Treo Pro coverage? We has it:
- we broke the story on the Treo Pro,
- we pointed you towards the first live pictures on the net and gave you all the early details,
- we tracked the leaks,
- we showed you the Treo Pro official announcement bits,
- we revealed that HTC not only ODMs the Treo Pro but was likely responsible for much of the design itself,
- we unboxed and compared the Treo Pro to the competition,
- and yes, we brought you the most in-depth, tell-us-the-nit-picky-details, I'm-going-to-need-two-cups-of-coffee review of the Treo Pro to be found anywhere of the internet.
Phew. Want more? You bet: after the break, we answer your questions from the Unboxing (when we couldn't say much) and the review (when we said a lot). Read on!
Treo Pro Q&A
That's correct, though it's pretty much true of any current GSM device. T-Mobile's 3G network is mostly going to require devices made specifically for T-Mo's network.
You hope in vain. :( The voicemail buttons are not present and I can't find a way to get them -- chalk these up as another Palm customization that has fallen by the wayside on the Treo Pro.
I'll also note here that I still find the in-call screen annoying but usable. Sure, you can disable the locked screen, but it takes as many dpad presses to do that as it does to just use the dpad itself to get to any of the functions. Also annoying but acceptable: holding down the green Send key puts the call on hold instead of turning on speakerphone.
Like all Windows Mobile devices, the sound doesn't get routed through the OS. Windows Mobile can't record calls directly, but you can put it on speaker and then use recording software to record the call.
- Yes, but oddly it's not turned on by default -- you have to dig into the phone's settings to enable it.
- I'm going to say maybe 5-10% slower in terms of actual usage scenarios. Not a deal breaker.
- The 800w.
- Photo speed dial, threaded SMS, Voicemail VCR buttons.
- Not by default, but there are plenty of 3rd party programs that allow it.
- 3rd party conduit only.
- Nope -- that's a PalmOS thing. However, the Start Menu does default to having the last few applications at the top, like with all WM6 devices.
These things are pretty tough to test definitively, but so far I've had great reception. It's easily on par with my Motorola Q9h (which is a rockstar) and seems to be a definite improvement over the 750.
Nope -- backspace just does backspace.
I really can't speak to why exactly the Treo 800w feels a little faster than the Pro, it just does. Sorry. :(
As for the speaker quality -- it's definitely better than the 800w but doesn't match up with the Q9h.
The End key does indeed send you to the Today Screen, then lock on a press within the Today Screen. You can hit Opt+End to lock it immediately and stay at whatever screen you're on. Also, depending on your keyguard settings, you can just hit the power button on top to turn off/lock the screen without going back to Today.
One nice bit: you can wake it with any of the main buttons and it will jump to that application so it's showing when you unlock the screen.
Tsk, I don't know if I can. It's tough -- I personally believe that there's no best WinMo smartphone out there, bar none. It depends on your carrier and your particular needs. My carrier is AT&T and my particular needs are a powerful phone with a front-facing QWERTY keyboard, so it's the best WinMo smartphone for me.
Like all WinMo phones, the call will automatically go to the bluetooth headset when you answer it (whether you want it to or not!). If you're wondering if it will auto-answer, it can, depending on your settings within the phone app.
Ok, I know this is a big issue on the 800w and so I need to tread carefully WRT the Pro too. So far I can say this: GPS Today was unable to pick up a fix after a hard reset with the phone off. Turning the phone on allowed it to get a fix in under a minute. Turn the phone off again and I was able to get a fix again with no problem.
I'm not really keen on hard-resetting my phone too much (I am trying the No Reset Challenge, after all) so please don't take it as definitive that the Treo Pro can't pick up satellites without a little tower assistance to get it started. My best guess right now is that the GPS is still fully autonomous, unlike the 800w, and that my results above were a fluke -- I only tried it once.
If somebody knows a solid test for being sure about this, please let me know.
Windows Mobile doesn't do that sort of thing by default, but there are plenty of 3rd party apps that can approximate what you're looking for.
I am pretty confident that you're right on both counts -- no GSM Treo 800 and no PalmOS version of the Treo Pro.
Tsk -- I've never handled a 910c in person so I can't really say. I'll try to handle one at CTIA next week and let you know my thoughts.
Doubly-weird in that it contradicts Palm's own documentation. On the other hand, it does match the behavior of Windows Mobile Treos of the past.
As I mentioned in the last podcast, I'm not exactly a connoisseur of speaker quality and call quality -- 'good enough' has always been good enough for me. Making matters worse is that it's very hard for me to make the Treo 800w my day-to-day phone because Sprint's signal is so poor in my town. So I'll just say that the Treo Pro seems better than the 800w to me.
The more I use this phone the more I think the "area under the soft keys being touch sensitive" thing isn't really true. If it is, cool, but it's a very tiny area and it's not a magic 'soft key area.' When in full screen mode, tapping the bottom areas of the screen does not register a soft key press, just that you're touching the bottom of the screen.
The Pro is still my main brain right now and the soft key issue hasn't really bothered me -- in fact I expect that the vast majority of people will be fine with it.
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