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News: Palm Releases the Z22 - Its First $99 Color Organizer

Palm has released the new Z22, the latest color organizer in the Zire handheld line. Initial retail price is only $99.

Palm Z22 Organizer Lightens the Organizational Load for the Mass Market

SUNNYVALE, Calif., -- For busy people who want to manage every organizational aspect of their lives simply and affordably, it's never been easier than with the Palm(R) Z22 organizer, one of two new products from Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:PALM) announced today. An easy-to-use and compact color handheld built for the mass market, the Palm Z22 organizer is the most affordable color handheld from Palm yet. At $99 (estimated U.S. street price), it holds thousands of contacts, years of appointments, birthdays and photos, and its special memory capability keeps the information safe, even if the user forgets to charge the device.

With the introduction of the Palm Z22 organizer, Palm is targeting the $1 billion per year paper-planner market. Research conducted by Palm suggests a substantial population of late technology adopters have been afraid to buy handhelds, fearing they are too difficult to use. The Palm Z22 organizer offers paper-planner users -- as well as others -- an extremely simple and fun way to stay organized. New users will find the three-step set-up process for the organizer incredibly easy. Users also will find that keeping track of their to-do lists, busy schedules, family and friends' contact information, shopping lists and birthdays all in one small place is useful and simple. To ease the transition from paper planners to the Palm Z22 organizer, Palm includes an organizational booklet with tips and vignettes on how to be more organized.

Weighing just over 3 ounces and about the same size as a deck of playing cards, the Palm Z22 organizer is compact and stylish with its white front and translucent blue backing. Small enough to fit into any purse, backpack or back pocket, it boasts a bright, color display, making it easy for users to read names and addresses. They can even color-code appointments, and view and carry pictures of their friends and family wherever they go.

"The Palm Z22 organizer was built on the success of the original Zire(TM) handheld, which sold more than 1 million units in its first seven months on the market," said Ken Wirt, senior vice president of worldwide marketing for Palm, Inc. "It's perfect for first-time users and students, who can now throw away their paper planners, replacing scratched-out pages and dozens of sticky notes with all the information they need in one little place."

Benefits of the Palm Z22 Organizer Over Paper Planners

-- Organizes information easily. Everything is super-simple -- a touch of a button brings up appointments, addresses, restaurant recommendations and more. No more flipping through multiple pages, looking for scraps of paper or keeping track of to-do lists.

-- Keeps information safe. Even if the user forgets to charge the device, the Palm Z22's memory will keep information safe. All information also can be backed up easily on the user's PC.

-- Reminds users of important events. Set reminders to return a rented video, to remember birthdays, or simply to wake up from a long-overdue nap.

-- Saves time. Users won't have to enter the same thing twice. Enter a recurring appointment once and tell the Palm Z22 organizer how often to repeat it.

-- Carries digital photos. Show photos to family and friends on the bright color screen. Included software makes transferring photos from the computer a snap.

Entering Information Is Easy

To help new users get started quickly, Palm provides six easy ways to enter information into the Palm Z22 organizer:

1. Tap on the screen's built-in keyboard.

2. Type into the computer first, then transfer to the organizer with a tap.

3. Print using the stylus pen.

4. Jot notes anywhere on the screen using the Note Pad.

5. Beam info to or from another Palm OS(R) based organizer.

6. Use a wireless keyboard ($69.99, sold separately).

Key Software

Key software includes core applications, such as Calendar, Contacts, Memos, Tasks, Note Pad, Expense, Calculator, World Clock and Photos. It also includes a new game, Crazy Daisy, made by Astraware. The Palm Z22 organizer comes with AddIt(1), a program that includes a variety of applications such as CheckSplit, Chess, Carb Counter and Solitaire. The software CD, included with the organizer, has an eBook reader with three books and a dictionary; the powerOne Calculator, perfect for basic and advanced mathematics; and SplashShopper, a helpful shopping list application.

Pricing and Availability

The Palm Z22 organizer has an estimated U.S. street price of $99 and is available today from the Palm online store, at Palm Retail Stores and at select retail and resellers throughout the world.

The company also reduced the price of the Tungsten(TM) E2 handheld by $50 -- now $199 (estimated U.S. street price).

Additional information about the new Palm Z22 organizer can be found online at the Palm Online Store

About Palm, Inc.

Palm, Inc., a leader in mobile computing, strives to put the power of computing in people's hands so they can access and share their most important information. The company's products for consumers, mobile professionals and businesses include Palm(R) handheld computers, Palm Treo(TM) smartphones, Palm LifeDrive(TM) mobile managers, as well as software, services and accessories.

Palm products are sold through select Internet, retail, reseller and wireless operator channels throughout the world, and at Palm Retail Stores and Palm Online Stores.

(1) While some applications are available for free download, some must be purchased separately.

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Update: The Z22 has been added to our PDA Guide and our My Z22 page is also available. We also invite new Z22 users to participate in our Zire Series forum.

Posted by tim_palmzone on Wed, Oct 12, 2005

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Re: Palm Releases the Z22 - Its First $99 Color Organizer (Score: 1)
by Ou_Boet on Wed, Oct 12, 2005
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For a base model this is nice, very nice. I think it will sell incredibily well. The launch date is perfect timing for Christmas and so is the price. If you don't get it for Christmas even a school boy could save and buy it himself.

Kudos to Palm on this one


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