The Palm III was a personal digital assistant made by the Palm Computing division of 3Com. It went on sale in 1998 as a replacement for the PalmPilot handheld. It was the first Palm handheld to support infrared file transfer and a Flash ROM-capable operating system. At release, the Palm III was priced at US$400. The Palm IIIc was the first colour PDA made by Palm, Inc. It ran Palm OS 3.5, the first Palm OS version to have native colour support and supported paletted 8-bit colour modes. The machine has a TFT LCD that is bright indoors, but almost unusable outdoors. The Palm IIIc features the classic III-series connector, 8MB of RAM and a 20MHz DragonBall EZI CPU. The unit also has a lithium ion rechargeable battery and a slightly modified version of the original Palm III chassis. Measuring 5.06 by 3.17 by 0.67 inches andweighing less than 7 ounces, the Palm IIIc is one of the smallest andlightest full-color hand-helds available. Its active-matrix screenproduces vivid, crisp colors and is viewable from many angles in bothdim and bright light. While the color screen may be enough to dazzle many prospective users, the Palm IIIc still performs all the functions of earlier models of the Palm III. It offers date book, address book,mail, to-do list, memo pad, expense, calculator, and securityapplications. Its built-in 8 MB of memory is as high a storagecapacity as is available in any Palm device. To quantify what 8 MBcapacity means, the Palm IIIc can hold 10,000 addresses, five years ofappointments, 3,000 to-do items, 3,000 memos, and 400 e-mailmessages. There is even leftover storage space for databases, books,image viewers, and games, making the Palm IIIc an ally to any seriousPDA user. Equipped with a HotSync cradle and software, the Palm IIIcis ready for local and remote synchronization out of the box. You canback up or transfer data to and from the Palm IIIc and your desktop PCor Macintosh (special connectors required) in minutes. The organizeris also ready for a modem (available separately) and the Internet withits TCP/IP software. The Palm IIIc includes an infrared port, allowingyou to beam data and applications to any other infrared-enabled PalmOS hand-held or to connect to other infrared-enabled devices such ascellular phones, pagers, and laptops.
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