Keen to maintain its lead in the increasingly competitive PDA market, 3Com has launched two Palm computing devices - the Palm V and Palm IIIx.
The Palm V is a sleek model with a synchronisation cradle that automatically recharges the battery so the device maintains a continuous power supply.
The company has increased the memory on the Palm IIIx from 2Mb to 4Mb allowing users to store more data from systems such as Oracle, Remedy and SAP.
"The Palm V has an aluminium finish and is clearly aimed at anyone who's into the latest, greatest and shiniest form factor, but as for increased functionality, if Symbian (Psion) gets around to releasing a product, matching the Palm V won't be difficult," said Remus Brett, analyst at Datamonitor.
He added that the Webclipping service on the Palm V in the US does not feature on the UK model. Webclipping allows users to download content from the Web without having to trawl through every page or download all the graphics and pictures.
Brett said: "3Com is currently making do with some software from the recently acquired SmartCode mobile comms software company, which enables you to download the pages, but you have to work through all of them separately."
At less than five ounces, the Palm V is almost half the weight, and width, of the Palm III and IIIx models.
Users should be spared low-battery nightmares as the Palm V runs on a single lithium ion battery that is recharged in only two minutes via the HotSync data cradle. Once charged for the first time, the Palm V remains charged for a month before its needs more power. This update means the HotSync cradle can only be used with the Palm V.
The Palm V and Palm IIIx are available now for #349.99 and #279.99 respectively.
The PalmPilot III and PalmPilot Professional remain available for #199.99 and #150.
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