- Analysis by KJ David
Aptly named the Palm, this 2018 Android-running phone, which measures a mere 3.8 inches long and 1.99 inches wide , joins Phonerated's gallery of tiny phones outright. It is specifically designed to be a companion phone for a full-sized Android smartphone, which means that it adapts the main phone's phone number and keeps in sync with its contacts and other user information. For a phone of its size, though, the Palm's 400-dollar initial price tag could turn out to be a huge con for some buyers, although some of its specs try to justify its relatively-high price point.
Before we jump into its pros, however, take note of its 800mAh-only battery power , which flounders in comparison to what some conventional full-blown basic Androids typically offer -- that would be within the range of 2000-2500mAh. Moreover, the fact that it regains full battery power in over an hour (68 minutes) is somewhat unbecoming of a phone that's pitched as an alternative to smartwatches and other wearables.
Nevertheless, our technical review reveals that the Palm boasts 12- and 8-megapixel (front and back) cameras , outstripping what some full-sized low-enders offer, at least in terms of raw pixel resolution. It also squeezes facial recognition into its tiny package, while a respectable 3.3-inch 1280 x 720 HD display greets users up front.
Its processing pros and cons are headlined by a 1.4GHz + 1.1GHz dual-cluster Qualcomm MSM8940 processor that may not pose a threat to the engines of the best eight-core smartphones around, but is still more than satisfactory, given its minimalist feature set. Also, it comes with a 3GB RAM that sounds just about right, coming from a tiny phone that doubles as a fitness monitor or music player during gym sessions or other physical activities.
Storage-wise, this companion phone comes with 32GB's worth of native memory , with things like the power-saving Life Mode and Gesture Pad at the ready. Furthermore, its pros and cons are housed inside an IP68-rated candybar shell , which means that it is impervious to water and other liquids -- get to know the best waterproof smartphones here.
In essence, the Palm is a tiny sub-phone for users who prefer not to bring their full-sized smartphone to certain activities, but still want to carry around their main phone's essential functionalities.
** This phone is also known as: Palm PVG100
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