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Part IV: The PalmPilot Online > Palm VII: Wireless Email, Wireless Web

Chapter 16. Palm VII: Wireless Email, Wireless Web

Mankind's quest to connect to the Internet without wires would be comical if it weren't such a tragic expenditure of effort and money. People buy $5,000 laptops equipped with $400 wireless modems attached by $129 cable adapters that dial into $50 per month wireless services—just so they can check their email without a wire to the wall. Even everyday PalmPilots can be connected to wireless modems, such as the Novatel Minstel described in Appendix B; but even that arrangement entails enough additional bulk and complexity to threaten the PalmPilot's famous pocketability.

That's why the Palm VII is such a revelation. For the first time, everything is self-contained—the computer and the wireless modem—in a gadget that's only a half-inch taller than the traditional PalmPilot. Everything about this machine has been given the trademark Palm streamlining: signing up for the service takes less than a minute, activation of your account is instantaneous, and the email and Web experiences are smaller, simpler, "lite" versions of the real thing.


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