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.
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.
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
Excerpt: You might think the Palm Centro just puts lipstick on a pig-the pig being Palm’s creaky, antiquated operating system-but dang if this little smartphone doesn’t turn heads and win hearts.
Pros: The Palm OS may be old, but it’s still fast, easy to use, and compatible with tons of awesome apps. All the power of a Treo with less of the bulk (and expense). Bundled software keeps you productive, connected, and entertained.
Cons: Zero innovation: It’s really just a smaller, more affordable Treo. Battery life sucks: Just 3.5 hours of talk time. Cramped keyboard not for the fat of finger. Stereo Bluetooth not supported out of the box-it requires third-party software.
Conclusion: The Centro isn't a revolutionary, cutting edge device. But in its own way, it's starting a quiet revolution: this is the first touch screen PDA or smartphone to sell for only $99 at introduction.
Pros: Affordable, compact, sturdy. Screen isn't that bright but it's sharp and higher resolution than US Windows Mobile PDA and smartphones.
Cons: No 3G for fast data. No stereo headset in the box tarnishes the out of the box music experience and no A2DP stereo Bluetooth headset support.
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.