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Palm Centro 685 review

6.2/10 AVG.
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6.2/10
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The Palm Centro 685 currently has an Informr score of 6.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 33 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Despite various cosmetic changes and a slimmed down overall footprint, the Palm Centro 685 is essentially still just a Treo 600. That means, as critics are quick to point out, that it is running on an antiquated OS, in this case the OS 5.4.9.

That being said, the Centro 685 is the least expensive keyboard smart phone ever, and for customers who have never “learned” a prior OS, this represents an arguably fair deal. In addition to being able to surf the web, send and receive email, text and organize your calendar, there is a large library of third party applications that can go a long way to enhance your experience.

After a brief exclusivity agreement with Sprint, the Centro 685 is now available on the AT&T Wireless network. Unfortunately, it runs on the EDGE network, which is a full generation down from the 3G speeds it runs on with Sprint. This will slow the web experience down.

Among the Centro 685’s more interesting features is a dedicated switch that turns the ringer on, off and to vibrate. No need to pull up menu options just to switch to silent mode. The device also sports a large, 320x320 pixel display, which you can interface with either through the included stylus, touching the screen with your finger or using the keypad to select commands.

The large display leaves little room for the Qwerty keypad, which is small and appears crunchy and compromised. As with any keypad, it is a matter of personal opinion as to whether it is difficult to use, but clearly it is a far cry from, say, the spacious Motorola Q9.

Talk time is rated at 4 hours, and standby time at 300 hours. It comes with 64MB of on-board trans flash memory and supports up to 4G of external memory.

While there are many smart phones available that have modern, compelling user interfaces and optimized operating systems, few can compete with the list price of the Centro 685. The tradeoff in this case is getting a great price but having to tolerate an OS that can be cumbersome and limiting at times.


Operating system
Palm OS
Processor
312 MHz
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
1+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Wireless North

The nice thing about running a little community blog wirelessnorth.ca is that every so often companies, or rather their PR reps, send you some pretty neat new stuff. Unfortunately, this is not so much one of those times. At long last (and sorry Palm), here is our review of the Palm Centro. Rogers r...

- Editor, Wireless North
Laptop Magazine

The Centro still has a small keyboard, but AT&T customers looking for an easy-to-use smart phone should be satisfied.

- Joanna Stern, Laptop Magazine
Wired

The Palm Centro is like the friend you call when you need to be bailed out of jail: Reliable, smart and capable of getting the job done. But its dependable nature also means it's not exactly the handset you want to party with.Now offered by AT&T in a GSM flavor, the pocket-size, easy-to-use Cent...

- Grace Aquino, Wired
MobileBurn

For starters, the AT&T version runs on GSM/EDGE networks - all four of the major GSM frequency bands, that is. What is lacking, though, is 3G support of any kind, something that the Sprint Centro had thanks to EV-DO compatibility. So while AT&T Centro users can roam the globe and get a signa...

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn
MobileBurn

With pricing set at $99 with a 2 year contract on Sprint's high-speed network, the Palm Centro is a pretty good deal. For less than half the price of most other smartphones, you get a full touchscreen device with multimedia capabilities and streaming media. The QWERTY keyboard is nice, but not entir...

- Ricky Cadden, MobileBurn


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Palm released the Centro 685 on February 19, 2008.


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Palm backs up the Centro 685 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
Unknown

The Palm Centro 685's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.

Processor
312 MHz

There is a Intel XScale 312 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
1+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 1+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD (up to 4 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1150mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1150 mAh battery. Palm's performance ratings are 12.5 days standby time.

Centro 685 Specs

Overview
Release date February 19, 2008
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Intel XScale 312 MHz
Internal Storage No
RAM 64 MB
ROM 64 MB
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.56 W/kg
Body: 0.74 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1150 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 12.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black, Blue, Electric blue, Lime, Silver, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.7 x 5.4 x 1.9 cm (4.2 x 2.1 x 0.7 in)
Weight 120 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 4 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
2x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps Microsoft Office Mobile, Windows Media Player Mobile
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Additional comments A CDMA version of the Centro is also available. It is also known as the Palm Centro 690.
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Critic Reviews


Wireless North

Still time to find Coal for Christmas? The Palm Centro

from Wireless North

The nice thing about running a little community blog wirelessnorth.ca is that every so often companies, or rather their PR reps, send you some pretty neat new stuff. Unfortunately, this is not so much one of those times. At long last (and sorry Palm), here is our review of the Palm Centro.

