Palm III

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Palm III
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The Palm III Connected Organizer
Manufacturer Palm Computing, a division of 3Com
Type Bar PDA
Release date March 1998
Operating system Palm OS 3.0
Power 2x AAA Batteries
CPU Motorola DragonBall MC68328 16 MHz
Storage 2 MB RAM
Display 160x160 px backlit monochrome STN, 4-grayscale LCD touchscreen
Input Touchscreen
Camera None
Connectivity IrDA, RS-232
Dimensions 81mm x 119mm x 18mm
Weight 160 g (5.6 oz)
Related articles Palm IIIx, Palm IIIe, Palm IIIxe, Palm IIIc

The Palm III is a personal digital assistant that was made by the Palm Computing division of 3Com. It went on sale in 1998 as a replacement for the PalmPilot handheld. It was the first Palm handheld to support infrared file transfer and a Flash ROM-capable operating system. At release, the Palm III was priced at US$400.

Design and features[edit]

At first glance, the most notable difference between the Palm III and its predecessor, the PalmPilot, is the more rugged and streamlined case. Other differences include a removable hard cover to protect the screen, removal of the memory door, a more recessed contrast adjustment knob, an infrared port, and a battery door less prone to accidentally falling off.

The Palm III ran the new Palm OS version 3.0 which featured a new application launcher, an extra font size, bug fixes, and other improvements. It featured two megabytes of EDO SDRAM for storage of user data and software and two megabytes of Flash ROM for storage of the operating system and built-in applications.

The LCD screen on the Palm III is essentially the same as that of the Palm Pilot Professional and Palm Pilot Personal which can display 2-bit greyscale. The LCD screen also has an electroluminescent backlight that can be turned on or off by holding the power button down for three seconds to allow for easier viewing in dark areas.

The Palm III had the OS ROM and RAM mounted on a memory card separate from the motherboard. This card could be replaced by a third party upgrade card to increase the Palm III's storage or functionality.

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