The movement to reduce the use of smartphones does not show any signs of slowing down. Palm, one of the pioneers of personal digital assistants who grew into smartphones, is back with a miniature phone designed to minimize the use of the device …
Just called Palm, the 3.3- inch Android phone costs $ 349 and looks vaguely like an early iPhone. Like CNET the company reports that it is not designed to replace the smartphone, but rather to be an accessory to it.
The new Palm is not a phone but a companion mobile device that looks like a baby iPhone. It is designed to work as an easy replacement when you are in a gym, at a club or spend time with your family. The $ 349 device, sold exclusively in the United States by Verizon Wireless, will pair up with your existing phone, but has its own mobile radio that requires an additional $ 10 on the monthly wireless bill.
The theory is that the smaller form factor will be less convincing, and owners will therefore use it less.
Co-founder Howard Nuk describes a weekend in Napa using just Palm. The smaller screen triggers another mindset, he said, and noted that he was inclined to use it less than the typical larger phone. He uses mostly Palm's 12 megapixel rear camera and 8MP front-facing shooter for images to post on Instagram.
It's something he describes as "living mode", the company's stenography to focus on the real world around you instead of the pesky notifications
Palm also supports numbering for phone calls.
The device pairs with the phone via Verizon NumberShare, so if someone is calling your headphone, Palm also rings.
Everyone who sounds like Palm has invented an oversized LTE Apple Watch.
It's unlikely that any iPhone owners will be tempted: Not only is Palm an Android device, it's only geared to syncing with a major Android smartphone.
Palm also says the device is paired with iPhones, but many apps, including those you pay for, will be missed. You do not have access to iOS apps like Facetime. Nuk says that if you want to send messages to work, you need to disable iMessage and rely on Verinson's proprietary messaging software.
But, maybe, Android owners will go for it and at least it's good to see Palm back in the game. I still have good memories from my Treo devices. More details on 9to5Google.
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