The m130 delivers all of the features that you want in a Palm PDA--including a color screen--for a price that doesn't break the bank. The screen is a tad small, but if you can forgive that shortcoming and you have good eyesight, this model looks pretty attractive. The m130's standout design element is its color, transflective STN screen, which is very small at just two inches across. In most other ways, the m130 is identical to the monochrome Palm m125; they both come with a two-toned faceplate and a rubberized screen cover with a little window. This model's overall design isn't as slick as that of the step-up m515, but the m130 is fairly compact. And though this 5.4-ounce PDA is not as slim as some Sony CLIE models, it's not hefty either.
|The Palm is larger than a deck of playing cards.||It's slightly thicker than a deck, too.|
At the top of the device, you'll find a small slot for adding additional memory and compatible accessories. Look around back, and you'll notice that there's no place to add batteries because unlike other m100-series devices, the m130 has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. You can juice up this cell in the included USB HotSync Cradle with the power adapter attached. More good news: The m130 will work with all accessories--such as keyboards and digital cameras--made for Palm m500-series models since it's equipped with the same universal connector.
|Juice it up: The cradle acts as a power and syncing station.||You have connections: The m130 works with most m500-series accessories.|
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When the unit is powered off, pressing the up button makes the Palm show the time and the date. A small hole in the cover and a window above it let you check the time with the cover closed.
Peekaboo: You can check the time without opening the cover.
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Lo-res: The m130's screen can muster only a 160x160 resolution.
If you considered the Palm m125 but worried that you couldn't read the small screen, the m130 is a better choice because its display provides greater contrast, making it easier on the eyes. The 160x160-pixel display has a backlight with two brightness settings for indoor use. The screen also reflects ambient light so that you can read it outdoors, although it's not as easy to see in bright sunlight as the reflective TFT screen on Sony's CLIE PEG-N610CV. Sony's PDA also has a larger, higher-resolution display, so fonts and icons are smoother and more legible. But we'll forgive those shortcomings because the m130 is significantly less expensive than the Sony.
As noted, the device has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which Palm says can power the PDA for about a week between charges; you just drop the m130 into the included USB HotSync cradle to juice it up. We were impressed with this Palm's battery life. With the backlight on, we squeezed a whopping 12.5 hours out of the unit before its battery ran dry.