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.?

Palms Get Colorful: Palm IIIc

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 Palm IIIc.

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.

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