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The Best Smart Phones Under $200

Surf the Web, check your e-mail, and more for less than you might think.


Smart-Phones-Less-Than-200_shadow_shPalm Centro

Price: $99
Yes, the keyboard is a bit cramped, but think about everything that Palm and Sprint crammed into this compact touchscreen phone for such a low price. You get EV-DO data for surfing the Web using Palm’s crude but fast Blazer browser, an e-mail program that’s easy to set up, and instant messaging (AIM, Windows Live, Yahoo). Plus, you can view and edit attachments with DataViz Documents To Go.

You can also have a lot of fun with the Centro, whether you’re watching CNN Mobile live through Sprint TV (video quality was pretty smooth, but audio was slightly out of sync) or listening to music with Pocket Tunes Deluxe (a 2.5mm adapter is there to plug in earphones, but there’s no stereo Bluetooth).

The 1.3-MP camera took crisp pictures for a phone, and the Google Maps application made looking up directions and businesses easy. Add in solid voice quality and good battery life, and you have one feature-packed smart phone for less than $100.

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