$99 Palm Coming Out Soon

October 1, 2007

The Palm Centro will come out in mid-October in the USA — and it’ll only be $99 (with a 2-year Sprint plan)!

(Click on the photo for a larger version)

Palm Centro

Here’s what you’d get with the Palm Centro, running on the Palm OS:

  • Palm OS 5.4.9
  • 1.3 megapixel camera / video
  • 64mb storage
  • Removable battery
  • 320×320 screen
  • EvDO network (near broadband-speed Internet)
  • Bluetooth compatible
  • Comes with IM, text-messaging, phone, and email (although the built-in Versamail email program does not use push technology — so just download Chatter Email and follow my instructions to get push email)
  • Comes with the typical PDA tools of contacts, calendar, tasks, memos, and sync
  • MP3 player built in
  • Full keyboard (actually a rubber sheet!)
  • MicroSD expansion slot (in side of unit)
  • Available in two colors: ruby red and onyx black
  • Smallest and lightest Palm smartphone ever

At this point, I’m not sure why this is a “cheap” Palm compared to the Palm Treo line (which can be as low as $199 but can be as high as $450). The case is lighter and made of durable firm plastic, and these units will have an IM client built in — at least only for those units being sold by Sprint. The Centro actually seems to be a mini version of the Palm Treo 755p, so time will tell why this is a more inexpensive alternative. I should note that Sprint has an exclusive contract to sell the Centro for 90 days, and that other carriers may be carrying the Centro starting in January. Hopefully my favorite, Verizon, will sell this very soon …

(I should note that a Treocentral blog post explains that this smartphone would be terrific for entry-level users, but nto necessarily for power users. Interesting.)


3 Responses to “$99 Palm Coming Out Soon”

  1. -ck Says:

    I agree — it’s good for beginners. If you wanted a upgrade (which I know is overdue), I’d suggest you do the 755p. :-)

    A blog suggestion — printing photos through Target. That’s what you and B did last year for the holidays. I forgot how to do it, so it’d be cool to have that blog post up and I can refer back to it to get photos printed through Target. We have like 50 photos we want to print :-)

  2. proudgeek Says:

    Thanks for the blog suggestion, Chris! Unfortunately, Yahoo Photos closed down, so this ain’t available anymore. That said, let me look into this and see if Target still offers this. It was awesome being able to print photos of my kids at the Target near my mom’s home in Santa Fe, New Mexico — and she picked it up the next time she shopped there.

  3. twallclimber Says:

    my understanding is that you are loyal to palm treo mobiles, yet i am htc tilt hardcore. :) check this new treo 500 that compares with centro – http://www.brighthand.com/default.asp?newsID=13483

    enjoy !

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