"Nice Device, Nice Price"4.5 starson by markwoodbury
Pros: Great form factor and Well Built
Cons: Installation CD is buggy
Summary: I have had a bevy of smart devices and mobile phones over the years. I am OS agnostic when it comes to Palm OS devices versus Windows Mobile. Recently, I have owned the Sprint's UT Starcom 6700, Samsung's I500, Palm Treo 700 WX, Moto Q and most recently the Palm Centro. Before my corporate E-mail became a mandatory need, I loved the I500. It was well built and the OS performed geat. After that I went through quite a few Windows Mobile OS phones. The 6700 was junk (Made Phantom phone calls), the Q was just as bad (Motorola needs to stop basing their designs on profitablilty; that phone has really made me anti-Motorola, and now my workhourse, the Treo 700 WX (By far the best Windows Mobile Device from Sprint; great build quality and the least amounts of software hiccups.)I have now had the phone for almost a year and have since passed it to my girlfriend. The phone is still incredible and has performed incredibly.
One it comes to OS, the MS Exchange functionality was the compelling feature for purchasing the windows mobile devices. Now that the Centro has the same capability, I am extremely happy. I feel that, even though it is not as polished as Windows mobiles, The Centro's functionality and stability are great. The one major benefit of the PALM OS, it does not have the same tendency to lock up as the Windows Mobile OS. The Garnett OS has also done a reasonably good job of integrating functionality throughout the phone.
I agree with another reviewer that the build quality is not toy-like. I would say that the build quality exceeds the Blackberry Pearl. As for the Keyboard; after living with brick smartphones, it is nice to have the smaller form factor. Plus, I would rather have seperate keys for entering text rather than the 2-letter-per-key thing that both RIM and Sony-Ericsson have been championing.
The MS Exchange Integration is good; I just wish it supported tasks. The camera is better than the 700wx. The browser is good, the IM works well, and the abiltiy to get MSN e-mail is great. All in all, as long as the device remains solid and consistent, I would recommend this device.
Updated on Nov 27, 2008
Well done, Palm!!!
Updated on Jan 4, 2009I have now had the phone quite a while and now I have added another for my mother. They improved the casing and gave it a soft touch finish. It is Excellent; 5 stars.