"a great starter smartphone"4.0 starson by sillyhermitcrab
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.