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palmtop

or

hand-held personal computer,

lightweight, small, battery-powered, general-purpose programmable computercomputer,
device capable of performing a series of arithmetic or logical operations. A computer is distinguished from a calculating machine, such as an electronic calculator, by being able to store a computer program (so that it can repeat its operations and make logical
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. It typically had a miniaturized full-function, typewriterlike keyboard for input and a small, full color, liquid-crystal display for output. In addition to an operating system compatible with that of a desktop computer, a palmtop typically contained a word processor, a spreadsheet program, and a calendar and phone book. A variety of other programs could be loaded and executed, and data could usually be transferred to and from a desktop computer. Although some palmtops were like personal digital assistantspersonal digital assistant
(PDA), lightweight, hand-held computer designed for use as a personal organizer with communications capabilities; also called a handheld. A typical PDA has no keyboard, relying instead on special hardware and pen-based computer software to enable the
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 in that they accepted handwritten or touch screen input, they generally differed in that the palmtop had more memory, a keyboard, and a greater variety of available programs. The development of netbooks and smartphones made palmtops obsolete.
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palmtop

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(computer science)
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palmtop

(computer)
(Or "pocket computer", "Hand-held Personal Computer", H/PC) A small general-purpose, programmable, battery-powered computer cabable of handling both numbers and text (in contrast to most pocket calculators) which can be operated comfortably while held in one hand. A palmtop is usually loaded with an operating system such as Windows CE. Data can be transferred between the palmtop and a desktop PC.

A palmtop is very similar to a Personal Digital Assistant though a palmptop may have a larger keyboard and more RAM and is possibly more general purpose in concept, if not in practise.

The Psion Organiser is one of the best known examples.
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palmtop

An earlier computer small enough to hold in one hand and operate with the other. Also called a "handtop," palmtops had small keyboards or specialized keypads tailored to specific industries. General-purpose palmtops were never widely used, but they were resurrected in the form of smartphones and tablets. See subnotebook, netbook, tablet and smartphone.


A General-Purpose Palmtop
This IBM palmtop harks back to the days of Intel 486 CPUs in the early 1990s. Weighing less than a pound and a half, the CompactFlash card used for storage is shown half out of the slot. (Image courtesy of SanDisk Corporation, www.sandisk.com)
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