Palm Releases m515 and m130

As has been rumored since January, Palm has just officially announced two new color models, the high-end m515 and mid-range m130. The m515 is the replacement for the m505 and is quite similar, adding a brighter sidelight and more memory. The m130 is a color version of the m125. Both run Palm OS 4.1 and have 16-bit color screens.

The official announcement of the two models went out at midnight. Though the announcement was only a few minutes ago, these models have been available for several days from a few retailers around the country who either were unaware that they weren't supposed to begin selling them until today or just didn't care.

The m130 has 8 MB of RAM and runs on a built-in rechargeable battery. It has a expansion card slot on one side, allowing it to use SD or MMC cards.

It has the same general shape as the m125 and uses Palm's Universal Connector, which means there's a wide variety of peripherals already available for it, like keyboards, modems, and more. It can also use the clip-on face-plates from the m100 series.

According to Palm, it will last for a week on its lithium-ion battery, with "normal" use. It doesn't have flash ROM, which means the operating system can't be updated, though patches can be applied.

"We've created the Palm m130 handheld to bring color and rechargeable batteries to a broader market, giving value-conscious consumers a fun and easy way to organize their lives; share photos and video clips; and view, edit and create documents,'' said Todd Bradley, CEO of Palm's Solutions Group, the part of the company that creates hardware.

It sells for $280, which makes it the least expensive color PalmOS handheld available.

The m515 is an updated version of the m505 with 16 MB of RAM and a stronger sidelight, leading to a brighter screen. Its TFT screen can display 65,000 colors. it has 4 MB of flash ROM.

Interestingly, the official pictures of the m515 lack the small "sun" icon in the Graffiti area that, when tapped on, open the brightness control. The sidelight has three possible settings: High, Low, and Off. High is much brighter than an m505, while Low is comparable or possibly a little brighter. Unlike the m505, the m515's Graffiti area is not illuminated by the sidelight.

It runs on an internal lithium-polymer battery and, according to Palm, can last for two weeks with "normal" use.

Like its predecessor, the m515 has an SD/MMC slot and a vibrating alarm.

"With 16MB of memory, the handheld lets businesspeople more easily carry their corporate databases, important applications, and Word, Excel and PowerPoint files anywhere for instant productivity," said Mr. Bradley.

The m515 sells for $400.

Both models ship with DataViz' Documents To Go 4.0 Professional Edition, which lets users read and edit Microsoft Word and Excel documents on their handhelds, and view Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, too.

They also come with Chapura's PocketMirror 3.0, which lets Windows users synchronize calendar, contacts, tasks and notes with Microsoft Outlook for Windows.

In addition, they are bundled with MGI PhotoSuite Mobile Edition v2.23 for viewing pictures, the powerOne Personal calculator, and the Palm Mobile Connectivity software, which lets the handheld use a mobile phone as a modem. Both come with other software, as well.

As part of the roll-out of these two models, two older ones have been discontinued. Both the m505 and m100 are now listed on Palm's Handheld Hall of Fame, which is where the company lists handhelds that are no longer in production.

The m505 is no longer necessary as it has been replaced by the m515, which has more memory and lacks the notorious bug that causes the m505 to have problems HotSyncing via USB.

The decision to discontinue the m100 is a bit more controversial as many people believe Palm ought to have a very low-end device that sells for $100 or less. Without the m100, the cheapest model Palm has is the m105 at $150.

The m505 is still available from the Palm Store for $400, though it's almost certain it will be marked down in the near future. The m100 is no longer available from the Palm Store.

Palm has not discontinued the m500, which it is now selling for $300.

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I.M. Anonymous @ 3/4/2002 12:40:23 AM #
Gee, and I was just going to point out that at this minute they are on the web site.

Palm Says Bluetooth is at Core of its Connectivity Strategy
I.M. Anonymous @ 3/4/2002 9:56:38 AM #
Both Palm m130 and m515 handhelds will be available for sale on Thursday. Both have SD card expansion slots and wireless capabilities using the Bluetooth Secure Digital Input/Output (SDIO) card, which is priced separately at $129. The new offerings complement Palm's wireless-ready I705 handset, released in January.

Palm's $129 Bluetooth SDIO card is a stand-alone product that is already available in most international markets, the company says; multilanguage versions are scheduled to be available April 4. The Bluetooth card enables users to create a "personal area network," the company says, whereby consumers can wirelessly send data from their handheld to their Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone, laptop, or printer.

Palm Says Bluetooth is at Core of its Connectivity Strategy

Interesting 'Bluetooth and (not Versus) Wi-Fi' articles

thanx, great info. check palm bluetooth page
I.M. Anonymous @ 3/5/2002 5:36:59 AM #
Experience true connectivity, without the burden of wires. Discover Bluetooth -- technology that makes it easier to communicate, collaborate and connect.