Rogers released this little guy with a certain amount of fanfare earlier this fall (coincident with this same device already moving to the year-old bargain bin at any of the US carriers, but we digress)....

More

The nice thing about running a little community blog wirelessnorth.ca is that every so often companies, or rather their PR reps, send you some pretty neat new stuff. Unfortunately, this is not so much one of those times. At long last (and sorry Palm), here is our review of the Palm Centro.

Rogers released this little guy with a certain amount of fanfare earlier this fall (coincident with this same device already moving to the year-old bargain bin at any of the US carriers, but we digress).

For the GSM carrier that has to have everything, it makes an (evil sort of) sense to bring out Palm’s latest flagship too.

For anyone trying to keep track, Palm Centro is basically the same “smart” phone Palm has been producing for the last 5 years just in a different plastic package (like imagine if Motorola stubbornly made the exact same flip phone for years and years while the rest of the industry move on and on, but worse). Which is to say this palm is chunky, has stylus, a painfully low resolution screen, and a Palm operating system that draws a lot of design cues from windows 3.11. But if you don’t like the windows 3.11 desktop there’s, bizarrely, a second desktop home screen, carrier branded with redundant buttons on it.

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Laptop Magazine

Compact design, easy to use, bargain priced, decent battery life;

from Laptop Magazine

At only $99, the Palm Centro is a bargain for first-time smart phone users, but you get more with Sprint’s version, which packs more speed because of its EV-DO connection. We also like the $99 Samsung BlackJack II from AT&T better than the Centro because it supports 3G and has a larger...More

At only $99, the Palm Centro is a bargain for first-time smart phone users, but you get more with Sprint’s version, which packs more speed because of its EV-DO connection. We also like the $99 Samsung BlackJack II from AT&T better than the Centro because it supports 3G and has a larger display and keyboard. But if you prefer the Palm experience to Windows Mobile and you’re not leaving AT&T anytime soon, this Centro is a decent choice.

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Wired

Reliable, smart and capable of getting the job done

from Wired

The Palm Centro is like the friend you call when you need to be bailed out of jail: Reliable, smart and capable of getting the job done. But its dependable nature also means it's not exactly the handset you want to party with.

Now offered by AT&T in a GSM flavor, the pocket-size, e...More

The Palm Centro is like the friend you call when you need to be bailed out of jail: Reliable, smart and capable of getting the job done. But its dependable nature also means it's not exactly the handset you want to party with.

Now offered by AT&T in a GSM flavor, the pocket-size, easy-to-use Centro handles messaging (IM, texting, personal and corporate e-mails) and light office tasks with graceful aplomb. Apps like viewing PDFs, creating Word files and listening to MP3s are handled swiftly and easily. Simple web pages (like craigslist) loaded quickly but bright colorful ones (like Wired.com's) stalled and hiccupped on the Centro's screen.

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MobileBurn

Might be a good tradeoff for folks that travel internationally often

from MobileBurn

For starters, the AT&T version runs on GSM/EDGE networks - all four of the major GSM frequency bands, that is. What is lacking, though, is 3G support of any kind, something that the Sprint Centro had thanks to EV-DO compatibility. So while AT&T Centro users can roam the globe and get a signal most anywhere, they will be limited to relatively slow data rates. That might be a good tradeoff for folks that travel internationally often, but it could make AT&T's Centro a harder sell for those people that tend to stay in North America.
Apart from that, pretty much anything the Sprint Centro can do can be replicated by the new AT&T version. pTunes is included for music playback, the camera can shoot still photos as well as video clips, and Documents To Go is included for viewing office docs. If you want to learn more about the Palm Centro, I recommend that you read our review of the Sprint version and just keep in mind some of the differences mentioned here....

