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Palm Tungsten T

Introducing the Palm Tungsten T handheld - made for the way a handheld is used. It's Palm's most compact device ever. But don't be fooled by the size....

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Review of "Palm Tungsten T"

published 19/12/2002 | thijsj
Member since : 17/10/2002
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Pro small, fast, sexy, best palm ever
Cons relatively high price
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Look & Feel
Memory / capacity
Comfort & Portability
Robustness & Durability

"Palm Tungsten vs Ipaq, sayonara Ipaq"

I never thought I would make the case for a palm handheld from 3com. I used to be a dedicated Ipaq fan but got increasingly disappointed with it. So I decided to take a bold step and try out the new Palm Tungsten. In one word: AMAZING! I will compare, wherever possible the Tungsten with the Ipaq. Note that I am comparing the new Tungsten with my previously owned Ipaq 3850.

For exact specifications of both PDA's I refer you to the and

Look and feel
I always found the Ipaq sexy, but it is still a bit bulky. The Palm is not much lighter (6.2 oz vs 5.6 oz for the palm), but much smaller (length 4'' vs 5'' for the Ipaq). This is due to the fact that the bottom slides open to reveal the grafiti writing area. The garfite colored aluminium casing feels much more sturdy than the aluminium looking, though plastic (!) casing of the Ipaq. I think overall the Ipaq used to be the sexiest PDA around, but the Tungsten has certainly taken that no.1 spot. I think the Tungsten also has a much more professional look. It lies very good in your palm and the stylus comfortably expands to reveal a pen sized stylus. Very easy to handle. The only minus is the plastic protection cover, which is quite handy but scrathes easily.

Much faster than the Ipaq! I think this is also due to the simpler operating system. You can switch applications with lightning speed without keeping previous applications in RAM. This is not the case with pocket PC software, where once opened applications keep running in the background. This means that once in a while you will have to reset the Ipaq to clear its memory completely. Very annoying. The Ipaq can sometimes slow down to a crawl.

The memory of the Palm is obviously much less than of the Ipaq (16mb vs 64mb!). However you don't need more given the different operating systems. Actually 16mb for a palm is relatively much more than 64mb for the Ipaq. Palm applications are so small that 16mb is more than enough. Moreover, both the palm and Ipaq have SSD/MMC expansion slots, so the storage possibilities are infinite

I find the clor and brightness of the palm much nicer than of the Ipaq, although there is not much difference. However, if you view pictures on the palm, I found those to be much clearer than on the Ipaq.

I still think there are more software applications for the palm than for the ipaq, although pocket pc software is catching up fast. Applications for pocktepc are sexier, ie better graphics, more functionality etc. The palm applications are simpler but that is perhaps also the beauty of it.

Both the Ipaq and Palm have similar functionalities. The Tungsten has bluetooth connectivity, but all the newest Ipaqs have that as well. The only thing missing from the palm at this stage is MP3 functionality but apparently this is being developed by real networks and made available for free on the palm website.

hand writing recognition
This was actually my biggest surprise of all. I dreaded the fact that I had to go back to learning palm grafiti which is not that close to my actual handwriting. However, enetering in grafity proved to be significantly faster and more accurate than the so-called real handwriting software of the pocket pc. I became much more productive writing into my PDA

This was my biggest fear. To switch from a pockte pc platform to a palm platform. At home (windows XP) these fears seemed warranted. It took me a while to get the system completely clean and hotsync the palm without trouble. But with fast and excellent e-mail support by Palm (3 months free after purchase) the problem was solved within a day. At the office (Windows NT) it was not a problem at all. I think installing new applications on the palm is much more intuitive than on the pocket pc

The Tungsten is pretty expensive but not much more than the Ipaq. I think it is great value for money, but if you can wait, do so, as the price will certainly drop after X-mas.

I realise that this review is far from exhaustive, but the purpose was to give you my feel of my surprise with the superiority of the Palm compared to the Ipaq.

Conclusion, buy the Palm Tungsten, sell your Ipaq on Ebay!!!