Bluetooth links your Palm™ handheld to other nearby devices, such as mobile phones, laptops, printers, accessories and even other Palm handhelds. It's like having a universal remote for the kinds of devices you use every day. And it's as easy as switching on the lights.

What Bluetooth can do.
Think of Bluetooth as a wireless USB technology. It supports both point-to-point, and point-to-multipoint connections. This enables you to connect with a single device, a single person, or several people and/or devices at once.

Perhaps you're on the road and want to access the Internet. Your Bluetooth-enabled Palm handheld and mobile phone (you pick the carrier) make great companions. Bluetooth establishes a connection between your handheld and mobile phone wirelessly, so you can browse the web or check your email. Your mobile phone can even automatically dial any number from your handheld Address Book.


cool blueteeth stuff
I.M. Anonymous @ 3/5/2002 5:42:06 AM #
where can i buy the blue tooth sd card? i can't wait, i want it now.


I.M. Anonymous @ 3/4/2002 12:46:56 AM #
The m505 has been retired according to Palm's website, as it is now residing in the Hall of Fame. I guess Palm *did* realize how pathetic the screen was, only 8MB of memory, was eager to shove it under the rug.

RE: m505
I.M. Anonymous @ 3/4/2002 12:54:32 AM #
Really? Hrm... I wonder how this works out for people who buy into those Extended Warranty dealies? Break my m505, take it in, oh no... m505 doesn't exist anymore, guess you'll have to give me a new m515 instead. Hee hee.

RE: m505
kevdo @ 3/4/2002 2:32:55 AM #
Palm has also dropped the price of the m500 by $30 to $299.

-Kevin Crossman
RE: m505
I.M. Anonymous @ 3/4/2002 8:29:27 PM #
ya gotta love extended warranties... it got me 7 new m505s (damn USB) and now a new m515

Lack of the Small Sun

I.M. Anonymous @ 3/4/2002 12:45:43 AM #
Goto and click on link 3D-Model. You can see a quarter of a sun at the upper right corner of graffiti area.

RE: Lack of the Small Sun
I.M. Anonymous @ 3/4/2002 7:38:01 AM #
There is also something in the upper left corner of the graffity area. What is it?

RE: Lack of the Small Sun
Ssgelm @ 3/4/2002 8:36:28 AM #
That is the clock icon.


dmoody @ 3/4/2002 12:50:08 AM #
I loved the color and wished that the m515 on the Palm site would have such options when it rolled out...

Nope! 8-(

So it's off to Best Buy for the 2 yr ext. warranty and my 515.

More after a few days of road show...

RE: Cranberry
I.M. Anonymous @ 3/4/2002 8:04:01 AM #
I want a BLUE m515 to replace my Blue Palm Vx. PAH-LEEZ Palm!! SOON!!!!

RE: Cranberry
Siraris @ 3/4/2002 10:15:10 AM #
You mean your 3 year plan on the 515 :)

I love the 515, it's absolutly fantabulastic!

RE: Cranberry
I.M. Anonymous @ 5/20/2002 3:04:26 PM #
I bought my 515 at BestBuy also, and they agressively pushed the extended warranty. Do you think it is better than the extended warranty offered by the manufacturer?


Ed @ 3/4/2002 1:28:44 AM #
I couldn't resist pointing out that the original story we ran way back in January on these models was correct in almost every detail.
Not too shabby.

News Editor
RE: Bragging
I.M. Anonymous @ 3/4/2002 1:55:52 AM #
I wonder if the guys who questioned the integrity of that story now have the balls to make an appology!

Marco Schouten.

RE: Bragging
I.M. Anonymous @ 3/4/2002 6:42:21 AM #
Man, you're right...not too shabby at all. Can't wait to see what info you dig up for future releases of Palm.

RE: Bragging
I.M. Anonymous @ 3/4/2002 6:42:40 AM #
Of course the vidiots who denied the story will never come back apologizing. Why? It's in their nature to be stupid.

RE: Bragging
I.M. Anonymous @ 3/4/2002 7:06:25 AM #
Don't hold your breath. The idiots are paid to complain, to spread uncertainty and doubts; not to apologise.

Mike Mace promised us some exiting new products. Well he was true to his word.

RE: Bragging
I.M. Anonymous @ 3/4/2002 10:34:51 AM #
Keep it good work up Ed!

RE: Bragging
I.M. Anonymous @ 3/4/2002 12:18:56 PM #
You da man, Ed!

RE: Bragging
I.M. Anonymous @ 3/4/2002 8:17:28 PM #
Good job nailing the m515, can't wait until you get some dirt on the release of OS5

RE: Bragging
jjsoh @ 3/4/2002 11:04:44 PM #
Ed, you suck and it was just dumb luck.