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For starters, the AT&T version runs on GSM/EDGE networks - all four of the major GSM frequency bands, that is. What is lacking, though, is 3G support of any kind, something that the Sprint Centro had thanks to EV-DO compatibility. So while AT&T Centro users can roam the globe and get a signal most anywhere, they will be limited to relatively slow data rates. That might be a good tradeoff for folks that travel internationally often, but it could make AT&T's Centro a harder sell for those people that tend to stay in North America.
Apart from that, pretty much anything the Sprint Centro can do can be replicated by the new AT&T version. pTunes is included for music playback, the camera can shoot still photos as well as video clips, and Documents To Go is included for viewing office docs. If you want to learn more about the Palm Centro, I recommend that you read our review of the Sprint version and just keep in mind some of the differences mentioned here.

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MobileBurn

A full touchscreen device for a half price

from MobileBurn

With pricing set at $99 with a 2 year contract on Sprint's high-speed network, the Palm Centro is a pretty good deal. For less than half the price of most other smartphones, you get a full touchscreen device with multimedia capabilities and streaming media. The QWERTY keyboard is nice, but not entirely usable unless you have small finger tips. The stylus could easily have been sturdier, and the keyboard more spaced out, but with all of the included software, there isn't much this little smartphone can't do...

More

With pricing set at $99 with a 2 year contract on Sprint's high-speed network, the Palm Centro is a pretty good deal. For less than half the price of most other smartphones, you get a full touchscreen device with multimedia capabilities and streaming media. The QWERTY keyboard is nice, but not entirely usable unless you have small finger tips. The stylus could easily have been sturdier, and the keyboard more spaced out, but with all of the included software, there isn't much this little smartphone can't do.

In the end, the phone is solidly built, the OS is stable, and the price is right. I give the Palm Centro a ‘Recommended', but also suggest that you spend some time at the store with the keyboard before putting your money down on it.

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User Reviews


Amazon

This phone is garbage

from Amazon
This phone is a complete piece of crap. While it has plenty of shiney little features to keep you occupied for a short time, it has a clunky interface, a jerky touch screen that pretty much MANDATES the use of the stylus, your finger is too large to accurately push anything on the screen, and a bug rid...More
This phone is a complete piece of crap. While it has plenty of shiney little features to keep you occupied for a short time, it has a clunky interface, a jerky touch screen that pretty much MANDATES the use of the stylus, your finger is too large to accurately push anything on the screen, and a bug ridden OS that makes Windows look like a dream. I have had my phone replaced twice, this time I am just throwing the piece of crap away and buying something else. Bug ridden system stops communication with the touch screen and keyboard, continually rendering the phone unfunctional. Let alone the fact that it sucks an entire battery in a half day. What a complete and utter waste of money. Get a black berry. Less
Amazon

Palm Centro

from Amazon
I have had this phone for almost a year. It is small and fits nicely in my back jeans pocket. I am female with average size fingers and find that I hit the wrong buttons frequently when texting due to the small buttons. Not a big deal to me. I like the white color because it is very easy to find. The b...More
I have had this phone for almost a year. It is small and fits nicely in my back jeans pocket. I am female with average size fingers and find that I hit the wrong buttons frequently when texting due to the small buttons. Not a big deal to me. I like the white color because it is very easy to find. The battery life is good and the reception is good. The reason I gave this such a low rating is because using the WEB on this phone is AWEFUL!!! It is slower than dial-up and the app (included on phone) for internet is terrible. Forget about browsing the web on this phone, you will want to destroy it. I have found the yellow pages the ONLY useful part of using the web in this phone. Although it gives you options to personalize your home page, you cant get rid of the crap they put on there. The touch screen is very responsive. Colors are good. Pictures are okay and video is not so good. This phone is not too Smart but it looks great. ps; If anyone has suggestions on using the web on this phone please comment to this message. Thanks Less
Amazon

