Although it has been a year since its official release to the market it has been during these last months of 2019 when the Palm Phone has begun to be seen in our country, especially thanks to the update of rates of the two operators that market it in Spain as MediaMarkt.
At a time when users are increasingly sensitive to the call technological disconnection, it is appreciated a proposal as unique as that of Palm. We tested a mobile different to everything what we have seen so far: compact, sophisticated and of a tiny size. A smartphone that in turn has little smartphone. Let's see why!
|Dimensions||50.6 X 96.6 X 7.4mm mm 62.5 grams weight|
|screen||3.3 ? LCD|
|Resolution and density||HD Display / 445 ppi|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Octa-Core CPU|
|Storage||32 GB non expandable|
|Cameras||12MP rear with 8MP front flash|
|Others||IP68 certification with dust and water resistance, Gorilla Glass|
|Colors||Available in black and gold|
|Departure date||October 2018|
|Starting price||399 euros|
The best of Palm Phone
Construction and design
Being honest, the Palm Phone, "Grabs with pleasure" . Thanks to its small size, one experiences the indescribable sensation of being able to enclose the device with the fist, something that, so that we understand each other well, It is a joyful song. And the terminal is surprisingly strong, and although it has a weight that is noted despite its size, the device feels comfortable and balanced. In addition, we must add to the experience all those details that Palm has wanted to take care of in the construction of the device, putting the focus on a minimalist aesthetics and of sober elegance. All this makes, in principle, one of those terminals that you can use quietly no cover. And although Palm makes available to users a whole series of accessories to maximize the user experience, personally, I do not find the covers as something of first necessity for the Palm Phone.
Built in aluminum and high resistance glass (incorporates Gorilla Glass and IP68 resistance to dust and water), the Palm Phone barely weighs 62 grams and a half. A ridiculous figure compared to the almost 160 grams of the Huawei P30 Lite or the 175 grams of the Samsung Galaxy S10 +. About its size, Yes, it's as tiny as it seems. To understand us, the Palm Phone reduces almost 40% the usual size of the average smartphone, being approximately the size of a credit card.
Also on the outside, and partly given its "simple smartphone" features, the Palm Phone has only one USB-C connector and a single button, the ignition. On its back, we find only the logo of the brand and the camera, with the lens and flash almost in perfect symmetry. As you can see, its construction is at the service of its minimalism.
Maximum functionality in ?mini? size
One of the most pleasant surprises that I have taken, has been to realize how, in just a couple of minutes, the Palm Phone is able to challenge any expectation or preconceived idea about its size, putting in its place a ?manazas? like This server. It handles especially well with one hand and as long as you keep a very basic use from the terminal the experience will be highly satisfactory, in addition, we must bear in mind that with Google Assistant and certain fast actions, the experience improves even more. On its unlocking, as it does not have a fingerprint reader, the easiest, leaving aside pin and patterns, is to use the easy unlock own device, which is quite comfortable in most situations (it is not Face ID).
A mobile capable of everything but with a very specific objective
Entering something more on the subject, except that sometimes you notice something hotter than normal (especially when viewing content or playing), the Palm Phone birthday to spare With the fluency requirements we can ask a mobile for his style and price. And although it does justice to its 3GB of RAM and the Snapdragon processor, keep in mind that only 32GB Internal storage and no, the Palm Phone has no room for microSD card.
At this point and given our experience of use, we must make a note to clarify that the Palm Phone is not a normal mobile. Although it may be contradictory, it is important to keep in mind that it is a device designed to use little. And I emphasize this aspect because if you are thinking of using it as a normal mobile, it is likely that you finish scalded. We talk about "maximum functionality" within that specific use for which the Palm Phone is intended.
In that sense, one is really aware the small size of the Palm Phone (3.3 inches) and the lack thereof precisely when trying to "raise the level." The Palm Phone It is not the mobile you are looking for if you plan to consume audiovisual content without moderation (Netflix, YouTube), guasapear more than the account (the audios do not count) or give Mario Kart Tour down for more than two bus stops. For the rest, yes, it is a small mobile, very small, but if you are part of that public for whom the Palm Phone is intended, you really won't even notice.
And what about your cameras? Well, a few lines below you will find a small sample of their capabilities, but as you can imagine they are nothing from the other world. The Palm Phone has a main camera with 12MP flash and an 8MP front camera … and little else (be careful, it's not necessary either). With a single main lens and no portrait mode, the Palm Phone camera has a strong point simple and practical interface, aligned with what would be expected of a device like this.
On his performance, personally I have noticed, naturally, a leap back when compared to the camera of Pixel 3a, my current device. However, and above all if the light accompanies, The results are pretty decent, achieving in some cases a sharpness that achieves surprise for good. If we forget that the front camera suffers somewhat more than is due in unfavorable conditions, I am not at all dissatisfied with the results, especially if I think about the tiny size of the Palm Phone and the dull skies of Galicia.
