Available March 15, 2009
Combining a large touch screen and full QWERTY keyboard in an elegant, sleek design with the blazingly fast speeds of Sprint’s EV-DO Rev. A Mobile Broadband Network, Treo Pro smartphone by Palm makes it easier to get things done on the go. Treo Pro offers Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional Edition, supports Microsoft Direct Push Technology for up-to-date email, contacts and calendars1and is the first Palm phone available with Internet Explorer Mobile 6, with options for either mobile-optimized or desktop-like Internet browsing. Treo Pro helps busy professionals stay connected on the go so they can structure their lives around their priorities without sacrificing work productivity, and provides the reliability and manageability IT departments require.
For more information, visit http://www.sprint.com/treopro.
1Microsoft Direct Push Technology requires Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 with SP2 or Exchange Server 2007. Additional fees and software may be needed to comply with corporate IT policy. VPN may be required.2 Within wireless coverage area only. Wi-Fi within range of 802.11b/g Wi-Fi network. Some Wi-Fi hotspots require fee for usage. Email, web, and GPS require an account and data services at additional cost. GPS coverage not available in all areas at all times.
3 Within wireless coverage area only. Additional fees may be required for some services.
Here is a link to Palm's Website with the same information: http://www.palm.com/us/products/phones/treopro/index.html#tab2
Also here's a link to a PDF Datasheet by Palm:
I just took a look at one at the store alongside my 800w and one still on display. the 850w/pro would take some getting used to, but it looks nicer than the 800w and may have better battery life.
It showed less memory available than my 800w even though the 800w had lots of programs running.
I couldn't see if the GPS is truly standalone. There has been mention of "autonomous" recently butSprint & Palmseem to be reneging on that.
I could send what seems to be real MMS picture mail so the recipient doesn't need a dataplan.
One really bad thing about the Pro, when idle it had only 2 bars of signal and both 800w's had 4 or 5. After making a call it went up a bit and steadied at 3. Even worse, it was only connecting at1X data where the 800w's were in EVDO. I'm going have to find out about this before considering the Pro as that's a real step back.
By the way, the Spec's in the 850 users guide do not mention Rev A. What's the real deal?
Memory seems to be a sore point on this thing. The UG spec says only SD, not SDHC. Again, what is the real deal on this (and GPS)?
I wouldn't worry too much about memory. If you plan on using lots of media related items (pictures, video, music, etc) I would invest into an SD card if I were you. That way you can store any 3rd party apps, media, or memory intensive files on that rather than the device.