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Hands on review for Palm Centro device.
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  • List most of the applications. But some applications that are just part of the Preference panel for example, is not listed.
  • Infra red is actually the most straightforward and simple method of beaming contact information between devices, even more than using Bluetooth. Because both party are most likely close to each others, aligning devices shouldn’t be difficult. But too bad many devices has ditched this feature for Bluetooth only solution.
  • Palm Centro

    1. 1. Palm Centro Hands on usage review (3 months) By: nSeika <kiriel_salem@live.com>
    2. 2. Specification & Features Dimension 107.2 mm x 53.5 mm x 18.6 mm. 124 gram Platform Palm OS 5.4.9 powered by Access Radio GSM; GPRS class 10; EDGE. No 3G and above Screen 320 x 320 pixel TFT. Resistive touch screen Camera 1.3 megapixel. 2x digital zoom. No auto focus. No flash. Memory 64 MB available + micro SD (up to 4 GB) Connectivity Infra red; Bluetooth 1.2; USB cable (proprietary); 2.5 mm headset
    3. 3. Scoring Battery 3/5 Value / Price 5/5 Form / Build 3/5 Hard keyboard 4/5 GPS n/a Wi-Fi n/a SMS client 4/5 E-mail client 2/5 Chatting client n/a Browser 2/5 Games n/a Business apps 4/5 Camera 3/5 Video camera No check Photo album 4/5 Video player No check Music player 4/5
    4. 4. Disadvantages <ul><li>Old Palm OS that’s not updated anymore </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Still many legacy applications available </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No Wi-Fi </li></ul><ul><li>No GPS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Maps application uses cell tower triangulation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be paired with external GPS receiver </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blazer browser is far behind other smartphone browsers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Works good enough for mobile sites </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Proprietary power and data cable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Data cable can be replaced with Bluetooth radio </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No USB mass storage profile </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Remedied with 3 rd party application (e.g. Softick CardExport) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No driver for 64 bit Windows </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Bluetooth serial connection profile </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Design & Construction <ul><li>Retail package </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Carton box and plastic inside box </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not exactly exclusive looking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Too big. Could reduce the size to half like Treo Pro’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Would appreciate more amenities such as leather case or strap </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Phone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Battery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adaptor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data cable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mono handsfree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CD for Palm Desktop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A stack of manual books and documents </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Design & Construction <ul><li>Front </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Indicator lamp </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Power charge (red  green) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Searching for network (blinking red) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No indicator for Bluetooth or messages </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speaker </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Screen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Buttons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dial, Disconnect </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Navigation button </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hardware keys </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keyboard </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rear </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Camera </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mirror </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speaker </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Top </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stylus silo access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Silent mode switch </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bottom </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi connector port (proprietary) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Power charger plug (proprietary) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lanyard strap </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2.5 mm audio jack </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Microphone </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Left </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Infra Red </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Right </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Volume dial </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t work as jog dial </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Side button </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Design & Construction <ul><li>QWERTY candy bar form </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personally prefers clamshell form factor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Square screen, giving impression of balanced proportion between the top (screen) and bottom (keyboard) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keyboard are small, but actually usable </li></ul></ul><ul><li>5 way navigation button </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Main annoyance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loose and not so responsive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Screen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficult to reach buttons near the edge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharp and clear, despite the 320 x 320 resolution </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Back speaker </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Loud voice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Better if placed against the table surface </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Back cover </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficult to close </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SIM card </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Very difficult to take off </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Memory card </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have to open back cover to easily open the lid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When accessing the card, the cover keeps obstructing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Stylus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plastic and ugly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Too light compared to older model such as Tungsten series’ metal stylus </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Overall </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Build is solid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Size fits well in hand </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. OS and Features <ul><li>Included applications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Organizer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Calendar, Tasks, Memo </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Expense and Notes removed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dial pad </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Favourites </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stand by screen </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Contacts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Call Log </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Messaging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SMS & MMS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Versa Mail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blazer web browser </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voice Dial </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Included applications (cont’d) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Calculator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Documents 2 Go 10 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voice Memo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>World Clock </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CJK OS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Asia Pacific region only </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet apps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook for Palm </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Google Maps </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multimedia apps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Camcorder </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Camera </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pics & Videos </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pocket Tunes </li></ul></ul></ul>
    9. 9. OS and Features <ul><li>Palm OS </li></ul><ul><li>Old OS, hardly changed ever since the 90s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Retro looks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Declared dead </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PalmSource: Access Linux Platform has no definite release date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PalmOne: moved to the new WebOS (Palm Pre) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No multi tasking </li></ul><ul><li>A traditional PDA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lacking in the graphic and multimedia department </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t have modern full featured browser </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple and to-the-point basic organizer feature with bland but simple interface </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Interface <ul><li>Common </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bluetooth setting shortcut </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cellular signal strength with GPRS status </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Battery meter </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Application display </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grid or List </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3 x 3 scrollable grid </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>11 x 2 scrollable list </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Category view for applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not available for apps in expansion card </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Application display (cont’d) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Context menu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Delete/Uninstall applications </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Beam/Send applications </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Category setup </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Info </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Version </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>File size </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Device database record </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Copy files to/from expansion card </li></ul></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Interface (Phone apps) <ul><li>General </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Network name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quick dial search the phone book </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dial pad </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Finger friendly large buttons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More practical than the keyboard