Product Type: Palm Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Palm Tungsten E
Member Name: jord121290
Palm Tungsten E
Date: 10/05/04, updated on 06/10/04 (1246 review reads)
Advantages: Expansion Port, Colour Screen, Loads of Applications
Disadvantages: Low battery life, Small memory
The palm Tungsten E Handheld is a great low-cost handheld, below are it's pro and cons
Screen: The colour screen is great and can handle around 64000 colours, it has great detail and the screen size is reasonably large for a handheld. The handheld can display photos and videos very well. The handheld has a backlight meaning the screen is clearly visible day and night.
Sound: The handheld has an in-built speaker with reasonable quality, it also has a standard size headphone jack. The handheld can produce CD quality sound, though headphones or speakers are required for this as the in-built speaker isn't very good for video playback.
Memory and Expansion: The handheld has 32MB of in-built RAM but including the already installed programs it is reduced to 28MB. This is quite low considering all the features of the handheld, only a few videos and photos can be stored on this low amount of memory. The advantage of the handheld though, is that it has an expansion slot for SD cards and multimedia cards. These are essential for getting the most out of the Tungsten E and are required for MP3 playback.
Graffiti 2: The Palm Graffiti 2 writing area is fantastic, I have quite styled handwriting yet Graffiti 2 still manages to understand around 90% of my handwriting, or if you don't like using the writing area you can bring up an on screen keyboard which does the job equally well. The handheld also has good instructions on how to use Graffiti 2 and getting used to the writing area.
HotSync: The HotSync software which comes with the handheld on CD ROM is suitable for both Windows and Mac and is essential for getting the most out of the Palm Tungsten E handheld, for a start it is required to install most of
the better programs to the handheld including Adobe Reader, Documents to Go, Kinoma media player, RealOne player and loads more. HotSync allows you to transfer files, photos, music, videos and more from your handheld to your PC and the other way round via a USB cable which is included with the handheld. If you don't have the equipment required to run HotSync it's pretty pointless getting a Tungsten E.
Battery: The battery life is stated as 4 days but can differ greatly depending on use. If you use it on a normal basis it should last a lot longer but if you use it to play music on a regular basis it wont last half as long.
Applications: The Tungsten E comes with a large amount of applications:
Calender allows you to store important dates and tasks which you can set reminders for.
Address Book is what it's name suggests.
Notepad allows you to use your handheld like a peice of paper, you can take notes or just draw pictures if you are bored.
Memos is simply a program for writing notes and functions very like Note Pad on Windows.
Photo viewer allows you to download most formats of picture files and display them on screen.
Expense and Handmark PDA money are both money management applications allowing you to keep track of your income and outgoings.
Calculator does as it says on the tin.
Kinoma Player allows the playback of MPEG and AVI format videos in very high quality but a expansion card is essential if you want to store lots of movies on your handheld.
RealOne Player allows you to play MP3 and Real audio files on your handheld but an expansion card is needed before this function is available.
There are a dozen more great programs included with the handheld and a
huge amount more that can be downloaded from the internet including games and design programs plus thousands more.
The Tungsten E handheld is great handheld for all types of users and for its low price you cant go wrong.
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