Palm m100 and m105 (discontinued)
The m100 was Palm's first new industrial design since the
Palm V. The 8 meg m105 was released March 6, 2001 and replaces the
Palm IIIxe. The m105 is otherwise identical to the m100. The m100/m105
hardware specs likely represent Palm's biggest departure from previous
models. The ruggedized case sports a rounded, modern industrial design,
the screen is 42% smaller than previous Pilots, though it maintians
the same 160 x 160 pixel resolution. This means that you'll see the
same amount of stuff on the screen, but that stuff will appear smaller.
The display is a TFT active matrix which is very sharp in indoor
light (probably Palm's best to date), but will wash out in bright
sunlight. This is Palm's first plastic-screened device (all the others
have been glass). Plastic is much less likely to shatter when the
PDA is dropped, but is usually more prone to scratching.
with optional color faceplates
The units have no internal expansion capability. The m100 comes
with 2 megs of RAM and the m105 with 8 megs, and uses the same
Dragonball EZ processor other recent Palm models, thus it'll be
compatible with most existing software.
The unit is about the size of the IIIe, but feels smaller because
of the rounded design. It weights about 2 ounces less than the
For better or worse, the Palm m100 still uses
a serial connection for syncing to the desktop. Where oh where
is USB, Palm? It's probably Palm's answer to the cheap and colorful
Handspring Visor models. It looks cool, can be jazzed up with $20
snap-on color faceplates.