From Palm Pilot to Palm Pre: A brief history of Pa...
Enter the PalmPilots
Ecstatic media reception and good word-of-mouth made the first Palms a moderate success, and a year later the name Palm appeared as part of the second-generation products' name--the PalmPilot Personal and the PalmPilot Professional (shown above). The new models incorporated backlighting but not infrared. The $299 PalmPilot Personal had 512KB of memory; the $399 Pro had 1MB of memory and could hot-sync either through the included cradle or through an optional 14.4-kbps modem.
The design was a tad sleeker than that of the original Pilots, and Palm added an expense-tracking app to its basic organizer suite. By this time, 3Com had swallowed up U.S. Robotics and its Palm Computing subsidiary (the 3Com brand appears on the upper right).
Photo: Courtesy of Palm
From Palm Pilot to Palm Pre: A brief history of Palm's handhelds