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The Perfect Small Business Cell Phone Series Part 2: Palm Centro
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By Rich Karpinski

There's a couple of problems with most smartphones targeting small business users:

1. They're too expensive.

2. They're too bulky.

3. They're too complex to use without an IT department backing you up.

Palm's new Centro is a good answer to these major problems. The device is for the most part functionally-equal to Palm's Treo smartphone. But it costs less (just $99); it's easily pocketable and is one of the smallest smartphones around; and it sports the Palm OS along with a slew of built-in applications that make it easy to get started with and use.


The Palm Centro (click for a closer look)


The Centro's simplicity has been a curse as well as a blessing. Early buzz around the product was overwhelmingly negative as Palm zealots expressed disappointment that the new Palm product wasn't a new high-end machine.

But truth be told, the Centro targets the mainstream, which makes it perfect for small business users and puts its squarely on our list of would-be "perfect small biz cell phones."

Read more about it now:

Treonauts: Centro Specifications and Comparison Chart

infoSync World: Hands-on with Sprint's Palm Centro

Information Week: Timely, Slick Centro Gives Palm a Shot in the Arm

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