Handheld computing pioneer palmOne has introduced two new color handhelds targeted to education customers: the entry-level Zire 31 for $149 and the more fully loaded Zire 72 for $299.

The Zire 31, designed with students in mind, features a low-resolution color display (160 x 160 pixels), 16 MB of memory, an expansion slot, and MP3 functionality. “The Zire 31 handheld is the first color, full-featured handheld introduced at less than $150,” said Ken Wirt, palmOne senior vice president and general manager of the company’s Handheld Business Unit.

The Zire 72 has a 320 x 320 color display, a 1.2 megapixel digital camera with video/audio capture capability, 32 MB of memory, and Bluetooth wireless technology. The Zire 72 allows users to create and edit Microsoft Word- and Excel-compatible files, as well as synchronize with Microsoft Outlook. It also features a voice memo recorder for impromptu note taking.

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