The PalmPilot Personal and PalmPilot Professional are the second generation of Palm PDA devices produced by Palm Inc (then a subsidiary of U.S. Robotics, later 3Com). These devices were launched on March 10, 1997.

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Palm-Pilot with stylus
ManufacturerPalm Inc (then a subsidiary of U.S. Robotics)
TypeBar PDA
Release dateMarch 10, 1997
Operating systemPalm OS 2.0
CPUMotorola 68328 processor at 16 MHz
Memory512 KB (Personal) or 1024 KB (Professional) built in
Display160x160 pixel monochrome touchscreen LCD
InputGraffiti input zone
ConnectivityPalm Desktop software through RS-232
Power2x AAA Batteries
Dimensions4.7 x 3.1 x .7 inches
Mass5.6 oz (160 g)
Related articlesPalm (PDA)

Accessories and pricingEdit

Palm also sold the 10201U modem at 14.4 kbit/s, introduced at a price of $129 (this modem is also compatible with the Palm III and Palm IIIx devices). An upgrade kit was also available, which allowed users of the earlier Pilot 1000/5000 devices to upgrade the OS, ROM, and RAM to match the PalmPilot Professional. Initially suggested retail prices upon launch were $399 for the PalmPilot Professional (1MB), $299 for the PalmPilot Personal (512KB), and $199 for the Upgrade Kit. Upgrade kits were also available to existing registered Pilot users for $99 for a limited time after the launch. These kits included IR capability, a new plastic memory door to accommodate the IR diodes, a memory card with 1 MB, the new ROM for Palm OS 2.0, and a CD-ROM with updated desktop software.


The PalmPilot became a large success and helped Palm to further establish itself as the leader in the growing PDA/handheld PC market.[1] PalmPilot had reportedly sold over 1 million units by 1998.[2]

It was succeeded by Palm III in 1998.

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