Review: Palm Phone for Verizon Wireless
I don't know why the hell anyone would buy this phone. The value proposition just isn't there. Verizon sells the device for $350 (!!!) and requires you to add $10 per month to your existing smartphone plan. (It's billed like a smartwatch.) Palm and Verizon are essentially asking you to pay even more for what ends up doing much less.
The Palm phone does serve as a cute alternate device that's probably easier to carry around than your main phone. If you adhere to the idea of Life Mode — wherein the phone is basically dead unless you actively need to make a call — then it's possible you can find solace and serenity. You can achieve much the same thing (without spending another $350) by taking a more aggressive stance with your existing phone's Screen Time or Digital Wellbeing tools.
The Palm phone is diminutive and has a great screen. It's fairly tough and waterproof.
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But battery life is absolutely horrific, call quality is mediocre, and the network connection doesn't give me the confidence I want. The camera is slow and takes hazy pictures.
I do like what Palm did with the home screen and its app carousel, but that's no reason to spend $350 on a phone for your phone. At Verizon, $350 buys you a new iPhone 6s, while $240 buys you the very good Moto G6. The point is, you can get a lot more for $350 if you look elsewhere. And you should.
Apr 4, 2019
Palm has updated its tiny Android phone to operate as its own standalone smartphone. It was originally introduced as a companion device that required a "full" smartphone to share a phone number and sync with.
Oct 25, 2018
Verizon Wireless today shared launch details concerning the new Palm companion device. Verizon says the small smartphone will be available online and in stores starting November 2.
Oct 15, 2018
Palm, a California company that purchased the rights to the Palm brand from TCL, today launched a new device it calls an ultra-mobile product that "syncs with your smartphone to keep you connected but not consumed." The idea is to allow people to access their vital apps when needed, but keep them from staring at their screen all day — particularly when they are out and about.
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