Last year Palm re-entered the smartphone space. Sort of.

A California-based startup got the rights to use the Palm name and revived the Palm brand last year by launching a tiny smartphone with a 3.3 inch display, mid-range specs, and Android 8.1 software with a custom user interface.

But the Palm phone was initially sold as a smartphone companion rather than as a primary device. Verizon allowed customers to share a phone number between a Palm phone and another phone, letting you grab the smaller device when you wanted fewer distractions or a smaller device that you could take to the gym or anywhere else a large phone might be more trouble than it’s worth.

Now the new Palm has announced that US shoppers can now buy the phone from Verizon either as a companion device or as a primary phone.

The hardware hasn’t really changed since last year, but the company says it’s improved camera performance through software updates that bring improved low-light performance, color balance, and HDR.

The company says battery life has also been improved through software updates, which is good news, since the phone previously received terrible reviews for its battery life. That’s not surprising since the phone has a dinky 800 mAh battery. I still wouldn’t expect the tiny smartphone to get good battery life, but better is… well, better.

For the most part the phone is the same no matter whether you’r ebuying the standalone version or buying a model to use as a smartphone companion. The biggest difference is that you now have the choice of adding the phone to your existing cellular plan or buying the phone and using it as a standalone device.

The smartphone features a 1280 x 720 pixel display (with 445 pixels per inch, since it’s such a small screen). It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. It has a 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facing camera.

The Palm phone features IP68 dust and water resistance, and the smartphone supports 4G LTE and GPS.

But the phone’s key selling point is definitely its size: measuring 3.8 inches by 2 inches, it’s about the size of a business card (or rather, a small stack of business cards, since it’s not exactly paper thin).

Verizon is selling the Palm phone for $350, but if you sign up for a 2-year service contract before May 1st, you can pick one up for $200.

The wireless carrier is also selling all Palm phone accessories for half price until April 18th.

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15 replies on “Now you can by Palm’s tiny smartphone as a standalone device for $199”

  1. The look of the phone is disappointing. I was hoping for something that resembles the original phone from Palm. It was small but it was shaped differently. I liked the way the keyboard slid out. I think the price would be more justified if it resembled the original Palm phone.

  2. Neat product, and I want one, but not at this price. I am interested in a small form-factor phone, but I am interested in such a thing as a means of getting away from the overpriced smartphone racket.

    I would pay $150-200 for a device like this. China is making a few devices like this right now. I am willing to pay a bit more for one that has this level of refinement and build, but $350 is absurd.

    Make a Wifi-only (iPod touch-esque) model for $150, and an LTE model for $200.

  3. I’m not going to be the fodder for someone’s cash cow product. $200 is too much – China produces feature rich phones for the same price.

    1. Almost every manufacturer produces better featured phones for around $200. You can get a Nokia 6.1 with a full HD screen, more memory, stronger processor, larger battery with better battery life, that is in the Android One program (so guaranteed OS and security updates for at least 2 years) for around $200. The only reason to get one of these is for the novelty, and it costs too much for that.

  4. Honestly, the pictures and your article made me want one. For about 15 seconds, until I saw the price. I just can’t justify $350 for the novelty.

    1. Yeah, $200 sounded about right for an unlocked one, but for $350 you can get an actually decent phone as a backup plan if you drop your $1000+ one.

      1. Yea not to Keen on this. Can’t believe they’re Commanding a high price. 🙃

      2. You can get a Jelly phone for ~$100 if you really want a small Android phone or a feature phone for <$20. I went for a second hand Nokia 8110 which was the cheapest small 4G phone I could find.

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