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 Gets Thin: The Treo Pro

By 2008, the basic Treo design--even with modifications introduced in various later iterations--was getting long in the tooth, especially when compared to the revolutionary iPhone, which had debuted in 2007. But Palm's much anticipated next-generation operating system wasn't quite ready, so the company released the Treo Pro, a handheld that at least reflected the superthin and sleek aesthetics of other contemporaneous smartphones. It also boasted support for quad-band (world) GSM voice and superfast data (HSDPA/UMTS) networks, Wi-Fi, and GPS.

But lacking carrier support, it debuted at a whopping $549--a small fortune in the cell phone universe. The subsequently introduced Sprint model (shown above) costs a much more palatable $200 with rebates and a two-year plan.

Photo: Courtesy of Palm

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