If you were alive in the ’90s—before the reign of the smartphone—you remember the popularity of the PalmPilot PDA. More than 20 years later, Palm is still around. And right now the company is looking to reinvent itself for a new era.
Palm’s new “Palm” device provides a smart option for users to stay connected simply, effortlessly…but without the same level of constant engagement encouraged by a traditional smartphone. The idea makes the Palm similar to a smartwatch, as it constantly syncs with the user’s main smartphone, wherever it might happen to be.
The Palm is about one-third smaller than most new iPhone and Android models, and only weighs 62.5 grams; that’s a big plus. As far as components are concerned, the Palm presents itself fairly well, with 3 GB of RAM, a 3.3-inch LCD screen, and an 800-mAh battery combining for a competitively usable suite.
The unit also competes favorably with popular smartphones when it comes to both front- and rear-facing cameras; the rear unit boasts a 12 megapixels sensor. Users will find that the device runs Android but is also equipped with Google Assistant for easy voice commands. And the unit’s Life Mode enables users to disengage from all but the most essential notifications in order to be more present during face-to-face interactions.
Palm by Palm will be available next month, and is priced at $349.99.