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Last month, Palm Inc. released its new mid-range handheld, the m130. It offers a 16-bit color screen and an SD/MMC slot for memory expansion. It is the first color Palm OS handheld to debut for less that $300. It uses Palm's Universal Connector so it can use many peripherals already available. News Editor Ed Hardy has this review.
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Palm m130

I.M. Anonymous @ 4/3/2002 8:36:58 AM #
I bought a m130 to replace my m100 and what a diference the color makes! I'm no power user, but i find the m130 an excelent buy: the colour screen, the extra memory (compared to the m100), the software (documents to go is a must) and the sd cards are good "excuses" to buy this model.

Good work, Palm!

RE: Palm m130
NDF @ 10/30/2002 7:09:17 PM #
hi i was jus woundering if the "ghost" effect is bad. is it like so bad you cant see things moving or just a little bad?


RE: Palm m130
andrewholler @ 1/18/2003 7:20:29 PM #
I love my m130, although I want something better, it is a great starter Palm.
I love its features and it's colour.

If I can finally get the DOCS2GO working I will love it even more.


I.M. Anonymous @ 4/3/2002 9:55:18 AM #
No body cares about this.

They only care about wireless devices and Sony multimedia Palms.

RE: lame?
I.M. Anonymous @ 4/3/2002 12:00:33 PM #
On the contrary.
This little device seems to pack a lot of bang for the buck.

RE: lame
Kesh @ 4/3/2002 12:23:26 PM #
Yep. As I was saying (before the hacker killed my posts), if the m130 had come out before Christmas, I would have one of them instead of my Handspring Visor Prism.

Don't ge me wrong, I love my Prism. But the m130 trumps it in most areas: it's smaller, has built in SD/MMC support, PalmOS 4.1, and I just love that little clock feature.

As it stands, though, I won't be buying another PDA until the ARM PalmOS 5 devices hit the market, so Palm missed out on this customer. Maybe next time...

RE: lame
I.M. Anonymous @ 4/3/2002 2:35:01 PM #
Why lame ????

the m130 is a wonderful wireless Palm as a combo with the BT SD card. You get both for the same price as a m515.

I have this combo and a T39 GPRS mobile and can say that this is all I need for now, especially with the nice foldable keyboard I also got. And the keyboard as well as the BT SD card will most likely be usable also in my future ARM Palm, and then I will sell my m130 on ebay ;-)

RE: lame
I.M. Anonymous @ 5/7/2002 12:31:19 AM #
Just wanted to ask: What is an ARM processor and it's difference from the Dragonball ones that are on currently on the palms rite now?
RE: lame
andrewholler @ 1/18/2003 7:21:46 PM #
This Palm is great for the price. By no stretch is it the best Palm out there but for a cheap price, why not go for it?
RE: lame - NOT!
bodycode @ 2/11/2003 4:03:03 PM #
Nonsense it's lame! I USE the Palm M130 both at work (I own a busy computer repair company) and at home. WIRELESS is lame! Who needs wireless in an office building in Midtown Manhattan when ya don't have access to yours, or others, WiFi ISP/Lan? No one does! But my palm M130 on the other hand DOES in fact connecte to the Internet and Lans as well. Nuf' said. I REALLY like my M130. Full 65K 16 bit color, long battery life, and awesome expansion capabilities! It's a winner fer sure.

We're flying on a rock thru space and we're lucky to be alive!


m@ @ 4/3/2002 5:59:20 PM #
Why does the m130 have that annoying ghosting effect as mentioned in the article? Why does it have the effect and the m515 doesn't?
RE: Ghosting?
I.M. Anonymous @ 4/25/2002 2:41:42 PM #

The reason for the ghosting effect on the m130 is due to the Super Twist Neumatic (STN) LCD screen technology. STN LCD screens have a rather slow refresh rate, if I'm not mistaken. If you remember the early entry-level color laptops of the mid 90s, they had STN screens for reasons of cost. Only the higher end color laptop computers had active matrix, TFT screens.

Palm IIIc, m505, m515, Visor Prism and the color Sony Clie models all use active matrix, TFT LCDs. At this point of time, only the IIIc and the Prism are backlit TFT screens.