Palmgression

from Amazon
I got this phone when they first started to get "big" (a little over a year or so ago)... This was my first smart phone... unfortunately it's not so smart after all. I paid out the yin yang for these phones (my husband and I both got one his in black)... The first day naturally it was a new gadget and...More
I got this phone when they first started to get "big" (a little over a year or so ago)... This was my first smart phone... unfortunately it's not so smart after all. I paid out the yin yang for these phones (my husband and I both got one his in black)... The first day naturally it was a new gadget and I was thrilled with it although the set up is a little annoying to get use to... not to mention the 30 extra bucks per phone line for web service that was so slow it made dial up look like a jet plane. Other than those basic facts the phone was fine... It worked well and did it's job fairly well... (with the exception of sending any and all ring tones to the mp3 player and making them unavailable for ring tone use...) However, after 3 months the phones then took on a life of their own... Both of them... They would shut down with out warning... in the middle of a call... untouched on the nightstand it didn't matter... They started rejecting calls, refusing to send out text messages, freezing up to the point of having to take the battery out to restart the device. We replaced the phones hoping it was just a glitch through our warranty (luckily it was still active), but it was the same exact deal all over again... They worked fine for 3 months and then down hill they went again... My advice DO NOT waste your money or test your patience with these phones!!! Hope this helps! Less
Amazon

Awful and Good..

from Amazon
When having this product ordered, I had high hopes for it. And to be honest, I was so excited when I received it that I was happy to show my cat.. well, kitten. As I used it more, I began to see the flaws, and now I'm hating it, after wanting more. One of the biggest flaws is the keyboard. You don't n...More
When having this product ordered, I had high hopes for it. And to be honest, I was so excited when I received it that I was happy to show my cat.. well, kitten. As I used it more, I began to see the flaws, and now I'm hating it, after wanting more. One of the biggest flaws is the keyboard. You don't need to turn it on, and probably even take it out of the package to see how small the keyboard is. My God, I'm glad I have nails as a man male or I'd have difficulty using the ends of my fingers to type. The buttons are around the size of a ballpoint pen tip. It's very tiny and difficult to type, it just frustrates me. My God. With all the touchscreen phones with an onscreen keyboard, it's hilarious that this touchscreen phone with a pointer or styler or whatever you may call it.. doesn't have an onscreen keyboard. It's something you might want to laugh at. You can click all of those buttons, even use an onscreen numberpad, but no onscreen keyboard. Especially iwth the tiny keyboard, that would have been helpful. I've had many problems with this phone and it's Hotsync feature which I hardly have a clue about. I had to take back my phone about twice after a few months until I finally got lucky and it no longer does this error. I'm not sure how common it is, but if you touch the ends of the phone where you connect the charger, and your finger has natural moisture or maybe you poured a gallon of mineral oil on your hand, (in that case, it's your fault) your phone will think you're trying to connect to the computer. There's no way to get out of it. There's a button I sometimes click, which I forgot since I haven't had the error before, and it exists out. A second later or two, it comes back on. No way to exit except disconnecting your battery MIGHT work. I also dislike the material the phone is made out of. It's too glossy and metal.. It's just a bad mix in my opinion.. but it's alright so no points taken off. Also, I don't want to explain it. Also, you can't turn this phone off. It goes on standby. You hold the off button, and it says "Phone off." meaning you can't receive messages or calls. So, expecting not to charge your phone for another month because you hardly left your old one on? Well, you're screwed. :) The phone is still a great phone. I enjoy the messaging and how all the texts of one contact is put into one place like a chat conversation, I enjoy the touchscreen phone numeral pad, I enjoy the high quality camera and video and connecting it to my computer to upload it.. It's great for your buck. If it's more than $80, you shouldn't get it. Less
Amazon

