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...
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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.
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.
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Cons: Palm OS is outdated.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.
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.
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: 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.
Conclusion: We still really like the Palm Centro, but prefer the CDMA version for its 3G data. The device feels great in your hand, call performance was admirable and as a smartphone there isn’t anything it can’t do.
Pros: Great size, Low price point, Full-featured Palm OS device, Easy to use, Good phone performance
Cons: Palm OS is stable, but boring, Lack of 3G data