Palm Phone unboxing & first impressions: Yeah, it's that tiny!


Palm is back! However, it’s a totally brand-new Palm we’re talking about here. And just recently, the Palm Phone was just dropped by our office, so you can imagine about some of or curiosities that are behind it. If you don’t know, the Palm Phone is intended to act more like a companion device to your smartphone – one that’s meant to be complementary to your smartphone. Think of it more like a cellular connected smartwatch, something that has the basic essentials to keep you connected, and more importantly, it would aim to minimize distractions that tend to accompany using our smartphones (like social media, heavy multimedia consumption, productivity, and etc).

The packaging for the Palm Phone is a minimalist, as it should be given its status as being a companion device. On the front and sides, we have images showing off the Palm Phone, which are surprisingly enough scaled to size! And that leads us to the most fascinating thing about the Palm Phone, which is none other than its diminutive size. Seeing it for the first time is shocking, seeing that we weren’t honestly expecting it to be so tiny! Not only is it half the size of today’s phones, but it’s remarkably lightweight and skinny.

Then again, we instantly take notice of where its design draws its inspiration from, as it looks very much like an iPhone X/XS with its glass meets metal trim construction. It looks almost exactly like it, especially with how the 12MP camera in the rear is arranged. Still, it’s an adorable design that not only looks premium, but feels like it as well! There’s a 3.3-inch LCD display 720p display that’s usable enough to read things out on screen, a single power button that can be programmed for different functions, a USB Type-C port, front-facing 8MP camera, and a nano-SIM slot.

Getting it set up is a breeze, and once it’s all done, we’re thrown into the homescreen. It’s running a customized Android 8.1 Oreo experience, which is evident with the arrangement of scrollable icons that are there. Typing initially seemed like a chore, considering the miniscule display, but we found using Gboard’s swiping method quite effective. What’s interesting, though, is that it’s meant to be a companion device, which is can be based on your habits. However, you can still download all of your favorite apps on the phone, like Facebook, Instagram, and Slack, so it’s very much a full-featured smartphone. On top of that, we were able to get it connected with Google’s Project-Fi, which was somewhat surprising because we thought it was locked to Verizon.

In any event, the Palm Phone is available right now for purchase through Verizon Wireless for the price of $349.99. What do you think of the Palm Phone so far?

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  • Display 3.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 435, Octa-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 800 mAh(3.33h talk time)

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27 Comments

1. Xavier1415

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

That's what she said

13. Phonehex

Posts: 763; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

This "phone" is a load of bollocks!

26. cheetah2k

Posts: 2254; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

agreed. why even bother!

2. Whitedot

Posts: 809; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

How to swap one addiction to smartphone for another.

3. doublestandardz

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 06, 2018

Man if this had way better battery life I would buy one to replace my phone to use every now and then. I really am sick of big azz phones.

7. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

Yes, compact phones are a good thing, but you do realize how small this thing is, right?

5. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I like it.

6. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

A. You could get a lot of better things for this price point. B. "It looks very much like an iPhone X/XS" PA please, having a glass and metal construction doesn't mean that a phone looks like an iPhone. For one thing, I don't see a notch.

10. Farcaster

Posts: 159; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

To be fair, you can definitely see the resemblance. At first glance it does look like an iphone.

23. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

Yes, but PA said it looks VERY much like an iPhone, which I personally disagree with.

8. miketer

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

After reading each and every word in this article and also the comments section, I am still trying to understand the use of it.

9. perry1234

Posts: 645; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

It is not even a hands-on..... Its more like a finger-on !

11. Krjal

Posts: 429; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I would buy this as a music/media player if it had a headphone port. Pity, useless to me without. I mean apart from whatever insanity US carriers and Verizon done time with it.

25. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

This does have a headphone jack...

12. Firenze91

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

But why?

14. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Judging from Hydrogen One, and Galaxy A7, this phone should get 1.5/10. But I think 5/10 or 6/10 could gather more crowd.

15. Valinor

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Now imagine this having a inscreen fingerprint scanner, no bezels and a sliding mechanism and other specs like the mi mix 3..... sold.

16. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 889; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Looks like the size of 1st iPhone

19. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

21. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

17. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2186; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

First of all it’s way too small to type. I can barely type on an iPhone SE. I can’t believe people like small phones. My XS Max feels small as I have a super slim case. I wish Apple would go to 7.5”-8”. It would only be .5 taller and wider.

18. Chumley

Posts: 39; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

Take $100 off or offer it with bundled promo and I'm sold. Would be awesome to carry this out without having to swap sims.

20. FLOGROWN

Posts: 56; Member since: Oct 25, 2018

Nahhhh is an Android

22. jibraihimi

Posts: 803; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Please do size comparison with Huawei mate 20x.....

24. skwy1963

Posts: 50; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

i like it very much . we need some change . change is good.

27. wabajak13

Posts: 55; Member since: Jan 02, 2018

It's a shame there are so few compact phone options these days. With the efficiency of chips, you'd think we could get away with a smaller phone and a smaller battery.

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