RE: Ghosting?
formerlyanon @ 8/23/2002 4:06:22 AM #
how bad is the ghosting?
worse than a 2 bit grey palm III?
can it be overclocked to stop it? i read greyscale displays can.

My palm III was 50p from a charity shop, and introduced me to pdas
RE: Ghosting?
NDF @ 10/30/2002 7:12:09 PM #
ya, how bad is the ghosting? i might be getting one so i wanted to know how bad it is.

RE: Ghosting?
andrewholler @ 1/18/2003 7:23:04 PM #
Well, this doesn't help me too much because I don't know what ghosting is...
RE: Ghosting?
pen_n_paper @ 2/8/2003 10:09:24 PM #
Ghosting is a trail you get when moving things....take megalauncher for example when you drag an icon there is a trail behind it that is ghosting

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RE: Ghosting?
torrobinson @ 7/23/2004 10:30:33 PM #
Don't like ghosting? Then DONT try play Bump Attack pinball. You cant even see the ball in most of the tables.

Ghosting is only a problem for some of the apps. Especially games.



I.M. Anonymous @ 4/5/2002 8:27:11 AM #
Granted the case is hard and well protected, however, murphy's law (and pretty much every other law) will guarantee that anything held in the hand will eventually drop. How much abuse can this thing take? Does Palm have any test results of drops? Anyone with dropping experience?

RE: ''rugged-ness''
I.M. Anonymous @ 4/18/2002 9:31:09 AM #
my m125 fell off from about 40cm on a carpet. its still working like before. but i heared of someone with an m125 that fell from about the same hight an the display broke. lucky me )

doesnt really help you i think.

RE: ''rugged-ness''
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/2/2002 3:49:34 PM #
Well my handheld is a Palm M105, would love to get a new colour one but can't afford even an m130.. But I just thought I'd say I take it to college with me, and it has survived drops onto concrete floors from heights of about 4-5 foot, flying out of my bag and skidding across 8foot of tarmac and so on.. and its still running as good as ever :) screen aint even scratched. So if the m130 is at all similar it should be pretty rugged..
RE: ''rugged-ness''
andrewholler @ 1/19/2003 2:23:34 PM #
I don't plan on throwing my M130 around so the rugged-ness is nice to know that if it fall it will not break the LCD screen.

MMC Card, Maximum allowed with the m130?

I.M. Anonymous @ 5/28/2002 10:25:03 AM #
Just read some articles about the m130 having trouble with high capacity MMC cards (more than 64 MB). Anyone test this out yet? Figure I'd find out before buying memory that won't work.
RE: MMC Card, Maximum allowed with the m130?
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/27/2002 9:56:50 PM #
I am using a SD 128MB Card with no problems, mine is from simple tech. I got it from

Palm m130 should even cost more than its current price.

I.M. Anonymous @ 6/18/2002 5:04:00 AM #
Palm m130 is an excellent PDA.
It has great software and features as well as multimedia and expansion capabilities.
For me, it should have been $300...
RE: Palm m130 should even cost more than its current price.
andrewholler @ 1/18/2003 7:23:59 PM #
So you believe it should cost more? Why are you trying to get the price raised on the thing?

Clever little device

I.M. Anonymous @ 6/29/2002 4:21:05 PM #
I recently upgraded to an m130 from a Palm IIIc.

This review confirmed all the positive and negative thoughts I'd had about the two in comparison:

I was tremendously disappointed to not have a Brightness slider; the two backlight options aren't really adequate, and using the m130 outdoors on a sunny day is impossible minus one.

I wish there were a way to tell other than by sound if the m130 is connected to the cradle; the IIIc had an orange LED on its face, and the m130 has a habit of being slightly jostled such that it is no longer in contact with the UC.

The window on the flip-cover is brilliant. I fell in love with that little feature immediately... with the "Stay on in cradle" option enabled and the Clock set as the last application before I cradle Mr. m130 and go to bed, I don't need a normal alarm clock any more. Plus, the flip-cover is superior to the Neanderthal piece of architecture on the IIIc in every way. Instead of being a stiff piece of plastic mounted on crappy little pegs that only flips to a 90 degree angle with the screen, it's a flexible-yet-sturdy piece of plastic on a hinge that flips back flush with the back of the handheld. I've dropped it a couple of times, and it fell out of my pocket while i was riding my bike once... it bounced along the pavement and came to a stop with only a tiny scratch on the bottom of the faceplate (which is replaceable, so I'm not even a little worried). I no longer fear dropping it, although perhaps rubber trim along the corners would make it indestructible... ^_^

The stylus is a piece of crap. It's poorly weighted, flimsy, slippery, and just generally difficult for my large fingers to use. Any word on metal replacement styli? The IIIc had the best factory stylus I'd ever seen... it was heavy, metal, and had all the necessary bits in screw-off ends.

