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  1. #1
    Jim Seymour
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    Hi All,

    I'm currently considering a Palm Centro (on Sprint, as it happens).
    All else aside: How does it work as a phone? How well do they acquire
    and retain service (connection), particularly in marginal coverage
    areas? How's the sound reproduction (clarity, volume level)? How do
    you sound to others?

    Is there anything wrt to this unit functioning *as* *a* *phone*
    that's lacking that I might want to know about? For example: I just
    read something in another thread that said the Palm Centro doesn't
    have built-in support for voice-command dialing? Is it truly
    possible they left this out of a modern wireless *phone*?

    Having my Palm data and phone all-in-one would be terrific, but only
    if the thing was actually a capable phone. I know that, in the past,
    PalmOS-based phones haven't actually been very good *phones*, thus my
    questions.

    Thanks,
    Jim
    --
    Jim Seymour | "There is no expedient to which a man will not
    [email protected] | go to avoid the labor of thinking."
    http://jimsun.LinxNet.com | - Thomas A. Edison



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  2. #2
    AZ Nomad
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    Re: Palm Centro: How Is It As A *Phone*?

    On Fri, 18 Jul 2008 09:05:03 -0500, Jim Seymour <[email protected]> wrote:
    >Hi All,


    >I'm currently considering a Palm Centro (on Sprint, as it happens).
    >All else aside: How does it work as a phone? How well do they acquire
    >and retain service (connection), particularly in marginal coverage
    >areas? How's the sound reproduction (clarity, volume level)? How do
    >you sound to others?


    It works just fine as a phone. My biggest problem with the phone was that it
    isn't a clamshell phone like the phone it replaced, a samsung
    sph-i500.

    I refuse to be one of those geeks who keep their phone in a holster hanging
    off their beltline. I stick it in a pocket. I have to be sure that my keys
    are in a different pocket so the screen won't get scratched.

    The bigger problem is that the mere act of reaching in and removing it from
    my pocket would cancel incoming phone calls. The phone has the option to
    disable the touch screen on incoming calls, but the answer/deny buttons are
    too easy to accidentally hit when withdrawing the phone. I solved it with
    another application, 'butler', which requires a two key sequence to answer
    incoming calls.

    Back to the subject of it as a phone: the ringer volume can be set to
    tremendous and can play any mp3; it works great with bluetooth devices or as
    a speakerphone; signal quality is at least as good as any sprint phone I've
    had. I actually like the tiny keyboard as it is a huge improvement over using
    handwriting recognition (palm graffiti).

    The coolest application I have on it now is a full copy of tom-tom navigator.
    It connects to a thumsized bluetooth GPS receiver on my keychain that is
    sensative enough to be left in the pocket. It is on an 8GB micro-sdhc card
    that is half the size of a postage stamp, taking up about a gig, leaving a
    useable amount of space for music and audiobooks.



  3. #3
    AZ Nomad
    Guest

    Re: Palm Centro: How Is It As A *Phone*?

    On Fri, 18 Jul 2008 17:53:44 -0500, mikeyhsd <[email protected]> wrote:
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    Lose the mime crap. Usenet isn't email. It isn't even the web.



  4. #4
    prepaidwirelessguy
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    Re: Palm Centro: How Is It As A *Phone*?

    I've had experience with the 700p, the 755p, and the centro, which is
    essentially a 755p in a different form factor. Great phone. I
    haven't had a problem keeping it in my pocket, and my wife, who has a
    pink one ;-)...keep it in her purse without problems. Definitely
    recommend a screen cover (I hate cases), and keeping your keys in the
    other pocket.

    Cheers,
    PrepaidWirelessGuy
    www.prepaid-wireless-guide.com






  5. #5

    Re: Palm Centro: How Is It As A *Phone*?

    AZ Nomad <[email protected]> wrote:

    >It works just fine as a phone. My biggest problem with the phone was that it
    >isn't a clamshell phone like the phone it replaced, a samsung
    >sph-i500.



    Does the Centro do wifi?



  6. #6
    Larry
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    Re: Palm Centro: How Is It As A *Phone*?

    [email protected] wrote in news:[email protected]:

    > AZ Nomad <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>It works just fine as a phone. My biggest problem with the phone was
    >>that it isn't a clamshell phone like the phone it replaced, a samsung
    >>sph-i500.

    >
    >
    > Does the Centro do wifi?
    >


    http://www.engadget.com/2007/10/13/palm-centro-review/




  7. #7
    AZ Nomad
    Guest

    Re: Palm Centro: How Is It As A *Phone*?

