There’s a growing amount of phones that slim down the distracting experience of using a smartphone. You can buy a separate dumb phone to take on holiday or have a companion to your smartphone that does only the most minimal. The Palm phone is such an example. It’s a second phone you take out when you don’t need all the distraction a full-fledged smartphone gives you.
What is the Palm phone?
Palm, the classic mobile device manufacturer (remember the PalmPilot?) is trying to reinvent itself with a creditcard-sized smartphone companion.
The Palm phone is a fully independent Android phone you can synch with your regular iOS or Android smartphone. Use it when you want to take something out that’s durable, yet stylish. Something with slimmed down features but still very capable.
The Palm phone has a front- and rear cameras and is water resistant.
The minimalism comes in the form of a ‘Life mode’, a feature that shuts off any notification or alert as soon as your screen shuts off. You’ll only be bothered when you want to. Furthermore the Android OS has some smart access shortcuts to your favorite apps to add to the small form factor. Note that by design you probably don’t want to download and use every app that you use on your normal phone.
Palm Phone Features
- Calling: Yes
- Texting: Yes
- Internet: Yes
- Camera: Yes (12MP rear, 8MP front)
- Network: 4G LTE
- Battery Life: 3 days standby, 3 hours and 20 minutes talk time
- Sim-card: Built-in Verizon, shares the same phone number as your main phone
- Memory (storage): 16GB
Where can I get the Palm phone?
Unfortunately the Palm phone is only exclusively available with select phone carriers such as Verizon or Vodafone. The phone is sold for around 350 bucks with an add-on plan that allows you to use the same phone number on a secondary device (the same plan you’d use for an Apple Watch).
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