PalmOne m130 Handheld

PalmOne m130 Handheld

$199.99

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Palm's m130 enters the handheld market as one of the least expensive color units available. Basically a colorized version of the earlier m125, the m130's bright backlit screen displays 58,621 colors on its 160 x 160 pixel screen.

It also boasts an 8 MB memory with an expansion slot that accepts both MultiMediaCard (MMC) and Secure Digital (SD) cards for adding both memory and special applications. The SD card slot will also connect to SDIO (Secure Digital Input/Output) devices, including Bluetooth cards for wireless connectivity, and upcoming peripherals like digital cameras and bar code scanners.

You can also attach peripherals to the base of the unit via the Palm Universal Connector, which enables you to use the m130 with keyboards, modems, and GPS receivers that are also compatible with the i700 and m500 series handhelds.

The universal connector is where the handheld meets up with its USB cradle, which not only serves to sync up the m130, but to recharge its lithium-ion battery as well. On the highest setting (you can drop it down a notch in well-lit environments), the display backlight sucks juice at a moderate rate. But since the battery recharges at each sync-up, it's not much of an issue. Even if you run out of battery life and your m130 shuts down, you have about a week to recharge it before you lose the data on your Palm.

Nicely contoured, with an attachable faceplate that flips up (letting you play Captain Kirk and Dr. Spock, if you're so inclined), the 5.4-ounce m130 rests solidly in your left hand with the right manipulating its standard buttons and screen with the stylus. One complaint we did have with the m130: at the edges, the screen doesn't appear to be as sensitive as in the middle and it can sometimes require a repeat tap with the stylus before it registers.

In addition to the standard Palm Desktop software, the m130's impressive handheld software bundle includes Palm Reader (for taking e-books along with your Palm), DataViz's Documents To Go (for viewing and editing Word and Excel files; Windows users can also view and edit PowerPoint documents), and MGI PhotoSuite Mobile Edition (for viewing images and videos on the full-color screen).

An IR port on the top of the m130 lets you beam contact information, such as your business card, or even an application, to another similarly equipped handheld.

An inexpensive color handheld with a decent amount of memory and lots of room for growth, the m130 makes a great PDA for users looking to add color to their portable world. --J. Curtis

Pros:

  • Inexpensive, full-featured color PDA
  • 58,621-color display looks great
  • Loaded with software extras
  • Rechargeable battery
Cons:
  • Stylus doesn't register, at times, around the edges
Features: Bright and easy-to-read color screen with support for 58,621 colors, Built-in 8 MB memory stores thousands of contacts, appointments, to-do items, and notes, Expandable via Secure Digital and MultiMedia cards--add memory, applications, and content, Windows and Macintosh compatible--includes desktop software for both platforms, What's in the box: Palm OS 4.1, USB cradle, rechargeable battery, and add-on applications including Documents to Go, powerone Personal Calculator, MultiMail, and Palm Reader

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Customer Rating: 4.07 of 5 (122 total reviews)

  • 4 starsA good balance of features

    After three years squinting at grayscale screens, I finally gave up. The bright color screen of the m130 well worth the extra price. As I compared it against much more expensive models in the stores (Clie for example) the m130 has the most readable screen. The lower resolution compared to the top-end Clie models doesn't hurt much and you save almost 50%. The small screen size doesn't bother me, I suppose because I was used to it from my previous m100.

    I considered the Pocket PC devices too but they are triple the price and more aimed at the enterprise. Palm has a wealth of useful software for consumers, much of it free. One of my favorites is AvantGo. Read the news etc. while waiting in line or otherwise bored.

    I am having trouble installing the free MGI picture viewer software into my Windows XP computer but otherwise the applications work fine.

    I am impressed with the rechargeable battery. Having been used to the two AAA's lasting a month on the grey models, I was worried. But it recharges quickly and easily.

    It comes with the world's ugliest PDA coverplate, though. No doubt they are trying to irritate you into buying a replacement cover.

  • 5 starsPerfect, especially the price

    I've owned a Palm m130 for a couple of months and it has been everything i expected. Many of the reviews here complain about the handheld breaking after a week of use, but mine has had no problems. It has a lot of great features, like the PalmReader, word to go and all of the other software that Palm is famous for. My favorite software is the PalmReader. You can read at night without having to use a light, and it stays on the same page when you use other programs, eliminating the need for a book mark. In my opinion, it has one of the best faceplates you can buy. You can also purchase many other expansions for it, like a keyboard, bluetooth cards, wireless modems and leather cases. Within minutes of opening the box i had downloaded games and a dictionary from the internet, and didn't have to pay for any of it. Using the Palm is incredibly easy, even my dad can use it. The rechargable batteries are great and it lasts a long time. My favorite feature is the color screen. After using a monochrome screen for a while i came to the conclusion that there is no comparison. After using the color screen for a day, I could barely even see the monochrome screen that my brother has. If you're debating between which PDA to buy, get this one, you won't be disapointed.

  • 2 starsMine died!

    I bought my Palm M130 less than a year ago and it was great. Then one day it wouldn't turn on. I hit the reset button and it was fine for a few months. Then recently it wouldn't turn on again. I tried resetting it in different ways and no luck. Now i have a dead palm and all my phone numbers and calender info are stuck in my work computer! i wouldn't bother buying this product as i am sure it will die on you too :(