PalmOne m505 Color Handheld

PalmOne m505 Color Handheld
From Palm

Price: $149.00

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Average customer review:
(3.5 stars, based on 231 reviews)

Product Details

  • Size: Palm m505 Color Handheld
  • Brand: Palm
  • Model: 3C80801U
  • Platform: Mac OS 9 and below
  • Dimensions: .50" h x 3.10" w x 4.50" l, .31 pounds
  • Memory: 8MB
  • Native resolution: 160 x 160
  • Display size: 3.36


  • Built-in 8 MB memory stores thousands of contacts, appointments, to-do items, and notes
  • Displays over 65,000 colors--view photos, video clips, and more
  • SecureDigital/MultiMediaCard expansion slot for additional memory and functionality such as a dictionary/thesaurus, games, and more
  • USB cradle allows faster HotSync operations
  • Windows and Macintosh compatible--includes desktop software for both platforms

This Palm m505 has been treated very well. It is completely restored and ready to be your new life-managing best friend. The software is available for free from Palm online and allows for games, to do lists, alarms, write on screen memo pad, address book, mail, and much more! It even has a slot for an expansion disk. So stop putting your phone through so much work and let this Palm Pilot manage your days.
The lightweight, stylish Palm m505 handheld offers 16-bit color support and is expandable and customizable. The Palm m505 has an expansion card slot for additional memory storage (up to 64 MB) and add-ons such as a dictionary/thesaurus, games, and more. The Palm m505 comes with all the classic personal information management tools you expect: Date Book, Address Book, To Do List, Memo Pad, Mail, and Clock. It has 8 MB of built-in memory, enough to store thousands of addresses, years of appointments, hundreds of to-do items, and more than 50 applications.

The expansion card slot is a dual-purpose slot that can hold two types of cards: Secure Digital and MultiMediaCard (MMC). 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 advanced LCD display delivers more than 65,000 colors for your viewing pleasure--perfect for games, photos, spreadsheets, and even video clips. Sleek and lightweight, the Palm m505 handheld has a shiny aluminum casing and is curved to fit in your hand.

The new native USB HotSync cradle allows you to quickly back up and exchange information between your handheld and your PC or Mac. The Palm m505 handheld also features new vibrating and blinking LED alarms (in addition to the standard audible alarm) to help you stay on top of your busy schedule. The Palm m505 handheld comes equipped with a rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery, which is charged using the HotSync cradle.

The Palm m505 handheld comes with Palm OS 4.0, which provides enhanced security and improved Internet connectivity. Other application features include Note Pad for writing sticky notes, Palm Mobile Connectivity for connecting to the Internet and obtaining e-mail via compatible cellular phones, and AOL for the Palm OS.

The Palm m505 handheld is PC and Macintosh compatible and requires a USB port. It comes with Palm desktop software for both PC and Macintosh. It has a one-year warranty.

What's in the box

  • Palm m505
  • Stylus
  • USB HotSync cradle
  • Rechargeable lithium ion battery
  • Palm Desktop software for Windows and Mac
  • Palm Mobile Connectivity software
  • Getting Started guide
  • Handbook

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
2Great Product If It Lasted More Than 6 Months
By Sharmin Panjvani
A copy of this letter was sent to Palm Inc.
I have owned 2 Palm handheld units in the past 3 years. The first was a IIIxe and it performed great until I dropped it 2 years later. The second unit, a M505 that I purchased May of 2001, is as of December 2001 dead. I find this to be completely unacceptable. I paid... for a second PDA instead of buying a Handspring, which was cheaper, because I trusted the Palm name and because of the positive experience I had with my first unit.
My current palm died on me after 6 months and it took an entire month to get someone to successfully assist me with the problem. The problem was that the unit just stopped hot syncing one day. There was no damage to the unit it just wouldn't sync. I tried everything and it still wouldn't work. I was not informed until today that the entire line of M505's were defective - usually there is a recall on defective products to maintain company dignity. Of course as it appears Palm has no dignity because as I have been told this has happened to numerous consumers and all of them were given refurbished rather than new replacements. As a consumer I am truly disappointed in the customer service I have received from Palm Inc. The chat support is ineffective, the email support is better but response time is ridiculously long and still does not resolve anything.
I am not happy to complain about a product that I have been unable to live without for the last 3 years, but now being forced to replace my Palm with a refurbished one, it has hit me that a PDA is only as good as the service guarantee behind it. Going forward I will not recommend Palm products to family and friends as I have been doing up until now. I do not wish this type of disservice on anyone and I definitely don't want to personally deal with it again.

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
4Power in a tiny package
By skedaddle
The m505 is probably the convergence point for Palm OS systems -- less powerful than the biggest Visors, but sporting an excellent colour display, certainly enough oomph to get the job done, and the new features of Palm OS 4. While still dreadfully anaemic when held against the comparatively gargantuan CPUs and screens of the Pocket PCs, you still get one of the fastest Palms available, a pocket handheld that really can fit in a pocket (try that with an iPaq), the elegance of the Palm OS (versus how difficult Windows CE can be to figure out and operate), excellent colour with a well-designed backlight, and USB connectivity for under $500. Works great with Windows and Macintosh alike.
The only major sour notes here are battery life and the Secure Digital card slot. Battery life, while acceptable for day to day use, demands that it charge just about every couple of days or you'll be looking at a low battery indicator faster than you think. This is somewhat inconvenient at best for road trips, and of course the worst culprit for battery drain is that unfortunately beautiful backlight. Second, the Secure Digital card is a good idea crippled by poor execution. Many applications don't know how to access their databases on the card, and some applications when transferred to the card will run dramatically slower. As a memory expansion option, it's mediocre at best: if memory is a big deal to you, look for a Palm that can utilise Compact Flash memory cards (this one carries 8 megabytes -- good but many reference works loaded on your m505 will eat this up). Fortunately, this setup does work well for ROM cards, and so the expansion slot isn't really wasted.
These complaints aside, this is an excellent value and well-worth your consideration. If you're looking for the sweet spot in handhelds between price and features, look no further.

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful.
4How you use it drives the M505's suitability
By A Customer
The biggest issue around the M505 has to be the screen. While the color intensity/brightness is no match for the Clie (for Palm platform) or the Casio E-125 (PocketPC platform) it is still the best form factor for use in a work environment where portability and minimal size is key. While the color screen is far from vivid, it is respectable. Palm has posted an application modification that will allow you to leave the backlight on whenever the unit is powered up. Even with the light on, the unit only needs charging every 3-4 days with moderate daily use. The M505 provides an acceptable color screen for 90% of the applications. The shortfall is if you opt to use the M505 for pictures or intense gaming. There it falls short and you should look to the Sony or a PocketPC. For daily use as a PDA (datebook, contact list, etc.) it's a great choice.

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