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Ok - first I should confess that I recently sold my Palm Tungsten T and got myself an iPhone. And to be perfectly honest I have not regretted the switch. I wonn't go on about it here (see my iPhone review instead), but as PDAs go the iPhone tops the bunch!
Anyway, if you don't want a device with telephonic abilities then this is not a bad option.
The screen is very bright, and colours are rich. The case is brushed metal (either aluminium or steel) and the design is compact.
The Top half slides up to reveal a stylus writing box. The stylus itself is a clever telescopic number which slots neatly into a magnetic hole in the top.
The basic functions (e.g. address book, calculator, memo pad etc.) work very well. However the main problem with it is that there aren't that many good programs you can install on it, and the ones that are useful are not free!
I bought a Palm T series and after a year it developed a screen fault called screen drift. This means that in order to tap on an icon to activate a program I have to tap about 2cm below it. That means when the slider is shut I loose the use of the bottom row of icons on the screen. A hard reset will not fix it and Palm refuses to acknowledge the fault.
The software bundle comes with it is poor. Sure there is a lot that comes with it but Documents to Go syncs very badly with Office applications and is slow and clumsy.
Real Player for Palm is extremely basic and lacks many essential features.
The Palm Desktop software is quite good but lacks the finesse of Windows based products and there are problems with sync-ing with the computer from time to time.
The PDA has bad battery life too. The thing runs out of puff after about an hours use and then you have to recharge it. The charger doesn't even switch itself off when the charging is complete and goes on charging indefinitly - thus reducing the life of the battery.
The Palm T series lacks teh functionality of Windows based devices and does not synch well with Windows products. Its slow, the battery life is poor and build quality is suspect. A disappointment at £200.
The Palmer tungsten T. is a fantastic little handheld computer. A few years ago I owned a compact IPAQ, but I found it slow, expensive and not very reliable. Recently, I began looking for a new handheld computer, and found the palm. It is very small light sleek and well built. The main thing I like about this product, is its size. Most of the other handheld computers that I've looked at in the shops are far too big, and I couldn't see myself carrying it around. However, with the palm it is much different. Palms have always been not as fast and not as powerful as the pocket PC equivalents. However, with the tungsten Palm have now brought out a fully featured handheld. You can check your e-mails on it (with a Bluetooth enabled phone), play music, view images, watch videos, and edit office documents. In fact it does everything you want it to, and is small enough to actually carry around. I have been using this for about nine months and I could not see how it could be better. Recently, palm has brought out new versions of the tungsten, with more features. However this means that the tungsten T. is available for a very low price. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a handheld computer
Years ago I bought myself a Palm IIIc (in fact, I've reviewed that before and gotten myself a crown for it too!) and believed that I was holding the most advanced piece of miniature technology worldwide right in the palm of my hand! At the time, I was right - the Palm IIIc was stupdenous. Apart from the 8 megabytes of RAM and all the other features, it had a COLOUR SCREEN! - the first of it's kind. Things would never be the same again, or so I thought. The years passed, and my IIIc began to look a little bigger than some of the newer PDAs coming on the market. Eventually, it began to even look a bit dusty, and although it never failed me, I began to forsake it. It began with not entering things on my "To do" list, which resulting in me forgetting when to buy more milk or get the car serviced. Next, I stopped entering my working hours into the datebook, so I wasn't claiming for as much overtime as before. I don't really know what triggered it all, maybe (I am pained to say it) the IIIc just wasn't sexy enough anymore. The spark had left the relationship, and I was left with the boredom of familiarity. All that changed when I first saw the Palm Tungsten T. Now, I never used to believe in love at first sight, but on first glance of this sleek and sexy piece of tech, I started breathing faster, my pulse started singing in my ears and I felt a bit dizzy! I immediately bought one, and now I get all my overtime paid properly, and my car has never been more fuel efficient! What do you get with this 'thing'? Well, for a start the colour screen is absolutely amazing. It's brighter than the IIIc and the resolution is enormous. Photo-realistic imaging in the palm (sorry!) of your hand is now a reality. All the usual features are there such as datebook, and to-do list but in addition it has one of the cleverest programs around called "Documents to go". This nifty little thing lets you vie
w AND edit Word files, Powerpoint files and Excel files while sitting on the train or when stuck in traffic! Your documents can be easily synced with your desktop. This is far better than on most PDAs which only allow you to view these types of documents. Battery lifetime is not quite as good as the IIIc, especially since I use it to play music an awful lot. Music?! Yes, music! You can download MP3 players for free from the internet, and transfer your favourite tunes onto a memory card (sold seperately). They can be listened to via headphones (saves lots of power!) or via the internal speaker (drinks battery juice!) and the sound quality is most excellent. I do have a few gripes about this little qonder though. For a start, the maximum volume on the headphones simply isn't loud enough. Most traffic noise will actually get above the volume, unless you are wearing the deepest in-ear headphones that money can buy (I own them and they're still not good enough). When playing music, the FULL battery time is under two hours, which is quite disappointing. Also, the unit comes supplied with a plastic scratch cover, which is very unsightly and quite frankly annoying! Mind you, with pockets like mine it's the only way to stop getting marks all over the entire front of it. SO is it worth it? Well, I think so. It's MUCH smaller than most of the Pocket PC range. Ok, it doesn't have a camera on it, but seperate digital cameras are much better and have more facilities anyway, so why would you bother getting an inferior combo model (view mobile phone cameras, for example)? Of course, it features the Palm OS (operating system) which is very easy to use and almost never crashes, unlike Pocket PCs, which tend to crash as much as their desktop cousins. For me, this little cutie has helped me organise and keep track of my entire life. Literally, everything goes onto this, my shopping lists, work-related to-do stuff, MP3s I want t
o download, things to watch on TV, a record of my working hours, and articles that I don't have time to read at home that I can read on the bus/train/toilet instead. Not to mention the e-books I've been reading, photos I've been viewing, calculations I've been working out, etc etc etc etc So for anyone not sure about whether or not to buy the Palm Tungsten T, here's my final bit of advice - BUY IT!!
Palm?s Tungsten is the latest technology and it combines good looks with lots of features. Palm is really showing off about its new slider which opens and closes to show the graffiti area. Palms are now so much more than personal organisers and they have progressed a lot in the last 2-3 years. The software bundle that comes with it is good and the tungsten can support mp3 playback. The screen is very clear and colourful and it even incorporates bluetooth. Altogether a decent package.