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.?

The Treo Takes Off

In 2003, PalmOne and Handspring announced merger plans, and the spin-off of a new company, PalmSource, with ownership of the Palm OS. In October of that year, Handspring bowed out with a bang, releasing the groundbreaking Treo 600.

A candybar-style phone with a camera and a surprisingly usable--albeit narrow--QWERTY keyboard, the Treo 600 felt more like a phone than a PDA. Despite its $500 (with contract) price tag, the Treo 600 quickly became the hot gadget of the day--a status that its successor, the PalmOne Treo 650, retained when it appeared a year later.

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