The main reason I upgraded was that 8mb of memory is nowhere near enough. After a day and a half, I'm already down to less than 1mb on the m130. I'm thrilled about the expansion slot, and that justified the expense by itself, but I wish it weren't on the side - I generally keep Mr. m130 in my pocket, and the cards tend to pop in and out while the device is being jostled around in my pocket.

Are there plans to develop an 802.11b card? Between that, a 32mb SD card, and a keyboard, I would be in Palm heaven.


My M130

I.M. Anonymous @ 9/12/2002 1:45:30 PM #
Hands down the best colored palm for it's price. Everyting is execellent about this unit. It true, they should of at least made it 16M instead of 8M. But even with 8M I can still store my spread sheets and Doc file with some memory to spare. Pictures and mp3 would need an expansion card. From 1 to 10, I give this an 8! Good work Palm!

My M130

RE: My M130
andrewholler @ 1/18/2003 7:25:54 PM #
you like it that much?

I like mine, but can I get a MP3 slot for it?

Damb Thickness

andrewholler @ 1/18/2003 7:24:36 PM #
I have an m130, I love it but it's too damb thick. It takes up too much space in my pocket and if I were to get a case I can only imagine how thick it would be then.
RE: Damb Thickness
bodycode @ 2/11/2003 3:53:22 PM #
I LIKE a little meat on my PDA's. I think the M130's dimensions are absolutely perfect for ME but of course, that's just my opinion and I respect yours. I'm a large guy and don't like delicate little slabs of digital PDA's that can crack in 2 seconds! This PDA isn't cracking under pressure.. not by a longshot. Besides, it's not THAT thin!

We're flying on a rock thru space and we're lucky to be alive!

Excellent and truthful review!

bodycode @ 2/11/2003 4:09:04 PM #
Trundling out of the Staples parking lot thru the NYC snow here in Queens NY, I had my birthday gift in hand.. A shiny new M130! Let me tell ya folks, after playing with it for about 3 hours now, I realized that it's quite an upgrade from my Palm Pilot Professional (measly 2 megs ream with B&W display). But the COLOR on the M130? Wow! I'm lookin' at my photo albums and already playing games on my M130. 65K colors' AWESOME. I can't can't tell the difference between Truecolor and 16 bit color. Believe me it looks great.In addition, I was able to take all my personal and business data, as well as my scheduling data that I use on my desktop software and synchronize it IN A FLASH! And believe me. I got a lot a lot a data dada! Buy the M130. It's a lovely birthday gift from my lovely wife and I'm very happy with it!

We're flying on a rock thru space and we're lucky to be alive!

M130 or M515 ???

newpdabuyer @ 3/1/2003 2:45:10 PM #
Hi... I am new to the world of pda's.. But I am a PALM supporter. I am interested in a smart, color pda. I don't have a big budget. I have sort of narrowed down my choices to the M130 or M515. Which one should I go for? I am unable to make a decision. I know the M515 costs more than the M130, but thats ok.
Any other Palm OS pda's in this price range???
Thanks again.

RE: M130 or M515 ???
euan_rideout @ 7/7/2003 3:11:03 PM #
Hi, I would go for the M130 rather than the M515 because the only main difference is that there is 16MB more memory, has a LED alarm and can vibrate. I find 8 MB of memory plenty for me.


NX70VUSER @ 5/22/2003 8:08:14 PM #
Hi! Great review, I think this is a typo: "The m125 runs OS 4.1 on the 33 MHz Dragonball processor. It has 8 MB of internal memory, which is about half what I think it ought to have." don't you mean m130? instead of m125.


