The advent of relatively cheap PocketPCs could put a squeeze on Palm OS. Component prices have come down, and more companies are duking it out in the marketplace. ViewSonic's V35 clocks in at $299 (all prices street), while Dell will apply its successful distribution strategy to this market with a $199 version. This is good for entrepreneurs who are fond of Microsoft's system but not of the $500-plus price tags of most PocketPCs.
The features and specs on new PDAs won't knock your socks off, but they will turn in a workman-like performance. The V35, for example, comes with a 300MHz processor, 32MB of memory and a Secure Digital slot for expansion. Expect PocketPCs to gain market share, but not relegate Palm to an Apple-like status anytime soon.
Entrepreneurs who have been holding off on equipping employees or upgrading PDAs may find these new price points provide the right incentive.
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SOURCE: PC World Magazine