|A New PALM CENTRO 685 BLUE AT&T T MOBILE TOUCH SCREEN QWERTY UNLOCKED CELL PHONE|
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|Suitable for people on the go, the Palm Centro GSM takes your mobile phone experience to a new level. Running on the Palm 5.4.9 OS, this Palm cell phone is pre-loaded with a document editor application and also supports installation of preferred applications. The 2.25-inch touchscreen display of this Palm cell phone makes navigation easy and delivers content clearly. The 4-line QWERTY keypad of this smartphone makes composing of messages effortless. Furthermore, the Palm Centro GSM phone has a 5-way navigation button that helps you easily navigate through Web pages while browsing the Internet. Supporting Bluetooth connectivity, this Palm cell phone facilitates easy sharing of files with other portable devices. What’s more, this smartphone has a 1.3 MP camera to capture actions wherever you go.|
|Storage Capacity||64 MB|
|Band||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Quadband)|
|Supported Flash Memory Cards||MicroSD|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Battery Capacity||1150 mAh|
|Battery Talk Time||Up to 240 min|
|Battery Standby Time||Up to 300 hr|
|Display Technology||LCD display|
|Diagonal Screen Size||2.4 in.|
|Display Resolution||320 x 320 pixels|
|Color Depth||16-bit (65000 colors)|
|QWERTY Physical Keyboard||Yes|
Average review score based on 117 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
- Beautiful and comfortable design.
- Great screen/display resolution.
- Responsive touchscreen.
- Multitasking: can use more than one application at the same time.
- Physical (slider) qwerty keyboard.
- Good call/sound quality.
- Good music player; great sound with headphones.
- Camera takes wonderful pictures.
- Camera flash can also be used as a flashlight.
- Can be charged without cables, with the touchstone charger.
- The proximity sensor automatically disables the touch screen and turns off the display whenever I put the phone up to my ear and turns it back on when I take it away from my face.
- Besides the calendar, it seems pretty fast.
- 3.5mm headset jack, unlike the Palm Treo (2.5mm); but most phones now have 3.5mm.
- Good web browser.
- Terrible battery life. I can use it for a day with moderate use: I don't check emails on my phone and talk less than one hour a day; I use wifi for a few minutes a day. Higher capacity batteries are available, but they significantly bulk-up the phone and can't be used with the touchstone.
- Most Palm App Catalog applications are only available in the USA. I live in Central America and cant' access the App Catalog; therefore, I can't download applications from it. I have to use Preware or Homebrew (unofficial freeware), which only display some free apps, most of which are being tested.
- No application to sync with Outlook. I had to buy a $40.00 external application to be able to sync; and can only do it at my home network.
- Most applications are web-based; so they can't be accessed unless there's wifi or with a data plan with available service.
- Can't edit MS Office documents; can only view them. And - of course - can't sync any files.
- Small, cramped keyboard. I don't have big hands, and have to type with my fingernails. Also, the edges are higher than the rest of the keyboard, so the keys next to the edges are difficult to press.
- Calendar takes over a minute to display appointments over 6 months ahead/behind.
- Bluetooth can only be used with audio devices; which means I can't send or receive files from other cell-phones or computers.
- No zoom on the camera.
- Instant messaging only for Google Talk and AOL; I use Yahoo Messenger.
Upon opening the box, the Palm Pre is an excellent competitor for any phone. With it's sleek design and beautiful display right at your fingertips, you won't be disappointed. Since this palm is flashed for cricket, I had to take it in and verify the ESN with my service provider and 10 minutes later I'm set. The texting move from my palm treo 700p to the pre is instant and intuitive, no changes in the keyboard effect how quickly I can type. When I load the internet, there is an issue. Apparently the flash on the phone didn't work and I don't have mms, internet, gps, etc. So, after a day of trying to get it to work on my own, I call it quits. Next day I take it to cricket and spend 2 hours while they try and flash it, which is pathetic really. After they flash it, MMS STILL doesn't work. What gives? I have no clue. They didn't know either. I can receive but can't send any, so they tell me to come back in a few days. The service it gets is decent, but better than the previous phones I have had in my apartment complex. The downside to all of this is that the palm store doesn't work, so I have to use preware, but for the price I paid, I'd rather use hacks anyways. I would strongly suggest this phone. It is very user friendly and open, since I know linux, the terminal has been especially fun to use as well. It gets the job done and is nice and organized. I'd give it 4 1/2 stars but I can't do that on ebay. Thanks!
