Palm V Review (Feb 1999)
Processor: Motorola Dragonball EZ MC68EZ328
Operating System: Palm OS 3.1
User Storage Memory: 2MB
Display: 160x160 pixel, high contrast and backlit
Power: Lithium-ion rechargeable
Size and weight: 4.5" x 3.1" x 0.4", 4oz
The Palm V is a very sexy looking PDA with an excellent display and a nice rechargeable battery. But, should you buy it? At $449, you'd better think about a few things first. First of all, the Palm V can not be upgraded to add more memory (except by 3rd party vendors like EFIG.COM which will split the Palm V open, make the upgrade and then glue it back together). This is a big deal to someone like me who has an 8meg TRG board in their Palm III that has only 125k free! 2meg is not a lot of space when you start adding all the cool applications that are available. I sure wish Palm would have at least made the Palm V a 4meg device. Also, if you already have a Palm III, you really shouldn't upgrade to the Palm V unless you really need the better screen. Basically the Palm V is the same as the Palm III except that the memory can't be easily upgraded.