

  • Keyboard feels cramped
  • Screen not as vivid as BlackBerry Bold or iPhone
  • Windows Mobile starting to feel dated
  • Cost
  • Browser doesn’t offer great web experience


Conclusion


Windows Mobile 6.1 is starting to feel dated and display limitations hurt the Treo Pro’s ability to stack up against displays found on comparable devices like the BlackBerry Bold. That in mind, Windows Mobile is still a very robust OS with thousands of third party applications. Out of the box, the Treo Pro is very capable and a good match for business professionals who need the ability to read and edit Office documents on the go.

Let’s face it, the more buttons, the more difficult it is for a manufacturer to create a minimalistic design that has the “wow” factor. With the Treo Pro, Palm has managed to deliver all the usability we’ve grown accustomed to and deliver a slim, uncluttered hardware design.  There is a certain attention to detail prevalent in the Treo Pro that extends to the packaging and included accessories. The Palm Treo is by far the best-looking Palm Treo device to date and includes a nice array of features such as GPS, WiFi and software enhancements like the Today screen that we’ve come to expect from Palm. While the size of the device lends itself to one-handed use, the keyboard at time felt cramped compared to previous generations “smile” layout keyboards. For some, the Treo 800w might be a more suitable option.

Treo Pro Coming To Sprint?

There have been rumblings about the Treo Pro coming to Sprint and more evidence of a possible Sprint Treo Pro was uncovered today. The Sprint Software website includes a drop down menu where customers can select their phone and the store will display compatible software.


Some may think, well it is unlocked, so perhaps Sprint is simply offering up software for the device. The current Treo Pro, while unlocked, is a GSM only phone. It can only run on AT&T, T-Mobile and other GSM networks. Verizon and Sprint still run on CDMA networks. When Palm confirmed they were in talks with a US carrier, most all the tech blogs pointed to an AT&T release. Makes perfect sense considering the current Treo Pro works great on AT&T’s GSM network. Add to the equation that Sprint has been selling the Treo 800w and it’s been speculated that Verizon will start offering the Treo 800w in the next few weeks.

It’s still quite possible that both Sprint and AT&T are in line for the Treo Pro. The Treo 750 has been discontinued, leaving an opening for the Treo Pro in AT&T’s product offering. Stay tuned, but it appears we are headed for a subsidized Treo Pro.

via Brighthand

Treo Pro Bundle Now Available In Everything Treo Store

Starting today, the Everything Treo Store is offering the Palm Treo Pro at $549 plus a free bundled Retractable Sync & Charge Cable. ($11.95 value). Shipping starts at just $5.95, leaving this deal almost in line with the PCMall $519.99 plus shipping deal we wrote about yesterday. Residents outside of Florida also save on tax. As you’d expect, we also offer a full line of Treo Pro accessories, all backed by our 30-day 100% money back guarantee.


Treo Pro Available for $519

Considering the Treo Pro, but looking to save a few dollars? PCMall, who happens to be an authorized reseller, has trimmed to the price on the unlocked Treo Pro to $519.99. Shipping reduces your savings, but depending on your location, you could also save on tax.