Palm, Inc.’s official web store no longer lists the LifeDrive Mobile Manager for sale, a strong sign this device has been discontinued.
Update: On Palm’s Handheld Comparison Chart, the LifeDrive is clearly labeled "end of life".
No More Mobile Managers
In many places on the company’s web site the "Mobile Manager" category of products has been removed. Palm always argued that the LifeDrive was more than just a handheld, it was the first of a new class of products, which it called Mobile Managers.
However, the LifeDrive was the only device this company ever released in this category. As this model has now been discontinued, there’s no longer a need for the category to be listed.
Although no longer available directly from Palm, numerous web stores are still offering the LifeDrive (a list of stores can be found here).
A Brief History
The LifeDrive debuted in the spring of 2005. At the time, it was a cutting edge device, especially because of its built-in 4 GB hard drive. It was also one of Palm’s first products with Wi-Fi.
However, the device was controversial from the beginning. Because a spinning hard drive in inherently slower than standard Flash memory, there was often a delay when launching applications. Complaints about the so-called "lag" continue to dog this device.
Last summer, Palm was forced to stop offering the LifeDrive in Europe because it did not conform to the European Union’s new Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) rules.
Many were expecting Palm to introduce an updated version of the LifeDrive last fall, but this didn’t happen.
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Via Palm Infocenter