Palm is back with a teeny, tiny phone for Verizon


Instead of having its own phone number, the Palm phone co-opts your existing Verizon phone number so you can technically use it away from your main phone if you need to. This new Android phone they're releasing exclusively to Verizon is meant to be your secondary device, a tiny little thing for the weekends.

It seems to be running with a cloned SIM setup or eSIM variant on the Verizon network, with a $10 per month plan sending your calls, texts and notifications from your other phone to this one.

So there's a dedicated "Life Mode" (which to be honest sounds just like an airplane mode, really) that turns on a do not disturb-like setting and limits connectivity options, doubling therefore as a batter saving option. Also, it runs on Android, so it clearly isn't a device that's supposed to bring you a re-imagined version of webOS.

The Palm is powered by Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, but it doesn't look like any build of Oreo we've seen before.

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.

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And beyond that, there's the whole battery thing to deal with: there's a sealed 800mAh battery tucked away inside, which Palm claims will last about 8 hours on a single charge. The other features available on the Palm Phone include 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Global Positioning System. Its LCD display measures a scant 3.3 inches diagonally, but because its so small, the HD screen still has an impressive 445 pixels per inch.

Elsewhere there's Gorilla Glass 3, 32GB storage, 3GB RAM, IP68 water and dust protection, 12 and 8MP rear and front cameras respectively and, despite the act it's intended as a respite from your daily phone hell, access to all the Android apps you've come to expect.

One retro feature that won't be coming back is the headphone jack. There is a virtual button on the bottom of the device that lets its user go back if pressed once, will go to the home if pressed twice and log press can take them to multitasking screen. It's part of an ongoing trend to use your main smartphone less and use a lighter phone for short trips or times when you don't want the distraction of your primary smartphone. There is also a feature called Life Mode that can extend the battery life by a bit.

For iPhone users, there's an extra layer of hassle. Apple lovers might want to stick with the cellular-connected Apple Watch for their screen-limiting needs. There were sceptics of the tablet when the iPad first launched and few people these days question that device's usefulness.

The resulting phone screams Palm, and it's certainly something different.