The Good The Palm Treo Pro features a sleek design that combines a full QWERTY keyboard and touch screen. The smartphone ships with Internet Explorer 6 and offers full connectivity options, including EV-DO Rev. A support and GPS.
The Bad The Treo Pro's QWERTY keyboard is cramped, and we wish the screen was slightly bigger. The smartphone can occasionally be sluggish. Though IE Mobile 6 brings some improvements, it's still cumbersome compared with some other mobile browsers.
The Bottom Line The Palm Treo Pro for Sprint offers plenty of features and satisfactory performance, but the carrier's business customers will get a better user experience from the HTC Touch Pro.
Recently, Sprint confirmed the rumors and announced that it will add the Palm Treo Pro to its smartphone lineup starting March 15. Unfortunately, the news received lukewarm response given that most people's attention is focused on another Palm smartphone coming to the carrier (that'd be the Palm Pre, of course). However, the Treo Pro shouldn't be dismissed so quickly.
The business-centric smartphone offers a lot, including Internet Explorer 6, EV-DO Rev. A support, and GPS, and delivers satisfactory performance. We also give it props for being one of the sleekest devices to offer a touch screen and a full QWERTY keyboard, but at the same time, it comes with tradeoffs. The display could stand to be a little bigger, and the keyboard is extra cramped. Plus, for such a corporate-centric smartphone, it looks cheap. It's these little things that make us think the HTC Touch Pro is the better option for Sprint's business customers. The Palm Treo Pro is $100 less, though, so if you're budget-strapped and can get past the design flaws, the smartphone delivers in every other way.
The Palm Treo Pro will be available for $199.99 with a two-year contract after rebates. That includes the addition of an Everything Plan with data for $30 per month. You can also purchase the smartphone through Palm beginning March 16.