Thursday, February 26, 2009

Palm Halts Production of Handhelds

I just received word that Palm has officially closed down production of their three remaining classic handheld PDAs. By March 1, 2009 Palm will no longer be manufacturing the Palm Z22, the Tungsten E2, or the Palm TX.

While some will find this news difficult to accept, these three icons from Palm's original mobile computing business have had a long service life. The Tungsten E2, the oldest of the trio (not "Treo"), was released in April of 2005. I am not aware of any other Palm device that enjoyed a 4 year service life. Not even the wildly popular Tungsten C had a shelf life of that long. The remaining two PDAs, the Z22 and the Palm TX (sometimes referred to as the "Tungsten T7 or Tungsten X) where both released in October 2005.

Palm executives have been sending out warnings that the traditional PDA business was coming to an end. During quarterly conference calls, Palm President and CEO Ed Colligan likened the PDA business to a passenger jet coming in for a smooth landing. Today we learned that the plane has touched down, taxied to the gate, and the engines have been powered down.

You will still be able to purchase Palm's handheld PDAs from the Palm online store and other retailers until inventories are fully depleted. If you are interesting in purchasing the last flagship handheld, the Palm TX, Palm is currently selling the PDA for $199 (regularly $299) at their online store. Palm's online store also has the Z22 on sale for $99 (no discount). It appears that the Tungsten E2 is completely sold out at the Palm online store.

I have been using Palm's handhelds since 1999. The last 10 years have been lots of fun learning about, using, and supporting Palm's products on Brighthand, 1SRC, and Palm's own community help forums. Palm's PDAs may soon be gone from store shelves, but I still have my Tungsten T5, TX, and LifeDrive on my computer desk.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a very light user of my cell phone, I'm not about to start paying $30+/mo. to get a smartphone - currently it costs me only $5/mo. for my cell service.

Attention Palm: will you please work out a deal with Virgin Mobile so I can replace my PDA when it dies??!!

February 27, 2009 3:51 AM  
Blogger T said...

Palm delivers good products but give poor service.
I seem to have woken up late on this whole issue of Palm discontinuing their PDAs but its been hellish this week since. If their PDAs were not such a good fit for me, I'd drop my search for a new one quickly given their deplorable customer service.

I've been looking to replace my E2 with a TX before there are no more around, to no avail for a mere non-UK based European client...Any leads to find a new one is appreciated.

September 25, 2009 5:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too am sorry that PDA,s are now cell-phone based.My Palm TX has been very reliable, especially with the external keyboard. No need to lug a laptop to conferences. The bluetooth has been a great sleuth for turned on cell-phones in my classroom and the word is out that my class is cell-phone free...use it and lose it! I'll try to keep my TX alive as long as possible.

November 8, 2009 10:10 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

I suppose it was inevitable that the rise of the smart phone would end the life of the dedicated PDA but I still love my Palm and use it daily. I have three Palms and I am currently awaiting delivery of my forth, a LifeDrive bought from eBay - should keep me going a few more years!

January 14, 2010 2:56 AM  
Anonymous handheld organizer said...

I remember my first Palm product well! It was Palm T | X I really wanted one, but I simply couldn't justify the price tag for myself, since I simply wanted it as a programmable handheld computer toy, not an organizer.

January 30, 2010 4:13 AM  
Blogger wei said...

I just got my plam TX for $100 USD on craigslist, there should be some more on amazon and ebay cost around 120. Palm TX is a great device!

March 1, 2010 11:19 PM  
Blogger mazamora said...

I've used PDAs since about 1993: the crappy chiclet keyboard things you could get then.

Then I found the Palm Pilot in 1996 and didn't turn back. I then went through the 1000, Pro, IIIx, Vx, LifeDrive, and finally, a TX when the LifeDrive died a few years ago.

I am now sadly replacing my trusty TX with a Nexus One smartphone. It's time to join the masses.

On the other hand, my TX will live on as an internet radio appliance in its cradle in the home office until it drops dead. I expect about a decade more from that little box.

March 4, 2010 2:31 PM  

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