The Palm Centro is the latest smartphone powered by Palm OS. Some people have said that the Centro is a Treo on a diet. It is slimmer, shorter and lighter than the Treo 680. The Centro has the looks that target the youth, who yearn for a feature packed device with QWERtY keyboard and smartphone features all in a small and light form factor.
Ergonomics and usability
This device weighs at 124gm which is not that light, but considering it being a smartphone, that is not a big figure. It is still lighter than most of the smartphone in the market.The device has nice curves and being small in size, it can easily be operated by one-hand. This is a nice news for the people who don’t want to use both hands to operate the device. The D-pad works well in navigating through the features of the device. The ‘answer’ and ‘end’ are big and easy-to-reach. My thumb was able to get to every part of the screen if I want to use my thumb instead of d-pad. The Centro looks different from other phones. It has front-face QWERTY keyboard but does not look like blackberry. It looks different from the HTC and SE UIQ devices.
It is powered by Palm OS!
Now, the exclamation(!) mark above depicts both happiness and sadness about the Palm OS. Palm OS has been the easiest operating systems ever according to me. It is easier than iPhone. It is simple, fast and stable. Anyone can get accostomed to it very easily as the whole interface is very intutive.
Here comes the bad part. Being powered by Palm OS, it can not multi-tasking. But, due to some nice optimisations done in the device by Palm, it can run media player(Pocket Tunes) in the background while you can do other stuff. Palm OS has great support of applications. For the tech guys, it runs Palm OS garnet 5.4.9
The device comes with ~69MB of storage out of which ~64MB is user-accessible. The storage memory is non-volatile meaning that the data will remain intact in case the battery is fully drained out. I rememeber that my Palm zire 71 came with 16MB of user avaliable of volatile memory and how frustrating it was to loose data when the battery used to ran out.
Google has just released in the US a new version of Google Talk designed specifically for the iPhone and iPod Touch browsers. In addition to sending your friends Gmail messages from your iPhone, you can now chat with them while you’re on the move, too! In your iPhone browser, just go to www.google.com/talk, sign in and start chatting. That’s it. Google Talk runs entirely in the browser so there’s no need to download or install anything.
There are some differences from using Google Talk on your computer. For instance, in order to receive instant messages with Google Talk on your iPhone, the application needs to be open in your Safari browser. When you navigate away to another browser window or application, your status will be changed to “unavailable” and your Google Talk session will be restarted when you return.
Vertu is one luxury phone maker that’s not afraid to take risks, as evidenced by such creations as its $310,000 “Signature Cobra” handset. But with competition in that space growing all the time, real or fake, it behooves the company to stay on the cutting edge.
So the designer Christopher Tak Cheung Yue has proposed a phone that takes some new angles–seven of them, to be exact. The seven-sided “Vertu Suave” concept is designed base on the modern definition of time as luxury. The sophisticated balance of angular and organic shape offers a comfort of interacting with this personal device adapting the rich life style of a modern female. The material uses precious metal yellow gold or pink gold as front, titanium rim and variation of fashionable sheep skin leather as back. It is a true luxury statement of elegant and confidence.
When Nokia’s Xpress-On covers seemed to have kicked the bucket, their fans simply wondered, “How am I going to express my individuality now?”
Well, we’re happy to tell you that Xpress-On fascias are coming back in the form of Nokia’s new Supernova range of handsets, namely the 7610, 7510, 7310 and 7210. The leader of the pack is the 7610 Supernova–a slider handset running the Series 40 Symbian OS, weighing in at 99 grams (3.5 ounces), and not to be confused with Nokia’s 7610 from 2004.