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Palm m100 and m105

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.

Palm M100 in colors Shown 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 IIIe.

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.





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Display: TFT active matrix (not the best for outdoor use because active matrix washes out in bright sun. Great indoors, however. Screen resolution remains the same as previous Palm models (160 x 160 pixels) but the screen is 42% smaller.

Performance: 16MHz Motorola Dragonball EZ processor. 2 megs of RAM for M100, 8 megs RAM for M105. 2 megs non-flash upgradeable ROM for OS.

Size: 4.66" x 3.12" x .72" ; 4.4 oz.

Audio: Built in speaker for alarms.

Battery: Uses 2 AAA alkaline batteries.

Software: Palm OS 3.5 and the usual suite of Palm applications, including Address Book, Date Book, Clock, To Do List, Memo Pad Calculator Calculator. In addition the m series has aNotes application that allows you to jot down notes or make drawings.

Modem: None included. Mobile Internet Kit included, which can be used in conjunction with capable mobile phones to access Internet email accounts.


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