Palm delivers next generation

Palm is broadening its Tungsten and Zire product families to target both the business and consumer markets. The models are armed with host of features and functionalities designed to appeal to their respective markets.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  April 23, 2003

Palm is broadening its Tungsten and Zire product families to target both the business and consumer markets. The models are armed with host of features and functionalities designed to appeal to their respective markets.

The two Tungsten handhelds are aimed at business professionals and executives, with Tungsten C supporting 802.11b wireless connectivity and providing 64 M/bytes of memory and 400 MHz of processing power from Intel. These features are designed to ensure users can manage data intensive applications in a timely fashion, while also offering them the ability to connect to their corporate wireless local area network (WLAN).

Other features include VersaMail, DataViz Documents To Go and a sharpened 320 x 320 transflective TFT display screen.

To ease the configuration headaches for UAE users of its Tungsten W model, Palm has teamed up with Etisalat to provide an activation card, which will automatically upload network settings so users can switch on and surf immediately.

“The configuration card is key to the ease of use for which Palm is famous,” says Stuart Maughan, country manager, Palm MEA. “Users just need to slip the SD card into the expansion slot and with a simple interface load the applications and all the settings needed for EWAP and MNET services. Customers are looking for products that are easy to use out of the box — they want to be able to switch on the device and starting using the features without lengthy and complicated configurations — that’s what we are providing,” he continues.

Additionally, the W model supports GSM and GPRS and is capable of functioning as a mobile phone, while both the Tungsten C and W Palms feature keyboards to further facilitate their ease of use to business users.

Finally, the Zire 71 is targeting the younger generation armed with its built-in digital camera, MP3 player, real one audio player and SMS services. The handheld also offers 16 M/bytes of memory, while expansion cards can push the size up to 256 M/bytes. Furthermore, Zire 71 incorporates an ARM processor to enable users to watch video clips and play games without any degradation to speed.

“The Zire 71 handheld will be an affordable option for individuals who want to organise their busy lives and have multimedia functionality,” comments Maughan.

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