Palm V in its dock (Feb 2011)
|Type||Personal digital assistant|
|Operating system||Palm OS 3.0|
|Display||Backlit 16-shade grayscale|
|Mass||4 ounces (110 g)|
|Predecessor||Palm III family|
Released in 1999 by 3Com, the PDA has an aluminum enclosure containing a Dragonball EZ central processing unit (capable of overclocking to 39 MHz) and 2 MB of memory. The 16-shade grayscale display has a backlight and increased resolution from the previous-generation Palm III. Unlike that older device, which uses disposable batteries (AAAs), the Palm V has a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery with an expected charge lasting 1–2 weeks. Palm Vs are equipped with a serial port that is electrically though not physically compatable with the EIA-232-D telecommunications standard (the new enclosure design prevents Palm III-compatible accessories from connecting to the port) and a Consumer IR transceiver.
Upon launch, the Palm V cost about US$500 (equivalent to about $770 in 2019), though it had reduced to $300–400 by January 2000 (equivalent to about $450–590 in 2019). Units sold in late 1999 came pre-loaded with Palm OS version 3.0, though 3.3 was available to download and install. The IBM WorkPad c3 is the Palm V, relabeled.
Ars Technica's Will Smith raved about his Palm V in 1999, recommending it to all interested, excepting Palm III users for whom the technical-specifications upgrade wasn't substantial enough. Writing for TechRepublic in January 2000, Jeff Thompson was enthusiastically full of praise for the Palm V, both for personal and enterprise uses.
- Rischpater, Ray (2001). "Hardware". Palm™ Enterprise Applications. United States: John Wiley & Sons. pp. 6–9. ISBN 0-471-39379-7.
- Smith, Will "Gonzo" (1999). "Palm V Thoughts". Ars Technica. Archived from the original on January 16, 2017. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
- Salvatore, Kristen (October 2001). Phillips, Jon (ed.). "How to… Hack Your Palm PDA". Maximum PC. Brisbane, California: Imagine Media. pp. 56–58. ISSN 1522-4279.
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- Thompson, Jeff (January 10, 2000). "How my new Palm V is helping me do my job". TechRepublic. Archived from the original on November 24, 2020. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
- Media related to Palm V at Wikimedia Commons
- Press Release: 3Com Unveils the Palm V and Palm IIIx Connected Organizers