The Palm Centro is one of my favorite smartphones. It has a familiar and elegant interface, an excellent keyboard, and a whole slew of third-party apps (including some awesome games). But if the Palm Centro has one failing, that would be its awful battery cover. Not only does it attract smudgy fingerprints, but it seems all but impossible to remove.
Not a problem, right? After all, it’s not like iPhone owners ever need to replace their batteries. And when they do, they just mail their iPhones in. Well, us Palm Centro owners have to remove that battery cover regularly, for a number of reasons. And sometimes it’s a convenience to be able to do so, but other times it’s just a hassle.
Either way, here’s how to do it. It’s easy once you know how …
Believe it or not, they say how to do this in the Palm Centro’s manual. If you’re like me, though, you never even saw it the first time you flipped through, and only caught it later. Here’s the trick to remove the battery cover, on page 5 of the AT&T Palm Centro manual: “Press the battery door near the top and slide the battery door downward to remove it from your Palm Centro smart device.”
That’s it. See the place where it says AT&T, right underneath the camera and speaker? (Well, it could say Sprint or Verizon or whatnot, but you know what I mean.) Press down on that, and slide the thing out. That’s it; that’s all you have to do to remove the battery cover, although you may have to hold on to the smartphone with one hand to make sure you don’t break it. To put the battery cover back on, just drop it in so that the clips on either side are in the right holes, then press down again and push inward. There’ll be a click, and then it’ll be back in place.
Only once did I find myself having trouble doing this. In order to get around that, I just used a bottle opener to grip the battery cover, and it came right off.
Reasons to replace the cover
Personally, I don’t like having to replace the Palm Centro’s battery cover. After you’ve done it a few times, the cover starts to feel loose, and it creaks in your hands while you’re trying to type. There are a number of reasons why you might want to, however:
Reset the unit
My Palm Centro crashes every so often, usually when I’m trying out new software. In order to reset the smartphone, I have to remove the battery cover and take out the battery for a few seconds, then put it back in. Sadly, there is no soft reset switch like there was on my older Palm Pilot.
Put in a new battery
You can buy Palm Centro batteries separately. And since it eats up battery life pretty fast, these might be handy to keep on hand if you’re going to go for a while without recharging. Of course, to replace the battery you have to remove the battery cover.
Put in an SD card
Or take one out, for that matter. See the little gray square beneath the IR port, on the right-hand side of your Palm Centro? That’s the drive bay door for the MicroSD card drive, and you can only open it if you remove the battery cover. Doing so was, for my first few tries, almost as frustrating as getting the MicroSD card out of its SD card adapter … a process which involved accidentally flinging it across the room at least once.
You pretty much have to buy a MicroSD card for your Palm Centro, though, because it comes with a measly 64 MB of storage space … which is enough for a few games and documents, but not nearly enough for collections of music and picture files. So you’re basically guaranteed to have to remove the battery cover at least once, to put in that card. (Well, twice if you have to install the phone’s SIM card and battery yourself.)
If you don’t want to have to remove the battery cover on your Palm Centro just to copy files to its MicroSD card, you can find programs that’ll let you mount the MicroSD card as an external hard drive. Just plug your Palm Centro into your PC or Mac, and run the program. It should show up just like if you plug a memory card into your computer.
The program I personally use is Softick Card Export II. It does what it says on the package, and it does it very well. I’m given to understand that there are others out there, but I haven’t tried them, and this program is brain-dead easy to use. Just start it up, and press the button! (There’s only one button.) It even has little indicators that show when your Palm Centro’s MicroSD card is being written to or read from, so you know when not to unplug it.
With this program, you might not need to remove the battery cover so often. Either way, though, I hope that this article helped you. Good luck, and have fun with your Palm Centro smartphone!