Palm IIIc

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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 and weighing less than 7 ounces, the Palm IIIc is one of the smallest and lightest full-colour handhelds available. Its active-matrix screen produces vivid, crisp colours and is viewable from many angles in both dim and bright light. While the colour 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 security applications. Its built-in 8 MB of memory is as high a storage capacity as is available in any Palm device. To quantify what 8 MB capacity means, the Palm IIIc can hold 10,000 addresses, five years of appointments, 3,000 to-do items, 3,000 memos, and 400 e-mail messages. There is even leftover storage space for databases, books, image viewers, and games, making the Palm IIIc an ally to any serious PDA user. Equipped with a HotSync cradle and software, the Palm IIIc is ready for local and remote synchronization out of the box. You can back up or transfer data to and from the Palm IIIc and your desktop PC or Macintosh (special connectors required) in minutes. The organizer is also ready for a modem (available separately) and the Internet with its TCP/IP software. The Palm IIIc includes an infrared port, allowing you to beam data and applications to any other infrared-enabled PalmOS hand-held or to connect to other infrared-enabled devices such as cellular phones, pagers, and laptops.

The Palm IIIc runs for about two weeks on a fully charged lithium battery, which is included. In the box are a Palm IIIc connected organizer, a synchronizing HotSync cradle and battery charger, a metal stylus, organizer software, a handbook, Palm's Getting Started guide, and a DB-25 adapter.

Our working unit is in pristine condition and is complete with the original packaging, Docking Station, Power Supply, Manuals and Software was very kindly donated by Robert Van Der Linden.

Manufacturer: 3Com
Date: 1998

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Palm IIIc Manuals:

Item Manufacturer Date
Palm III Handbook 3com 1988
Palm III Getting Started Manual 3com 1999

Other Systems Related To Palm IIIc:

Item Manufacturer Date
PalmPilot Professional 3Com 1st March 1997
Palm V 3Com 1999
Palm IIIx 3Com 1999
Palm Vx 3Com October 1999
Palm m100 3COM August 2000
Palm m500 3Com 6th March 2001

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH16679. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


Palm IIIc

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