Palm retailing vanilla unlocked Treo Pro in Australia starting Nov 16th without WM shells

Palm representatives at TechEd Australia told that the Treo Pro will officially be available via electronic retailers as a vanilla unlocked phone on Sunday, 16th of November for AU$900. On asking about why hasn’t Palm developed or customized the Windows Mobile shell much for the device - the “bread and butter” of HTC. The representative said that this […]

Palm representatives at TechEd Australia told that the Treo Pro will officially be available via electronic retailers as a vanilla unlocked phone on Sunday, 16th of November for AU$900.

On asking about why hasn’t Palm developed or customized the Windows Mobile shell much for the device - the “bread and butter” of HTC. The representative said that this decision was on purpose and believes that fancy shells usually consume too much memory resources slowing down the user experience, whereas the Treo Pro idles at only around 30-40% memory usage compared to as high as 70% on a HTC Touch Diamond. Whether or not this tradeoff between fanciness and resource usage will pay off for Palm remains to be seen.