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The New Palm Centro - Can it Redeem the Company?

Photo of New Palm Centro Leaks, Can it Redeem the Company?
After four years of tweaking and re-releasing the chubby Treo 600 design, Palm is finally ready to release a new smartphone.

Unfortunately for the struggling handset maker, the reception so far towards its leaked Palm Centro (previously known as Gandolf) has been less than enthusiastic. The device looks small and slick, which is nice, but the keyboard is apparently so small that it's tough to use. Gearlog got a hands-on and described it as "impossible to type on with two thumbs."

But does anyone even care if this Palm device looks only so-so? Tthe Palm-faithful long ago started to abandon ship, and who can blame them? The long-awaited Linux-based replacement for the aging Palm OS has been delayed repeatedly, the basic designs of the Palm devices have remained for the most part the same over the last few years, and the unveiling of the confounding pseudo-laptop Foleo device certainly isn't winning them any fans.

Our pals over at Engadget posted an open letter to the folks at Palm that hits the nail on the head -- if Palm plans to retake its place at the top of the mobile computing heap, it's going to take a lot more than the Centro.

The device is set to drop in October for Sprint and probably Verizon a few months later. At launch, the price will be a very reasonable $99.

From Engadget

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