The new Palm phone is exclusive to Verizon and costs $350

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

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

It was best known as one of the pioneers of smartphones, but Palm is back - with a new "mini phone" it hopes can help smartphone addiction.

Now that phones are half a foot long and sell for more than $1,000, a San Francisco-based upstart says it's time for a smaller companion phone with a throwback name: Palm. That's great if you want to go for a bike or run a quick errand without your phablet. Or whatever. With a 3.3-inch display and looking very much like a small iPhone, there's no arguing that this isn't a cute handset, but is it viable? But Palm has rebranded with its new "ultra-mobile" phone, which it bills as letting you focus on "what's in front of you and stay present during life's most important moments". Again, the phone would not even be worth mentioning if it weren't for that Palm branding.

Elsewhere there's Gorilla Glass 3, 32GB storage, 3GB RAM, IP68 water and dust protection, 12 and 8MP rear and front cameras respectively and, despite the act it's intended as a respite from your daily phone hell, access to all the Android apps you've come to expect. Palm is willing to make a bet that you'll wear its phone on a lanyard.

To do that, the Palm Phone has a couple of interesting features built in.

With this arrangement, Palm Phone is supposed to sync with your main phone and pull stuff like notifications, texts and calls so you can theoretically leave the big phone at home.

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Verizon is the exclusive carrier/retail partner for the Palm and is selling it for either $349 unlocked, $299 with a two-year contract, or $14.58/month for 24 months. This Palm will fit in your hand and you won't get a lot of things done with the minimalist hardware, providing the similarity to a kitten, including the powerful attraction some will feel towards it. Basically, this little device can be both exactly like your smartphone and nothing like it, depending on how much you want it to be. Don't worry, though; all these notifications and messages that you've shut off on the Palm will arrive safely to your big smartphone.

Being that this is a companion phone that is meant to get rid of extraneous distractions, there is something called Life Mode.

Think about it: we've nearly reached peak smartphone design right now and the latest phones can do some incredible things.

I mean, the company is led by hip, young people who wear leather jackets and trendy knit sweaters, and I don't see anything Palm-like about the Palm Phone beyond its name.

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