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    Thinking about picking up a Centro or 680 online (zendoo or ebay), and I was wondering, do I need to pick up a data plan? If I just text/call and avoid using the email, maps or web brower applications at all, will I be charged for any data? I already have unlimited texting, and I just want the phone for it's QWERTY keyboard. Any foreseeable problems?
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    Call AT&T and have them block internet access. The upside is no possible chance of using it but you will not be able to send or receive picture messages.
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    I have had both. I would go w/ the 680. Better keyboard and better screen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shucks View Post
    I have had both. I would go w/ the 680. Better keyboard and better screen.

    I'll second shucks' opinion on this. The keyboard on the Centro is such a pain to type on, I'd go with the 680. Will be much more comfortable for you.
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    The 680 is an older model. at&t doesn't really sell the 680 anymore. Right now, only the refurbished ones are available on at&t's online store. I would get the Centro because it's a newer model. You just need to get used to the keyboard. Once you master typing on the smaller QWERTY, you will love the Centro.
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    I can't stand the Centro's keyboard. Go with the 680.
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    Can't you simply order the unlocked version from Palm and use on GSM carrier such as ATT?
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    Go with the Centro if you're really set on a PDA phone, but if all you are looking for is a keyboard, doesn't AT&T offer any qwerty phones? They would make more sense since you won't get a data plan.
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    680 Pros:

    -Larger screen
    -Larger, much more comfortable "smile" keyboard
    -Larger, better stylus with even better aftermarket replacement designs available
    -Larger stock battery with ability to have up to a Seidio 1600mAh OEM-size battery. Centro maxes out at 1350mAh.
    -Better build quality and (arguably) better styling
    -Larger variety of accessories & peripherals (affordably) available on the open market
    -Can use a fullsize SDHC card so you can swap between your digital camera and use in a PC without need for a micro to fullsize adapter (this is a huge bonus, IMO)


    Centro Pros:
    -Brighter/crisper LCD
    -Newer, currently supported device
    -Supposedly better voice quality & volume
    -Slightly newer, more stable version of Garnet
    -Much better software bundle (DTG 10 etc)
    -Google Maps My Location capable
    -Better camera resolution & quality
    -Louder speakerphone volume
    -Lighter weight & smaller size


    So overall the Centro has more positive attributes and is likely the better choice for a casual or beginner user. But for a "classic" Palm OS user, power user or heavy typist, the 680 is the only way to go with its larger screen, keyboard, stylus and battery capacity.

    The Centro is a better "phone" with PDA capabilities. The 680 is a better "PDA" with phone capabilities.
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    I had the Treo 680 and now a Centro. I like the smaller size and lighter weight of the Centro. The keyboard is a challenge. I have relatively small hands. I "peck" on the Centro keys with my fingernails to type. My typing speed & accuracy is much slower on the Centro than I used to do on the 680 and the 600 before that. I do a lot of reports on my device. I miss the keyboard and key design of the 600. The Centro screen is sharper, but I personally found it easier to read on the larger screen of the 680 and even the low-res screen of the 600.
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    Quote Originally Posted by motormouth2416 View Post
    Thinking about picking up a Centro or 680 online (zendoo or ebay), and I was wondering, do I need to pick up a data plan? If I just text/call and avoid using the email, maps or web brower applications at all, will I be charged for any data? I already have unlimited texting, and I just want the phone for it's QWERTY keyboard. Any foreseeable problems?
    You have to purchase a data plan if you purchase a smart/android phone. Prices vary by carriers.
    No problems necessarily, just take good care of your phone & im pretty sure nothing will happen, besides the normal wear and tear.
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    I still use my Centro on random trips, but be careful about data - if you hit google maps or something by mistake, you can suck your plan dry...
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