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Out of all the best smartphone options we’ve looked at, the Palm Phone PVG100 stands out among the best small phones due to its minute size. The 3.3” screen is almost as small as the screen found on flip phones, which is why this device is essentially a companion phone rather than the main device; it’s simply too small to handle all your daily tasks!
More of a companion device than a primary phone, the Palm Phone PVG100 is a unique, tiny cellular device with all the capabilities of an average cell phone crammed into a credit-card-sized frame.
It’s certainly not a powerhouse, but considering its size, we were impressed it even had the Play Store. The PVG100 runs on Android 8.1 (generations behind modern phones like the Google Pixel 5) and is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8940 Snapdragon 435 CPU. It offers an unimpressive 3 GB of RAM but has a surprisingly large amount of internal storage considering its size (32 GB of eMMC storage). As expected, it doesn’t have a slot for an SD card, so you are limited to 32 GB for all your files and apps.
Running on a non-removable 800 mAh lithium-ion battery, the Palm will be dead shortly after you turn it on. If (for some reason) you plan on using it as your main phone, expect to be recharging the device at least 3 times a day, if not more. Fortunately, this phone offers fast charging, so you can recharge the entire battery in a little over an hour. Still, if you plan on using this device for any length of time, you will definitely need to bring a charger along.
If you can get past the fact that the screen is only 3.3 inches, you’ll notice that the display on the PVG100 is actually pretty good! With an aspect ratio of 16:9 and a resolution of 720 x 1280p, this Palm phone comes very close to the PPI of the Apple iPhone 11 Pro (476 PPI) at 445 pixels per inch. The display itself is an IPS panel, so viewing angles are good though it’s unlikely you’ll be looking at the device from a distance. If you are looking for a better screen then you should check out the 6.7 inch display on the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Despite its small size, the Palm Phone PVG100 is actually a very durable device. The frame is made of aluminum, and the phone utilizes Gorilla Glass 3 on both the front and the back. It’s also IP68 rated (like the Apple iPhone 12 Mini), which means it’s invulnerable to dust and can last up to half an hour under 1 meter of water without damage. The durable setup is actually very beneficial because should you lose the device, it will most likely still work when you find it.
This phone is an impractical and unique device that will probably interest some people, but it certainly isn’t worth $249. It does offer all the features of a standard phone in a compact package, but you can get a similar (though admittedly larger) phone for much less. It actually does have protection plans available; you can get a two-year plan for $69.99 or by-the-month coverage at $3.49 per month. Unless you keep a very good track of your things, we would probably suggest the monthly plan.
Overall, the Palm Phone PVG100 is an interesting concept, but it’s not something we can justify paying full price for. If you can find it on sale then it may be worth the price, but for most people, this device simply won’t cut it. Of course, if you just want a phone that stands out in a crowd, then the PVG100 is the phone for you!