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 [[xref:http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/193902/flash_memory_cards?pp=4|SD card/MMC format|Flash Memory Cards]]). 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 [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/product/26148/review/tungsten_e2_pda.html|Tungsten E2|Palm Tungsten E2 PDA]] (above left) and the [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/product/21258/review/zire_72.html|Zire 72|Palm Zire 72]] (above right), later models that appeared after Palm's PalmOne rechristening.
Photo: Courtesy of Palm