Welcome to WebProNews Breaking eBusiness and Search News
Advertise | Newsletter | Sitemap | News Feeds News Feed 
 WebProNews Search Part of the iEntry network iEntry inc. 

PalmOne Lifedrive: Bigger And Badder PDA

John Stith
Staff Writer
Published: 2005-05-09

WebProNews RSS Feed

PalmOne let information about their new Lifedrive Mobile Manager slip out. This new PDA will have a lot of groovy features although not a huge amount is known about it yet.

The Lifedrive will offer all the traditional features of the PDA but then go much further. PalmOne said they've built this device to allow users to integrate all the functions they really want in one device or as PalmOne put it, "digital everything".

The little computer contains an Intel 416 XScale processor and a 320 by 480 color display. It has a 4 gb Microdrive from Hitachi. The device will handle music and video files. It will handle email and documents from various office suite programs. It has WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities and it will have an SD expansion slot.

This device looks to be integrating a lot of features from other types of handheld toys. The downloading of music, being able to drag files when connected to a PC, use as a flash drive of sorts and other functions make this thing handheld an all encompassing device.

The introduction of a new category reflects usage patterns palmOne has tracked over time, especially among customers for its premium products. Customers of palmOne's high-end Tungsten T3 handheld computer, for example, show a strong affinity for taking full advantage of the included DataViz Documents To Go software, which puts Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents at their fingertips. Customers also have asked palmOne to provide them with convenient ways to carry, file and manage rich digital content, such as music and video. PalmOne divides everything into 3 categories: smartphones, PDAs and the new mobile managers.

"In studying customer trends, we found that some people want to carry dozens of documents and hundreds of songs while others want to carry a thousand-plus photos and enjoy videos," said Page Murray, palmOne vice president of marketing. "Organization functions were highly valued by nearly all our customers, but some wanted much more business and personal file-management capabilities. We listened and will deliver a new category of mobile-computing product that will let customers fuse their own mix of personal and business content in ways never before possible in either handheld computers or smartphones.

The Lifedrive will contain the Garnet OS instead of its own traditional OS. Prices will run for around $499 for this device according to Amazon although a release date has not been confirmed.

This announcement comes after a new report by Gartner had both good and bad news for PalmOne. PalmOne lost over 10% of their market share and moved to the number 2 slot for PDA manufacturer behind Blackberry. The good news is that PDA sales were up worldwide in the last quarter and looked to be improving. This new mobile manager might be what they need to kick back in.

Receive Our Daily Email of Breaking eBusiness News

About the Author:
John Stith is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

WebProNews RSS Feed

More Articles

Contact WebProNews


Targeted Information for Business
WebProNews is part of the iEntry network

Internet Business: Marketing: Small Business:
WebProNews MarketingNewz SmallBusinessNewz
WebProWorld AdvertisingDay PromoteNews
EcommNewz SalesNewz EntrepreneurNewz

Software: Search Engines: Web Design:
WebMasterFree Jayde B2B DesignNewz
NetworkingFiles SearchZA FlashNewz
SecurityConfig SearchNewz WebSiteNotes

Developer: IT Management: Security:
DevWebPro ITManagement SecurityProNews
DevNewz SysAdminNews SecurityConfig
TheDevWeb NetworkingFiles NetworkNewz

The iEntry Network consists of over 100 web publications reaching millions of Internet Professionals. Contact us to advertise.

 Advertise | Contact Us | Corporate | Newsletter | Sitemap | Submit an Article | News Feeds
 WebProNews is an iEntry, Inc. ® publication - $line) { echo $line ; } ?> All Rights Reserved
About WebProNews
WebProNews is the number one source for eBusiness News. Over 5 million eBusiness professionals read WebProNews and other iEntry business and tech publications.

WebProNews provides real-time coverage of internet business.

Free Email Newsletters:
WebProNews SearchNewz
WebProWorld DevWebPro
Marketing SecurityNews
Plus over 100 other newsletters!

Send me relevant info on products and services.

Ten most recent posts.

Featured Software

WebProNews in the News
View all recent mentions of WebProNews from around the world!

Recent Articles On ...
Google eBusiness
Yahoo Ask Jeeves
MSN Blogs
Search Engines Blogging
Affiliate Programs Marketing
eCommerce Advertising
eBay Sun Microsystems
AOL Adsense
Microsoft Adwords
Oracle IBM
Amazon Apple
SEO iPod
Adsense XBox
PR Adobe

iEntry.com WebProWorld RSS Feed WebProWorld Contact WebProNews Print Version Email a friend Bookmark us