The PalmPilot Personal and PalmPilot Professional are the second generation of Palm PDA devices produced by Palm Inc (then a subsidiary of U.S. Robotics). These devices were launched on March 10, 1997.
This PDA has a plastic casing which is 4.7 x 3.1 x .7 inches and weighs 5.6 ounces. On the front of the device there is a 160x160 pixel monochrome touchscreen LCD, with a Graffiti input zone below it. Under this there is a green button for power and backlight control, four application buttons (Date Book, Address Book, To Do List, and Memo Pad) and two scroll buttons. On the left side of the device there is a contrast control, and on the top right side of the device, there is a stylus slot. On the back, there is a memory slot door, reset button, battery door (two Alkaline AAA batteries needed) and serial port (for use with the PalmPilot Cradle).
The memory is located in a memory slot under a plastic cover on the back of the PDA near the top. A 512 KB ROM chip contains the Palm OS 2.0 operating system and resident applications. The RAM is available in 512 KB, 1 MB or 2 MB sizes. The hardware limit is 12 MB of RAM and 4 MB of ROM.
The hardware is similar to the first generation of devices (the Pilot 1000/5000), but added a Backlit Screen, more RAM, an updated version of Palm OS (2.0), enhanced PIM applications, expense management software and, for the PalmPilot Professional, the new TCP/IP-based network synchronization capability. This feature allows access to computer networks and, for users of Microsoft Mail, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Outlook, or Lotus , allows them to create new messages, reply to or forward messages, and manage the contents of their desktop mailbox remotely.