Latest Palm handheld sells for less than $150

Latest Palm handheld sells for less than $150

Fighting to hold its share of the hot handheld computer market, Palm Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., this month announced a $149 version of its Palm device.

The Palm m100 is priced the same as the rival Visor from Handspring Inc. of Mountain View, Calif. Palm also faces stiff competition from Linux-based units from Transmeta Corp., also of Santa Clara, and devices that run Microsoft PocketPC.

The Palm m100 handheld does not have built-in wireless connectivity like its $399 Palm VII cousin or so-called Web telephones. But its new Note Pad application for handwritten notes can link to other apps running on the handheld and can synchronize with Note Pad on desktop systems running Microsoft Windows or Apple Mac OS.

On the flip side

The Palm m100 has a flip-up cover, an alarm clock, a new HotSync cable and a $40 Universal Serial Bus connection kit. It has 2M of memory and is compatible with Palm OS applications.

Contact Palm at 408-326-9000.

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