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?
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
Summary: Finally, it comes down to the price of the phone and that’s where the Palm Centro has a chance. The phone has an MRP of Rs 13,990. For a similar price, you can easily get Windows Mobile phones with larger screens. In the Centro, you get a proper phone with a proper keypad, a compact but great screen and for a bit of the geek factor—Palm OS, which is still uncommon in India.
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.