Palm Computing Has A Rocket In Its Pocket

It can't produce Pilot, its $299 PDA, fast enough

In a back-row cubicle at Palm Computing's offices in Los Altos, Calif., sits a pile of calculators on hormones known as "personal digital assistants." Virtually all have been disappointments; most, downright flops. Palm employees dismiss them as "tweeners"--too large to carry easily, too small to be really useful. Some have keyboards a child's fingers would barely fit. Most are loaded with features that make them heavy, slow, and complicated to use. As he hoists one 19-ounce PDA, Apple Computer Inc.'s Newton, Palm marketing chief Edward Colligan ponders: "Fax from the beach? Who'd want to?"

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