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 [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/119746/sonys_clie_hits_the_end_of_the_road.html|Clie line of handhelds|Sony's Clie Hits the End of the Road]].
The [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/product/8/overview/v.html|Palm V|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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