October 28 2002 - Palm
today announced the release of Tungsten T, the long awaited Palm
device running the new OS 5. And from the information posted at
Palm's site (we are anxiously awaiting the delivery of own Tungsten)
this new offering from Palm appears to hold a lot of promise.
The Tungsten T is the most compact Palm OS device ever. The sliding
front panel on the Tungsten T is the most immediately noticeable
innovation. A sliding panel covers the Graffiti area when closed
and slides down revealing a standard, silk-screened Graffiti area.
Weighing in at only 5.6 oz and with the closed dimensions of just
4" x 3" x 0.6" (with the "slider" open
it's about the same length and width as a typical Palm device)
it's clearly designed for the mobile professional demanding high
performance in a truly portable size.
One Handed Navigation
Much of the time the user can leave the slider closed,
and using Tungsten's 5-way Navigator button, one-handed data retrieval
is a breeze. The new one-handed 5-way navigator activates up,
down, left and right, and select. With the navigator, users can
easily launch applications and view information. This should make
accessing your favorite drug reference, while on the move a snap.
Additionally the one-touch voice recording feature lets users
easily capture and record voice memos, and later email them from
their desktop computers.
High Resolution Screen
Palm has given the Tungsten T a high resolution
320x320 color screen (Palm's sharpest screen to date) which supports
65,000+ colors. Great news for the "aging eyes" of many
a healthcare professional.
The OS and Processor
This is the first Palm handheld that runs the Palm
OS 5 and utilizes Texas Instruments' OMAP1510 processor, (144
MHz). Palm says; "Users can now enjoy faster interaction
with data-intensive documents, and use Palm's new updated fonts
for better viewing."
Memory and Expansion
The Palm Tungsten T handheld comes with Palm's dual-expansion
technology, which includes the Palm Expansion Slot for SD Cards,
SDIO and MultiMediaCard. Onboard memory is 16 MB SDRAM (14MB usable
Rechargeable Lithium-Polymer: Palm's spec. sheet
projects a one week life span for a fully charged battery under
"normal use". It's worthy to note at this time that
this is only 1/2 of the projected life span of two weeks for the
fully charged HP iPAQ H3870! Hmmm --- what's up with that?
Built-in Bluetooth gives Palm Tungsten T handheld
users the freedom to wirelessly access email and the Internet
via compatible Bluetooth-enabled phones (sold separately and for
additional costs). Palm Tungsten T handhelds also can communicate
with other Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as printers, PCs or
other handhelds. The Palm Tungsten T handheld includes a suite
of phone drivers for the most popular Bluetooth phones on the
market, so wirelessly connecting to a Bluetooth-enabled phone
now becomes much easier than before.
The Palm Tungsten T handheld comes bundled with
19 productivity, communication and entertainment applications.
A complete list and description of applications is available here.
The Tungsten T retails for $499.00 (USD)