Palm V

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Palm V
Palm V by Andrew Fresh (cropped).jpg
Palm V in its dock (Feb 2011)
Product familyPalm
TypePersonal digital assistant
Release date1999 (1999)
Operating systemPalm OS 3.0
CPUDragonball EZ
Memory2 MB
DisplayBacklit 16-shade grayscale
PowerLithium-ion battery
  • 4.5 inches (110 mm) tall
  • <0.5 inches (13 mm) thick
Mass4 ounces (110 g)
PredecessorPalm III family

Palm V is a personal digital assistant (PDA) by 3Com.

Released in 1999 by 3Com,[1] the PDA has an aluminum enclosure containing a Dragonball EZ central processing unit[2] (capable of overclocking to 39 MHz) and 2 MB of memory.[3] The 16-shade grayscale display[1] has a backlight and increased resolution from the previous-generation Palm III.[2] 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 compatible with the EIA-232-D telecommunications standard[1] (the new enclosure design prevents Palm III-compatible accessories from connecting to the port)[2] and a Consumer IR transceiver.[4]

Upon launch, the Palm V cost about US$500 (equivalent to about $810 in 2021), though it had reduced to $300–400 by January 2000 (equivalent to about $470–630 in 2021). Units sold in late 1999 came pre-loaded with Palm OS version 3.0, though 3.3 was available to download and install.[4] The IBM WorkPad c3 is the Palm V, relabeled.[1]

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.[2] Writing for TechRepublic in January 2000, Jeff Thompson was enthusiastically full of praise for the Palm V, both for personal and enterprise uses.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d Rischpater, Ray (2001). "Hardware". Palm™ Enterprise Applications. United States: John Wiley & Sons. pp. 6–9. ISBN 0-471-39379-7.
  2. ^ a b c d Smith, Will "Gonzo" (1999). "Palm V Thoughts". Ars Technica. Archived from the original on January 16, 2017. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  3. ^ 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. A step-by-step guide to tweaking your PC experience
  4. ^ a b c 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.

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