Sunday, July 22, 2018

In 2003: Palm introduces Tungsten T2 (32MB RAM, brighter screen update of Tungsten T)

The step before one of my favourite PDAs of all time, the T3. The T2 was nice, don't get me wrong, but it wasn't the T3. I never owned a T2, or the original T either, but I guess I don't really need to again.

In 2002: Sony announces SL10 (entry-level)

I never had one of these. By the time I was into the Sony line this was very old and too small and under powered for my needs by then.

Friday, July 20, 2018

In 2001: Palm announces m125 with immediate availability

The m-series Palm OS PDAs sort of passed me by in a way. I was doing other stuff and still using my 3 series so I didn't need to go there. I sort of caught up again a few years ago, but I still don't understand why they moved to the m-series. I didn't think that the hardware really warranted a new line of PDAs. Just my view.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

In 1999: Palm IIIe announced (entry-level)

Which looked a lot like the other devices but came with only 2mb of RAM onboard. I mean, these days you can't really believe that you could do anything with 2mb, but you could back then and people did. I never really warmed to this device, but I guess that by the time it came out it really wasn't aimed at me.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

In 2003: Sony introduces new Handheld Engine processor (variable speed ARM-based CPU)

Sony released so many devices it was almost unreal. They really did make a lot of use of the Palm OS back in those days. It's a shame that they didn't keep it up, but a lot of the devices are still worth having even now.

In 2003: Sony announces UX50 and UX40 (landscape flip&twist format, keyboard, WiFi + Bt, 16+16+16+29MB RAM, Handheld Engine processor)

Amazing when they were first announced. I was really excited, but they were so expensive that they were out of reach for a lot of Palm OS fans. Which was a shame. I only ended up owning one many years later and long after they'd been discontinued too. When I did own one it was a bit of a disappointment in the end.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

In 1998: Jeff Hawkins and Donna Dubinsky leave 3Com and found Handspring

The start of something rather amazing in my view. Handspring could have been a true market leader if they'd had a little more vision. So many of the modular electronic devices we're seeing now were inspired by the Visor and its modular approach.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

In 2003: Alphasmart announces Dana Wireless (WiFi)

Alphasmart was a really innovative brand and Dana with wireless was a good example of just that. An early version of an iPad with big keyboard? Sort of.