Palm Centro Brightens Palms Smartphone Line Up
Smart - The Sprint Palm
is the first Palm smartphone since the Tungsten W, promising to
smarten up Palms smartphone line.
Small - at only 4.2 x 2.1 x 0.7 inches and 4.2
ounces, Centro is Palm's smallest and lightest smartphone ever.
Affordable - And, at $99.99 with a two-year Sprint
contract, the Centro is Palm's least costly model yet.
NOTE: Sprint only has 90 days exclusive on selling
the Centro, so you can pick up your centro from other carriers such
as Verizon Wireless, the country's largest CDMA/EV-DO carrier, and
maybe Alltel, when Sprint's exclusivity period ends
This smartphone is clearly targeted at the youth market, 95 percent
of the total mobile phone market.
Screen - The Palm OS-run Centro sports the standard
Treo touch screen and QWERTY thumb-keyboard. The Centro's 2.2-inch
touch screen supports a 320 x 320 pixel resolution and 65,000 colors.
Battery - powered by a 1150mAh removable battery
to supply up to 3.5 hours talk and 3 days standby time.
Connectivity - Sprints CDMA cellular network supports
high-speed cellular-broadband EV-DO data network. Dial-up-networking
is via Bluetooth to use the Centro to access the Web or corporate
network. Bluetooth can also be used to connect to other peripheral
devices such as hands-free kits, wireless headsets, and GPS devices.
Storage - Centro comes standard with 64M of internal
storage and a microSD slot for up to 4GB additional memory in a
single expansion card.
Media - still digital and video using a 1.3 megapixel
2x digital zoom digital camera. Bundled Pocket Tunes Deluxe software
allows you to listen to DRM-protected audio.
Email - Centro and Sprint provide a great messaging
bundle with support for Microsoft Direct Push e-mail using the smartphone's
VersaMail application, meaning you can access AOL, MSN, Hotmail,
Gmail, and Yahoo! accounts.
Messaging - Palm's threaded SMS messaging client
as well as additional support for multimedia messaging and AIM,
Yahoo, and Windows Live instant messaging.
Applications - standard Palm OS applications and
bundled software including the Blazer Web browser and DataViz' Documents
to Go Professional 10 mobile office suite. Centro will allow you
to access MySpace, YouTube, SprintTV for live and on-demand video,
Yelp and Google Maps over Sprint's EV-DO network.
Sprint Plan - sign up for Sprints data plan, Sprint
Power Vision packs. These range from $15 to $30 per month. The $30
a month plan includes unlimited text messaging, data access, Web
browsing, e-mail, Sprint Picture Mail/Video Mail, On Demand, NFL
Mobile, Sprint TV and Active Sync.
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