Palm Centro AT&T Review
The 1.3-megapixel camera found on the Centro performed admirably. It is not the greatest mobile camera we’ve used, but color representation was good and edges were generally sharp. The pictures were a bit brighter than they should have been, but it is more than adequate for casual snapshots. Options are sparse however, and the only adjustments the user can make is image size or to apply a black and white or sepia filter.
The camcorder records videos at a maximum resolution of 352x288. The video quality was adequate, they would probably best be described as YouTube quality. Video options are as meager as the camera. Video length is limited only by available memory, but only ones fewer than 295K (~11 seconds at max resolution) can be sent via messaging. Unfortunately there is no setting to restrict videos to a sendable size, and there is no size counter like there is a time counter, so users will have to learn when they need to cut videos off. Larger videos can be attached to an email and sent.
Both pictures and videos can be sorted into user-created albums, a very nice feature that allows for easy organization and media recall. All video playback is handled via the Pics&Videos application, and videos can be played in full-screen mode.
Audio playback is handled by Pocket Tunes v4.0.4. It supports MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA and WMA-DRM codecs, as well as features such as album art playlist editing. The player can run in the background, allowing the user full access to the device. If a call comes in the player pauses and when it is ended the music resumes where it left off. We really can’t complain about anything with Pocket Tunes, it is a full featured player and should suffice any user’s need.
The Centro supports the MobiTV and AT&T music, which allows users to both download music and stream XM satellite radio. At times it would hang, we especially noticed this when moving with the device, but the picture quality was generally good and we enjoyed watching TV on the larger screen.
There is 64MB of flash memory in the Palm Centro, but microSD expansion allows for microSDHC cards up to 8GB. Palm is a relatively svelte OS, and despite such little onboard memory we have never had issues with lag or the system bogging down.
Applications are plentiful, and with third party support the possibilities are endless. Besides what we’ve mentioned already the device comes preloaded with the likes of documents to go, and other programs such as TeleNav are only a click away.
1. (unregistered) posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55 0
another crappy phone, my Nokia 6630 from 5 years ago takes better pics.
2. last (unregistered) posted on 16 May 2008, 15:28 0
who cares if your old phone takes better pictures
3. (unregistered) posted on 17 Aug 2008, 12:30 0
oh yeah- well my camera takes better pics- but won't organize my life or make phone calls or browse the net or play music...
4. (unregistered) posted on 24 Aug 2008, 00:35 0
hey wait so instant messaging is free to USE? wont it access the internet? therefore i hav to pay for using the internet right?