Pros Feature-rich, fast, easy to use, thousands of programs, hundreds of freeware
Cons keyboard slightly small, but MUCH better than phone keypad
Summary The Treo is the best smartphone out there, and has been for quite some time. Other smartphones are geared towards email or music, etc. The Centro is everything the Treo is, but much more comfortable, smaller, cuter, and actually has a few more pre-installed apps. If you've ever seen someone with a Treo or other smartphone and thought it's too fancy for you, or more than you need, or too expensive, think again. The Centro is a lousy $99. You can set appointment, tasks, to-do lists, memos, use MS Office docs, pdfs, mp3s, set alarms, recurring alarms, birthdays, anniversaries, reminders, workout logs, games, internet, email, chat/IM, art, CAD, dictionary... wait. Simply put, it can do virtually everything my desktop can do, literally, but it's also a phone. I even watch TV, although I'm not impressed with most of Sprint's quality. I have the Treo 700p, and had 300/600/650, so been Palm user for 5 years. The Centro may be the best of all!
Pros I am so angry with this product right now. I had liked the palm interface, which is why I bought it in the first place, but through standard usage over four months it has failed me not once but three times.
Cons charging mechanism malfunctions causing all sorts of weirdness with operation of the device: overheating, led stays lit (red or green) even when unplugged, until it finally shuts down entirely. I've tried different power cords, batteries, everything
Summary the device has been marketed well. ads abound for the centro. even cnet reviewers and users gave mostly favorable reviews. i cannot endorse this product given my experiences. It has been highly unreliable and i am very disappointed with this offering from palm.
Pros compact size,easy to use,EVDO enabled,mp3 player...all of this comes together to make a solid smartphone
Cons nothing really new here,and some same old disappointments which were grossly overlooked do some damage
Summary as a third party dealer for Sprint,i do my best to keep up on the hot phones out.to help me keep up with appointments and clients,i got my very first smartphone,the Palm Centro in black.
not a bad looking phone.also available in red and pink,this is pretty nice for a pda phone,and the price was right.$150 definitely trumps $300+,plus a $50 mail in rebate.that's a very strong statement pricewise by Sprint.when you get into the phone and its Palm OS,its pretty easy to navigate through.i had learned pretty much everything about this phone within 2 weeks.your mainscreen is customizable with backgrounds,you dont have to have the dialpad displayed,so i got a nice looking beach.to display it,the touch lcd performs very nicely,the images on it are very good in my opinion.even with the low megapixel digital camera,picture quality comes out very nice.the brightness is adjustable,and down on one of its lowest settings,i still dont have a problem seeing the screen,which helps save battery power.
battery life on this is pretty nice as well.i use it all the time,not just as a phone,but web,memos,and mp3 player.it usually hangs in there long enough until i put it on the charger at night,which i like.as of St.Valentine's Day,extended-life batteries and covers are available if you need that extra power.we currently sell them at $65 together.
web browsing is pretty good.it has enough memory to load some of your larger pages,and thats when the EV-DO Rev A comes into play.those high speeds are very nice to have on here.to get the most out of this phone,i strongly suggest a Power Vision packsge and unlimited text messaging,both very well priced(on an individual plan,such packages start at $35,better than most other carriers.)
the mp3 player is another great asset on here.no pauses unless necessary between songs trumps my old mp3 player device.its microSD expansion slot supports up to 4 gb,i currently have a 2 gb card which gives me over 25 albums on there.i dont know if it can play music videos yet.but those are a bit large,even for 4 gb cards.to top it off,you can listen to your music while working on other applications.did i mention you can also record your own ringers?very nice.
drawbacks-no stereo headset compatability to speak of,on either a wired or bluetooth platform.if you want both channels,you gotta listen to your music on the speaker(though that doesnt sound all that bad).nor is it compatable with Sprint Navigation.they tried making up for it with a Googlemaps application.while that is cool,its definitely not the same as having realtime GPS navigation.and you may not like the small keyboard.it doesnt bother me that much,but most people have larger hands than i.plus there was nothing truly revolutionary about this device.it was just a reduction in size.
given everything,even though the cons were pretty bad in my eyes,they were in no way a dealbreaker for me.for my first smartphone,i really like it.i stand by my purchase,and i stand by it as a sale to my customers.whipping one of these out infront of your friends definitely acts as an eye catcher,and it makes for a cool conversation piece.thumbs up.mos def.
"Worst Phone Ever had"on by zactak
Pros Speaker phone is strong, the look.
Cons Lags, restarts for no reason, shuts off for no reason, freezes, speaker to talk broke, regular speaker to hear broke
Summary This is one of the worst phones I have ever had. I was excited about getting this phone and thought it would be a great one. I have had problems with it from the start. For my primary phone, I need a consistent phone that works decently well. This fell short. The battery life is not very long. Since I got it, I have had to charge my phone daily. For someone who only uses their phone 10-15 minutes a day, this is poor. Most phones I have had in the past last at least 2-3 days without being charged. The phone randomly restarts when I am in programs, or using the web browser. Sometimes the phone freezes and I am required to take the battery out entirely to get it to work again. I've had the phone completely drain its battery after being unplugged a few minutes before from being charged. People say I shound choppy and am cutting in and out. This is an ongoing problem I have had since I received the phone last year.
At one point for a week or so, the phone's speaker I talk into stopped working and I couldn't use the phone at all. I called customer support for Palm and could hardly understand the thick accented woman. She told me she would send me directions on how to send my phone in to get fixed, but she never did. The speaker randomly started working a couple weeks later.
The latest problem I have had with this phone is the regular speaker to hear what people are saying doesn't work. I have to put it on speaker phone to be able to hear the person, which means if I am walking down the street, around campus, or I'm at work, I have limited or no privacy.
I would not recommend this phone to other people. I've had it for 8 months and it has been nothing but problems. I am headed back over to LG brand, where I have had no problems.
Pros Sorry, I don't like the construction of this product.
Cons Flimsy plastic, tiny everything, bad sound quality, short battery life and too much hype.
Summary It's a silly little gadget, not comfortable to talk on and battery life is a joke, it's barely a phone. With the tiny little touch screen I have to take out the tiny plastic pin every two seconds. And although it's nice to have a full keypad, it sure is small and makes it almost impossible to type fast... I'm afraid if I put it in my pocket I'm gonna crack the screen, because it feels like a piece of flimsy plastic. I want a better upgrade of the Katana!!!!!!!! A durable phone that won't shatter if dropped (a couple of times).... Why didn't they make this toy with better quality materials?? I'm bringing it back.