numbers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Favourites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Previously Faves, part of the application screen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shortcut </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Application </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Speed dial </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Speed SMS / E-mail </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Web Link </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Three first posts are reserved </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Voice Mail </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Messaging </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E-Mail </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Favourites (cont’d) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>7 shortcut displayed, but scrollable </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Stand by screen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time and Date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appointment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Only one item </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Only today </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contacts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Phone book </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Category view </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>One category per contact </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>15 categories limit </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Call Log </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All, Incoming, Missed, Outgoing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Total phone call time counter </li></ul></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Contacts <ul><li>“ Last, First” or “Company, Last” only </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3 rd party apps available </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Categories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Single category </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>15 unique categories limit </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sharing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Infra Red, Bluetooth, SMS, E-Mail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Infra Red is the easiest, but not many device use it </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All the most commonly used fields </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4 custom fields </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Memo for extra notes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Google Maps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find address in Google Maps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not useful in most countries with incomplete address in Google Maps </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Can’t send SMS directly </li></ul>
    13. 13. Messaging <ul><li>Messaging </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Threaded message display </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Character counter & multiple message counter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Messaging is quick with the qwerty keyboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quick text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t exit the apps before message is sent </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Versa Mail </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Supports POP, IMAP, Exchange </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HTML mail display supported </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Multimedia <ul><li>Camera </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 Megapixel fixed focus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No flash </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decent picture in bright place </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blue cast for indoor light </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use auto fix in Palm Desktop </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EXIF </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Camera type, Date Time, Orientation, Size, Resolution </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Camcorder </li></ul><ul><li>Pics & Videos </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Category/Album view </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Slideshow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Draw on picture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No frame or clip art </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pocket Tunes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Support background play </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Works with Windows Media Player </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Connectivity <ul><li>Infra Red </li></ul><ul><li>Bluetooth 1.2 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stereo Bluetooth need 3 rd party apps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be used for HotSync </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Data cable using proprietary connection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Driver only for 32 bit Windows </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USB mass storage profile need 3 rd party apps </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Browser <ul><li>Blazer 4.5 </li></ul><ul><li>Outdated browser </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Poor support for Java script </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poor support for wide page layout </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Good enough for mobile websites </li></ul><ul><li>Has auto fill for form (except password) </li></ul><ul><li>Password shows last character typed </li></ul><ul><li>Opera Mini </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Needs IBM Java VM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No longer officially available </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Needs custom setup </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increase VM memory size </li></ul></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Organizer <ul><li>Calendar </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Support single category </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Today screen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Day, Week, Month view </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support complex repeat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Daily </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Day of the week </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Date of the month </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Day of the month </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Day of the year </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Tasks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Support same feature as Calendar apps including Repeats </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Memo </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keeps memo up to 4kb </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>First line as title </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many free 3 rd party alternatives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Synchronize with Palm Desktop or Outlook </li></ul><ul><li>Apps removed from previous Palm OS version </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Expense: business expense tracker </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Notes: free note tracking with stylus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many 3 rd party alternatives are available </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. Other apps <ul><li>Documents to Go </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Best office editing for Palm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support Office 2007 files </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Doesn’t support Styles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Probably no mobile apps supports that </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Synchronize with desktop through HotSync </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Calculator </li></ul><ul><ul><li>7 modes. Use right d-pad </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free download (not included) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add upload to Facebook in Pics & Videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Doesn’t support Apps (good thing) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Doesn’t support replies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>World Clock </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local and 2 foreign time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alarm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Poor repeat option </li></ul></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Applications <ul><li>Recommended apps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Softick CardExport2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use the Centro as USB card reader </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>File manager apps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Files, FileZ, Resco Explorer, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TCPMP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Media player. Free version. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Now Core Player. Free version is available in alternate download site. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Garmin Mobile XT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>GPS with Garmin receiver </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Recommended apps (cont’d) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Power Run </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Move application to memory card </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Device back up apps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Resco Backup, etc </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Input Method Editor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PoBox (Open source Japanese IME) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    20. 20. Desktop application <ul><li>Palm Desktop </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Includes drivers needed for connecting device </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Manage phone’s PIM information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create new PIM item easier using computer screen and keyboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact, Calendar and Tasks can be synchronized to Outlook </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pictures can only be managed outside device using Palm Desktop </li></ul><ul><li>Doesn’t support Unicode </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In computer with Japanese language setting, it will crash when adding/editing contacts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Support synchronizing to more than one Palm device </li></ul>
    21. 21. Conclusion <ul><li>A lot of limitation by the old OS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For those who like to explore, there’s many 3 rd party apps solution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No integration with online services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Google has sync feature </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile sites works fine </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>A great personal organizer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quick and clean organizer device, although the UI felt really retro </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet and entertainment side is not so comparable to the newer generation devices </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Main strength is price tag </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bang for the bucks if you understand the shortcomes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indonesian new price at Rp. 2.5M, cheaper than even most mid-range feature phones </li></ul></ul>

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