Centro Specifications & Comparison Chart
Considering that the new Palm Centro is essentially a mini Treo smartphone (I think that we should perhaps more appropriately start calling it the Centreo…) a lot of existing Treonauts have asked me to post details of a comparison between the Centro and other Treo smartphones such as the 755p, 680 and 650.
Before you read the comparative specifications below I’d like to point out the most obvious difference between the Centro and other existing Treo smartphones: it’s first and above all a lot smaller, slimmer and lighter. I’ve tried many different photographic angles to try to really show you how much smaller the Centro is and I think that the image above is probably the most representative overlaid on my existing Treo 680.
From the chart above you’ll see that aside from size and weight only minor things differentiate the Centro from other Treo smartphones. It shares the slighly faster Intel XScale 312MHz processor that the Treo 755p also uses; it evidently has a smaller sized touchscreen (albeit with the same 320x320 resolution) and also smaller but very usable mini QWERTY keyboard; it uses microSD instead of full SD or miniSD; has slightly lower talk time than the Treo 680 (210 versus 240 minutes) and finally like the Treo 500 it is the lightest of any Treo smartphones weighing only 4.2oz (119 grams).
Given the almost exact specifications, your decision to choose the Centreo over the Treo 755p should therefore be based principally on the frequency of your daily data entry requirements (email, text, documents) as the larger keyboard will naturally make this somewhat easier when writing long paragraphs. A more moderate data entry usage like mine however will be able to be more than adequately met by the Centro.
Additionally, the Centro does benefit from a few unique pre-installed applications including Documents to Go Professional Edition 10 ($49.99 value), Google Mobile Maps, Nuance Voice Control, On Demand, Pocket Tunes Deluxe (full version $37.95 value), Sprint Mobile Email, Sprint TV, Sudoku ($19.95 value) and the updated version of VersaMail 4.0.
Finally there’s also an issue of price and at only $99 (albeit with a new 2 year Sprint contract) the Centro is certainly very appealing. Having said this, I think that the Centro goes beyond just being a good deal – it’s a terrific device on its own that matches all the capabilities of its larger siblings in a much more compact form factor.
Treonauts always look for specific comparisons…