Looking a little like an overweight Palm V encased in plastic instead of brushed metal, the m100 is much closer to the Palm IIIe in terms of its specification. With the same 2MB RAM, and powered by two AAA batteries, the m100 differs by running a later version of Palm OS (3.5) with a few more features, and by selling for about $50 less.
The m100 is also distinguished from its cousins by its more rugged case, designed for general consumer use, and coloured plastic face panels which can be attached to suit your taste. A flip-up cover protects the input screen, which has itself been toughened compared to that of earlier models. A window in the cover lets you see the time at the touch of a button.
The connectivity gear has been redesigned for greater convenience. Instead of a cradle, the standard computer connection is now a much smaller and lighter cable (though a cradle will be available for those who really want one). Mac software has been included along with the standard PC software package. The m100 is compatible with accessories such as an attachable modem.
The software is similar to that on earlier Palms. One of the main differences is the inclusion of a simple notepad function that allows users to scribble down notes without needing to learn the Graffiti language normally used to communicate with Palms. Other goodies include the ability to share information with common e-mail programs and to exchange SMS messages with the aid of a mobile phone.
A range of accessories, from modems to cameras to carrying cases, will be launched with the m100. Given the Palm's existing success in the business field, there's every chance that the m100 could bring this platform to the masses.
Price: Around $350
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