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PalmOne m515 Color Handheld

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  • Palm organization and style at an affordable price
  • Easy to learn and use--even if you've never used a handheld before
  • Mini-USB connector allows easy transfer and backup to computer
  • Keeps addresses, appointments, and important information safe and secure
  • What's in the box: Palm m515 handheld, USB HotSync cradle with built-in battery charger, Getting started manual
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PalmOne m515 Color Handheld

The ultraslim, lightweight Palm m515 handheld has all the classic information management features you expect from Palm, as well as a bright color display with support for over 65,000 colors. It's also loaded with valuable productivity and connectivity software and has a built-in expansion card slot for additional memory storage, applications, and content. It comes with 16 MB built-in memory, enough to store thousands of addresses, years of appointments, hundreds of to-do items, and more than 50 software applications.

The expansion card slot is a dual-purpose slot that can hold Secure Digital and MultiMediaCard (MMC) memory cards. Both types of cards are small, inexpensive, and easy to plug in. Much like computer diskettes, they hold information for upload or download onto a handheld. With them, you can instantly add software programs, e-books, large databases, graphics, or even video files to your handheld without sacrificing memory space. The Palm Universal Connector (at the base of the m515) enables you to add peripherals such as a keyboard, GPS receiver, and more.

In addition to Palm's built-in organization applications in Palm OS 4.1--including Address Book, Date Book, To Do List, Memo Pad, and Note Pad--the Palm m515 also features the following bonus software: Documents To Go by DataViz (for synchronizing Microsoft Word and Excel documents), Pocket Mirror (for linking to Microsoft Outlook), MultiMail SE, MGI PhotoSuite, AvantGo, Palm Reader, and Palm Mobile Connectivity software.

The native USB HotSync cradle allows you to quickly back up and exchange information between your handheld and your PC or Mac. The Palm m515 handheld comes equipped with a rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery, which is charged using the HotSync cradle. Palm Desktop software is compatible with Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0, 2000, Me, and XP, and Mac OS 8.6 through 9.x. Note that for connecting to Windows 95 and NT you will need an optional serial cradle or cable.

The Palm m515 comes with a stylus, USB HotSync cradle with 120 VAC/60 Hz charger, internal rechargeable battery, Palm OS 4.1, and an infrared port. It is backed by a one-year warranty.

What's in the box

    Palm m515 handheld with bonus software
  • USB HotSync cradle with built-in battery charger
  • Getting started manual
  • CD-ROM with: Palm Desktop software and bonus software
  • Complete documentation
  • Protective flip cover

Product Information

Product Dimensions 6.6 x 6.6 x 4.5 inches
Item Weight 1 pounds
Shipping Weight 1 pounds
ASIN B00005Y1Z7
Item model number P80805US
National Stock Number 7010-01-497-5692
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2.6 out of 5 stars 157 customer reviews

2.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #63 in Electronics > Office Electronics > PDAs, Handhelds & Accessories > PDAs & Handhelds
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at March 4, 2002

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By Steven Dennis on April 29, 2002
I slammed the earlier version of this device (the m505) for its horrible color screen, but adding active TFT and 16 MB standard makes this a near-perfect PDA. It's nice to know that Palm can learn from their mistakes.
This is functionally identical to the m130, which is cheaper, but you get what you pay for. The m515 has a significantly larger screen and far less bulk than the m130, easily justifying the higher price. With the built-in difficulty of pointing and clicking on a Palm device, size matters.
The life of the lithium-polymer rechargeable battery takes a hit with the new vibrant color screen, but you can still use your m515 fairly heavily for days before you need a recharge.
The only other compromise is the screen is low-res at 160 x 160 pixels. If you want photo-realism, you can buy a Sony Clie with 320 x 320, but those models have worse battery life and cost much more, so it's your choice.
The 515, quite simply, is the slimmest and lightest full-featured color PDA.

