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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.

The Treo takes off

In 2003, PalmOne and Handspring announced merger plans, and the spin-off of a new company, PalmSource, with ownership of the Palm OS. In October of that year, Handspring bowed out with a bang, releasing the groundbreaking Treo 600.

A candybar-style phone with a camera and a surprisingly usable - albeit narrow - QWERTY keyboard, the Treo 600 felt more like a phone than a PDA. The Treo 600 quickly became the hot gadget of the day - a status that its successor, the PalmOne Treo 650 , retained when it appeared a year later.

Photo: Courtesy of Palm

Palm, meet Windows

By 2005, PalmOne had become Palm again and was focusing increasingly on its smartphone business. The result of these efforts was the Treo 700w, a version that supported Microsoft's Windows Mobile OS for handhelds.

Announced at the January 2006 Consumer Electronics Show, the Treo 700w was generally well received, thanks in part to software tweaks that Palm made on the underlying operating system (a common practice for Windows Mobile device makers).

Photo: Courtesy of Palm

NEXT PAGE: The Centro

  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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