Note: We may earn commissions (at no cost to you) if you buy through links on our site. Learn more.
NOTE: This model is discontinued and may no longer be available to purchase new. See the latest cell phones or compare used prices.

Palm Centro 690 review

7.2/10 AVG.

Informr score
The Palm Centro 690 currently has an Informr score of 7.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 94 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

There has been no shortage of admonitions directed at Palm over the past year, from criticizing their dated OS to cosmetic and aesthetic complaints.

But Palm is selling millions of Centros. It’s simple, we geeks may look down our noses at the antiquated operation system, but in a recent conversation with a cell phone store owner I learned that people just plain like them.

The Centro 690 is a capable smart phone that gets most of the important details right. Buttons you can push, a responsive touch screen, a wealth of 3rd party apps to choose from to customize and maximize your device, and good call quality.

The Centro 690 has lost some weight from its prior iteration, making it even more attractive. Out of the box you’ve got yourself an easy-to-use device with Bluetooth, Ev-Do support, push email so you can receive those Nigerian lottery winnings even quicker and a suite of productivity applications.

A recurring theme among users is that it is easy to use. The folks at Palm have created a device for people that have never owned a smart phone and may be intimidated by more sophisticated options.

If you would like to trade up from to a device that is simple to use, will make your day easier and safer, take a look at the Centro 690.

Operating system
Palm OS
312 MHz
Screen Size
1+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


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. Available in glossy black onyx or fire-engine red, the Centro's slim enough to slip into a pocket-something the c...

- Rick Broida, Wired

Prices (Where to Buy)

Common Questions

Palm released the Centro 690 on September 27, 2007.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Palm Centro 690 user manual here.

Palm backs up the Centro 690 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Centro 690 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Palm support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Palm's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

Ask the Community


Manuals / User Guides Helpful Links Share / Embed

Maybe one of your friends will find this review helpful? Please help us spread the word.

Quick view

Screen Size

The Palm Centro 690's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.

312 MHz

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


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

1+ MP

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

There's no secondary front camera.

64 MB

Internal memory is 64 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 4 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


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

Centro 690 Specs

Release date September 27, 2007
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/1900 MHz
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. 0
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

Compare Palm OS Smartphones

Processor Intel XScale 312 MHz
Internal Storage 64 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.35 W/kg
Body: 0.82 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
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, Olive Green, Pink, Red, Rose, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.7 x 5.4 x 1.2 cm (4.2 x 2.1 x 0.5 in)
Weight 119 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
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 No
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
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 4 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
1+ megapixels
2x digital
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
CIF (352 x 288 pixels)
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
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 Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Palm Centro CDMA

A GSM version of the Centro is also available. It is also known as the Palm Centro 685.
Related Links Manual (PDF)
Palm Centro 690 Reviews
Where to buy Palm Centro 690
Suggest a correction