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.?

Thin Is In: The Palm V

By late 1999, the Palm had achieved iconic status in the United States, but Microsoft was starting to nip at Palm's heels, as were several licensees of the Palm OS--most notably Sony, with its cool Clie line of handhelds.

The Palm V took focused its innovation efforts on size. Less than half an inch thick, and outfitted with a handsome metal case, a redesigned connector (annoying in that you couldn't use an older cradle for hot-syncing), an improved monochrome display, and an internal rechargeable battery, the Palm V made a svelte profile as important to a well-appointed handheld as desktop synchronization. However, the days when a handheld could run for weeks between charges were over.

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