Palm Centro

The Good Smaller than other Palm handsets; interface is easy to understand.

The Bad Lack of 3G and Wi-Fi; 1.3-megapixel camera; lack of built-in 3.5mm headphone jack or adaptor in the box.

The Bottom Line As a smaller Palm device, the Centro performs as expected. With regard to the younger market at which it's aimed, we think it lacks the features to push it into the limelight. Sure, it's a straightforward device if you want email on the go, but in terms of its camera and music functionality, we feel very underwhelmed

Editors' Rating
6.5 Overall

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Review

Palm Centro

After Palm launched the Treo 500, it was apparent that the once business-focused company was starting to stretch its legs and make a run for the consumer world. The Centro is a further move into the consumer domain but is this smaller Palm device what consumer users really want? We spent some quality time with it to find out.

It's currently available SIM-free from the Palm Web site for around £200 and we've been informed that it will also be available soon on a major network for free with a monthly contract.

Design
You'd be forgiven for thinking that the Centro was just a carbon copy of the Treo 500, but it's much smaller. It's not as thin as phones such as the RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8110, HTC S620 or Samsung i600, but it feels comfortable to hold while texting or making a call. It's also not too heavy or light and slips comfortably into a pocket.

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