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.
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?
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
Excerpt: Like Blackberry, Palm has established itself as a generic term for any Smartphone geared towards businesspeople. Over the past couple year’s mainstream consumers also began wanting more than the average, stripped down cell phone. (Indeed, 2007 could be called the year of the Smartphone.) From feel to easy-of-use, Palm seems to be gunning directly for this audience with its new Centro. It is cute and colorful – perhaps too much so for the traditional Palm customer.
Pros: Light and compact, easy setup; solid Internet and music access; nice camera
Cons: Tiny keys; strange control stick; small screen for stylus
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. And it covers all the basics well: good phone quality, web browsing, messaging and email (including push email) along with MP3 playback support (once you get a hold of a stereo headset).
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.
Summary: The Centro is definitely an interesting concept, and it represents a new target market for Palm. It's not perfect, but on the whole this is a nifty device that is tailored well to its demographic.