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.?

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<h2>Handspring Pioneers Palm Phones</h2><br><br>In the early 2000s, successfully marrying a PDA to a cell phone with data capabilities became the Holy Grail of handheld computing. Several Palm licensees--most notably Kyocera with its 6035 and [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/49183/samsung_puts_palm_phone_in_one_neat_package.html|Samsung with the i300|Samsung Puts Palm, Phone in One Neat Package]]--brought products to market, but their efforts were typically too large, too heavy, and insufficiently phonelike. <br><br>Meanwhile, Research in Motion's BlackBerry handhelds were attracting more and more business customers who needed a usable keyboard to handle e-mail on the road. In mid-2002, Handspring, a Palm OS licensee founded by Palm cofounders Jeff Hawkins and Donna Dubinsky, came much closer to the mark with its first Treo PDA/phone hybrids--devices with flip-phone lids that when opened revealed QWERTY keyboards (while retaining color screens that supported Graffiti input). The [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/101463/first_look_at_color_treo_pdas.html|Treo 270|First Look at Color Treo PDAs]] (shown above), was a GSM phone priced at $400 from T-Mobile after a $100 mail-in rebate; the Treo 300 worked on CDMA networks. <br><br>Photo: Courtesy of Palm

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