I am very very luck in how i got my TX. It was two week before the launch was due and i was looking to get a hand held computer. So i took a trip down to curry's i think it was and asked to take a look at what they had in stock. Luckily it was a young work experience chap who hadn't worked there very long, he showed my to the glass case where they were held and it immediately grabbed my eye with the blue tint and huge screen. And i asked him how much it was. And he replied "im not quite sure mate, one minute" and so he came back and told me that he didn't know because that's the only one they have in stock. I asked if i could buy this display model (blissfully unaware that it wasn't even launched yet) and the chap said yes. I got to the counter and i asked how much it would be and he replied with "err i dunno, £180?" so i gave him the money went home and looked up this amazing piece of kit. 2 weeks early and at a bargain price? Brilliant. I did of course phone curry's and they told me not to worry, which was great news. Anyway so sorry about that. To the review.
-- Looks --
The T|X looks sleek and sophisticated with an ultra slim design and blue tint to the body. The large screen is the main focal point of the T|X and it doesn't fail to impress on looks, it fits the rest of the T|X nicely. The four function buttons and the 8-way directional pad add to the sleekness by keeping with the futuristic look.
-- Functionality --
I've had mine since 2 weeks before its launch and its still going strong. Also unlike nearly anything else on the market today this can play songs in full 320 Kbps. And also play quite high quality movies with very little quality loss. The built in Wi-Fi makes this great for checking emails even while out and about, it also means that with a touch of a button you can open up addit, addit is an app store with hundreds of apps available to download. The bluetooth connectivity is also great for transferring files to and from any device with a connection. I must say though that useual Palm to mobile phone transfers are sometimes slow and can take a long time just to transfer 1MB.
-- Price --
well £200? That is a fantastic deal. I dont think that you could find any other Mobile device this good for that. I have owned this AND an iphone and even though i cant make direct calls from this, i still use this over the iphone.
-- The battery --
Well, even after all this time i can still get at least 5-6 hours out of this. If you are just listening to music you can expect 4+ hours movies 3:30+ hours. no activity 7+ hours. I have noticed though that the T|X does become Hot while charging and you would have to be careful not to charge it for too long
-- Conclusion --
Its a fantastic machine, i am dearly hoping that they release a T|X v2 so that i can upgrade. But please, if you are looking for a stylish , modern and fast hand held PC take a look at the T|X
(i realize that that was probably a lot to read but thank you so much )
I bought my Palm Tx 18 months ago now and have got great use out of it. First things first: this is not a device to buy if you are not tech-savvy as you need to do a lot of hacking away at it in order to get the most from it.
The unit itself is beautifully constructed, with a gunmetal blue finish to its thin casing. The screen is bright and easy to read. To be honest it has now had its day technology-wise as most new-to-market machines will have more processing power, integrated GPS etc.
Having said that this unit is well-specced for the price with integrated wi-fi, bluetooth, SD card reader (not high-capacity HDSD, so 2 GB maximum) and IR communications capability.
The main problems with it are the faulty screen digitizer. This is a known problem that has resulted in many returns in the Palm community- after prolonged usage the digitizer that registers your pen movements on the screen begins to transmit false signals to the machine- which is very annoying as area of the screen become 'dead' to your stylus.
There is an incredible amount of software available for these machines- I am a medical student and use it all day on the wards to look things up, check obscure words in dictionaries, browse email, use the bluetooth to my gps receiver and run TomTom to navigate around...
Because technology has moved on (the operating system on the Palm is now 5 years old), these units can be picked up very cheaply on ebay. If you need lots of information at your fingertips on a machine that can run films, music, internet and all manner of other utilities- this is for you.
The Palm TX has been around for a while now and so you may find it a little odd that I'm writing a review of it.
More odd is the fact that the TX is still sold new, years after it first came out.
The reason? As a PDA, it has yet to be surpassed.
Not only is it extremely easy to use and connects to open wifi hotspots with ease, it also has a massive collection of free software available online - from games to productivity, from connectivity to health and wellbeing. It comes bundled with an excellent browser (Blazer) but you can also run Opera and some other browsers on it too. The email software is also more than adequate.
It is also a top multimedia player and when used in conjunction with the right software, can happily display streaming tv and, if you connect it up to a stereo, makes a handy internet radio.
If you are using it as a souped-up iPod replacement, you can upgrade the storage using any SD card (and they are stupidly cheap at the moment) so you should never run out of space for your music and video collection.
It runs on Palm's excellent Garnet operating system - and you're unlikely to find a more stable operating system on a pda (other than the version of Mac OSX that Apple uses on the iPhone).
Battery life is also excellent. Actually, I cannot remember it ever having run out of battery while I've been using it. It seems to be able to carry on for hours on end without blinking.
There's not really much you can say against the TX in the pda stakes. To put it bluntly, how many other items of consumer electronics that were launched in 2005 can you (a) still buy today and (b) can still hold their own against the competition? None!
I've owned a Palm Pilot since they first came out back in the "90's and I am happy to say I've been enjoying the degree of progress they have made over the many years. I carry my TX with me everywhere I go. It has been a constant companion that I cherish. Years ago my sales manger ask me...to look at the sales floor at (Merisel USA) and tell him what I saw. I gave a standard surface answer (lame). He said what you see is young minds with unlimited memory potencial... & us older folks need to use everything possible to keep up & assist our memory. He showed my his Palm Pilot - explained & demonstrated it to me. Then I knew I had to have one. After I got mine I then became one of the top producers at the company for many months. It has been my office on the go for a thousand & one business & personal uses which equates to constant money in my endeavors.
The PDA's out in the world in general have great features, but I still have my first Palm (in good working condition) & I have my newest one, the Palm T/X (I still own 5 of the oldies). It may have a few imperfections (it will freeze every blue moon) though they are few. I recommend this PDA to any on the market (& yes I have tried them ALL). Though for durability & longevity the Palm puts out a great product. (& if you do have a problem - they are not far away) The downloads for this product are plentiful & well tested. Have no fear - the Palm is here - to stay...