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  • For people with fat fingers, like me, keyboard keys, can seem fiddley, and inconvenient
  • support is very bad
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      06.07.2005 16:27
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      Easy to use, fast enough for all applications, amazing wireless internet

      I have been using the Palm Tungsten C for 6 months with exceptional performance and quality. I will convey to you, in my opinion, what I believe are the most important features of the device.

      -> Design

      To look at the Tungsten C is very sleek. To accomodate the full qwerty keyboard the screen is not the full size of the device but roughly two thirds. The screen is cystal clear and provides exceptional colour even with high definition digital photos. The device is very slim at only just over 1cm thick. There is a slot down one side to keep your included metal stylus, and the other side has a slot for the removable screen protector. At the top of the device is a SD card slot, the infa-red port and a mono (small scale) headphone/microphone aperture. To the bottom is the universal connector which is used for charging and connecting to your PC. The reverse has just the mono speaker, and two slots to allow it to be held in a special case. I personally purchased an aluminium hardcase to protect my Palm and this well worth the extra money.

      -> Hardware

      The specification for the Tungsten C speaks for itself. The 400MHz processor is more than capable of handling anything I have asked the device to do. My old laptop has a processor of this speed!! From the 64MB ram stated, you get 51MB of storage space as standard for all your applications and files

      With respect to the PC requirements almost any PC from the last 5 years, with a USB port, should have no problems connecting to the PDA. The cradle included is easy to install and get you up and running.

      -> Software

      Included is not only the Palm OS but heaps more software to get you going. Particularly useful is the Documents To Go software. This allows you to create and edit various documents whenever you want - in formats such as the Microsoft Office range (wordprocessing, spreadsheets and presentations). An Adobe acrobat converter and reader allows you a quick and easy way to take important files with you from your main PC. The basic day to day applications such as the address book, diary, and to do list are exceptionally good and incredibly easy to use. Also, to make sure you don't get bored a version of Solitaire is included. All the programs required to get online are included.

      There is much more software available than what is included when you buy your palm. With a bit of searching I found a website that listed free programs that you can download. There is so much that you can do with the palm that you will want to keep finding new programs. One program which I did buy is one that turns your Palm device into a universal remote controll using the inbuilt infa-red port. You can teach your palm how to control any device - amazing!!!

      -> Wireless Internet

      The wireless internet has been particularly useful for me. There are many hotspots available at my University so I can always keep up to date with my email, the weather, sport, or even just chatting on msn messenger. To chat on msn messenger use the web browser and log onto a web based messenging service and away you go. For the secure wireless networks out there you are prompted to input the WEP key before you can connect. The strength of the wireless receiver is limited compared with a notebook PC, however this is acceptable as the battery power is limited. I can access a wireless network on the floor above where the access point is located. I have also picked up many wireless networks when travelling on the bus from surrounding buildings. I think this is great from such a small device.

      -> Keyboard

      The keyboard is a full qwerty model and has a function key to access numbers and special characters. The buttons are small but with a small amount of practice you become accustomed to this and can type quite freely. There are a few programmable buttons for quick access to programs, and a multidirection selection button so you dont have to use the stylus at all. You can still write on the screen with the installed Graffiti package, which is quite difficult to learn, but very quick once you get the hang of it.

      -> Accessories

      Not included with the Tungsten C, but a very useful accessory is some headphones or microphone. I tested my device using my mobile phone hands free kit, and was pleasantly suprised with the quality of sound. Please note that for MP3 playback additional software is required. A case of somesort will definatly increase the lifespan of your Palm device. A lot of people reccomend using screen protectors - however in my opinion as long as you are careful and hot heavy handed, the screen is durable and capable of everyday use.

      To extend the storage the SD card expansion slot allows you to increase the capacity into the Gigabyte range. I have also seen SD cards that give you bluetooth access which adds further accessability to the device.

      -> Battery

      The battery is outstanding in the performance it delivers. Even with heavy use I on average only charge once a week. This includes using the internet on a day to day basis. If you are a more light user then I expect the battey could last a few weeks. An important feature of the battery is that it is LiON which means that you can recharge it anytime without degredation. This is great when you know you are going away for a few days and the battery is only half empty. You can plug it in and charge away to give you full capacity for your trip without needing to take the charger with you.

      -> Media

      I have used my Palm Tungsten C for MP3, picture, and video playback. MP3 requires additional sotfware, but there are many available online. Using a storage card means you can carry whole albums with you wherever you go. The video playback is amazingly good for a device so small. It is capable of full screen video and pictures giving a full media experience. I can take videos with my digital camera, transfer them to the C, and play them back for friends and family. Using additional software you can convert DVD's into small device format MPEG-4 files and store them on an SD memory card. You can then watch full films on your Tungsten C on the bus, train or in the park. The included software allows you to start a slideshow of your stored images and watch them through. The colour and quality is fantastic for both video and pictures.

