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

Palm is back (sort of), and it built a tiny smartphone sidekick

Palm is back (sort of), and it built a tiny smartphone sidekick

This new Palm is completely reinventing the old Palm.

The Palm phone is basically a tiny phone...to go with your everyday phone.

Analyst Ben Wood from CCS Insight said it was "certainly an ambitious move" by the San Francisco start-up, which licensed the Palm brand from owner HTC.

The miniature mobe - while Palm boasts can be, er, "worn on your neck or slipped into your yoga pants" - features a non-removable nano-SIM that mirrors your primary SIM, for when "you don't want the distraction of your primary smartphone".

With a 8cm display, it's just 0.2-inches smaller than the original iPhone.

'With Palm, you can leave your smartphone behind so you can focus on what's in front of you and stay present during life's most important moments, ' the firm says.

The 12-megapixel rear camera probably won't be producing photos that impress, but may get the job done anyways. For one, its octa-core Snapdragon 435 chipset with 3GB of RAM is probably a fair bit slower than whatever's powering your main phone, so the sort of multitasking you might be used to could be a little hard here. The device comes with Snapdragon 435 chipset coupled with 3GB of RAM. And that makes it work exactly like a phone with a bigger screen.

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. "It's a much more aggressive way to turn off notifications and deny incoming phone calls".

The Fasetto Forum allows you to broadcast presentations on any device in a room, all through its own wifi signal. However, the phone can apparently last all day on something called "Life Mode", which helps filter out calls and notifications.

So Palm's entire raison d'etre stems from the mainline smartphone makers' abandonment of the comparatively small-handed, or just people who prefer smaller devices. Then, you factor in celebrity endorsement by basketball superstar Steph Curry and designer accessories by Kate Spade, and the intention is clear: It's more about pushing a statement than a game-changing product. And it's working: on average, people check their smart phone every 15 minutes.If you think about it, your phone works like a slot machine, in the sense that you pull the lever and are excited by the prospect of what you could get. Also, it runs on Android, so it clearly isn't a device that's supposed to bring you a re-imagined version of webOS. Palm Phone is kind of like a nicotine patch for the smartphone addicts, created to slowly wean you off your smartphone.

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