Excellent Smartphone on a Poor AT&T Network

from Amazon
As of March 2009, I think Palm Centro is one of the best smartphones available. The style is simple, unadorned and functional a.k.a. Google style but not stylish, fun & glamorous like iPhone & Mac. Having used 3 Windows Mobile phones, iPhone, Balckberry Storm, Palm Treo 755p & Nokia E51, I think Cent...More
As of March 2009, I think Palm Centro is one of the best smartphones available. The style is simple, unadorned and functional a.k.a. Google style but not stylish, fun & glamorous like iPhone & Mac. Having used 3 Windows Mobile phones, iPhone, Balckberry Storm, Palm Treo 755p & Nokia E51, I think Centro is closest to the ideal smartphone but AT&T network does not hold water to Verizon Wirelss network in reliability. 1. Clear sound. Solid, reliable phone. 2. Reasonable size & weight (119 gms) and is pocketable and you have to carry phone with you all the time. But there is scope for improvement, it could be lighter and thinner. Ideal weight for a phone is less than 100 gms. 3. Top-notch contact, calendar and memos management. 4. Brisk, peppy response and rarely locks up or freezes. 5. A-one Microsoft office document functionality with Documents-to-Go. 6. Good QWERTY keyboard. 7. Fairly decent availability of applications. 8. Functions well as a tethered modem with cable and speed in 800-900 Kbs range on Verizon Wireless network. 10.Synchronizes calendar, contacts and memos with Macbook. 11.Good SMS function: threads messages. But Centro is not without flaws: the default OK button is on Voicemail and dials Voicemail unintentionally. I have not been able to sync over Bluetooth or use Bluetooth modem. Web browser is fast for mobile sites but otherwise barely functional - Internet is available but browsing is not enjoyable like on iPhone. Instead of micro-USB or mini-USB, it uses proprietary cable which is hard to take out. Camera is bare minimum at 1.3 Megapixels and music function is basic with 2.5 mm audio jack. Font size is small and has to be individually adjusted in each application. Here is my Gestalt on smartphones. 1. iPhone is the best MP3, video and multimedia player, has the best user interface and mobile browser experience but is abysmal as a phone in comparison to Verizon Centro. AT&T has poor network signal and coverage, the calls drop all the time and sound on iPhone is average. 2. Blackberry Storm has a gorgeous screen and excellent email device but has very buggy software and constantly freezes. Blackberries shine when it comes to email. 3. Windows Mobile phones are horrendous: packed with features that don't work and smartphone operating system is the most unreliable. 4. Symbian based Nokia phones are fairly decent smartphones but their availability on US cellular carriers is very limited. Verizon Wireless, the best network in US, has none. In my experience Palm operating system is one of the most trusty and functional smartphone operating systems. Centro is supposedly the last in the Palm lineage phones. I would recommend it if you need a solid, trustworthy smartphone, but on Verizon, not on AT&T. Less
Phonedog

Unlocked Palm Centro

from Phonedog
Pro: Sounded good on paper. Has lots of features. Custormer service was friendly yet not able to help resolve issues both in US and in Germany. Custormer service was helpful when I sent it back for a refund. Con: Would not pick up European SIM card initailly. Inconsistent connection. Very unreliable....More
Pro: Sounded good on paper. Has lots of features. Custormer service was friendly yet not able to help resolve issues both in US and in Germany. Custormer service was helpful when I sent it back for a refund. Con: Would not pick up European SIM card initailly. Inconsistent connection. Very unreliable. Too many issues which could not be overcome. Using experience: 15 days Despite being Quad band it was not consistent in service. Less
Amazon

What it is and what it isn't

from Amazon
Let me tell you, this isn't a phone to compete with the i-phone, or high-end smartphones. I would call this a Starter Smart-Phone and a good one at that. People want it to do everything and they want it done great. You know, not even High-end smartphones can do everything great, and they cost doubbl...More
Let me tell you, this isn't a phone to compete with the i-phone, or high-end smartphones. I would call this a Starter Smart-Phone and a good one at that. People want it to do everything and they want it done great. You know, not even High-end smartphones can do everything great, and they cost doubble. Palm has a lot of 3rd party applications (some are even free) that can do a lot of things other phones can't (medical, database, special timers, etc. software). This phone is small, easy to carry, easy to use, simple interface, and fast. Again if you wan't more bells and whistles you can put them in yourself, but they are a choice because the siemple interface is easier. Today Palm does multimedia, but what is really strong in the Palm is how well it organizes everything; contacts, calendar, notes, tasks, etc. Again if you want more you can add more, but if you really want more than the centro can offer you won't get it at this price from any brand. Want great battery, reception, sound, memory, etc. Get a $900 Smartphone, but simple things like contacts will, most likely, run slower on it. Less
Amazon