      -> Conclusion

      To conclude I really love my PDA. I wanted to find a device that is top of the range, and the Tungsten C certainly is. I find it useful in so many ways. I would recommend one to anyone that needs to stay up to date, on time, free from boredom, or just likes new gadgets. The wireless internet takes the Palm Tungsten C into the next generation of handheld devices and in my opinion will become more and more useful as we expand our ever increasing technological world.

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      21.06.2004 17:11
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      The Tungston C has a 400Mhz XScale Processor which is exceptionally fast!! When this is compared to pocket pcs it makes them look very slow! The Tungston C looks the business! The case is fantastic, and is of a very high quality! I am very impressed It comes with a 1,500mAh Rechargable battery. Which means that the battery life is also exceptional! So you no longer have to stay within a few feet of a power point to use a palmtop! Apparantly it should last about 8 hours. 64MB RAM which is a huge space! meaning you can install pretty much any program you want! With the extra space you could install mp3s, or films... however you won't have much joy listening to them as there is no stereo speaker. 802.11b support. Wireless networking at 11Mbps, which although isnt the fastest wireless network i believe it is sufficiant for such a machine. There are built in applications (word etc...) meaning that you won't have to spend any more money on it (unless you require specialist software) External peripherals such as external full sized keyboard, and digital cameras. All of these features make it a very capable machine!

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        18.05.2004 06:48
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        • "For people with fat fingers
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        • can seem fiddley
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        * Initial Note * Speaking on behalf of the family, the Palm Tungsten C has just been purchased by my sister. Joanne works in Marketing for a scottish brewery, which means that it is essential for her to be organised, as well as have relatively easy access to applications where she can do her work, and even more importantly something that can be served as a good communication device. This accumulation of needs, required her to purchase something that would allow her to do her work, whilst on the move (she is always travelling). So this wee little handheld device was purchased for exactly this reason, and as I have experienced, serves her well. (-and me well, lol) So, why should you, or should you not buy the PALM Tungsten C, well, I shall explain. *Its features* WiFi ----------------------------------- WiFi for those people who dont know what it is, is a communication device that allows somebody not only to communicate with a computer but many other things. The WiFi networking (802.11b) will allow Joanne to access corporate applications, which of course, as I explained before is an essentiality with a busy, and important job. She will also be able to access her emails, which again, as I stated before is essential for the constant communication she must do with the company, and finally Internet access. So therefore, with this in built capability, you will be able to communicate with the world, anywhere in the country, at any time, and for a little cost (Check rates for GPRS - I believe they are approximately the same rate) The Display ----------------------------------------- The display on this wee device is especially superior to most of its competition. This wee babe, incorporates, a backlit 320-
        by-320 screen, with an amazing 64K color display ( supports more that 65,000 colours) It also allows a full screen input (i.e. for word processing applications or email for example) which is highly useful, as you are not reclined to a certain area, which allows writing easier, and therefore quicker and more efficiently The Keyboard ----------------------------------------------- One nifty feature of the Tungsten C, is that it has a touchpad QWERTY keyboard, which can be very useful for those initial, learning but technophobic phases (i.e. how to use the touch sensitive screen) at the bottom of the device. Its has been fine for my sister to use, as she has skinny fingers, but for a pretty large bloke like myself, pretty large fingers come with it, and therefore can be a little fiddley, and annoying when pressing two keys at the same time (seem to have the same problem with laptops too) Address and Date Books -------------------------------------------------- This is exactly what you would expect from a hand held computer. Just standard entry of dates and times to remind yourself of meetings, or things to do, as well as standard input for your different addresses. The only thing that really seperates this feature from its competition, is that it can be generally completed in a much quicker time, due to its quite vast memory and processing capabilities. Rechargeable Battery ----------------------------------------------------- One thing that is essentially annoying about not only Palm computers, but also mobile phones, is the fact that the battery runs out in 5 seconds. This is not the case with the PALM Tungsten C. The battery tends to last, with conservatively regular usage, approximately 7 hours, which is great considering the amount of processing a
        nd complex procedures that are busilly going ahead in the little thing. The battery is a 1500mh Rechargeable Lithium/Ion (dont ask me what the 1500mh means - may know a bit of techno-language, but thats going a bit far) Notification features --------------------------------------------------------- Although a smaller part of the review, the Palm Tungten C, has 3 different ways to notify you of something. It will either notify you by: *Vibration *An LED which flashes at the top of it *or, more commonly known, by Audio, or Polytone notification. I think notification devices are going a bit over board now, a bit like Aeroplane life jackets (who needs a light when your in water?) The Memory and the Processor ------------------------------------------------------------- The processor includes an in-built Intel PXA225 400Mhz , which has INtel Xscale technology. This in combination with its 64MB storage capacity, really allows you to store, and run complex applications, not only at the ease of a button, but at a lightning speed. Speed in computers are speeding up all the time, and to be honest, I am sure PALM will have faster ones very soon. But at present, this is definately one of the better equipped ones on the market. Software ------------------------------------------------------------- The software for this device, already has a wide variety, ranging from spreadhseet and word processing applications, to web browsers, email software and even gaming applications. Not only this, but you have the option to download, both free and cheap-ish, applications from the internet, meaning you can upgrade or change your applications, as your needs change. Brilliant! What it
        Requires ------------------------------------------------------------------------- This little handheld device, is also not very demanding. It needs, at a minimum: ?Pentium processor or equivalent ?50MB hard drive space ?CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive ?Microsoft Windows 98, NT 4.0 with SP6 or later, Me, 2000 Professional, or XP Home or Professional; ?and Internet Explorer 4.1 Other Final Features ----------------------------------------------------------- ? It has a mobile radio, with a headjack and a speaker on the back of the device. however I will mention that the sound is in mono format, and therefore not very good. Also, in order to use Voice recording, you will have ti puchase the headset, on top of the total cost of the palm device. ?It has a universal connection port, where you can add an additional or external keyboard for easier typing, or for example, a battery pack for extra hours. ? Expansion slot - This could be used for additional memory (however debateable whether it is needed), as well as useful things such as a travel card, or even a card module like a digital camera! ? It also has an infra-red port, allowing communication with your laptop, or even your mobile phone, with very little effort, and at the maximum speed. ? Has bluetooth capabilities, allowing sharing with a desktop or laptop (with the caapbilities) or even some mobile phones, and other palm or handheld pc devices. Ergonomics -------------------------------------------------------------- This device, is extremely light, which makes it ideal for when you are on the go. Judging from the Palm Tungsten C's specification it weighs approximately 6.3 Ounces, which really is next
        to nothing, allowing versaitle and highly mobile usage. It is also slender thin, allowing easy slipping in to pocket or briefcase, but also allows comfortable holding when in the hand. Its size dimensions are also something to be respected, with a width of 3.07 inches, a height of 4.8 inches, and skinny wee waist or depth of only 0.65 inches. It comes in a shiny, metallic almost aluminium effect finish, which makes it look especially contemporary. In the past, they used to be black, which I am especially glad they have moved away from. Final Note ------------------------------------------------------------------ Although this review has been mainly positive, I would like to draw your attention to the delicate screen. My sister has had friends, who have had the exact same model, and the screen has cracked, or broken, even without bashful or uncareful use, within a couple of months. This however has not happened with my sisters, and also believe that they have a good support network set up in the UK, and via their website. My sister, being a business consumer, has found this especially useful. Dont fork out on one, unless you are going to use their applications and communication abilities. They are designed for the corporate user, and as Joanne, and myself have realised, that this really is a good bit of kit.