Here's a basic product guide:
Palm m100/Handspring Visor -- Bargain basement models with 2 MB of Ram. Good
starter models for the price. Distinguishing characteristics: Visor has significantly larger
screen/expansion slot and fast USB cradle. Palm has slower serial.
Palm m105/Visor Deluxe/Visor Neo -- Workhorse models with 8 MB of Ram (plenty for
monochrome models). Visor has bigger screen/USB/expansion slot. Neo has faster
Palm m125/Visor Platinum/Visor Pro -- Upper middle class models. Visor has larger
screen. Both have USB/expansion slot.
Palm Vx -- A discontinued classic, not significantly expandable. Smallest full-function PDA with lithium
rechargeable battery. Sharp, full-size mono screen. Slow serial port.
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I'm a huge fan of the m500 series. Despite the reprehensible screen of the m505 after a few weeks of use, it really isn't that bad. Many people don't realize that the m505 stayed true to the PALM philosophy of mobility and battery life. Being a former Vx user I was spoiled with low battery consumption. Crossing over to color with the Clie N760 the first thing I noticed (after the absolutely amazing screen) was that I had to re-charge a little more often then I was use to. Although it wasn't a daily activity, recharging happened more frequently then before. Similarly that was also the case for the Clie T615. It's really no big deal for me, and to many people but I can see how it can be disconcerting. Expectedly the m515 inherits the long battery life of the m505. Fortunately for PALM they finally found a winner in the m515, unfortunately, the m515 was what the m505 should have been.
The only real reason why anyone would pick the m505 over the m515 is the price. The M515 has a better, brighter screen, and twice as much memory. If you were particular about bundled software the m515 naturally has a better selection.
With all things considered the real rival of the m515 is the CLIE T615C. Many real fans of PDA's will tell you that there is no clear winner when comparing the m515 and the T615C. It's a virtual deadlock. To the untrained eye the T615 may be the winner with its dazzling screen but one really has to consider many things, not just the screen when it comes to PDA's. Other then the screen when you consider price, battery life, form factor, and even accessories it's really a VIRTUALLY deadlock. It really comes down to preference. Many times reviews are written with preferences in mind not an objective overview. Generalizations like, "The m515 is the BEST, or the T615 is BEST!
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By A Customer on March 22, 2003
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I upgraded from a Palm m130 when the m515 price dropped recently. The m515 has a larger screen. The amount of text you see on the screen is the same, but all the letters are larger making it much easier to read. I find this a big plus.
The m515 is nearly 50% thinner (0.5 vs. 0.9 inch) and is lighter (4.9 vs. 5.4 oz) which makes a world of difference if you want to carry it around in your pocket. I found I was always leaving my m130 somewhere due to the bulk, then the annoying task of hunting around to find it - and eventually likely to lose it that way.
I compared m515 vs. Sony PEG SJ33, to my mind its closest competitor and priced the same. Palm wins on the form factor, although the Sony has higher resolution, faster processor and more features. But Sony is thicker (0.9 inch) and heavier (6.1 oz). Caution on this comparison, though: Sony data may include its flip cover, whereas Palm data excludes its leather cover.
By the way, Palm doesnt say much about that cover - it comes with the product - no need to buy a special cover, in my view. This one works fine. Easy on-off if you don't need it and want ultra-slim for the shirt pocket.
The m515 is a very pleasing product to have and to hold (literally). But I would suggest anyone do a close comparison with the SJ33 and see which one fits your own comfort level better.
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Just like all of my other reviews, I am as honest as possible. I owned a Palm V (the 2 meg version, not Vx) for almost 4 years now, and decided it was about time to upgrade. I had originally purchased the palm V for its ruggedness and small size. I, like many of you need a small PDA else it will not be used. The Palm V is still in perfect condition, but I've always wanted a color PDA since I first saw the Palm IIIc (which was big and bulky and had an awkward looking screen).
After much research, I spent the extra bucks on an m515 because of the horrid reviews of the m505. This palm is truly amazing. It has three levels of brightness, off, low and high. To start, I'm a college student and have found that no backlighting (the off setting) due to the reflective screen that palm used works rather well under the flourescent lighting. Incandescent lights? -- backlighting on low works best. High is too bright, although works great as a flashlight.
Like the Palm V, the m515 is rugged, sleek and perhaps even better built. It comes with PalmOS 4.1 including notepad and memopad - so now you can scribble quick notes on the screen for "translation" later ;-). Some large perks were the vibration alerts and blinking light alert for reminders HOWEVER the vibration is dull at best. Granted, I can feel it in my pocket, but it doesn't compare to some cell phone vibrators out there.
I instantly outfitted my m515 with a hardcase from iconcepts (because it was smaller/sleeker than the palm brand case -- and VERY sturdy, and WriteRights. Get those two items, and your palm will last years like my old V did :-).
The screen is gorgeous, and I don't care about hires 320x320 vs 160x160 (which this palm has) because all I wanted was a splash of color in my life, and here it is!
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