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10 most memorable Palm PDAs

Does the Palm Pre mark the start of a new era?

Will the Pre be the last in Palm's line of products, or will it mark the beginning of a new era for company? Here's a quick look at the devices Palm has created over the years.

Exit the Pilot, enter the Palm III

After a copyright infringement suit involving the makers of Pilot pens, Palm dropped the Pilot moniker. Still, to many people, the name PalmPilot is synonymous with 'personal digital assistant'.

Introduced in 1998, the Palm III added an infrared port for transferring files and contact information; it also had both EDO SD-RAM memory (2MB) and flash ROM memory (2MB), so removing the batteries did not wipe out data.

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Thin Is In: The Palm V

By late 1999, the Palm had achieved iconic status, but Microsoft was starting to nip at Palm's heels, as were several licensees of the Palm OS - most notably Sony, with its cool Clie line of handhelds.

The Palm V took focused its innovation efforts on size. Less than half an inch thick, and outfitted with a handsome metal case, a redesigned connector (annoying in that you couldn't use an older cradle for hot-syncing), an improved monochrome display, and an internal rechargeable battery, the Palm V made a svelte profile as important to a well-appointed handheld as desktop synchronisation.

However, the days when a handheld could run for weeks between charges were over.

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NEXT PAGE: The first wireless Palm

  1. Does the Pre mark the start of a new era for Palm?
  2. Enter the Palm III
  3. The first wireless Palm
  4. The Tungsten and Zire
  5. The Treo takes off
  6. The Centro
  7. Finally, the Pre

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