Palm Phone review

4.7/10 AVG.
RATING



4.7/10
Informr score
The Palm Phone currently has an Informr score of 4.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.4 GHz
Screen Size
3.3"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Mashable

The Palm phone is a compelling approach to the problem of being overconnected, but in practice the number of situations where it's the device you'd prefer is much smaller than you think.

- Pete Pachal, Mashable
Tom's Guide

The Palm's high price and rough edges make it hard to justify as a companion device for your main phone — if that's something you think you even need. If you want to use your phone less, both iOS and Android now include features aimed at better managing your screen time.

- Philip Michaels, Tom's Guide
Android Authority

Palm wants you to use the handset as a companion device to your smartphone so you can disconnect from your everyday life. But as the Palm Phone is a fully-functional handset with access to the Play Store, it just ends up becoming a miniature version of your daily carry. The Palm Phone works, but at...

- Justin Duino, Android Authority
Ars Technica

It's a pointless toy, with no practical usage other than as a comedy prop. Maybe Zombie Palm will stick around and take another swing at the tiny-phone form factor. But this first version, with awful battery life and a sky-high price, isn't good for anything.

- Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica
Engadget

The Palm seemed like it could be the right device at the right time: it’s a tiny, secondary smartphone for times when you want to be more present in the real world. To the company’s credit, its namesake phone is a beautiful, well-built conversation starter. Unfortunately, the Palm’s size will make i...

- Chris Velazco, Engadget


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Palm released the Phone on November 2, 2018.


The Phone price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Palm Phone prices from around the web here on The Informr.


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Palm backs up the Phone with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Phone has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Palm support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Palm's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
3.3"

The Palm Phone's screen size is 3.3 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.4 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Octa core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
800mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 800 mAh battery. Palm's performance ratings are 200 minutes.

Palm Phone Specs

Overview
Release date November 2, 2018
Regions available USA, UK
Networks
LTE
Data:
LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Octa core 1.4 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.26 W/kg
Body: 1.02 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 800 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time No
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) No
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 158 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 200 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 3 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Titanium, Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.66 x 5.06 x 0.74 cm (3.8 x 2 x 0.3 in)
Weight 62.5 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 445 pixels
Size 3.3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control No
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Effects, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Critic Reviews


Mashable

A compelling idea made into a flawed product

from Mashable

The Palm phone is a compelling approach to the problem of being overconnected, but in practice the number of situations where it's the device you'd prefer is much smaller than you think.

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The Palm phone is a compelling approach to the problem of being overconnected, but in practice the number of situations where it's the device you'd prefer is much smaller than you think.

Read full review

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Tom's Guide

Skip it

from Tom's Guide

The Palm's high price and rough edges make it hard to justify as a companion device for your main phone — if that's something you think you even need. If you want to use your phone less, both iOS and Android now include features aimed at better managing your screen time.

Read full review

The Palm's high price and rough edges make it hard to justify as a companion device for your main phone — if that's something you think you even need. If you want to use your phone less, both iOS and Android now include features aimed at better managing your screen time.

Read full review

Less

Android Authority

Just buy a smartwatch

from Android Authority

Palm wants you to use the handset as a companion device to your smartphone so you can disconnect from your everyday life. But as the Palm Phone is a fully-functional handset with access to the Play Store, it just ends up becoming a miniature version of your daily carry. The Palm Phone works, but...More

Palm wants you to use the handset as a companion device to your smartphone so you can disconnect from your everyday life. But as the Palm Phone is a fully-functional handset with access to the Play Store, it just ends up becoming a miniature version of your daily carry. The Palm Phone works, but at the price of $350, you are better off getting an LTE-enabled smartwatch and use that when you want to leave your smartphone at home.

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Ars Technica

Fun, endearing, and bad at everything

from Ars Technica

It's a pointless toy, with no practical usage other than as a comedy prop. Maybe Zombie Palm will stick around and take another swing at the tiny-phone form factor. But this first version, with awful battery life and a sky-high price, isn't good for anything.

Read full review

It's a pointless toy, with no practical usage other than as a comedy prop. Maybe Zombie Palm will stick around and take another swing at the tiny-phone form factor. But this first version, with awful battery life and a sky-high price, isn't good for anything.

Read full review

Less

Engadget

A tiny 'second phone' no one needs

from Engadget

The Palm seemed like it could be the right device at the right time: it’s a tiny, secondary smartphone for times when you want to be more present in the real world. To the company’s credit, its namesake phone is a beautiful, well-built conversation starter. Unfortunately, the Palm’s size wi...More

The Palm seemed like it could be the right device at the right time: it’s a tiny, secondary smartphone for times when you want to be more present in the real world. To the company’s credit, its namesake phone is a beautiful, well-built conversation starter. Unfortunately, the Palm’s size will make it too difficult for some to use, while some compatibility issues and poorly executed features are sure to frustrate others.

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Gizmodo

This ultra tiny phone is an absolute snack

from Gizmodo

The Palm is one of the best examples yet of how you can stay connected without letting it drive you crazy. It can go practically anywhere, and it has just enough to make sure you don’t feel deprived. At first, I thought this tiny little phone was a snack. But you know what, that’s not quite r...More

The Palm is one of the best examples yet of how you can stay connected without letting it drive you crazy. It can go practically anywhere, and it has just enough to make sure you don’t feel deprived. At first, I thought this tiny little phone was a snack. But you know what, that’s not quite right. It’s more like a full meal in a bite-sized package.

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Android Police

A tiny tragedy

from Android Police

As a smartphone, the Palm is a poor experience. The screen is too small to be comfortable with modern apps that expect more real estate—things get cut off, and typing is awful. TCL's attempt to make the experience minimalist with features like the launcher and Life Mode fall flat, too. The Palm...More

As a smartphone, the Palm is a poor experience. The screen is too small to be comfortable with modern apps that expect more real estate—things get cut off, and typing is awful. TCL's attempt to make the experience minimalist with features like the launcher and Life Mode fall flat, too. The Palm Phone is fun to play with for a few minutes, but I can't imagine regularly taking this thing with me on a night out instead of my real phone. The awful camera alone is enough to put me off.

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PhoneArena

Its design is arguably its strongest selling point

from PhoneArena

You’ll certainly get a few looks using the phone in public, that’s for sure, but the poor call quality, sub-par camera, and short battery life are just too substantial to overlook. At that point, you’re better off using your daily driver and restricting your usage if you want to limit distractions.

Read full review

You’ll certainly get a few looks using the phone in public, that’s for sure, but the poor call quality, sub-par camera, and short battery life are just too substantial to overlook. At that point, you’re better off using your daily driver and restricting your usage if you want to limit distractions.

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Phone Scoop

You can get a lot more for $350 if you look elsewhere

from Phone Scoop

The Palm phone is diminutive and has a great screen. It's fairly tough and waterproof. 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...More

The Palm phone is diminutive and has a great screen. It's fairly tough and waterproof. 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.

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Time

Novel but nonsensical

from Time

Sure, it’s small, but so is a smartwatch, which can serve as an actual companion to the smartphone for which you paid good money. Do yourself a favor: instead of buying a Palm phone, take your pants to a tailor and get some larger pockets.

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Sure, it’s small, but so is a smartwatch, which can serve as an actual companion to the smartphone for which you paid good money. Do yourself a favor: instead of buying a Palm phone, take your pants to a tailor and get some larger pockets.

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