By default the unit backs up apps and templates every single time you hotsync. That makes the sync take about 15 to 25 seconds.
You have to disable that backup by clicking on the hotsync and select custom.
Change the last 4 options to “do nothing” and make sure you check off the default box. If you do not do that, it will not save the setting.
PS Do this after you load the application on the Palm unit only.