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>Palms Get Colorful: Palm IIIc</h2><br><br>While the Palm V and the Palm VII were luring high-end customers, new iterations of the less expensive Palm III remained the company's bread-and-butter PDA--even after 3Com spun off its Palm Computing subsidiary in early 2000. Shortly thereafter, the newly independent Palm, Inc. shipped its first color model, the [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/15410/color_palms_worth_the_price.html|Palm IIIc|Color Palms: Worth the Price?]]. <br><br>Regrettably, at a time when devices running Microsoft's rival Windows CE were already appearing with dazzling 65,000-color screens, the IIIc's disappointing color display supported only 256 colors. The display also looked washed out and all but unreadable in sunlight. And the IIIc's premium price ($449) didn't help matters. <br><br>Photo: Courtesy of [[xref:http://www.amazon.com/PalmOne-IIIc-Personal-Handheld-Organizer/dp/B00004RC2E|Amazon.com|Amazon.com]]

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