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  • runonthespot published 28/07/2003
    I agree. A Very Sexy piece of kit. Only thing I can think of that I want more is the Tungsten C, or perhaps the Tungsten T2... Beats the pants of the Ipaq at any rate!
  • Briz_Hatchings published 08/05/2003
    A very useful comparison. No need to worry about the length. Although more informative, long ops get really tedious. Conciseness is the key.
  • ponty published 30/12/2002
    Nice to see someone defecting from PocketPC to Palm :) Lovely comparative op, I'll post my own (comparative to existing Palms) when I've had it long enough to discover any bad features :)
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Product Information : Palm Tungsten T

Manufacturer's product description

Introducing the Palm Tungsten T handheld - made for the way a handheld is used. It's Palm's most compact device ever. But don't be fooled by the size. Inside, the Texas Instruments OMAP1510 processor (an enhanced ARM-based processor) gives you the performance you need to organize your work and your life. Stay productive when you're on the go with access to your essential Word, Excel and PowerPoint-compatible files. The Tungsten T handheld's new operating system, Palm OS 5, is optimized for a wide range of multimedia and wireless capabilities. Built-in Bluetooth technology allows you to access email and connect to the Internet with the use of a compatible mobile phone. On top of all this, the Tungsten T handheld has a color screen, a built-in voice recorder, a 5-way navigator button for one-hand operation, plus dual expansion for adding functionality so your Tungsten T handheld grows with you.

Product Details

Product Description: Palm Tungsten T - handheld - Palm OS 5.0

Product Type: Handheld

Operating System: Palm OS 5.0

Display: Colour - 320 x 320, Colour TFT - 320 x 320

Processor: Texas Instruments OMAP1510

Processor Clock Speed: 144 MHz, 175 MHz

RAM: 16 MB

Supported Flash Memory Cards: SD Memory Card

Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth

Battery Run Time: Up to 7 day(s)

Dimensions (WxDxH): 7.6 cm x 1.5 cm x 10.2 cm

Weight: 159 g

Pricing Type: Refurbished

Localisation: United States, English / United States

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty


MPN: P80850ML3, P80850MLS, TUNGSTENT, P80850APN, P80850US-REF, P80850ML3-VEO, P80850US

Product Type: Handheld

Operating System: Palm OS 5.0


Type: Colour ( reflective ), Colour TFT ( reflective )

Resolution: 320 x 320

Colour Depth: 16-bit (64k colours)


Processor: Texas Instruments OMAP1510

Processor Clock Speed: 144 MHz, 175 MHz



ROM: 4 MB - Flash

Supported Flash Memory Cards: SD Memory Card


Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth


Audio: Microphone , speaker

Input Device

Type: Touch-screen, 5-way navigation button


Preloaded Software: Address Book, Date Book, To Do List, Memo Pad, Note Pad, Calculator, Palm Reader, Expense, Security, World clock, Voice Memo Recording, powerOne Personal, Card Info, Palm VersaMail 2.0, Adobe Acrobat Reader for Palm OS, DataViz Documents To Go 5.0 Professional Edition, Palm Desktop Software 4.1, Chapura PocketMirror 3.1, Copytalk, BlueBoard, BlueChat, Handmark Monopoly (Trial), Handmark MobileDB, Handmark SCRABBLE (Trial), Palm WAP Browser, Palm Web Browser Pro, Phone Link Update, ArcSoft PhotoBase for Palm OS

System Requirements for PC Connection

OS Required: Microsoft Windows 95/98, Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Apple MacOS 9.0 or later, Microsoft Windows XP, Apple MacOS X 10.1.2 or later

System Requirements Details: Windows 95 OSR 2 - Pentium - HDD 50 MB ¦ Windows 98SE/2000 Pro/ME/XP Home/XP Pro - Pentium - HDD 50 MB ¦ Windows NT 4.0 SP6 or later - Pentium - HDD 50 MB ¦ MacOS 9.x - PowerPC - HDD 25 MB ¦ MacOS X 10.1.2 or later - PowerPC - HDD 25 MB

Min Hard Drive Space: 50 MB

Expansion and Connectivity

Expansion Slots: 1 x SD Memory Card

Interfaces: 1 x headphones ¦ 1 x USB

Connectivity Devices: Docking cradle, Docking cradle & battery charger


Technology: Lithium polymer

Run Time: Up to 7 day(s)


Included Accessories: Power adapter , protective cover, stylus

Pricing Type: Refurbished

Localisation: United States, English / United States

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 7.6 cm

Depth: 1.5 cm

Height: 10.2 cm

Weight: 159 g


Voltage Required: ( 60 Hz ), AC 120 V ( 60 Hz )

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year


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