Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Palm Treo Pro Unlocked Cell Phone with 2 MP Camera, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, MicroSD - U.S. Version with Warranty

Palm Treo Pro Unlocked Cell Phone with 2 MP Camera, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, MicroSD - U.S. Version with WarrantyA great choice for business road warriors who want to stay on top of both their professional and personal lives, the Palm Treo Pro features a new, streamlined design and Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system. Packed with a wide range of connectivity options, you'll be able to access email and documents via tri-mode 3G reception and Wi-Fi as well as navigate to new destinations with the built-in GPS mapping. And with the power of the updated Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system, you'll stay easily connected to your business and personal data on the go with support for a wide variety of email accounts as well as the ability to edit Microsoft Office documents.

The streamlined Palm Treo Pro runs the Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system and includes integrated Wi-Fi and GPS.
Like its predecessors in the Treo line, the Treo Pro sports a brightly colorful touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard. It's also loaded with 100 MB of user accessible memory, MicroSD memory expansion (supporting MicroSDHC media up to 32 GB), a 2-megapixel camera with video capture, Bluetooth connectivity for communication headsets and stereo music streaming, digital audio and video player, and up to 5 hours of talk time.

This unlocked cell phone can be used with a GSM network service provider and it provides quad-band connectivity (850/900/1800/1900 MHz). It also offers tri-band 3G connectivity (850/1900/2100 MHz), which makes it compatible with UMTS/HSDPA 3G networks in both the United States and in international territories. It does not come with a SIM card, and it requires that you provide a SIM card for usage with your selected service provider. This phone comes with a one-year warranty from a third party provider.

Phone Features
The Treo Pro smartphone, based on the popular Windows Mobile platform, offers a number of enhancements to help you optimize your cellular and organizational life. The screen saver lets you know at a glance what time it is and whethere you have any new SMS/MMS messages, the center button flashes when you receive a new voicemail, and you can perform web searches directly from the Today screen (which collects your appointments and tasks for the day). In addition to dedicated email and calendar buttons, the large color touchscreen (320 x 320 pixels, 65K colors) gives you one more way to access the applications you use most--just tap the screen to navigate without scrolling through menus.

Enjoy your favorite tunes and videos on the go, and store them on optional MicroSD memory cards.
With the integrated GPS receiver, you can search for the nearest coffee or copy shop and get turn-by-turn directions displayed on the screen (additional charges may be applicable). With the Wi-Fi LAN (802.11b/g with WPA, WPA2, and 801.1x authentication), you can seamlessly connect to your company's wireless network as well as access the Internet and download important documents at Wi-Fi hotspots during your travels. The instant-on Wi-Fi button lets you join a local Wi-Fi network, whether you're in a hotel lobby or an airport, a conference room or a cafe.

Carry your calendar, contacts, tasks and notes, so you're prepared and organized wherever you go. You can sync with Outlook, accept meeting invites, look up people in your company's directory, or set an Out of Office email reply when you're away from your computer. Stay on top of your latest Outlook email on your touchscreen thanks to Microsoft Direct Push Technology. You can also access your Hotmail, Gmail or Yahoo! mail accounts and view graphics and links in HTML email.

This phone provides Bluetooth version 2.0 wireless connectivity, and includes profiles for communication headset, handsfree car kits, audio/video remote control, and printing. With the A2DP Bluetooth profile, you can stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones. You can also use the Treo Pro as a modem for your PC using Bluetooth to connect to 3G connectivity.

Other features include:

  • With Internet Explorer Mobile, you can access your company data in seconds, check the latest news or sports scores, and stream audio or video without annoying pauses and delays.
  • Boost productivity by adding an expense tracker, shopping list, or any of the other applications made for the Windows Mobile Professional platform.
  • Use Windows Media Player Mobile to listen to music or podcasts on the train to work as well as watch video.
  • Chat-style messaging lets you keep track of the entire conversation.
  • 2-megapixel camera with 8x digital zoom and video capture
  • MicroUSB 2.0 for synchronizing with PC and charging
  • Digital audio: MP3, WMA, AAC formats supported
  • 3.5mm stereo headset jack
  • Memory: 256 MB (100 MB user available), 128 MB RAM

Lower Costs, Increased Productivity
With Treo Pro, businesses can quickly and easily deploy a secure, low-cost and compatible infrastructure for their mobile workforce by taking advantage of a tightly integrated Palm and Windows Mobile 6.1 solution, including:

  • Microsoft Direct Push Technology -- Direct connection to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 SP2 or 2007 gives users up-to-date email, contacts and calendars.
  • Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 -- With the deployment of Mobile Device Manager, the Treo Pro can deliver increased security, easier smartphone management, and access to information on the corporate network. IT professionals can confidently manage large Treo Pro deployments.
  • Thousands of applications available for Windows Mobile -- Businesses can extend mobility beyond email to optimize business processes.
  • Support and training -- Palm shortcuts make Treo Pro so easy to use, businesses can spend less on training and support for their users. End-to-end enterprise support means companies can expand the scope of their mobile deployments without putting a strain on internal support personnel.
  • Familiar Windows experience -- Users can browse the web with built-in Internet Explorer Mobile; open, view, and edit Word and Excel compatible files; review PowerPoint presentations and PDF files; and open ZIP files remotely.

