PalmOne m100 Handheld

PalmOne m100 Handheld

$99.99

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If you're new to the world of handheld organizers, the Palm m100 may just be the right fit for you. Under the hood, the Palm m100 features much of the same great software and options we've come to expect from Palm, such as scheduling and contact applications and an infrared port to beam information to other Palm users. But Palm has added some new features to both the engine (which runs Palm OS 3.5) and the chassis.

The first thing you notice is the new sleek, curvy design, which helps make it fit more snugly and comfortably in your hand. At just 4.4 ounces, the m100 is far lighter than the Palm III series but features essentially the same dimensions (4.66 by 3.12 by 0.72 inches). You can personalize your m100 by snapping off the faceplate and replacing it with different-colored accessory faceplates. The Palm m100 also includes a removable, double-hinged flip cover, which, with the flick of the wrist, opens like an original Star Trek communicator (though an over-exuberant flick will send it flying off its hinges). You can also display the date and time through a little window when the cover is closed, by pressing the scroll button.

The screen is sharp and has contrast-variable backlighting, though at 2 by 2 inches, it's slightly smaller than other Palm devices. Pressing the buttons at the bottom of the m100 automatically open the Calendar, Address Book, and To Do List applications. The fourth button maps to the new Note Pad application, which allows you to write notes directly on the screen in your own handwriting (though the original Memo Pad application remains on the system).

The 2 MB of RAM may seem puny in comparison to other Palm models (such as the 8 MB Palm IIIxe), and it is not expandable. However, you can still store an amount of data that would normally clog a paper organizer (up to 6,000 addresses and 1,500 to-dos and memos, according to Palm).

A great plus for users on the go is the new HotSync serial cable (instead of a bulky cradle), which is used to communicate with your PC and synchronize your Palm m100 data with data stored in the included Palm Desktop software application. Note that while the Palm m100 ships with software for both PC and Macintosh systems, Mac users will have to order a free serial adapter from Palm (shipping charges are not included).

While the Palm m100 isn't for everyone, it is a fun and functional replacement for your paper-based organizer and a great introduction to the Palm family. --Agen Schmitz

Pros:

  • Fits comfortably in hand
  • 1-touch access to time and date
  • New Note Pad application
  • Synchronization using serial HotSync cable rather than cradle

Cons:

  • Smaller screen
  • Memory not upgradable
Features: 2 MB memory stores hundreds of addresses, phone numbers, appointments, and to-do items, Exchange and back up data with your PC or Macintosh using 1-touch synchronization, Synchronize with Palm Desktop software; also includes link to Microsoft Outlook, Includes one-touch clock and Note Pad application for writing "sticky notes" on screen, Add optional keyboard, backup module, or Kodak PalmPix digital camera; customizable with optional snap-on faceplates

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Customer Rating: 4.01 of 5 (199 total reviews)

  • 5 starsthumbs up

    I've used Palm PDA's for 4 years now (I began with the PalmPilot Personal - 512kb), PalmPilot Pro, Palm III, V and now Palm m100; I carry it everywhere!, they're really awesome and so useful.. their strenght resides in their simplicity.. and believe me,2mb is more than enough! (I consider myself an average user) If you need more memory, color, Internet, fancy software, "expansion slots", MP3 player, r you need to write a novel, buy a laptop! , so my advice to anyone looking for a Palm PDA or clone is: stick with the simpler (cheaper) ones (IIIe, m100) becouse: 1)these things keep changing-evolving very fast, in a couple of years (even before you fill your 2mb +3500 address entries) you will be ableto buy a newer entry-model with 32mb :) for the same price..and still your total cost will be less than buying a $300+ model now 2)Carrying one *everywhere* exposes them to many things and replacing a $300+ Palm is painful. (i learned that the hard way he). 3)You will be able to do the SAME than wthe other models. of course you won't be able to see your phone numbers in color or download a 4mb e-book but..who really does? those things are not practical anyway.. I think the whole point is, Palm should keep them cheap and simple.. like the m100 IIIe

  • 5 starsGood PDA for a good Price !

    I bought my m100 from London for as low as 60 pounds. For the price, it was a very good option. The Palm m100 has some pretty cool features, although there is technology which lets you do a lot more, it does fill the needs of a Student. The 2mb of memory might seem less but i have around 6 games which are very good and a couply of handy softwares including AvantGo. The Palm also has a good plastic screen which is very durable. The m100 also fits snug in the palm of a person. It has rounded edges which make it very comfortable in the hand.

    2 things make the palm a bad choice. 1 is the low expandability and 2, is the cost of each faceplate. The Handspring visor has a springboard expansion slot but it is no big deal. For a price of $100, I can change my palm every 2 months.

    The faceplates look really good on the m100 but Palm doesn't throw in any free ones with the palm kit. Each one costs $15. So you have to live with black !

    The Palm might have a small screen but since it is meant mainly for students, it makes no difference. It might be small but it is as crisp as a chip.

    The sync cable is really good and any one who thinks it is really hard to connect and run, is technologically challenged as i am just 15 years old and i connect it in a flick.

    If you are making a decision to buy a palm go ahead. Many people might say that other models are better but face the truth, they remain loyal to their models. I read all these reviews once and made my choice to for the m100. It was the best choice i made !

  • 3 starsJust Ok

    I have this pda. I got it for my birthday but i seem to never use it. When I always go to the store I see the ones there I wish i got a nicer one.
    Why I rated it only 3 stars is because it doesn't have any of the cool options that the other ones have not even bluethooth which I have on my computer so I can't use it. It does you basic task for me a ,kid. I wouldn't recomend buying one with a camera , I have a 4.1 megapixle Kodak easy share camera (READ MY REVIEW). I've heard that the ones with the cameras shot horribly bad resloution and will not take nice picture so with my i would take a reguler camera , digital. But I use Micrsoft word so much i need it on the go but when i cant travle a long way with my Sony labtop i need somthing that i can type in. This one does'nt even hav Microsoft word.
    But the thing I hate, is when i have to put new batteries i CAN NOT GO Out of the thing where you put your stylest you have to keep on hitting it where it says to go for HOURS----------------------------------------.
    It's a thing for just writting down notes and planning a sceheduel.(...)DON"T BUY THIS ONE IF YOUR A GADGET GEEK LIKE ME IT JUST DOES REGUler STUFF>