Palm's star faded with the rise of BlackBerry and the iPhone, but finding a new niche may give the brand a new reason for being. Palm's webOS went to LG, while Chinese gadget maker TCL snapped up the Palm name from HP in 2015, promising to recreate the brand in Silicon Valley.
Palm is back, but its new phone is completely different from anything else on the market.
The Palm Phone is made to be your smartphone's sidekick, a companion.
The Palm shares the same number as the main smartphone and syncs using Verizon's NumberShare, its service for syncing smartwatches to a main smartphone.
The ideal way to describe this device is a mix between a smartwatch and a smartphone. The idea is that when you want to disconnect from your primary smartphone with all its distractions, you can take this minimalist device with you in its place.
The Palm's design is interesting at a glance, but on closer inspection, it's purposefully useless as a phone replacement and questionably better as a supplement. Each has a screen that measures five or six inches diagonally, a ecosystem of almost identical apps, and a rectangular body that is now little more than pure screen.
You don't buy the Palm like you would buy a phone.
Still, the Palm is powered by Google's Android mobile operating system, which is paired with a 3.3in LCD display, says Trusted Reviews. Popular apps work on the phone, including Apple iTunes. Wouldn't a smartwatch also help remove the need to pick up your smartphone, or carry one around during workouts?
Well, the device doesn't make much sense when you consider that Pal is projecting it as a device that will reduce phone usage. That is nearly half of the iPhone XS Max. Palm offers users a minimal approach.
He said that it differed from other "second" phones because it was not reliant on Bluetooth to connect it to the parent device. That's a device, at least on paper, that might curb your screen addiction for real.
The Palm phone is about 3.8 inches tall (9.7 centimeters) and 0.3 of an inch thick - roughly half the size of Apple Inc.'s iPhone XS Max and the Samsung Galaxy S9+.