Palm Vx

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Palm Vx
Palm Vx Handheld.jpg
The Palm Vx Connected Organizer
Manufacturer Palm Computing, a division of 3Com
Type Bar PDA
Release date October 1999
Operating system Palm OS 3.3
Power Built-in rechargeable Li-Ion battery
CPU Motorola DragonBall EZ MC68EZ328 20 MHz
Storage 8 MB RAM
Display 3.2", 160×160 px backlit monochrome STN, 16-grayscale LCD touchscreen
Input Touchscreen
Camera None
Connectivity IrDA, RS-232
Dimensions 80 mm × 115 mm × 10 mm
Weight 114 g (4.0 oz)
Related articles Palm V

The Palm Vx was a personal digital assistant made by the Palm Computing division of 3Com. It benefited from the sleek design and low weight of its predecessor, the Palm V, while increasing the available storage to 8 MB. At 114 grams, it was one of the lightest models ever offered by Palm. Retail price at launch was US$299.

Soon after the device's release, Palm Computing was spun off to form Palm, Inc.. The Palm Vx was the first Palm device to be released without "3Com" branding.

Features[edit]

The Vx is based on the Palm V design, with the primary difference between the two being the Vx's 8 megabytes of RAM compared to the V's 2 megabytes. This was one of the last palm models not to include a memory slot. It was also one of the first to feature interaction with email, AvantGo, and other online programs.

The Vx is powered by a Motorola Dragonball processor operating at 20 MHz. It was originally equipped with Palm OS 3.3, but later models came with Palm OS 3.5. An upgrade to Palm OS 4.1 was formerly offered for sale on the Palm Website but is no longer available.

The device has a built in rechargeable battery (not replaceable unless the unit is disassembled), and a button on the top of the screen that permitted access to a contrast menu. It also includes an illumination feature, which causes the screen to be backlit by a green glow. However, the default backlight behaviour was inverted so that the text glowed while the background remained dark. This had the unfortunate side effect of making backlit pictures appear as negative images and made the display hard to read if the ambient lighting was at the same level as the backlight. The screen is very crisp and clear in bright sunlight and total darkness.

Special editions[edit]

On August 1, 2000, Palm announced the release of a "Claudia Schiffer Edition" of the Palm Vx.[1] The Palm Vx CSE featured a blue brushed-metal finish instead of the usual silver color, and came pre-loaded with a HealtheTec diet, exercise, and weight management software package, and Abroad!, a travel organization program. The device was sold exclusively through the supermodel's website, and retailed for US$399. Palm also released limited edition, colored versions of the Palm Vx without special branding.[2] The special edition was offered in "champagne" and "millennium blue". There is also the "Palm CreSenda" edition with a blue faceplate reflecting the corporate color of CreSenda Wireless.[3]

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