After having so carefully cultivated a recognizable brand name, 3Com adopted a new and confusing name for the third generation of its famous palmtop. Threatened legal action by the makers of Pilot pens explain the move.
This model introduced infrared beaming, a sleeker case shape and 2MB of memory. A matching desktop application for Windows, Palm Desktop 3.0, accompanied the Palm III. Once again, though, those major items accompany a longer list of minor enhancements:
The screen is clearer and higher-contrast than any previous PalmPilot model. To prevent accidental screen changing, the contrast wheel is now recessed into the edge of the unit.
A sturdier stylus with a metal shaft has replaced the flimsy plastic model—and the end cap unscrews to reveal a pin that’s perfectly sized to fit the Reset hole (see Chapter 17). There’s also a new, removable, flip-up protective lid that can lock into either of two open-position angles. (You can’t remove or insert the stylus while the lid is fully open—get into the habit of removing the stylus before opening the lid.)