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          29.12.2003 04:47

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          I have used PDAs for many years now, and have owned a Tungsten C for several months. Without a doubt, it is the best I have had so far. First of all, it has the largest memory of the range -I believe the new ones coming out have similar sized memories - at 64MB... 51MB of which is usable as RAM. It also has a very fast processor, which makes a huge difference to the enjoyment of using it... fast is good! The screen is very bright and clear and viewable in all but the brightest light. Battery life is also very good, with it lasting upto several days with normal usage. The WiFi seems to work OK. I haven't had an opportunity to try it outside, but on my home network, it was a doddle to set up and I can now receive emails and surf the www from anywhere in the house. Software is plentiful and abundant on the internet and the unit came with a couple of very good popular packages already "built-in" when I bought mine. The built-in keyboard is slightly too small for my sausage-fingers, but useful when I forget my Graffiti keystrokes! I love this PDA and it goes everywhere with me - which, of course, is what it should do!

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          26.11.2003 15:15

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          • "support is very bad"

          tungsten c - Advantages: small, built in hard keyboard, great colours - Disadvantages: difficult using wi fi, not as good as advertised, support is very bad

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      • Product Details

        For the ultimate in performance, Palm delivers its most powerful and robust handheld yet, the Palm Tungsten C handheld. Running on an ultra-fast processor, the latest Palm OS and plenty of memory, it handles your complex business files with ease.

        Need to check your email for an urgent message or quickly browse the web? Don't want the hassle and the wait of booting up your laptop? The Tungsten C handheld's built-in Wi-Fi (802.11b) technology lets you access your business and personal networks, send email and attachments and browse the Internet with blazing efficiency. You're connected anywhere you have Wi-Fi access - at your office, at home, in airports, hotels, cafes and more - with the number of access points and HotSpots continually growing.

        Plus, it features a new high-resolution 320x320 color screen, a built-in keyboard, a 5-way navigator button for one handed access to information, dual expansion capabilities and all the tools you need to stay productive.