By now were all familiar with the criticisms about smartphones monopolizing our attention and replacing our real-world interactions. Enter the new Palm phone: a smartphone the size of your credit card is out here trying to break up that reliance on tech. First released in November for $350, the Palm phone is designed to be a travel-sized companion device to your larger, regular-sized main smartphone.
The company has branded the phone as an ultra-mobile device that allows you to stay present during lifes most important moments. But in April, Palm announced the phone would also be available as a standalone device in response to customer feedback. The standalone Palm phone is available for pre-order starting Tuesday.
Over the course of a few months, I regularly swapped out my traditional iPhone for the Palm phone when I would go out with friends, travel to the gym, or go to dinner on the weekends — situations where I wouldnt necessarily want, or need, my smartphone and all its capabilities. Heres what it was like using Palms tiny smartphone:.