Palm Centro Hands On And Gallery (Verdict: They're Gonna Sell a Lot Of 'Em)

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The Palm Centro was a joke until the price dropped this morning. $99 for a full featured touchscreened Palm device is a great value. It loses the heft found in previous Palm Treos, and it's even a little bit...shiny. The only thing to be concerned with is that tiny keyboard. Despite it being targeted toward the same demographic as the Hiptop (Sidekick), it is much harder to use—think iPhone before you get used to it. I'm sure you would adjust; I mean, the kids, the kids, they would adjust. But man, with good looks, a low price, powerful features, and the shedding of the Treo brand name, they may have a hit. Gadget dudes, this is the phone to buy your kid who's not quite smooth enough to have a Hiptop, or your smart kid who knows enough about gadgets to want the extra features.

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DISCUSSION

OOF. I know these were off the hip snaps with no time for tripods, good lighting and time for retakes, but these photos are giving me a headache. The thumbnails look fine, but that always seems to be the case.

I was pretty iffy when the spy shots came out for these and was subsequently very worried for Palm's future. I've used Palms since my first 512 but their slippage off the cutting edge has relegated my last Palm device to be a Tungsten T3 with a completely unusable battery life.

Nothing in the meantime has suitably caught my attention, except maybe the Treo, but I've never been a fan of big chunky smartphones. I can see Centros being a success, though I'm quite sure I won't buy one — but it gives Palm something of a glimmer to its future possibilities and what they'll create on the higher end of the spectrum.