Let's not pretend the new Palm 'phone' is actually a good idea

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

The Palm phone is about the size of a credit card, has a high pixel density LCD panel, and comes with IP68 rating. Palm was taken over by HP in 2011. It marked the end of an era where Palm, Blackberry, and Nokia regularly battled it out for the smartphone/PDA crown.

The Verizon Wireless exclusive Palm Phone carries a price tag of $349.

Notably, while Palm bills this device as a companion device, it seems to be a fully-featured smartphone unto itself.

A new Palm phone has just been announced exclusively for Verizon customers. "Do you really need to bring a supercomputer with you everywhere you go?" There are caveats, too, because things like iMessage won't work and if you want to have messages on both devices, and you will have to use Verizon's own messaging app if you want to have everything sync.

In other words, the Palm Phone will have the same phone as the main smartphone of the user. It's decidedly less great that iMessages you received on a NumberShare-enabled iPhone won't get routed to the Palm. The phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

Check out this quick hands-on video of the Palm and share your thoughts with us in the comments section. The UI is a simplified hexagonal grid of icons and a search bar up top. You get a single USB-C port and one virtual button.

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For iPhone users, there's an extra layer of hassle.

The Life Mode feature on the Palm Phone is created to eliminate distractions. The phone is also put into Low Battery mode to conserve power (it only has a 800 mAh battery after all).

Kicking things off at the very beginning, the idea of the Palm phone is that it gives people a smaller phone to use when they don't want to have to carry around their huge 6.5-inch behemoth, phones that have become all the rage since the original Palm went away.

The miniature Palm handset has been priced at $350 (roughly Rs. 25,800) and will be sold starting November exclusively via Verizon Wireless in the United States, positioned as a companion to your primary smartphone.

During the late 90s, American firm Palm was known for manufacturing personal digital assistants (PDAs) and mobile phones.



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