You may not realize it, but Palm is struggling for its life, and many analysts don’t expect it to be in the handheld market for much longer – perhaps a few years, no more.

I think the devices running Microsoft PocketPC software are far superior to Palms – significantly better displays, and I’ve had far more luck making them work reliably with applications on a desktop computer. (Trust me – when Palms decide they don’t want to sync any more, they’re really annoying and hateful.)

But PocketPC devices have been wildly expensive. Toshiba has driven down the price recently, and Dell will be on the market later this fall with two models at $199 and $299, which might spark a freefall in prices. If you’re thinking about buying a handheld, watch the market for deals in the Christmas shopping season!

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