Here is how to play your favourite song as ringtone

from Amazon
I have owned unlocked Palm Centro for over six months now. Other people have talked about most features/issues so I don't want to repeat them, Still in a nutshell - I like this phone because I like simple Palm OS and I have owned Palm products ever since the first Palm Pilot. but the signal strength i...More
I have owned unlocked Palm Centro for over six months now. Other people have talked about most features/issues so I don't want to repeat them, Still in a nutshell - I like this phone because I like simple Palm OS and I have owned Palm products ever since the first Palm Pilot. but the signal strength is not always good. OS is still very simple and user friendly, If you don't want fancies of iPhone, this is a nice phone. Small QUERTY keys are fine for me too. Palm customer service SUCKS BIG TIME though :-( I gave three stars for bad customer service and inferior internal antena. Other than that I am OK. Will buy it again future if the quality of antena improves. Many people have tried programs like Ringo for playing their fav tunes as ringtones, however I found a crude but successful and free way to achieve the same. On your Centro Go to 'Sounds', tap 'New' and simply hold your Centro in front of the source playing the tune (like boombox or laptop)and record it mannually. Name the clip and then use it as ringtone. The quality is obviously not as crisp as the source but certainly good enough to play as ringtone. It doesn't require any setup or additional software to purchase and clutter your Phone. Hope this helps. Less
Amazon

Transferring data from prior palm PDA - BEWARE

from Amazon
I bought this phone because I have been using Palm PDA for years, and wanted to have one device not two, and have all my #'s already in my phone. Minor peeve is that despite the touch screen, you can only enter text with the (tiny) keyboard, not by writing the letters as with regular palm PDA's. Majo...More
I bought this phone because I have been using Palm PDA for years, and wanted to have one device not two, and have all my #'s already in my phone. Minor peeve is that despite the touch screen, you can only enter text with the (tiny) keyboard, not by writing the letters as with regular palm PDA's. Major peeve is that when I converted my databases on my PC to the software that came with the phone, the hotsync function became unreliable, and then stopped working entirely. My first set of calls to the palm smartphone support resulted in "hard reset" of my device, with data lost since my hotsync two weeks earlier. When the problem recurred a month after purchase, I spent two hours on the support line un-installing and re-installing the software on my computer, making new user names and moving the data into them, etc. At the end, still not able to hotsync. They say one of the databases is likely corrupted, and they cannot help me. They suggest I purchase "PDFIXIT", from an outside source and run it to see if it will find and fix the corrupt entry, and resolve the problem. The desktop/sync software for this phone is not ready for prime time. Buy a Blackberry. Less
Amazon

Sorry Sac of Centro

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This phone is a complete mess. It would be better to use the pony express because this thing will not work when you need it to. 1.) It powers itself off for no apparent reason, one day I watched this happen at least 15 times and I wasn't even touching it. 2.) The phone freezes all of the time, which...More
This phone is a complete mess. It would be better to use the pony express because this thing will not work when you need it to. 1.) It powers itself off for no apparent reason, one day I watched this happen at least 15 times and I wasn't even touching it. 2.) The phone freezes all of the time, which requires that you take off the back and pull out the battery, and that eventually created space between the back cover and the phone. And this is very inconvenient when in the middle of a call! 3.) Communicating with the network is an issue when texting. Half of the time I wouldn't receive texts for hours then all of a sudden some would "transfer from my sim card." 4.) And currently I have no phone because the darn thing will not come on at all. 5.) After going through three phones in the span of two weeks all that AT&T could offer me was the Motorola Q9H, Pantech Duo, and the Blackjack 2, all of which have the EXACT same issues as the fricking Centro I already have. Apparently I could not get a Blackberry because it isn't considered a smartphone, even though AT&T's website says otherwise. And after talking to a few other Centro owners, I discovered that these problems aren't just happening to me, the phone is a complete piece of junk. Needless to say DO NOT BUY this sorry sac of Centro!!! Less
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