Summary: The Palm Centro isn't the innovative product we were looking for from the company, but with its slimmer size, ease of use, and affordable price tag, the Centro is a good option for those looking for their first smartphone.
Pros: The Palm Centro sheds some of the weight and bulk of Palm Treo to make for a more compact smartphone. It also carries an attractive price tag and offers a lot for the money, including Bluetooth, EV-DO support, push e-mail, and a suite of productivity apps.
Cons: The Centro's QWERTY keyboard is extremely cramped and the hardware feels a bit toylike. The phone's speaker is on the weaker side, and it lacks Wi-Fi.
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.
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: Despite some minor shortcomings, the Palm Centro offers Verizon Wireless customers an easy-to-use, affordable, and solid performing smartphone that's perfect for the first-time buyer or anyone on a budget.
Pros: The Palm Centro offers ease of use, a compact design, and a solid feature set at an affordable price. The smartphone is also EV-DO capable and offers good call quality.
Cons: The Centro's keyboard is small and cramped. There's no support for stereo Bluetooth headsets.
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.
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.
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. This phone is aimed at the “tweener” crowd- the 16-29 year olds who have never owned a smartphone- but given the robust support for both multimedia and business applications and the fantastic form-factor this phone should appeal to anyone interested in the Palm OS.
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
Conclusion: The Palm Centro is a good Smartphone for the average consumer, but not – ironically enough – physically large enough for the hardcore Palm acolytes. The tiny keyboard poses a real problem. That aside, the multimedia qualities – fast web, excellent camera and solid music capabilities – make it a good buy for those looking for a compact Smartphone.
Pros: Light and compact, easy setup; solid Internet and music access; nice camera
Cons: Tiny keys; strange control stick; small screen for stylus