This might as well be the next smartphone from Palm

by Volker Weber

centro leaked

Would you want one?


It looks pretty nice but will most probably lack WiFi... Engadget's open letter to Palm worth a read if you're wondering what's currently wrong with Palm.

Laurent Mellinger, 2007-08-26

I linked to that open letter a couple of days ago.

I don't agree you need Wi-Fi though. Currently I have a BlackBerry with Wi-Fi and it does not make a difference at all. If you have a good data tariff you are never going to need Wi-Fi at all. 200 MB are now available from O2 for 10 Eur a month, and that is all I ever needed. For 25 you can get something like 5 GB and it is pretty much impossible to reach.

Volker Weber, 2007-08-26

Agreed, if you aren't roaming...

Laurent Mellinger, 2007-08-26

No, I am very happy with my E61i. And may even resist buying an iPhone ;-) Though I wish sometimes the E61i would be so snappy like my former 650, 680 Treos.

Yves Luther, 2007-08-26

If it runs Windows Mobile, then no.

Joerg Michael, 2007-08-26

It looks nice, but my E90 gives me everything I need.

Martin Wettstein, 2007-08-26

Maybe - I second Engadget's open letter to Palm. I want a thinner, lighter Treo with better battery life, a decent non-reflective touch-screen and the same excellent keyboard.

There's not enough info on the Centro to know if it's going to cut it. The keyboard looks very, very cramped, but until we don't know how big the phone is yet.

John Keys, 2007-08-26

I don't like the little keyboards like that, so I'm not considering it. I won't use the Treo or the RIM devices for the same reason.

I've been using a Nokia 9300 as a Blackberry for almost 2 years and I'm not going to use one of those crappy thumb keyboards again.

Scott Gentzen, 2007-08-26

Its hard to know much by looking at the picture, but my first impression is that I'd expect to:

a) Find it too thick to be comfortable sliding into a pocket.
b) Too fragile (lots of exposed glass and buttons)
c) Not particularly point-and-click in nature
d) hard to type on for messages
e) hard to find touch tone keys to dial without looking

Given all that, it'd have to have some killer apps for me to even consider it.

Andrew Pollack, 2007-08-27

Sadly, I gave up on Palm about 4 years ago. I got tired of waiting for them to catch up with the times. Pitiful is the most kind word I can think of as explain why they don't have WiFi in any of their Treo devices.

Their quality has also suffered in recent years; especially with the GSM based devices. Horrible shielding and thus just about anything made the old Treo 650 models get interference from just about anything. The list of problems was seemingly endless.

The recent introduction of the Foleo (as opposed to a device that people were actually asking for) is just the latest piece of evidence that they've completely lost touch with reality. There may be a place in this world for a Folio type device, but not at $500 and not before they prove they know what they doing with their supposed core competency, handheld devices.

Waiting for the Nokia e90 to come to the west side of the pond...

Henry Ferlauto, 2007-08-28

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