Palm m515 (discontinued)
Introduced March 4, 2002, the m515 is an improved version
of the m505. The m505 and m515 are some
of Palm's most exciting product introductions of the past few years.
What's so exciting? Among other things, the m515 offers color in
a very small sized unit, and 16 megs of RAM-- a first for a Palm-branded
PDA. Like its predecessor the m505, the m515 comes with a USB syncing
cradle and has an MMC/SD expansion slot.
The m515 has a 65,000 color 16 bit reflective backlit display.
Users compained about the washed out, dim display of the m505 and
this model is a vast improvement. The screen is brighter and more
color saturated- yay!
The m515 has 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 cardsfor added storage,
pre-loaded software such as Atlases and eBooks, and Bluetooth wireless
network cards. Probably the biggest benefit is that you don't have
to worry how much memory the Palm comes with, you can simply add
more memory for storing applications and data by buying and SD
memory card. Though for most users, the built-in 16 megs is plenty!
The units are about the size of the Palm Vx, and maintain the
Vx's svelt look and feel.
Above: Just how small is the m515? It's at the top of this
stack, the Palm m130 is in the middle and the iPAQ 3970 at
the bottom. You can see just how small and slim the m515
Above: MGI PhotoSuite Mobile
is included.It allows you to view MOV .AVI .WMV, .JPG .TIF
.GIF .PNG and .BMP image and video files on your Palm. It
supports SD cards so you can store your images an albums
on an SD card.
The PDA comes with a USB sycing cradle, and you'll
enjoy the same fast Dragonball EZ processor running at 33 MHz used in
the m500 and m505. (finally catching up to
Handspring). The USB syncing bug that affected some m500 and m505s is
cured in this model.
Since this is a high end unit, you'll get a great software
bundle, including Documents To Go standard edition for working with Word
and Excel files on your Palm, MGI PhotoSuite for viewing images and photo
albums, Pocket Mirror for those of you who want to sync to Outlook rather
than Palm Desktop, and Palm Reader to read the many ebooks available
Original list price $399 US