The Palm tree has sprouted new growth with the licensing of its OS to Handspring and Sony. While Sony's plans are still in the works, Handspring's Visor has already become a popular Palm item. Available in a no-cradle $150 (all prices street) Visor Solo version or a $250 Deluxe version with more memory and more iMac-ish colors to choose from, the Visor's strongest selling point is the Springboard system.
The Springboard expansion modules click onto the Visor. Modules currently available include the Handspring Modem ($130), the Backup Module ($40), the 8MB Flash Module ($80) and the Tiger Woods PDA Tour Golf Module ($30). If you don't think Tiger Woods is going to boost your productivity, try the eyemodule Digital Camera ($150, www.eyemodule.com) or the Covey Ref-erence Library ($40).
Not to be outdone, Palm released a beach-full of new handhelds in August. The $150 m100 is in direct competition with the Visor Solo. For a quick fashion makeover, changeable faceplates are available for $20 each. The Palm VIIx ups the memory ante for wireless Web handhelds with 8MB, compared to the original Palm VII's scant 2MB.