I Could Only Use This Mini Phone for 10 minutes

– Hey, what's good, guys, welcome back to TechSmartt for the product that I never thought I would ever see again This is the new Palm phone

It's actually a smartphone, and if you guys remember Palm from back in the day, they used to make some of the first smartphones out there The Palm Pre, the Palm Pixie Ev, what was your first smartphone? – The Palm Pre – The Palm Pre So Ev even had one, I didn't have one

My mom had one, so I was more of BlackBerry guy, but in 2018, they've brought the Palm back It works with any Android device So roll the intro I am really excited to check this out, not because it starts for $399, but more, it's kind of a feature phone And if you guys have no idea what I'm talking about, or what a feature phone even is, basically, it's a phone that really goes in on the features versus the whole experience, and that really comes in the price

So like the one-inch iPhone, interesting Here, if you guys missed this video, it's right up there in the I-card This thing goes for a hundred dollars, so literally for $99, you get basically a fake iPhone that actually runs Android and is pretty good, it makes calls You can watch YouTube videos So those are feature phones

Now, Palms starts at $399, but of course, it actually has some good 2018 specs And that's kind of what you're paying for Outside of that, it's got kind of a catch to it, and if you guys haven't read about the catch, you might've been livin' under a rock You might not be followin' on Twitter I've talked about it over there, but the catch is this device only works with Verizon right now

So that means you need to actually get a $10 extra add-on plan for this type of device on top of your regular existing phone plan So that means this will not only cost you $400 outright, but then, $10 every month outside of that So kinda steep when you think about it, but if it's cool, and I've seen some videos where this looks cool, if I can even get it out And it might, well, there we have it Wow, that looks way smaller than I've imagined

Wow, it's gotta be the whole Palm legacy throwin' me for a trip, we'll check this out in a sec See what else we get in here Any miniature-sized accessories, Ev? You think we get like some mini headphones? Maybe like a $10 bill, like a freebie for the first month So it charges with USB-C, that's kind of nice 2018, it's future-proof, and then, USB-A in the wall brick

Would've been nice to see C to C That is the true future, Ev Are you ready to check this out? So this is The Palm, interesting, that's not what it's called, but it's really intriguing to hold So it's much thinner than I was imagining, and compared to the one-inch iPhone, it's way thinner than I think you might've even imagined It's got a 12 megapixel camera on the back, an 800 milliamp hour battery inside, a 14 gigahertz octa-core processor So this thing's no joke, and then, three gigs of RAM

So three gigabytes of RAM, meaning, it says you can run some apps on here I'm just gonna power this on Front-facing camera so you can do some stuff The whole point of the Palm is to not necessarily need your main smartphone or your daily driver To have this really be like an accessory, or kind of like a smartwatch in your pocket that has a little bit more than just telling the time

It feels oddly good, oddly surprising There you got the Verizon logo, you can't forget it because you wouldn't be able to do this otherwise So wow, it actually, it works So you can kinda see the whole app layout and kind of what the purpose of this phone is Basically, you have the apps that you wanna check out in front of your face, and the ones that you don't kind of just go to the bottom

There's a few features like Life Mode and Number Share and a few software updates So it's good to see that this thing is getting love And it's crazy that it's running Android 81 So it's got some pretty cool features that has a 720p display, so it looks HD, pretty crisp

It's basically a feature phone, meaning like I'm just gonna tell you what it is It's not your daily driver, and it's not what it should be I'm just kind of in shock that I'm goin' through this, and now, I'm gonna try to watch a YouTube video I'm keepin' an eye on the battery life It's 6:05 right now, we're at 40 percent

Not updatin' it, just show me YouTube (upbeat music) It's taking its time There we go Alright, let's check out these speakers and see how good buffering is and this keyboard because the big thing with these small phones is how is typing? You need to type, you need to text someone, do basically anything, you're gonna need to use the keyboard Let's search Benly

