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New Palm and PocketPCs

Techstination feature for Wednesday, September 26, 2001

At the high end and low end... .new choices in handheld computers. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Hoping to open up a new market for its popular line of devices, Palm is out with another new model, the m125. With sleek looks, a memory expansion slot and a 250 dollar price tag... .Palm's John Cook says... it is aimed at first time users... such as college students. The m125 is bundled with Documents to Go from DataViz... for viewing and editing Word and Excel documents. For students... says Cook... it can replace the need for a laptop...

"Now you can combine an m125 with the included software and buy a Palm portable keyboard, put that together, take all your class notes in your labs, take that information when you bring that back to your dorm room, put it in the cradle, push the button and all your information gets transferred to your desktop PC."

While Palm goes after the lower priced end of the market... a new generation of PocketPCs will be going after the high end. Microsoft mobility group product manager Ed Suwanjindar... the focus is on connectivity...

"With the PocketPC 2002, we actually offer a really wide range of wireless connectivity options. And once you're online I think you'll have a great experience because you can do things like MSN messenger, listen to audio files or view Internet content with our Pocket Internet Explorer browser."

A variety of manufacturers will have the new PocketPCs on the market this fall... with prices typically in the four to five hundred dollar range. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.