    On Tue, 22 Jul 2008 11:34:05 -0500, [email protected] <[email protected]> wrote:
    >AZ Nomad <[email protected]> wrote:


    >>It works just fine as a phone. My biggest problem with the phone was that it
    >>isn't a clamshell phone like the phone it replaced, a samsung
    >>sph-i500.



    >Does the Centro do wifi?

    nope



  8. #8
    Jim Seymour
    Guest

    Re: Palm Centro: How Is It As A *Phone*?

    In article <[email protected]m>,
    prepaidwirelessguy <[email protected]> writes:
    > I've had experience with the 700p, the 755p, and the centro, which is
    > essentially a 755p in a different form factor. Great phone. I
    > haven't had a problem keeping it in my pocket, and my wife, who has a
    > pink one ;-)...keep it in her purse without problems. Definitely
    > recommend a screen cover (I hate cases), and keeping your keys in the
    > other pocket.


    Resolution:

    I read up on the Centro at PhoneScoop. Very positive there. Then a
    friend of mine who's an 8-year "Palm phone" user and whose opinion I
    value highly bought one. After two weeks he we liking it. So I
    pulled the trigger a couple days ago.

    Battery life seems a bit short, but I've been beating the heck out of
    it, so time will tell. Overall, so far I quite like it. Again: Time
    will tell.

    Thanks for the follow-ups, everybody.

    Btw: I went with the case. Don't like screen covers.

    Jim
    --
    Jim Seymour | "There is no expedient to which a man will not
    [email protected] | go to avoid the labor of thinking."
    http://jimsun.LinxNet.com | - Thomas A. Edison



  9. #9
    AZ Nomad
    Guest

    Re: Palm Centro: How Is It As A *Phone*?

    On Fri, 15 Aug 2008 19:51:35 -0500, Jim Seymour <[email protected]> wrote:
    >In article <[email protected]m>,



    >Battery life seems a bit short, but I've been beating the heck out of
    >it, so time will tell. Overall, so far I quite like it. Again: Time
    >will tell.


    I have a third party "extended battery" that help immensly. My
    battery life w/ the phone is OK, but I wanted more battery for when I
    play mp3s or use a bluetooth gps and gps map software.

    >Thanks for the follow-ups, everybody.


    >Btw: I went with the case. Don't like screen covers.


    >Jim




  10. #10
    SAMMMM
    Guest

    Re: Palm Centro: How Is It As A *Phone*?

    love mine.
    coming from a treo 650 woth docs to go. i use the spreadsheet stuff....
    audio is louder, and coverage is better. it cleared some dead spots for
    me.
    only down is the lack of a standard sd plug, although the internal
    micro-sd is there, it's not easy to change.
    good phone...
    \sam


    "Jim Seymour" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > In article
    > <[email protected]m>,
    > prepaidwirelessguy <[email protected]> writes:
    >> I've had experience with the 700p, the 755p, and the centro, which is
    >> essentially a 755p in a different form factor. Great phone. I
    >> haven't had a problem keeping it in my pocket, and my wife, who has a
    >> pink one ;-)...keep it in her purse without problems. Definitely
    >> recommend a screen cover (I hate cases), and keeping your keys in the
    >> other pocket.

    >
    > Resolution:
    >
    > I read up on the Centro at PhoneScoop. Very positive there. Then a
    > friend of mine who's an 8-year "Palm phone" user and whose opinion I
    > value highly bought one. After two weeks he we liking it. So I
    > pulled the trigger a couple days ago.
    >
    > Battery life seems a bit short, but I've been beating the heck out of
    > it, so time will tell. Overall, so far I quite like it. Again: Time
    > will tell.
    >
    > Thanks for the follow-ups, everybody.
    >
    > Btw: I went with the case. Don't like screen covers.
    >
    > Jim
    > --
    > Jim Seymour | "There is no expedient to which a man will
    > not
    > [email protected] | go to avoid the labor of thinking."
    > http://jimsun.LinxNet.com | - Thomas A.
    > Edison






  11. #11
    AZ Nomad
    Guest

    Re: Palm Centro: How Is It As A *Phone*?

    On Sun, 17 Aug 2008 16:47:24 -0400, SAMMMM <[email protected]> wrote:
    >love mine.
    >coming from a treo 650 woth docs to go. i use the spreadsheet stuff....
    >audio is louder, and coverage is better. it cleared some dead spots for
    >me.
    >only down is the lack of a standard sd plug, although the internal
    >micro-sd is there, it's not easy to change.
    >good phone...


    To avoid R&Ring the card, I use a product to export the card so that
    the phone on usb looks like a memory stick. Downside is that it
    is very slow. Downloading a gig takes 30 minutes. It's
    something to be started while one does something else. If I don't
    want to wait, then I pop the card into a microsd card reader barely
    larger than a usb plug.



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