As mentioned in the video – scratch off my gripe about the screen having a milky-white tint. Palm has sent another unit that doesn’t have the same problem…it was an isolated defect.
Palm has kept the interface of the Treo Pro quite simple – it doesn’t have any fancy today screen plugins, or any interface replacements as found on the Samsung Omnia, HTC Touch Diamond, and others. Because this is a professional device, that’s fine by us.
Going through the Start menu, we see that we get a trial version of WorldMate and Telenav, a full version of Sprite Backup, and the other usual Windows Mobile 6.1 bits. Unfortunately, the device is lacking a better browser like Opera Mobile 9.5 or SkyFire, plus usability enhancements like flick scrolling cannot be found. Performance seems to be great, with no lag detected moving from screen to screen.
We find that lacking overall from the Palm Treo Pro is that “Palm experience” that the company has been so adamant about ever since they brought together WinMo and Palm hardware in the Treo 700w. The 700w did voicemail with play controls, picture speed dialing, quick SMS response to missed calls, and internet searching right from the Today screen. Those items were breakthrough at the time. The Treo Pro brings no such innovations to the table that makes you recognize it as a Palm device. As it stands, this is just HTC hardware with a Palm logo, which may not be a bad thing, but Palm should be careful how they use their brand.
That said, there’s a lot more to talk about with the Treo Pro. Check back soon for a full review of the device, with benchmarks, battery life tests, and pictures galore.