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Old 04-14-2009, 10:56 AM   #1
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Just traded my boring old cell phone for a Palm Centro!!

I'm slowly but surely moving into the 21st century ... first a Kindle and now a Palm Centro!

I really like all the features (at least the ones I've been able to figure out so far, nyuk nyuk! - including the available e-book technology! The screen is a little smaller than I'm comfortable with for serious reading, but I've put a couple of Project Gutenberg files on there, in case I get stuck in the subway or a traffic jam.

The only problem I'm having so far is with the bluetooth headset - I'm just not good at using those teeny tiny little things that have to actually be stuck in your ear.

Plus I'm embarrassed to say that I can't quite figure out exactly how it's actually supposed to be positioned in my ear! (Please, someone tell me I'm not the only one who had to try & figure this out! )

I don't give a rat's ass how it looks, so other than appearances, is there anything particularly wrong with just using a regular over-the-top-of-your-head headset with microphone?
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Old 04-14-2009, 12:11 PM   #2
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Re: Bluetooth headset -- they come in many shapes. Perhaps you've picked one that doesn't work well with your ears. Due to health concerns, the stores don't have any models that you can "try on" before you buy, but I've been told that if the headset isn't comfortable for you it can be returned.

The benefit of a bluetooth headset is that you don't need wires between your phone and the headset. It's on the order of those wireless mice. But as long as your new phone supports a plugged in headset for hands-free operation, there's nothing wrong with it at all.

You might consider going to the store where you purchased the bluetooth headset and asking a clerk to help you adjust it and get it sync'ed with your phone. There's usually someone around who is willing to be helpful.
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Re: Bluetooth headset -- they come in many shapes. Perhaps you've picked one that doesn't work well with your ears. Due to health concerns, the stores don't have any models that you can "try on" before you buy, but I've been told that if the headset isn't comfortable for you it can be returned.

The benefit of a bluetooth headset is that you don't need wires between your phone and the headset. It's on the order of those wireless mice. But as long as your new phone supports a plugged in headset for hands-free operation, there's nothing wrong with it at all.

You might consider going to the store where you purchased the bluetooth headset and asking a clerk to help you adjust it and get it sync'ed with your phone. There's usually someone around who is willing to be helpful.
Nah, I ordered it online, direct from Verizon. But I appreciate the suggestions - I am going to go to a brick&mortar store sometime this week and see what I can find.
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Old 04-14-2009, 01:21 PM   #4
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Nah, I ordered it online, direct from Verizon. But I appreciate the suggestions - I am going to go to a brick&mortar store sometime this week and see what I can find.
If you want the headset for your car while driving, I suggest skipping the headset or ear piece and for a hands free unit. You can get one that will use your car stereo (or not) to make hearing the other person clearer.
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If you want the headset for your car while driving, I suggest skipping the headset or ear piece and for a hands free unit. You can get one that will use your car stereo (or not) to make hearing the other person clearer.
Actually, I guess I'm really old school, because I don't use my phone in my car at all - when I'm the driver, anyway. I just want a headset so I can use it comfortably in other situations, without bothering those around me.
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I should add, I'm actually amazed and pleased at the e-book capability! I've put several books on it (mostly freebies) and it's not as hard to read as you'd think. I certainly wouldn't want to do ALL my reading on it, but it's definitely easier to carry with me when I'm out walking around town than my full-sized readers.
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Old 05-08-2009, 05:26 PM   #7
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I actually do use my Palm Centro as my primary ebook reader. The smaller screen took some getting used to (from my old Palm z22, which still isn't very large, as ebook readers go) but I'm quite comfortable with it. I have both eReader and Mobipocket on there and both work just fine for me.
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