A Proud owner of a PEG-T665C and a PEG-NX70V

could use some help please

HANNE @ 8/7/2003 11:43:43 AM #
I was given an M130 handheld and love it.The only problem is that the instructions were misplaced prior to my learning how to sync it . I am not computer wise and I am just learning. My memory card has popped out and is gone so I now am faced with the hope of trying to hoit sync it to the computer prior to placing my new card in. I am not sure if all my data will be lost, but felt I should try it first. If someone would assist me with the information I would greatly appreciate it. My email is
Thank you so much.

RE: could use some help please
helf @ 8/7/2003 12:42:38 PM #
Hook the cradle up to the computer. then install the hotsync software. If you dont have the cd you can get it off . After you install it just put your m130 in the cradle and hit the little round button that has 2 circular arrows on it. The hotsync process should start.


prestim @ 10/16/2003 10:20:16 AM #
I've just purchased a m130 from ebay, and havent recieved it yet. I'm just wondering will i be able to listen to mp3's on it. As i really have no idea about this thing. THANKs
torrobinson @ 7/23/2004 10:34:21 PM #
Ya! If they could put a camera in the slot, there should be some sort of headphone jack or mini-speaker that should plug in, replacing the stupid buzzer. I also got mine of Ebay: $180 for the Palm M130, the Palm POrtable Keyboard,a PalmGlove case, the cradle etc.....good deal? I think so...

Surur @ 7/25/2004 10:12:19 AM #
No mp3 or real sound hardware. No headphone socket even.

Palm m130 - Detailed Specs

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CPU Speed (Mhz): 33 MHz
CPU Type: Motorola DragonBall VZ MC68VZ328
ROM Upgradeable:
RAM Expansion:
Touchscreen: Yes
Backlight: Yes
Colors: 65,000+ colors
Diagonal Screen Size (Inches):
Screen Size (Pixels):
Compact Flash Slot: none
Data Storage Expansion: SD Memory Card / MultiMediaCard Slot
Serial Speed:
VGA Port:
USB: Yes
Operating System: Palm OS Software v4.1
Applications: Address Book, Date Book, Clock, To Do List, Memo Pad, Note Pad, and Calculator. Plus HotSync® Mail, MultiMail® SE, AvantGo® Mobile Internet Service, Palm Reader, powerOne Personal Calculator, Mobile Connectivity Software, MGI PhotoSuite® Mobile Edition, and DataViz® Documents To Go®.
Size (Inches): 4.8 x 3.1 x .9 in.
Weight: 5.4 oz.
Battery Type: Lithium Ion
Battery Life: 7 days
Battery Life with Modem:
Docking Station: Yes
Voice Recorder: none
Headphone Jack: none
Price: (street price may differ)

syncronizing problem?

imaginekid @ 4/13/2008 12:39:15 PM #
Hi I Just Got A Palm m130 yesterday from my neighbors dad and i love it i cant let go of it and my neighbors dad hasnt gaven me the cradle (I Think He Lost It) And I Only Have The USB/Serial Cable And When I Plug The USB Cable In It Does Not Wont To Sync I Have A Idea Its Becuase Of Windows Add/Remove Hardware But When I Plug The Serial In It Works And When I Sync. It Syncs Until The Last Item Then It Frezzes Up Anyone Have The Same Problem?

RE: syncronizing problem?
Gekko @ 4/13/2008 5:20:46 PM #

1. Google m500, m130 SUDS.
2. Download and install the most current version of Palm Desktop at

good luck.

palm m130 not charging

brenieeb @ 4/14/2008 11:08:51 AM #
I found one of these at a yard sale, lady said it worked just fine.

I plugged the palm into the cradle yesterday. No lightning bolt or anything comes up.

After some time on the cradle, charging, it makes a beep now when I put it on, or remove it. It did not make that beep when I first put it on to charge. But thats all it does.

I have never had one of these, so dont know if I am missing something.


RE: palm m130 not charging
reconnex @ 4/14/2008 11:39:26 AM #
no commnets

RE: palm m130 not charging
reconnex @ 4/14/2008 11:45:33 AM #
I had the same problem using a wall charger that seem to fit my 700w but it would not charge properly.

RE: palm m130 not charging
brenieeb @ 4/14/2008 12:05:35 PM #
The palm had two chargers with it and I have tried them both.


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