Excerpt: Late last month, Palm launched their new multimedia smartphone, the Centro, which joins their perennially popular Treo line. Despite arguably more powerful, more flexible rivals, Palm’s handsets continue to curry favour among business-users who prize efficiency of use over the whiz-bang complexity of, say, HTC’s range.
Excerpt: The Palm Centro is a very stylish smartphone with the ability to add a full keyboard and other accessories. Depending on the carrier you choose, the Palm Centro will cost you next to nothing if you purchase a 2-year contract. Not all areas are compatible with Sprint EVDO or with AT&T quad band coverage. Most are covered in the metropolitan areas, but there can be some dead spots. It is wise to check it out before buying.
Summary: Palm may well have found new life for the still-usable Palm OS and Treo hardware formula in its newly minted Centro. A smartphone marketed more towards consumers than business users, Centro takes the ease of use and functionality that made Treo so popular and packs it into a shrunken down - if still chubby - form factor dressed up in flashy colors and packed by Sprint’s high speed data network and burgeoning mobile entertainment options.
Pros: Full-featured, easy to use smartphone for entry-level price; Clear, bright, high-resolution touchscreen; Compact body with rounded edges; Zippy EV-DO data with access to Sprint TV service; A-GPS works with location-based services
Conclusion: Call it "My First Smartphone." With the Palm Centro—basically a Treo 755p crammed into a smaller case—price is its best selling point. This is the most smartphone you can get for $99 with a service contract.
Pros: Palm OS is fast and easy to use. Good phone. Lots of IM and e-mail options.
Conclusion: The Centro for AT&T sacrifices the Sprint version's high-speed data access, but you get more battery life—though not quite enough. Nonetheless, the low price makes it a good first smartphone—or a poor man's iPhone.
Pros: High-resolution touch screen. Works well with both PCs and Macs. Good voice quality.
Cons: Palm OS is outdated. No 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, or stereo Bluetooth. Battery life is on the low side for GSM.
Conclusion: The Verizon version of Palm's best-selling Centro is a virtual clone of the 3G-capable Sprint version, giving subscribers a low-cost, quality smartphone that's a powerful alternative to most feature phones at this price—even if the company has already declared its OS dead.
Pros: Good voice quality. 3G support. Excellent PIM and document-editing features. Works well with both PCs and Macs.
Cons: No Wi-Fi, GPS. Bluetooth. No IM client. Palm OS is on life support.
Summary: The Centro is a good, easy to use smartphone. Features such as the touch screen, expansion of storage and the ability to get your email on the move go a long way to making this an incredibly desirable product. It's let down though by a sense that the thinking behind it didn't go far enough, to market a mobile to the mid-teens through twenties and not include the ability to turn an mp3 into a ringtone is just shortsighted.
Pros: Touch Screen, Full qwerty keyboard, fast mobile web browsing, flight mode, better than average battery life, very expandable via app downloads, loads of accessories available, cheap
Cons: Limited amount of included software, screen goes to sleep too quickly, can't actually turn the thing off completely.
Excerpt: When the courier came and dropped off the box on my doorstep a short while ago, my brother asked me what I was going to review now. I told him that it was an unlocked Palm Centro. He immediately responded by asking, “Palm still makes cell phones?
Excerpt: If you're tired of your aging and bulky smartphone, but don't wish to compromise on the convenience it offers by opting for a more compact model, it’s time to rejoice. The newly introduced Palm Centro could be just the phone for you. If you are a loyal fan of Palm phones and the Palm OS, look no further – the Centro is tailormade for you.
Excerpt: The Palm Centro Smartphone is the first smartphone I have actually used so I can't really compare it to others on the market. But what I can say is that being a bit of a techno geek I can understand the usefulness and intricacies of such an item. After my time with Palm’s new Centro I can say that I am a little more organized in my everyday life as I began to use the interesting new unit and some of its features.