Nah, just kidding. ;^)

Your bragging rights were well deserved. Thanks for constantly posting up to the minute articles on all Palm related news (especially for the excellent PalmSource coverage). Keep up the great work.

If it wasn't for slashdot, you'd be my home page. ^_^

(Oops.. forgot to post anonymously.)

congrats Ed

crustyedgeofinnovation @ 3/4/2002 1:40:02 AM #
I would like to congradulate Ed on bringing us the most up to date and accurate information about PDA's on the net...he posted this last article just after the release, while other sites,,, etc... had nothing...when the other guys sleep, Ed is in top gear, waiting to pounce on the news...Good job Ed!

RE: congrats Ed + Gordon
rigter @ 3/4/2002 3:22:52 AM #
Yep Ed, spot on.
Great job.

But let's not forget Gordon from Edinburgh.
He was here last week, participating in most discussions around the new Palms. It's his birthday today. There you go mate...
(btw, did Palm send you a new 515 as a birthday gift?)


One thing a computer can do that most humans can't is be sealed up in a cardboard box and sit in a warehouse.

RE: congrats Ed
I.M. Anonymous @ 3/4/2002 6:39:14 AM #
Poo! on those other so-called PDA sites. Me thinks Ed site is the numero uno compared to PDA Buzz, Brighthand, etc. Ed's site is just the best...that's why I'm always here, LOL!

RE: congrats Ed
bradleyboy @ 3/4/2002 7:12:22 AM #
I am grateful for Ed and thinks he does a great job on the site, too. I want to point out, though, that PDABuzz did not sleep through the story. Their post on the official release was 12:15 am. So I don't think your poo-ing on it was completely justified, lol!



RE: congrats Ed
bradleyboy @ 3/4/2002 7:15:48 AM #
ooops. I see that I have combined the "other guys are asleep" person with the "poo on them" person. Sorry about that. My point stands, though.

RE: congrats Ed
I.M. Anonymous @ 3/4/2002 8:02:04 AM #
Yes, and Brighthand actually posted hands-on reviews of both devices just after midnight. Seems they had the devices before all of us.

Happy Birthday Gordon from Edinburgh
I.M. Anonymous @ 3/4/2002 9:24:36 AM #
The Playboy Bunny is on her way.

RE: congrats Ed
gaardii @ 3/4/2002 9:38:48 AM #
Dear Jan and Anonymous,

Thanks very much for remembering! Unfortunately I have not yet received a new handheld from any manufacturer, but the day's not done! Oh, I'm especially pleased about the Playboy Bunny on her way. The problem is: what do I tell my wife? Suggestions?

Gordon from Edinburgh
*Can't think of a good Palm pun today*

RE: congrats Ed
gaardii @ 3/4/2002 9:46:10 AM #
Oh, thought I should add - Well Done, Ed! PIC is the best Palm user site on the whole web. Big pat on the back for you! (and I'll save you a slice of birthday cake - party starts 7.30pm GMT at my place).

Gordon from Edinburgh
*Eyre's Rock but Palm Springs!*

RE: congrats Ed & Gordon
rigter @ 3/5/2002 4:14:58 PM #

Maybe you should show your wife this amd other threads
She will never believe you anymore about this 'lots of hard work to to, dear' thing anymore though... It's the dishes for you every night after that Gordon.. ;-)

Cheers and don't get too plastered,

One thing a computer can do that most humans can't is be sealed up in a cardboard box and sit in a warehouse.

Aussie ?

I.M. Anonymous @ 3/4/2002 3:25:59 AM #
Anyone know when they will become available in Australia ?

RE: Aussie ?
IanJD @ 3/4/2002 4:21:29 AM #
Or Europe?

RE: Aussie ?
I.M. Anonymous @ 3/4/2002 4:26:48 AM #
Well Dixons (Slough UK) had one locked behind a glass cabinet on Saturday. Wouldn't let me look at it and didn't have a price on their computer for it as "It's not been released yet" they said.

So my take is that it'll be available in some numbers in the UK this week (although the UK portion of the Palm Web site hasn't any details yet ... 9.25am 4th March).

RE: Aussie ?
I.M. Anonymous @ 3/4/2002 4:29:58 AM #
Sorry - I refer to the Palm M515 (didn't see the M130)

RE: Aussie ?
I.M. Anonymous @ 3/4/2002 6:39:53 AM #
Yes, and I can't wait for the m500 price drop to come through to Aussie RRP (so-called 'recommended retail price', which is virtually mandatory). The m515 sounds great but I don't need the colour screen - so m500 here I come!

RE: Aussie ?
IanJD @ 3/4/2002 8:30:53 AM #
In the UK, and are now listing the m515, at just over £320, the former are inviting pre-orders, dabs are taking orders and listing March 12th as expected delivery date.

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