Photos: 10 years of Palm handhelds

Believe it or not, it's been 10 years since Palm launched its first handhelds. The company has come a long way since then, and it's been an action-packed decade of operating-system and software developments, partnerships, speed bumps and, of course, product launches.

CNET News.com invites you to take a trip down memory lane to witness the gradual modernization of Palm's PDAs over time. This group represents some of the company's milestones and highlights--and heck, it's fun to compare today's sleek handhelds with old clunkers.

In this videocast, CNET's Rafe Needleman and Bonnie Cha talk with Harry Fuller about the past, present and iffy future of Palm PDAs. See CNET's full anniversary coverage.

The PalmPilot 1000 and 5000 debuted in 1996 with 128K of memory, a 16MHz DragonBall processor, the Palm OS 1.0 and a display with a resolution of 160 pixels by 160 pixels. Palm shipped 1 million PalmPilots within 18 months, but the "Pilot" moniker was eventually dropped from the device's name for legal reasons.


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