The Good The Palm Centro for AT&T offers users an affordable and easy-to-use smartphone. The compact handset also features Bluetooth, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and a full productivity suite with push e-mail capabilities.
The Bad The Centro for AT&T lacks 3G and doesn't support stereo Bluetooth headsets. Also, the QWERTY keyboard is tiny.
The Bottom Line Despite a few misses, the Palm Centro for AT&T is a solid, easy-to-use, and affordable smartphone for first-time buyers.
Palm Centro - AT&T
It's no secret that Palm has been struggling of late to keep up with the smartphone competition. A lack of innovation and a stale operating system is partly to blame. However, the company made a bit of a comeback with its Palm Centro device, which debuted with Sprint last October. The Centro offered a more compact design while still cramming in all the features of a Palm , and at the fraction of the price. It was a good move and breathed some new life into Palm as the smartphone has garnered a fair share of fans.
Now, AT&T customers can enjoy the same benefits of the Centro that Sprint users have been able to for a few months--well, for the most part. The Palm Centro for AT&T features the same ease of use and affordable $99 price tag (with two-year contract and after discounts and rebates) of its CDMA cousin and even gets a fresh look with a white-and-green color scheme. That said, we're disappointed that it lacks 3G support, testing your patience with slower EDGE speeds. Still, for its intended audience of first-time smartphone buyers, you really can't beat the Palm Centro's simplicity and price tag.
Aside from the color, the Palm Centro for AT&T is essentially identical to the Sprint Palm Centro in design. The AT&T model has a pearly white casing (though, Palm officially calls it glacier white), and features lime green number keys. It definitely gives the device a more youthful and playful look that bodes well for its target audience of young professionals and first-time smartphone buyers. That said, AT&T plans to release a black version in March for those who want a more corporate-looking device.
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