Palm m500 and m505 (discontinued)
Introduced in March 2001, the 500 series represents one of Palm's
most exciting product introductions of the past few years. What's
so exciting? Among other things, the m505 offers color in a very
small sized unit, while both models have version 4.0 of Palm OS,
a USB syncing cradle and Palm's first expansion slot.
The m505 has a 65,000 color 16 bit active matrix screen while
the m500 has a grayscale screen. The color screen is not very saturated,
a tradeoff for making it usable in outdoor lighting. Palm released
the m515 in March 2002 to replace the
m505, and it is similar to the 505, but has a much nicer color
screen and 16 megs of RAM. The m500's grayscale screen is an improvment
over older Palm models: gone is the green screen, this one has
a more paper white display with gentle white backlighting.
Both the m500 and m505 units have an internal expansion slot housed
at the top edge of the unit that can accept SD (secure digital)
and MMC (multimedia card) cards. These devices include memory cards
for added storage, pre-loaded software such as Atlases and eBooks,
and Bluetooth wireless network cards.
The units are about the size of the Palm Vx, and maintain the
Vx's svelt look and feel. The color unit is just a bit heavier
than the grayscale one.
They come with a USB sycing cradle-- finally Palm has moved over
to the much quicker and less quirky USB interface! Performance
wise, you'll enjoy a fast Dragonball EZ processor running at 33
MHz (finally catching up to Handspring).
One of the best industrial designs anyone's seen on a PDA-- the
500 series, like the Palm V, is so small, slim and sleek. You won't
notice this one in your shirt pocket. Finally, expansion, in the
form of an SD slot, on a Palm brand PDA. Color screen is very viewable
outdoors. Con: to make the color screen viewable outdoors, the
indoor viewing experience isn't exactly saturated and vibrant.