But the Palm Treo Pro is not a world beater and this is principally due to its ergonomic design. It’s keyboard, for instance, is very similar in design that on the Centro, complete with little rubbery keys. It’s also a little wider than the keyboard on the Centro, by dint of that broader body, but despite that, it isn’t big enough to get any kind of decent speed up on it. In fact, those who bite or trim their nails right back probably ought to look elsewhere right now – you really need to use your thumbnails to type on this phone.
Battery life can’t match that of the class-leaders, either. Connected to the mobile network via HSDPA and with push email switched on, this phone will struggle to make it past 24 hours of light to medium use – a few phone calls, an hour or so total web browsing and no music listening at all.
Compare this to the Nokia E71, which lasted two to three days out of the box, the similarly impressive BlackBerry Bold or the HP 914c Business Messenger, owner of one of the largest batteries seen in a Windows Mobile device, and the Treo Pro appears to have asthmatic ant levels of stamina.
Palm’s strange choice of micro-USB rather than mini-USB for synchronisation and charging doesn’t help matters. It may be a standard connection but the cables are far from common, which means you’ll have to carry one with you if you want to charge or connect the phone away from home.
Much like the iPhone 3G, the quality of the two megapixel camera leaves a lot to be desired, too. Pictures taken with it look worn, washed out and are usually out of focus and continuing the iPhone similarities there’s no front facing video call camera either. Neither are there any fancy graphical tweaks, like HTC’s TouchFlo 3D interface, to hide the ugliness of Windows Mobile and any additions or customisations that there are, are purely non-aesthetic.