(upbeat music) See what we find So it loaded pretty quickly Alright, let's check this out So there's no volume buttons on here, that's surprising Only the power button

So to change volume for this ad, gotta swipe down, not bad, pretty solid interface Buttons are really friendly Pretty solid layout too (melancholy guitar music) Colors look good Speakers loud enough where if I went for a run, I only brought the Palm, I could probably take the call and not really need to worry

It's, I don't know I feel like it's missing something – Something's not right – See (upbeat music) Google search

This is it, this is it, let's see if this works How old is Matthew McConaughey? (upbeat music) – [Phone] Matthew McConaughey is 49 years old – Okay, I mean, that's Google Assistant It's been pretty good for a few years There's actually a few smart features on here

Like if I double tap the power button (upbeat music) Google Assistant pops up There's actually a feature on here where if you swipe down going to settings, it's called Life Mode, where it just minimizes distractions So you have to toggle this on, and it will basically keep everything uninterrupted So you can select what apps you want to actually deliver notifications when you're on Life Mode

Whoa, it even has facial recognition? (upbeat music) What? I had no idea (upbeat music) I guess it's true All phones have it (upbeat music) Turn on, okay, that might make it a little bit easier Let's see how accurate it is

(upbeat music) So a little slow, little bit of a lag, but I mean, I'd sit there and wait (crickets chirp) So what's really sweet about the Palm is you can customize almost everything, and then, kind of nothing And here's what I mean, so there are a few features on here that make the Palm a little bit more worthwhile and kinda why you'd wanna spend $400 and then, $10 every single month At least, to make this worth it for you, and I kinda see it, but like features like Gesture Pad, for example, are these three dots at the bottom So what's kinda cool is when you go into settings, and then you go into Advanced Features, quick launch, I could just double tap the power button and that would quick launch the camera

Voice search, like what you guys saw earlier Now, you can actually mess with the nav bar and get rid of the virtual nav bar So if I turn this on, that three dot button at the bottom is all I really have So what's cool is I could just hit once to go back Double press it to go home, and then if I long press, I'll have all the apps, so that's pretty handy

Obviously, they need to kind of maximize the screen space since it isn't bezel-less You can see one at the top and bottom That's not what I'm on about It's a cool device, my only concern really is battery life and kind of how much more of a problem this might actually be than a solution It just feels crazy in the hand

A little too small where it can kinda be hard to type, but the last test I really wanna see is what Number Share's about So with Number Share, a call or a text or really anything that happens on my Android device, the Pixel 2 XL should go to the Palm So let's see if that works I have a SIM in here, a SIM in here It's the $10 a month thing, and I'm gonna call myself and see what happens

So let's how this works with the Palm, see how notifications are delivered My iPhone's on AT&T, both of these are on Verizon Text myself, "Yo" (upbeat music) Pixel 2 (phone buzzes) Now, the Palm, so not bad

I mean, if you're out and about, and you don't have your daily driver, you're at least getting to know your notification came through But when I started this, and I've only been playing around with it for like five minutes, haven't watched any videos It's at 30 percent battery, now it's at 20 percent So that's something to keep in mind So I think that's really it for the Palm

I mean, basically, when you look at it, it's for some people, I don't really think it's for me Let me know what you guys think in the comments It's really just a smaller version of the phone that you have in your pocket, and if you wanna bring that phone along with you, this doesn't make a whole lot of sense But if you wanna leave it at home, you want something kinda smaller but just as powerful, I'd say this is an interesting option to check out Got Google Play Music

You got Google Drive, I mean, really the essentials, and then, 12 megapixel camera on the back So if you're taking this on runs and you're a runner and you need an option, I could see this being for you, don't totally think this is for me So that's it for this video If you guys liked it and made it to the end, make sure to drop a like and make sure you get subscribed by hittin' that button right down there Check out the Instagram, it's just TechSmartt, and hit up these two videos right after this

I'll see you guys next time (upbeat music)

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