Palm Centro. At $99 the Centro has a great price but still a too-small screen!


Palm’s new phone – the “Centro” – offers a price breakthrough for “higher end” smart phones.  With a mid-october launch date.  My prediction is that this is too little too late from Palm, already struggling to regain a market.     The Treo was a significant improvement over earlier phones and PDAs, but Apple’s iPhone effectively blew the Treo design out of the water.   Others will copy the iPhone and other good smart phone features but it seems Palm has just issued a “cheap” version of the Treo.     This was too little too late to compete with the iPhone and coming Google phone

Palm Centro intro from Palm website

This *may* work depending on the expectation of users.   If people who have held off on iPhones decide they can now afford a device that has the enhanced functionality of the Centro AND if the Google phone is delayed past Christmas (unlikely in my view), the Centro may be the boost Palm seems to desparately need.   However, unlike the iPhone the Centro is unlikely to create a huge buzz.   Unlike the iPhone which was a masterpiece of clever innovation and hype, the Centro can only brag about a price breakthrough – it is nothing like a technology breakthrough.    A large screen at this price might have made this the “must have” gadget for high schoolers and soccer moms, but I don’t see this taking off.

The Google phone is likely to come out before Christmas and if it’s in this price range and more like the iPhone it’ll be the device of the year and yet another feather in Google’s oversized cap (and oversized market cap!)

IMHO LARGE screen sizes will be the key to success as phones evolve.

More on Google Phone from Business Week

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Internet Travel Guy, Father of 2, small town Oregon life. BS Botany from UW Madison Wisconsin, MS Social Sciences from Southern Oregon. Top interests outside of my family's well being are: Internet Technology, Online Travel, Globalization, China, Table Tennis, Real Estate, The Singularity.
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2 Responses to Palm Centro. At $99 the Centro has a great price but still a too-small screen!

  1. FoolsGold says:

    “too little, too late” would be a deathknell when competitors are on an “innovate, saturate” campaign.
    A screen or keyboard that is suitable for young eyes and tiny fingers limits the market. No one wants to carry a microscope around so they can focus on the screen. I’d rather have a larger and heavier device that drains power but works than have a cutesy and tiny device that doesn’t really function well because I can’t see it or use it properly.

  2. JoeDuck says:

    It’ll be interesting to see how it all shakes out or if it even does shake out. Today Business Week suggested that Google may offer “free” cell service supported only by advertising. My cell bill is over 100 monthly due to many phones so this sounds great to me.

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