Sprint Treo Pro: Reportedly getting RAM fix, almost ready to launch?
While we've known about that pesky Sprint Treo Pro delay for a few weeks now and that it had something to do with Sprint's certification process, up till now we had no idea exactly what was wrong.
According to PhoneNews, what is being fixed is that annoyingly low RAM that we've reported on previously and talked about in the Podcast. In case you don't remember, the Treo Pro only has ~43 MB of free available RAM after a soft-reset, which is about 20 MB or so lower than its GSM cousin.
Evidently the problem is this: The RAM on this device is on separate chips and Windows Mobile has problems recognizing this extra amount of memory – so it is physically there, just not being seen by the system. This mirrors some similar issues with HTC's Touch Pro (Verizon) and other original Touch devices, so it sounds very plausible.
At first, my initial assessment having used the device was that it wasn't too big of a deal. But with more extensive usage, I recanted on that notion: 40mb is too little for a 2009 device. Also, we should point out that the Treo Pro only has 128 MB of RAM (like the GSM version), not 256 MB. Although this begs the question: How does a device get so far in development without anyone noticing the extremely (and unusual) low amount of RAM? This isn't like some rare software bug but rather a standard and obvious device specification.
Finally, we're getting word that some Sprint stores are getting re-stocked as we speak with new Treo Pros with the new ROM on board, so keep an eye out for those. Now if you don't mind, I'm going to get my Treo Pro packed and ready to send to the HTC gods ;-)
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Perhaps HTC's understanding of quality-assurance?
Sorry, but I'm currently using my 2nd HTC device, and I'm not too impressed with the quality.
And for the looks, I just had the opportunity to compare it to a touch pro, and somehow the touch looked a little aged (thick, relatively small display), while the treo looked a little too wide...
I think, regarding form factors, we now have seen almost everything. Now it's time for refinement and (finally) usability improvements!
I was quite unimpressed when I saw it.
Touch HD is where you auctually can speak of usability imo.
They track all inventory nationally by SKU, your best buy does not have them in stock, who ever said so was mistaken. The only stock in stores for the last five days has been returns. Those are not resold although they may show in store inventory before they go back.
I know because I am dying for this phone since trying out the GSM model, but am on Sprint and my contract came up last week. It looks very good.