The worst of Palm Phone
A difficult price to fit
The Palm Phone is a highly peculiar mobile that occupies a somewhat complicated place In the current mobile market, halfway between the feature phone and the smartphone, so its official price, much more bulky than its size, does not play precisely in its favor.
It is true that the Palm Phone has been sold in Spain for only a few months, but considering that it has already happened one year since its international presentation, 350 euros it's a lot of euros for a device with 2018 specifications. Unless one is willing to pay for the premium disconnection lifestyle the new Palm seeks to offer, the price is something that chokes.
After a year between us, the price of the Palm Phone plays against
Worst of all is that, being a nico smartphone, the comparisons, even without being fair, do not leave the Palm Phone in a good place. At one extreme we find, for example, the new batch of basic Nokia phones, which offer better disconnection and autonomous at ridiculous prices. And at the other end, in order to have a secondary smartphone as functional as elegant and discretionary, we find options of all kinds: from the Xiaomi Redmi Go to the Sony Xperia XZ 2 or even the (iPhone SE). They all are mobile phones of 5 inches or less They can fulfill a mission similar to that of the Palm Phone in various ways and with different price ranges.
Your battery is improvable
Although Palm announces its device with an autonomous stand-by for up to 3 days, in my case it has not been more than 2 days without having to load it. And that when I have not given no use. A fairly short time especially if we consider that one of the sales arguments of the Palm Phone is its use as a secondary terminal. Therefore, if you plan to have it in a drawer all week to catch it on Friday when you leave work, keep that s or s You will have to go through a plug a couple of hours before.
On the other hand, if we stick to what the battery lasts with a normal activity which includes calls, daily ration of Twitter and WhatsApp, some other game not too demanding and two or three news apps, the mobile hardly hold on until night. Of course, in defense of the Palm Phone it must be said that the device is fully charged in more than acceptable times: thirty minutes for half the battery, and just over an hour to reach 100%.
Final reflection, do you use the mobile less if it has a small size?
This is probably the main question You have to make one to assess whether or not to bet on this kid. It is true that one of the reasons for the Palm Phone and its small size is this is a tool to disconnectbut, based on My personal experience, I have not noticed that the Palm Phone has facilitated a more analogous lifestyle, but rather the opposite. Which is good news because it turns the Palm Phone into a 100% functional smartphone, but it may not be the best option for users looking to reduce their nomophobia.
In my case, I have not noticed that I used the mobile less because it had a small size, so I have been doing as usual but leaving me some dioptra along the way. Basically, if like me, you have a strong dependence of your smartphone, maybe the Palm Phone not the best option to disconnect, especially if we compare it with non-smart phones or with devices specifically designed for it, such as the LightPhone 2.
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If instead, you are someone who is able to control perfectly the use of your main device, The Palm Phone will definitely help you disconnect more and better, especially if you are one of those users who use the smartphone in few occasions throughout the day.
On the other hand, where the Palm Phone becomes strong, in part, it is at your service as secondary device, especially for those of us who cannot leave aside our main mobile during business hours. In that sense, and after a few days with enough frustrations, I decided to give the Palm Phone a second chance as a second device (worth the redundancy), a choice that slightly changed my experience with the phone, allowing me enjoy it more.
In my case, thanks to the Palm Phone, I was able to park my main mobile during the weekends to enjoy a couple of days more disconnected from normal. And frankly, it is a real joy to take a walk around the city or do some excursion without carrying a device in your pocket that is almost as if it didn't exist. This use as a secondary terminal can be especially interesting combined with the service Vodafone OneNumber. The operator, in addition to being one of the few that offer the Palm Phone in Spain, allows you to connect all the data from your main device to the Palm Phone no need to change of number or SIM.
Finally, if you are interested in using the Palm Phone to disconnect, you would like to know that the device includes a ?disconnect? mode called Life mode, which disconnects and silences completely those apps and functionalities of your choice until you turn on the screen.
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Price and where to buy the Palm Phone in Spain
At this time, the Palm Phone can be purchased in Spain through two official channels, through operators such as Movistar or Vodafone or through Amazon. If you want to buy it at Movistar, they offer the Palm Phone for 329 euros, subject, yes, to the hiring of a fee. On the other hand, in Vodafone you can find it at 342 euros, also closing a portability with them or hiring vodafone OneNumber. If you want to use the Palm Phone as a second device by registering a new line, its price will fluctuate between 324 and 445 euros depending on the rate.
On the other hand, and as we said before, the Palm Phone is also available on Amazon at a free price of 349 euros.
|Conclusions||If you want to get the most out of the Palm Phone, you must be very clear that this device is aligned with a way of understanding the technology and a philosophy of use not suitable for everyone.|
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