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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 27/02/2004 | BournemouthLad
Member since : 10/12/2003
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Pro Compact, excellent screen, fast processor, availability of software
Cons Easy to turn on by accident if you don't use the cover
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"Get yourself organised!!"

Palm in its cradle

Palm in its cradle

I have used Palm handhelds for many years now starting off with the Palm Pilot Personal and moving up through the Vx, finally buying a Tungsten T about a year ago. I remember when I bought my first one that everyone was telling me I would never use it… how wrong could they be!

The Tungsten T was a great improvement on my previous models for several reasons…

• Totally new processor making it much faster in operation
• Higher resolution screen with better light and also COLOUR!
• Card slot to take standard SD memory cards
• Bluetooth compatible (more of that later)
• USB connection to the computer making it faster to update.
• Rechargeable battery

Given that I would want to know as much as possible before spending this kind of money, this is a pretty lengthy review – but, I hope it contains the right amount of information for a buyer to make an educated decision…

So, I’ll start by listing some of its key features for the technically minded:

• 16 bit 320x320 resolution screen with front lights
• Texas Instruments OMAP 1510 - 144 MHz ARM processor
• 10.2 x 7.5 x 1.5 cm, weight 157grams
• 16Mb RAM
• SD Card slot
• Microphone
• Speaker and 3.5mm headphone jack
• Bluetooth and Infrared


• Palm Handheld
• USB Hotsync Cradle (inc battery charger)
• Clear plastic clip on cover
• Software CD and Manual
• Stylus

The beauty of this type of handheld is that you can place it in the cradle, press the “hotsync” button and any changes that have been made on your desktop PC or on the handheld are synchronised to keep both records up to date.


• Date Book, Address Book, To-Do List, Memo Pad, Note Pad – these synchronise with Outlook or Outlook Express on your PC or with the included Palm Desktop program.
• Clock, Calculator, World Clock, Expense, Voice Memo
• Documents to Go – to synchronise Word and Excel files
• ArcSoft Photobase - view photos in high-resolution colour – nice to have a photo of a loved-one on your Palm!
• VersaMail - synchronise with multiple email accounts wirelessly using Bluetooth and a compatible phone or with your computer via HotSync cradle
• Web Browser and WAP browser – for use with a compatible mobile phone
• SMS – text message software for use with Bluetooth mobile phone


This varies with how you are going to use your Palm and the programs you are going to synchronise it with. Full instructions are given in the manual and it is really just a case of plugging in the cradle, charging up the Palm and then running the software CD. This guides you through the installation process in easy stages.


Programs are accessed by pressing one of the four shortcut buttons on the front of the unit or by tapping icons on the screen using the stylus provided. Navigation within programs can be performed with the 5-way navigator button or using the stylus to tap scroll bars on screen.

You have the option of tapping an onscreen “keyboard” with the stylus to enter text or you can use the Graffiti handwriting recognition. The latter is, for me, much quicker and easier – but it does take some learning!

The bottom section of the Palm slides down to reveal an area of the screen on which you can write letters, numbers and punctuation marks. Many letters are the same as normal… for example to enter ‘b’, ‘c’, or ‘d’ you would just write the capital version of the letter on the screen. Some letters are simplified… for example an ‘a’ is entered by writing a capital ‘A’ but without the cross stroke. It does take a little getting used to, but there is a card to show the letters and also a game to play to get you used to it! Once mastered, I find I can write at almost normal speed with few errors. I have added a diagram of the Graffiti text at the foot of the review to give you a better idea.

The included software, which I “sync” daily to Outlook does everything you could want it to. Basically, think simplified Outlook functions and you won’t be far wrong. Calendar, to-do lists, notes and email are all updated when you sync with your computer.

Documents to Go gives you the facility to create and edit Word and Excel documents with full formatting on the Palm and then copy to your PC.


This is a relatively new technology which enables you to connect various devices wirelessly together. In this case, you can send files to other Palm handhelds (which can include games like Scrabble and Monopoly) and also connect to the internet via a compatible mobile phone. This enables you to collect emails or browse web sites. Because of the size of the screen web browsing is limited and complex site features will not work. You can also use Bluetooth to send and receive SMS via your phone, although the software provided is not 100% effective and I have had some blank messages sent in error. Also the software does not give the sender’s name – just the number.


One very good feature of the Palm platform is that there is so much software out there. The programs are, by their nature, small files and can be downloaded quickly from the web. There are a good number of sites available from which you can do this and you will find everything from free programs to ones which you can pay up to about £50 for. There are also loads of newsgroups and online communities for Palm users.


My Palm is used all the time for both work and personal use. I have outlined here the use I get out of my Palm and some of my experiences.

I have a 128Mb SD card which boosts the memory considerably although access from the card is slower than the built in memory.

• To Do List – this is brilliant for someone like me who KNOWS he has a bad memory! I can create recurring “to do” items for jobs I need to do weekly or monthly and also create to do items for the future so I don’t forget project deadlines etc. The software can be set to only show items you need to do that day.
• Date Book – (or calendar to everyone else) – great to have this up to date and accessible. Reminders can be set for birthdays etc
• E-mail – I use this in conjunction with my Nokia 6310i. You can either use your mobile operators dial up data service, where you pay by the minute (typically 6p-10p) or via GPRS which is a faster connection and for which you pay by the amount of data sent and received. I use this if I am away from home to pick up my email. The downside to this is that it is easy to COLLECT email from any service provider but sending can be tricky to set up as most Internet Service Providers say that you have to be dialled into their service in order to SEND email.
• Web Browsing – again with the connection via mobile phone – useful for travel directions, weather etc – but can display sites in a weird way – better with sites developed specifically for viewing on handheld devices – the BBC for example has pages specifically for this.
• Listening to music – by downloading a suitable player (I use Aeroplayer which cost about £10) you can play MP3 files. The sound quality is pretty good for a tiny speaker… certainly not hi-fi but passable! (improved by downloading the sound update from Palm web site).
• Playing games – whilst I’m not a real games player, I have versions of Scrabble and Monopoly that can be played via infrared with another Palm owner – great for passing the time on long journeys with my partner! I also have versions of card games like solitaire and spider solitaire. There are lots of other games available to download.


I would recommend the Palm Tungsten T to anyone. There are newer versions available now with larger screens, more memory and newer software. This means that the Tungsten T is available at much better prices and, I feel, gives a good balance between cost and effectiveness.

It is great for keeping yourself organised and having facts at your fingertips which may otherwise be stuck on your computer. The screen is clear with good colour – you will find that you will probably use it with the light on all the time – even doing this battery life is good. It fits easily into a jacket pocket and the build feels pretty robust being manufactured in aluminium. Be careful to use the plastic cover supplied, or invest in another hard case, as it is easy to accidentally turn on the Palm if it is in a pocket with the buttons uncovered.

You can find more information at the following sites: - manufacturer’s site - Palm owner’s views 21,000 programs for Palm! – Information to download to your Palm - online version of the handbook

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Comments on this review

  • richardsonjones published 08/04/2004
    I have a palm zire which is now outrageously outdated and basic, so I'm thinking of upgrading. This is a great review, you may have just swung my decision......!
  • Lancashire_Angel published 08/04/2004
    I would love one of these but it would probably be a bit extravagant for me as I don't actually need one. Sharron xxx
  • stuleg published 03/04/2004
    Sounds good although I`ve set my sights on an XDA2. Stuart
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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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