From Palm Pilot to Palm Pre: A brief history of Palm's handhelds

Will the Palm Pre be the last in a storied line of products, or will it mark the beginning of a new era for the once and former Palm, Inc.?

Palm Diversifies: The Tungsten and Zire

Undeterred, Palm refined its line over the next couple of years with the m100 and m500 series, which replaced the III and the V, respectively, adding such features as much-improved color displays and expansion slots (for the new SD card/MMC format). In 2002, the company dropped the numeric model names in favor of two new brands: the high-end Tungsten, outfitted with high-res screens and powerful processors; and the entry-level Zire, the first sub-$100 Palm handheld, configured with a monochrome screen, no expansion slot, and limited storage capacity). Palm continued to manufacture the two brands even after its 2003 merger with Handspring and its adoption of yet another company name, this time PalmOne. Shown here are the Tungsten E2 (above left) and the Zire 72 (above right), later models that appeared after Palm's PalmOne rechristening.

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