Get Ready for New Palm Handhelds

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  1. Ed Hardy

    Ed Hardy TabletPCReview Editor Staff Member

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    In the last few months, I've lost track of the number of times I've read a post in the Brighthand forums along these lines: "It's been a year since Palm last introduced a new handheld. Is&Palm ever going to make something besides Treos again?"

    I wish I had some absolutely definitive evidence that this company is going to put out some new PDAs in the near future, but Palm does everything it can to keep rumors of its upcoming devices from leaking out.

    All Signs Say "Yes"

    Nevertheless, I've seen some very good indications that Palm intends to release new traditional handhelds this fall. I haven't published anything about this before because I don't know any details and can't reveal where I got the information from. That doesn't make a very good article.

    Still, it seems like a good time to reveal what I have, even if it's only guesswork.

    Like I said, I don't have absolute knowledge what the new models will be, but I'm not expecting anything earth-shaking. Right now, the possibilities are greatly limited by the fact that any device will have to run Palm OS Garnet.

    Until the new version of the Palm OS comes out, this company is in a holding pattern. Updated models with more built-in storage is about all I'm expecting.

    Coming Soon?

    I've got some good news for those who have lost hope: Palm, Inc. has scheduled a press conference on October 12 at the DigitalLife show. It's possible that this will be the venue where Palm will announce its latest handhelds.

    But even if it doesn't happen there, I'm sure it will happen some time soon.

    Why am I so certain? Because Palm still depends on handheld sales for a big percentage of its revenue. Despite the fact that the mobile industry is moving in the direction of smartphones, it will still be some time before things have completely moved in that direction.

    In conference calls after the release of all its recent financial reports, Palm executives have made a special point to say that their company recognizes that handhelds are important to the bottom line.

    That should make it clear that more handhelds are coming up.

    What's on the Docket?

    I wish I had stronger evidence of exactly what is on transport ship sailing across the Pacific right now, but I'm still willing to go out on a limb and make some predictions on what the new Palm handhelds will be.

    It seems like a no-brainer that this company will introduce a LifeDrive 2. This model will offer at least twice as big a built-in hard drive as the original, but will also not have the technical drawbacks that have driven users out of their minds.

    There have been some rumors of a next-generation Palm TX. According to these, the internal storage of this device will be a gigabyte or so.

    A new entry-level device might also be on the docket.

    I wish I knew. But none of us will know for another few weeks.

     
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  2. Brian

    Brian Mobile Deity

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    I don't think Palm has even appeared at DigitalLife before, a very consumer oriented show. We'll be there of course...I'm expecting the Treo 680/750 announcement rather than traditional PDAs, but we'll see.
     
  3. dogbarber

    dogbarber No one in particular...

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    Here's hopin'!!!!
     
  4. surur

    surur -230 Rep and still right!

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    I thought PalmOS could not handle volumes > 4GB, due to all the 68k code in there?

    Much more likely is new low-end devices.

    Surur
     
  5. PlasticMan

    PlasticMan Mobile Deity

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    the memory limit your talking about is 2 gb. :rolleyes: the first lifedrive's 4 gb harddrive shows that your information is out of date, as always.

    no matter what, programs can be rewritten. if palm wants a 8 or 10 gb hardrive, it can put one in.

    your only mad because no pocket pc has come close to the lifedrive a year later.
     
  6. holvoetn

    holvoetn Still a moderator ...

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    Let's not forget either that it is only BECAUSE of traditional PDAs Palms smartphones are selling that well. Most people are following the upgrade path.

    I agree there will be not much new under the hood except for memory extensions.
    Now a TC2 with the formfactor of a Treo680 would be so cool I might consider to get this ASAP :cool:
     
  7. neuron

    neuron Mobile Deity

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    Did life drive sells well? I don't think so. 4GB harddrive is nothing these days, 4GB flash or 40GB hard drive may be a selling point.

    The traditional PDA market is cold now. No matter how big the included hard drive is, it won't be popular any more. Game is over, the next is smartphone.
     
  8. maceyr

    maceyr Palm Explorer

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    That's good news! Although I love the Treos, I know that Palm cannot afford to alienate their loyal standalone customers as I'm sure a lot of people love them. I'm very happy to hear that LifeDrive isn't biting the dust as many rumors were stating previously.

    What Palm does need to do is continue to innovate and come up with new ideas and features rather than just similar updates of older models. We definitely need more RAM for any Palm. Even 64MB RAM doesn't seem enough, especially when games like CakeMania requires 2.5MB of RAM.

    I originally thought that the Treo with 32MB RAM would be excellent but quickly found that it's not the case, especially with NVFS so more RAM is really most needed.
     
  9. cgn

    cgn Newbie

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    What's the difference between a SmartPhone and a PDA? In my opinion - None. In some short time there will be PDA:s - or handhelded computers - equipped with phone capabilities, today it's already possible to use Skype and other apps, it's just a matter of time when there's a SIM-card slot to the "Palm TX2". PDA:s do have better displays, that is important, SmartPhones normally a keyboard, importand too. Palm needs a more stable operating system, the present 5.4 is a mess, wellknown applications as Versamail and modem connections with PPP are jamned and corrupted, due to a bad memory engine of the operating system. Yes - I know. So - let's skip the SmartPhone and PDA:s labels of these computers, let these words RIP. The new word i "Mobiles", simply. With or without cell calling, cameras, radio tuners, GPS-recievers, and so on - depending of the customer need. Is it a GPS-PDA or a GPS-SmartPhone? That's Stupidity! It's a now Mobile Handhelded Computer, a "Mobile". Simply!
    Regards /CGN
     
  10. surur

    surur -230 Rep and still right!

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    Ah Plasticman, combative but ill-informed is a bad combination. You are talking about fat16 and fat32, I am not.

    Surur
     
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