Palm upgrades with m105 PDA

Palm upgrades with m105 PDA

Palm has added another personal digital appliance (PDA) to its stable with the release of the m105.

The new offering is an extension of Palm's entry-level m100, which has been a top selling product for the company. Looking to capitalise on this, the m105 includes four times more memory for additional applications and data, Internet connection software and a HotSync cradle.

In a similar way to its predecessor, Palm is hoping the new handheld will continue to reach new markets in an increasingly competitive PDA marketplace, particularly amongst younger and female users.

"These new buyers loved the innovative design and low price, making the m100 the fastest selling product in Palm's history," said Palm group marketing manager for Asia Pacific, Sharon Ee. "The m105 builds on that foundation."

Removable faceplates in 14 new designs, 8MB of memory, more than 550 Web-clipping applications and an e-mail kit which also allows users to send and receive SMS are intended to add more functionality. Users can also add accessories such as the Kodak PalmPix digital camera or Palm's portable keyboard.

The m105 will retail for around $449 and is compatible on both PC and Macintosh operating systems. The handheld comes with a CD-ROM containing the relevant software and Apple users can request a serial connector from Palm. USB connection is also available as an option. Photograph: Palm m105 with leopard faceplate

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