Compact Confusion


Handheld PC: a computer sized between a palmtop and a notebook, with a reduced-size keyboard

Palmtop: a small, lightweight computer with no keyboard

Pocket PC: Microsoft's latest OS for palmtops, or any device running the Pocket PC system

Ultra-light: a thin, lightweight laptop computer designed with easy portability in mind

Windows CE: predecessor to Microsoft's Pocket PC operating system for handhelds and palmtops

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This article was originally published in the February 2001 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Compact Confusion.

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