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PDA leader responds to Handspring

Low-cost Palm m100 targets consumers

The new Palm m100 offers a cheaper, colourful personal digital assistant that even the most ardent technophobe could use.

Due to hit the shelves later this month arrive later in August priced at £130, the Palm m100 features a new design with a rounder shape and removable faceplates that come in colours such as "blue mist" and "ruby pearl."

A hinged flip cover and a durable display make the device rugged, while an alarm clock and a scribble notepad replace business tools such as expense tracking and e-mail.

With a new design and tools focused on ease of use, the m100 has the home user in mind. Palms have been hugely successful with business people, but it's still undetermined whether the rest of us will use fancy digital organizers.

The fragile flip cover used on Palm IIIs is replaced with one that flips all the way back and houses the stylus.

The m100 comes with a grey faceplate, but you can purchase other colours for about £20 each. A new clock application has a travel alarm and lets you view the time even when the Palm is off, through a glass window on the flip cover.


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