Palm and Sprint are trying to start a quiet revolution: the first PDA phone with a touch screen to launch at $99. The Centro can handle most tasks its big brother the Treo 755p can, but it's slimmed down and more plastic-y (we aren't complaining about the slimming). The QWERTY keyboard is miniscule yet surprisingly usable and the 320 x 320 2.2" display is easy to read. This Palm OS device has EVDO for fast data, Bluetooth and a 1.3MP phone. It targets first time smartphone buyers, so there's no GPS, WiFi-- just a strong core of basics including strong PIM apps, an HTML web browser, email and MS Office doc support. Not bad for the price.
The Centro will be in Sprint stores starting October 14th in onyx black. The ruby red version will be out in November.