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Palm Phone hands-on: an Android phone for your phone

Palm Phone hands-on: an Android phone for your phone”

He said that it differed from other "second" phones because it was not reliant on Bluetooth to connect it to the parent device.

But as the vicious cycle of new becomes old, and old becomes new again proves, these legacy brands never truly die - especially when there's money to be made.

Remember Palm, the almost-king of the early smartphone race? And after multiple acquisitions, it basically disappeared from the public when HP sold the Palm trademark to a shelf company controlled by the TCL Corporation. He is also the brand ambassador for the company and will be wearing the device during warmup games and workout sessions. Palm's webOS went to LG, while Chinese gadget maker TCL snapped up the Palm name from HP in 2015, promising to recreate the brand in Silicon Valley.

The device itself doesn't have particularly impressive specs. It's packing 3GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 435 processor, and 32GB of storage. But the most shocking of all is how absolutely tiny this phone is.

With a 8cm display, it's just 0.2-inches smaller than the original iPhone. You'll also find a 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, and a weight of just 2.2 ounces. There's no Home screen as such, with the phone launching users straight into an app tray that reminds us of the Apple Watch interface, and is a necessity of the phone's small size and focus on ease of use.

Palm wants to bring "people out of their tech and into their lives", by giving your phone a simpler, smaller companion.

And yes, it also looks a lot like someone shrunk an iPhone X. It has a miniscule 800mAh battery and surprisingly has a USB-C charging port, and runs Android 8.1 Oreo.

Kind of like a bigger and more useful smartwatch. Palm has a solution: get a phone for your phone. First off, it doesn't appear that you can buy this phone outright.

Verizon is the exclusive carrier/retail partner for the Palm and is selling it for either $349 unlocked, $299 with a two-year contract, or $14.58/month for 24 months. Palm says that it works with both Android and iOS devices, though since the Palm Phone is running on Android, you won't be able to receive iMessages.

It has a special "life mode" that silences incoming calls and notifications every time the screen is off, unless users are on a call, streaming music or using Global Positioning System.

The Palm is a attractive little thing, crafted from aluminum and Gorilla Glass 3, but I couldn't imagine using this thing all day.

The Palm is meant to provide a lightweight alternative to your main device, acting as a pocketable auxiliary for when you don't want to take your hefty and expensive device on a run or out to dinner. Don't worry, though; all these notifications and messages that you've shut off on the Palm will arrive safely to your big smartphone. Yesterday, the company introduced the "Palm", a credit card-sized phone that you can add to your Verizon plan when you think your phone is getting a little too involved in your life.

It may seem like a ridiculous proposition at $350, but would you consider a more minimal phone? If you ask me as an objective smartphone reviewer, I'd nearly certainly say no.

"Beyond that, I doubt there is much brand equity left in Palm other than for uber-geeks". Would you pick up a device like this?

What about you guys though?



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