Palm Phone Review

We looked for kid-friendly features in the tiny Palm phone and didn’t find many. It’s probably best for teens.
Smallest smartphone
Palm Phone
3 out of 5 stars
3
  • pro
    Small size for kids
  • pro
    32 GB storage
  • con
    No integrated parental controls
Cathy Habas
Nov 09, 2022
bullet3 min read

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You’ve decided your kid is ready for a phone, but there’s no way a bulky iPhone will fit in their pocket—not to mention their hand. The credit-card-sized Palm phone solves that problem. It works with all of our favorite parental control apps for some extra safety precautions, but since it does connect to the internet, we recommend it for teens, not youngsters.

pro
Pros
pro Small enough size for a kid
pro Two cameras
pro Gorilla glass
pro Water and dust resistance
con
Cons
con No integrated parental controls
con No headphone jack
con Poor battery life

Palm phone vs. other kids phones

Product
Best for
Lowest phone price
Lowest service price
Cost to add another line
Money-back period
Warranty
Learn more
Best overall $29.00/mo. Full price
bulletNone
bullet1 year
Best for multiple kids $14.99/mo. $4.99/mo.
bullet30 days
bulletNone
Best for budgets

$24.99/mo.

$1.75/mo. off starting with 3rd line
bullet15 days
bullet1 year
Best for preschoolers N/A N/A
bullet30 days
bullet3 months
Best camera

$13.95/mo.

Full price
bullet30 days
bulletPaid warranty only

*No contract required. $30 activation. New lines only.
Amazon.com price as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change. Read full disclaimer.

Palm phone cost

An unlocked Palm phone retails for around $235 on Amazon.

You can pay for the phone in 24- or 30-month installments by purchasing it through Verizon, but you’ll have to visit one of their retail locations to complete the purchase.

Unlocked phones work with Verizon and T-Mobile, but not with Sprint or AT&T.

Palm features

The Palm Phone isn’t strictly for kids. It’s also marketed toward adults who want a smaller phone, so it has full smartphone functionality. Expect a high-definition display, two cameras, dual speakers, and facial recognition.

Unless you download a parental control app, your kid will have full access to the Google Play store and the internet. It’s a regular smartphone in a kid-sized package.

If that makes you hit the brakes, check out our favorite phones with zero internet access:

Palm phone specs

  • 8 x 1.99 x 0.29 inches
  • 3 inch LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • 12 MP back camera
  • 8 MP selfie camera
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chip with 3GB RAM
  • 8-core processor
  • 32 GB storage
  • microSD card compatible
  • IP68 water resistance
  • Android OS

Parental controls sold separately

Based on customer testimonials featured on the Palm site, we expected this phone to have integrated parental controls. As it turns out, Palm’s parental control setup process involves downloading Google Family Link. It’s a free app, so that’s a plus.

Google Family Link includes GPS tracking, screen-time management, and app management. It’s better than nothing, but with a bonafide smartphone like Palm, you’ll want a content filter and site blocker too.

Palm recommends Bark, which costs $99 per year. We’re also big fans of Bark and consider it the best parental control app on the market. It has all the features lacking in Google Family Link, including social media monitoring, web filtering, and email monitoring.

The silver lining

By giving your kid a smartphone like the Palm, you can gradually lift parental control restrictions as your kid gets older. Keep an open dialogue about what you’re doing and why so that your soon-to-be-adult knows how to stay safe on their own.

Palm phone battery life

Because it’s a small phone, the Palm’s battery doesn’t last nearly as long as behemoths like the iPhone. But that might be a blessing for a kid’s phone—they’ll have to limit their phone time to preserve battery life.

For example, the 800 mAh battery lasts a little over three hours when talking on the phone and up to six hours when streaming music over Wi-Fi.

If your kid demands a lot of their phone by listening to music, using the GPS fitness tracker, and browsing the internet, they’re unlikely to get more than three hours out of it.

Final word

The Palm phone is a good smartphone for kids because it’s more affordable than its cumbersome competitors. Adults won’t appreciate its poor battery life or limited storage, but we consider this a perk for kids since it helps regulate their phone use.

Read our full review of the best phones for kids to explore other options.

Palm phone FAQ

The Palm phone’s tiny size makes it much easier to tuck into a pocketbook when your dress doesn’t have pockets—or into an armband when you want to track a workout. It also happens to be a great size for kids to hold with one hand.

Yes, the palm phone can be your only phone. It can also be a companion device with the same number as your main phone.

The Palm phone has a retail price of around $235 on Amazon, but it’s often available for less. At Verizon, it retails for around $280.

The Palm phone uses the frequencies supported by Verizon, T-Mobile, and US Mobile, among other wireless carriers. It doesn’t work with AT&T or Sprint.

Yes, the Palm phone uses an Android operating system.

How we reviewed the Palm phone

For our Palm phone review, we read the Palm phone’s specifications and paid close attention to kid-friendly features, like durability and parental controls. We compared its offerings to other phones on the market. To learn more, visit the SafeWise methodology page.

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Disclaimer

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Cathy Habas
Written by
Cathy Habas
With over eight years of experience as a content writer, Cathy has a knack for untangling complex information. Her natural curiosity and ability to empathize help Cathy offer insightful, friendly advice. She believes in empowering readers who may not feel confident about a purchase, project, or topic. Cathy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Indiana University Southeast and began her professional writing career immediately after graduation. She is a certified Safe Sleep Ambassador and has contributed to sites like Safety.com, Reviews.com, Hunker, and Thumbtack. Cathy’s pride and joy is her Appaloosa “Chacos.” She also likes to crochet while watching stand-up comedy specials on Netflix.

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