Palm Phone hands-on: an Android phone for your phone

Palm is back (sort of), and it built a tiny smartphone sidekick

Palm is back (sort of), and it built a tiny smartphone sidekick

Oh, and it also has Basketball superstar Stephen Curry on call as the phone's brand ambassador.

Palm has made a comeback, releasing a tiny 3.3 inch smartphone "companion" for US$349.99. This gadget would come out in November as a Verizon-exclusive product aiming to be an add-on to your primary handsets.

The Palm features a 3.3-inch touch display in a frame that's about the size of a credit card.

Analyst Ben Wood from CCS Insight said it was "certainly an ambitious move" by the San Francisco start-up, which licensed the Palm brand from owner HTC. Enters Palm Phone, which is a companion to your big display smartphones. Palm has either seen the future or built a cheap phone that it can repurpose after users show no interest. It'll use the same number as your main device, and seems poised as something to take with you on dates, quick walks, runs or trips to the store where you don't need a giant mini-computer loaded with apps in your pocket. The phone features a SnapDragon 435, 32 GB storage, and 3 GB RAM.

'Palm is for those moments when you are more engaged in real life than your device, but you still may want to Snapchat your bestie, Instagram your dinner or text your friends to join. Despite the Palm appearing to be a simpler, smaller replacement for the overkill phone you have, it's actually a gadget created to tether you even more tightly to the more expensive device you already own.

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The Palm Phone is basically a fancy smartwatch you can't wear.

The device will cost $349 (£263) and will be available in the United States, on the Verizon network only, from November. You'll also find a 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, and a weight of just 2.2 ounces. The Life Mode puts the phone to sleep when the screen is off and prevents all calls and notifications.

If you think your smartphone addiction is reaching new levels, find other ways to ditch your iPhone or Android device. All Android apps run on it, but the phone is so small that you are likely to get bored quickly.

The device supports a single USB-C port, and does not feature a headphone jack, nor support wireless charging. 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.

Palm is designed for life on the go, giving you smarter control over how you stay connected to the digital world.

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