A couple of interesting stories about the Treo Pro over at our sister site, TreoCentral. I had a chance to speak with Palm about the design decisions that went into creating the Treo Pro, including hardware changes (hellooooo 3.5mm headset jack!) and software changes (goodbye Palm Custom Threaded SMS). Check that out here.
No word on why it was removed in the first place, though presumably it was to fix "all of the problems with the phone" that we'd reported on previously. But if that's the case, what happens to all Q9c's that are already out there? Some sort of software upgrade in the works?
You can pick up the resurrected Q9c now for $99 with a two-year agreement and $100 mail-in rebate.
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Engadget Mobile has scored the first hands-on with the Treo Pro. It's mostly the packaging (nice) and a few shots next to the iPhone (nice again!). Actually, we like pretty much all the details here:
Honestly, we think Palm might have one up on Apple with the presentation this time around. Also of note: the new modular power adapter (which Palm tragically forgot to throw into our box), earbuds you might not be ashamed to sport, and no install CD -- it loads when you hook the phone up to your PC.
When was the last time you actually used an install CD for a smartphone, knowing that more up-to-date version were almost surely available online? Anyway, congrats to Engadget on the unboxing -- guess we'll have to give that open letter tactic a try sometime!
Ed. Note: This week and next, WMExperts will be reviewing several media players for Windows Mobile. We've already taken a look at Pocket Tunes Deluxe, and we'll have several more after this George's review today, including a surprise review that you won't see coming!
Chris over at Mobile Tech Addicts in the U.K. notes that the HTC Touch Pro has appeared on Vodaphone's business Web site, with a launch date in August, which is most assuredly winding down.
Add to that the appearance last week of some cryptic "HTC Fuze" sites, possibly alluding to the stateside AT&T launch, and it looks like we all might finally get to stop writing about the Touch Pro, and finally get down to using the bloody thing.
Coinciding with the official announcement of the Treo Pro, The New York Times this morning published a piece on Palm CEO Ed Colligan and Executive Chairman John Rubinstein, who left Apple and was brought in to breathe life back into the once-floundering company.
Along with such (great) lines as “Everyone is trying to make an iPhone killer. We are trying to make a killer Palm product,” we get a quick look at Palm's strategy for the Treo Pro.
Writes Laura M. Holson:
Palm has begun to market its products differently at the behest of Mr. Colligan, who has a long history with Palm and its various antecedents and spinoffs. It is scrapping the use of numbers in product names, Mr. Keast said.
As has been apparent with the Centro, and which Holson acknowledges, this shift has been in place for some time now. While Palm has said from the get-go - OK, since this morning - the Treo Pro is a power user's device, and not nearly as consumer-oriented as the Centro. We haven't seen nearly the marketing push, at least not with the 800w, as Sprint put behind the Centro. And never mind that there's currently no U.S. carrier on board for the Treo Pro, and that it initially will be available unlocked for $549.
So it will be interesting to see the response - from Palm, the U.S. carriers and finally the customers - to what easily is the sexiest Treo in the lineup.
But Rubinstein admits there's still a long road ahead.
“One product isn’t going to make us successful,” he said. “It is a brick in the foundation. And each one has to be better than the last.”
Sure enough, as soon as we get around to buying a Motorola Q9h of our very own, the Boy Genius goes and springs this on us. Go figure.
Apparently there's now a silver-and-chrome version of the venerable slab floating around out there, with Windows Mobile 6.1 out of the box. (The rest of us mere peasants can get the lowdown on the manual upgrade here.) No word on any other goodies under the hood.
BGR doesn't (yet) have the deets on pricing or a release date, but we're willing to bet an AT&T employee is gonna squeal anytime now. Stay tuned.