I'm hooked on Palm PDAs. So I saw the Centro as a chance to get rid of the PDA and do both on the cell phone. The screen is very small, and the power port is a weak link. When I got my old Centro from Verizon, it wasn't necessary to have a data plan for texting. After about two years of pocket wear and knocking around, the charging port became fragile, meaning that I had to sit and hold the plug "just right" so it would charge for around 1.5 hr/day. That situation didn't last too long. First I went to Verizon (VZ); they wanted to renew my contract for two years and give me some other phone. No, I want my centro, but I want it to charge up. Then they wanted to sell me a battery $40+tax+shipping ($8 for two on eBay+0tax+0shipping). But the battery didn't solve the problem, so I decided to buy a used Centro. (I'm close to retirement and don't want a 2yr commitment! VZ wanted $149+tx+sh for a replacement without contract.) The new Centro ($63+0+0) worked just fine; was in good shape and it charged on its own! Verizon 611 service got the new phone up and running in five minutes with no complaining that I didn't buy it from them.
A little duct tape can keep the pocket lint out of the charging port. The keyboard is "tactile" to your fingernails--'way too small for your fingers. The coating of the keys is so shiny that it's hard to find the special characters like + / * $ ! . So touch typing is definitely out.
Pros: it's a Palm PDA!!!, it's light, it's loud enough, it works well with bluetooth. Can send&receive pictures and text while talking on the phone! Good touchscreen dialing pad. Good tech support from VZ & Palm.
Cons: Verizon stores are the pits--keep away! Battery drain is significant; must charge daily, especially in weak signal areas. Shiny key coverings. Small screen. Poor design of charging port. Low-res camera.
My Palm PDA isn't lost. When my cell phone days are over, my trusty T|X is standing by to keep me organized.
Many find it in vogue to lambast the PalmOS (Garnet) platform as antiquated and outlived. My take is show me what works as simply, elegantly, and just plain better for what it was intended to do in the workplace and marketplace: namely, be an intuitive platform for syncing Outlook, or the Palm Desktop (and now, even the Cloud on Google, using proven solutions such as Pimlico's Pimlical and Datebook) with Palm's full-fledged PIM (calendar, contacts, tasks, and memos), email, and bevy of excellent, third-party apps and hacks that expand Garnet's limited copy-and-paste buffer and built-in task-switching capabilities. (Try, for example, RNS's Hi-Launcher/sub-launcher utilities and/or other excellent launchers available on that platform.) Amazingly, the Palm Centro (and other Garnet-based devices) allow programs like PocketTunes to run media and music in the backgroud, while others function in the foreground. Even by today's standards, this outpaces a few contemporary, multi-tasking OS's--including Palm's own WebOS-based Pre and Pixi smartphones! Blazer's limited web-browsing features lack the flair of its modern counterparts, but one still can install the superb Opera Mini browser on PalmOS, with Java and, with minimal tweaking, enjoy a full-blown web experience on a truly pocketable device. When I am on the "go," it is nice to choose between two browsing options: Blazer for rendering mobile web information reasonably fast, without Flash and unwanted ads; and Opera Mini for nimbly zooming-in and out of full page websites, using a stylus, without the need to tote a buff cloth for cleaning my device after nearly every use.
While I have owned an Apple iPod Touch for about a year, I prefer it as a compact media player for downloading and viewing recorded television shows and films, listening to music, playing games, etc., mostly when I'm in flight, and find no need to carry a laptop for work that I can otherwise do on my Centro. To date, not all of the titles available on other platforms such as Android, RIM, and Apple, have achieved the maturity and functionality of their equivalents, running on my Palm Centro.
No doubt, the new iPhone 4, with its multitasking, dual-facing cameras, speed, sexy marketing, superior build, and plethora of third-party apps deserves, undeniably, its "hit" status. While I have grown used to typing on the Touch's virtual keyboard, it doesn't offer me the more satisfying, tactile typing experience of Centro's physical keyboard--cramped bubbleboard and all. I make as many (if not, more) mistakes and corrections on my Touch as I do on my Centro.
In short, after a decade of using and accruing data on PalmOS, switching to Windows Mobile, RIM, Apple, even Palm WebOS, now, would be a step backward, yielding fewer applications and capabilities--even if I were to use emulators such as Style-Tap or Classic. I still rely upon a few, rare legacy programs that I use on my Centro, but that's another story. That said, WebOS, Android, Windows Mobile 7, or Apple's mobile MAC OS, may be in the future for me. I have tried Palm's WebOS-based Pre and Pixi at various carriers' outlets, and plan to try them again (or their successors), later, following HP's acquisition of Palm, but only after the platform and hardware have matured, and synergies have been properly optimized.
I offered similar thoughts on a palm platform website, and appreciate the opportunity to do so, again, for my purchase of the Palm Centro on eBay.
My Palm had seemed to die, along with all the contacts and addresses enclosed. Took my two year old phone to Verizon, and their tech told me the phone was dead, I would need to sign up for another TWO YEARS! Plus I would have to pay an extra $30 for a similar smartphone. So I bought one working model on ebay. Turned out by moving the battery to my old phone, it wasn't dead. The battery was shot. I would have shot the tech at Verizon who could take the time to check the battery! But I was really pleased that my little ($46) ebay sale saved me the $30 x 24 months) plus I now had all my business contacts back.
Thanks to ebay. I also got an extra battery charger to keep in my office ($20 value alone) and an extra data cable.