By Darryl Mocek on Jan 09, 2009
Yesterday I received my new phone in the mail. It's a Palm Centro. This wasn't my first choice since I believe Palm to be a dead platform (it was great for a while, but it has not evolved), however, my service provider wants to require me to pay for a data plan for every other smartphone in which I'm interested (but not the Centro)...and a data plan is something I'm not interested in...at least not yet. So the Centro it is. I actually wanted the RIM Blackberry Curve 8330 as the Blackberry platform has good market share and is growing. I require a decent platform mainly so I can get applications for it. I want to do more with my phone then just make phone calls.
I've had Palm devices for a while now, so I'm already familiar with the platform. The Centro is smaller then the Treo 700p it replaced, which I don't like as I have big hands and fingers. My service provider does offer some of the larger Palm phones, but they run Windows, and I'm not going there. Other then that...it's just like my old phone.
The biggest surprise for me, was just how much I missed having a more capable phone. I was using a really old Audiovox flip phone, with just the basic features and no QWERTY keyboard (which mean texting was a \*real\* pain) because I didn't want to fork out full price to replace my broken phone and I wasn't due for a phone upgrade from my provider for several months. The basic phone had no real scheduler with alarms, no memos, no ability to run decent apps, little memory (I had to delete SMS messages constantly to keep under the 99 message limitation for inbox and outbox), a crappy UI, poor battery life, and many other issues. Man, am I happy to have a smartphone again.