Included Software
ActiveSync; Adobe Reader LE; Bluetooth; Bubble Breaker; Calculator; Calendar; Communications Manager; Contacts; File Explorer; Get WorldMate; GoogleMaps; Internet Explorer Mobile; Messaging; Microsoft Office Mobile including Excel Mobile, OneNote Mobile, PowerPoint Mobile, and Word Mobile; My Treo; Notes; Pics & Videos; QuickGPS; Quick Tour; SIM Manager; Solitaire; Sprite Backup; Streaming Media; Tasks; Telenav; Voice Command; Windows Live; Windows Live Messenger; Windows Media Player Mobile

Vital Statistics
The Palm Treo Pro weighs 4.69 ounces and measures 4.5 x 2.36 x 0.53 inches. Its 1500 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 5 hours of talk time, and up to 250 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies as well as 850/1900/2100 MHz UMTS/HSDPA 3G frequencies.

Powered by Windows Mobile 6.1
Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.1 offers a number of handy features that make searching through email, editing Microsoft Office documents, and staying on top of your most important communications even easier. Emails can now be viewed in their original rich HTML format and now offer the ability to visit embedded links. It also includes Windows Live for Windows Mobile, which provides a full set of Windows Live services, such as the Windows Live Messenger IM application, which now enables you to chat with more than one person at one time or send a file.

With Windows Mobile 6.1, your phone will finally be able to emulate the power and features of your PC's Microsoft Office suite. You'll be able to neatly view, navigate and edit Word documents and Excel spreadsheets in their original formatting--without affecting tables, images or text--as well as view PowerPoint presentations.

  • Microsoft Office Word Mobile features include spell-check, Find and Replace commands, bulleted lists, text formatting, and support for tables for the first time.
  • With Excel Mobile, you're not just confined to editing charts: with the new Chart Wizard you can create charts quickly and easily.
  • PowerPoint Mobile allows you to view the full presentation, rehearse timings, check the order and any live links you may have in your presentation. You can then email comments back to the team or communicate via MSN Messenger for an immediate response.
  • After creating or editing a Word document or Excel spreadsheet, you can synchronize it with your PC and it will automatically be converted to the PC version.

All Windows Mobile 6.1 powered devices include Direct Push Technology for up-to-date e-mail delivery and automatic synchronization of Outlook calendars, tasks and contacts through Microsoft Exchange Server. It also offers a set of important device security and management features that include the capability to remotely wipe all data from a device should it be lost or stolen, helping ensure that confidential information remains that way.

Customer Review: Treo Pro surprisingly impressive

I bought this treo after my phone and PDA died almost simultaneously. I had avoided a treo mainly due to the smaller screen compared to my Palm Tungsten but needed a device with a keyboard and wasn't interested in RIM products.

I initially bought an iPhone but gave it to my wife due to 1. Poor phone functionality 2. Crippled sms (message forwarding, MMS, file attachment; Apple?) , crippled Bluetooth and lack of a hard keyboard.

I was initially wary of buying a windows mobile device due to prior poor experience with pocket pc software. I have been presently surprised by this device.

1. Speed-very fast overall, the only slowdowns I experience is with notes for some reason. I've accumulated 100's of them over the yrs but this is no excuse as my 7 yr old palm could speed through them

2. Call quality is crystal clear much better than the iPhone's in my area.

3. Bluetooth-this phone is compatible with Audi's car kit and the voice quality is stellar. Palm's site states it does not download contacts to the car but it did download some of them in my case. All the BT protocols of a 21st century device are supported unlike the iPhone's 20th century implementation.

4. "Proper" GPs-not that iphone wannabe gps. Quick signal locks and 1 month free trial of TeleNav turn-by-turn is nice. I've heard TomTom's software works pretty well with this device.

5.Battery life is so so, with email downloading in the background it will last about 2 business days. With a lot of websurfing it will barely last the day. I would say it's better than the iphone, not by much though.

6. Touchscreen-finger friendly, I only use my stylus to write ink notes or use Epocrates.

WM 6.1 although it looks ugly compared to the iPhone OS, is a true multitasking OS, actually feels like a portable computer. I can wait for a satellite lock loading, go to another program and return back to the GPS as it finishes.

7. Form factor- love the size, overall dimensions are nice and its quite thin, great job on the design. Keyboard key material is fine for me a Treo newbie.

Overall this phone is a keeper, the combination of hard keyboard and touchscreen is great, while the addition of some apps (SPB, skyfire, kinomaplay to name a few) make it a truly superb device.

Customer Review: Poor Battery Power Retention

The promoted performance of this 'phone has been prejudiced by what is evidently a defective battery with which it was supplied. It requires recharging every two to three hours each day with the minimal amount of phone usage only.

I have avoided downloads of internet, music, photos etc. to prevent the need for more frequent recharges. The instrument holds an unusually high tempreture at all times. I wonder if a replacement battery will solve the problem and reduce the heat factor.

Needless to say, I'm most disappointed with the purchase. What can you do to remedy the situation?


Patrick L. Taylor Tel #1-330-238-4547
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