Palm, Inc. today introduced the Palm(TM) m125 handheld computer, ideal for first-time buyers, educators, students, and customers upgrading from earlier handhelds. The newest addition to Palm’s m100 series features an elegant dual-expansion architecture that allows people to carry and share office-productivity and education software, eBooks, photos, short videos, extensive reference materials and extra memory, as well as attach add-on modules, such as collapsible keyboards, digital cameras and modems. The Palm m125 handheld has an estimated U.S. street price of $249 and includes bundled software solutions valued at more than $100.
Palm designed the m125 handheld with the award-winning contour shape of the m100 series. It sports a two-tone Sonic Silver and Dark Black faceplate and a flip cover that has a soft, flexible feel and follows the contour of the faceplate. The m125 comes loaded with the latest version of the Palm OS(R) software — Version 4.0 — and Palm’s classic Personal Information Management (PIM) applications to deliver on the benefits of Palm’s world-leading platform, including ease of use and thousands of available applications. The handheld offers a faster processor — the Dragonball VZ 33 MHz — than its predecessors in the m100 family, operates on two AAA batteries and includes 8MB of RAM.
“From the campus to the workplace, the Palm m125 handheld is customizable and expandable to fit your lifestyle,” said Kevin Hell, senior vice president of product management for Palm, Inc. “A college student, for instance, can add a portable keyboard to manage a heavy schedule, communicate with teachers and friends, and take notes during lectures. A busy professional, on the other hand, can add a sleek, wireless modem to send and receive email, or use a 16MB memory card to back up important Word and Excel documents. It’s all about satisfying the unique needs of our customers.”
First introduced with the Palm m500 series handhelds, Palm’s dual-expansion architecture offers expansion via a Secure Digital (SD) and MultiMediaCard expansion slot for postage-stamp-sized content cards, and Palm’s Universal Connector for hardware accessories. In addition to the seven Palm branded cards already available — the PalmPak(R) Travel Cards (for cities in the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific); Games Card; Dictionary/Thesaurus Card; Backup Card; and 16MB Expansion Card, which lets people store applications and content they create themselves — Palm is introducing five new PalmPak cards:
— PalmPak Travel Card: Rand McNally Road Atlas — provides users with maps, driving directions (city to city) and points of interest in the 48 continental United States;
— PalmPak Language Translator Card — allows users to translate among English, French, Italian, German and Spanish, with 40,000 words and 5,000 phrases; and
Three PalmPak eBook Series Cards:
— Personal Finance Series — seven popular Personal Finance Books, including “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert T. Kiyosaki and Sharon L. Lechter
— Mystery Book Series — Six books by Michael Connelly featuring Harry Bosch
— Science Fiction — one trilogy and seven stories by Peter F. Hamilton
The new cards are scheduled to be available in November. The 12 PalmPak cards range in price from $29.95 to $39.99 (estimated U.S. street pricing). In addition to Palm, many other companies offer expansion media content cards, including the following:
— FranklinCovey(TM) — FranklinCovey Handheld Library, including best-selling books such as The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People ( http://www.franklincovey.com/ );
— Franklin Electronic Publishers — Holy Bible, King James Version ( http://www.franklin.com/ );
— Handmark — SCRABBLE(R) Crossword Game ( http://www.handmark.com/ ); and
— Purple Software — 5 Classic Board Games ( http://www.purplesoft.com/ ).
Palm’s Universal Connector provides an additional expansion option for even greater functionality. It not only provides Universal Serial Bus (USB) or serial synchronization, but also enables users to attach add-on products, such as Kodak’s PalmPix(R) camera and Novatel’s Minstrel wireless modem. The m125 handheld comes complete with a USB cradle to allow users to easily back up and transfer their data via HotSync(R) operation to a PC or Mac.
Bundled Software Solutions
Bundled with the Palm m125 handheld are nine applications, offering customers many choices — from reading books and creating images to accessing email and managing documents.
— DataViz Documents To Go(R) 3.0 — Users can view and edit most popular documents and spreadsheets, including Microsoft Word and Excel. Customers who purchase a Palm m125 handheld can download Dataviz’s Documents To Go 4.0 with support for Word, Excel and PowerPoint free of charge up to 30 days from date of purchase.
— PocketMirror 3.0.2 software from Chapura, Inc. — Enables synchronization with Microsoft Outlook calendar, contacts, tasks and notes.
— Palm Reader(TM) 1.0 — Users can read eBooks on their handhelds. Two of the hottest eBooks on the market are included — “Star Trek: S.C.E. #4: Interphase: Book One” by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore, and a suspense novel titled “The Empty Chair: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel” by Jeffery Deaver.(1) (http://www.palm.com/ebooks)
— Palm Mobile Connectivity Kit — Users can connect wirelessly to their Internet account to access their email and instant-messaging features via a compatible mobile phone or modem.
— MultiMail(R) SE and HotSync Mail — Users can download and read email from popular POP3, IMAP4 and NNTP services.
— MGI PhotoSuite Mobile Edition 2.21 — Users can view, manage, and share photos and video clips.
— AvantGo Mobile Internet Service — Enables users to download applications and content from the Internet, including news, movie listings, maps, stock quotes, weather and more.
— AOL Mail 2.1 — Users can send and receive their AOL email.
— Vindigo — Enables users to find the best and closest places to eat, shop and play in major U.S. cities. Vindigo users get automatic updates over the Internet whenever they sync their devices.
In addition to the two-tone faceplate that comes on the m125, Palm offers 19 stylish and fun faceplates that customers can buy to create a customized look — from Animal Print to Burl Wood. Users can add personality and pizzazz to their new handheld to match their mood or outfit. Faceplates are featured in the Accessories Catalog that comes in the Palm m125 box, and can be purchased online at The Palm Store ( http://store.palm.com ).
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Palm m125 handheld is available now in the United States for an estimated U.S. street price of $249. It is expected to be available in most international markets (excluding Japan) beginning Sept. 20. Outside the United States, people can choose from five languages — English, French, Italian, Spanish and German.