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Sweaty Palms

Palm Fronds

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.

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This article was originally published in the December 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Sweaty Palms.

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