PalmOne Unveils Mobile Manager

By Sascha Segan  |  Posted 2005-05-09 Print this article Print

PalmOne redefines the handheld mobile device and Amazon spills the beans on exactly what it is.

PalmOne today announced a new "mobile manager" class of handheld products, and let slip that the first gadget in the new category will be called the LifeDrive.

Mobile Managers will join PalmOnes Treo smart phones, Tungsten business-oriented PDAs, and Zire personal PDAs in PalmOnes product line. In a press release, PalmOne stated that handhelds in the new category will be for people who want to tote all of their important data around with them, and will have a lot of file storage capacity and can thus "carry dozens of documents and hundreds of songs" or "carry a thousand-plus photos and...videos."

PalmOne stated their Tungsten and Zire handhelds will focus primarily on "basic organization tools, such as calendar and contacts," leaving the mobile managers for "customers who are eager to take full advantage of the trend toward digital standalone files or in organized folders."

That makes the Tungsten T5 look like something of a transition product, as it has the Tungsten name but is sold, at least in part, for its ability to function as a 256 MB Flash drive.

Meanwhile, posted a shopping page on Friday for the first PalmOne Mobile Manager: a new handheld called the LifeDrive.

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Sascha Segan is PC Magazine's Lead Analyst for mobile phones and PDAs. He is responsible for testing, benchmarking and evaluating mobile phones and other handheld devices. Sascha joined the magazine in 2004 after covering consumer electronics for technology, travel and lifestyle publications, and editing the now hard-to-find book, 'I Just Got a Cell Phone, Now What?' He once helped cover an election in Africa using only a PalmPilot Professional with a modem and attachable keyboard as his traveling gear.

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