A Look at the Electric Blue CentroBy: Ryan Kairer
July 15, 2008
Palm last week introduced its latest new color for the Palm Centro smartphone. The new Electric Blue Centro is exclusive to AT&T and is available now starting at $69 after rebates and a new service agreement.
The Electric Blue shares all the same features and software as its white and black associates on AT&T. We previously posted our full review of the Onyx Black Sprint Centro and the Glacier White AT&T Centro as well. Read on for the full live picture gallery and additional details.
The Centro is a quad-band GSM/EDGE smartphone running Palm OS Garnet v5.4.9. It features a 320x320 pixel touchscreen display, Bluetooth v1.2, a 1.3 megapixel digital camera with video capture and 64MB of memory and a microSD slot for memory expansion.
It has dimensions of 4.22" (L) x 2.11" (W) x 0.73" (D) (107 x 54 x 18.5 mm) and weighs in at 4.2 oz (119g). Palm's imaginary battery life rating is 4 hours talk time with 300 hours standby. It has a 1150 mAh capacity. The GSM/AT&T version also includes the more modern and user friendly phone interface and home screen which first debuted on the Treo 680.
Palm certainly wasn't kidding when they chose the name Electric Blue. The color is very vibrant and really "pops" in person. This color also has a subtle sparkle finish to it when viewed up close. It's not overwhelmingly sparkly and it makes for a nice effect. The casing is the usual solid plastic. As a nice touch, the included stylus also matches the sapphire motif.
Overall the Centro is still an attractive choice for new smartphone customers and fan's of the Palm OS. Especially at the newly reduced $69 price point. While its not the most powerful device out there, it still benefits from speed and ease of use of the Palm OS and its large software catalogue.
Electric Blue Centro Photo Gallery
The Electric Blue's Box and Contents
The Electric Blue Centro in the flesh...
Top and Bottom along with side views
The Electric Blue Centro's QWERTY close up...
The backlighting on the keyboard is really something. The keys almost appear to fluoresce when backlit.
Blue along with his Black counterpart and distant cousin the Treo 800w
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