Palm’s tiny smartphone was poorly obtained when it landed in 2018; however now the corporate is having a second stab at producing some curiosity within the small system. By way of Verizon, Palm is now providing it as a stand-alone phone for an April-only value of merely $199, representing a substantial saving of $150.The 3.3-inch Palm handset launched last year to extra of a raspberry than a fanfare. Digital Trends, for instance, was solely capable of muster half a star out of five in a evaluate that criticized it for its poor hardware, confused raison d’être, and excessive value, although Thursday’s replace is a transparent effort to deal with a few of these points.
A part of the issue was that before now, the Palm might solely function as a companion phone (a choice nonetheless out there utilizing Verizon). Sure, that meant you wanted one other handset to make use of it, leaving you with two phones to handle as an alternative of 1. As a companion phone, the suggestion was that its mild weight and the tiny display would indeed discourage you from utilizing it, giving you a chance to take a break from the expertise and subsequently making it splendid for distraction-free weekend journeys and nights out. Its launch as a stand-alone device adjustment all that, although the query now’s whether or not you’d wish to have such a small phone as your first handset.
In an extra effort to garner consideration, the corporate has responded to early criticisms of the phone’s hardware by bettering the cameras with enhanced HDR, shade steadiness, and low mild efficiency, and besides by updating its software program to increase the battery life past the original eight hours. However, disappointingly, it gives no specifics on this, with the corporate saying solely that you get “some additional utilization time.” In case you think of going forward and buy the Palm, watch out to not lose it. The phone’s small measurement means it’ll be extra simply misplaced than, say, the huge 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max, although judging by a few of the Palm’s preliminary evaluations, not understanding where it’s maybe no critical factor.