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55 Engadget Score
It might work in a pinch, but you wouldn't want to use it regularly.
55

It might work in a pinch, but you wouldn't want to use it regularly.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The Palm seemed like it could be the right device at the right time: it’s a tiny, secondary smartphone for times when you want to be more present in the real world. To the company’s credit, its namesake phone is a beautiful, well-built conversation starter. Unfortunately, the Palm’s size will make it too difficult for some to use, while some compatibility issues and poorly executed features are sure to frustrate others. Ultimately, Palm’s ambitions were admirable, but its first device feels like a half-baked answer to a serious problem.

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Pros
  • Cutest phone we’ve seen in years
  • Surprisingly nice screen
  • Full Android app support
  • Life Mode really helps keep you disconnected
Cons
  • Just too small for some people
  • It’s a Verizon exclusive
  • Very limited battery life
  • Mediocre cameras
  • Limited compatibility with iOS and iMessage
  • Keyboard is difficult to use
  • Gesture search is nearly useless

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Critic Reviews 9

80
 
Average User Score
User Reviews 2
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Specs

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
3.3in
Camera
Yes
Type
Operating system
Screen size
Camera
Smartphone
Android
3.3in
Yes

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55 Engadget Score
It might work in a pinch, but you wouldn't want to use it regularly.
55

It might work in a pinch, but you wouldn't want to use it regularly.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Engadget

55
 

User Reviews

90
Gary
I love my palm. got it the day they came out. Has all my features, fits in...read more
70
DaHarder
Picked my Palm ‘Palm’ up on launch day so that I could remain connected without...read more
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The Latest

03.11.19
Palm's tiny (pointless) phone gets its own battery case
03.11.19

Palm's tiny (pointless) phone gets its own battery case

Now you can juice up your second phone on-the-go

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