The Palm PDA is largely recognized as the original modern PDA. The Palm “Pilot” was a huge success, so much so that the term “palm pilot” is often used as a generic term for a personal digital assistant. While these devices were very rudimentary by today’s standards, they set the tone for PDA’s to come.
The next few generations of Palm PDA began to incorporate a number of features such as backlighting and an infra-red port for exchanging information wirelessly. In addition, internal batteries began to replace replaceable batteries as the power source of choice.
The Palm PDA has remained one of the most popular handheld devices since its introduction in 1996. However, advances in phone technology have created a whole new generation of cellular phones that can double as a PDA. These phones are slowly beginning to replace the old-style PDA as a result.