Advantages Its a palm sized, fully functional computer
Disadvantages Grafitti interface can go haywire with overuse
Ahh, the joys of using your palm for pleasure...NOT THAT WAY! I'm talking about the Palm Tungsten Thandheld PDA, a fully functional, palm sized computer. I must admit, I'm a bit biased being a computer enthusiast but, on the flip side, that also means that you can trust what I'm saying as truthful and enthusiastic. With that said, on to the review.When the Tungsten T (TT) was initially released, it was heralded as the next generation of handheld devices. It has a unique sliding body which increases screen size by about ten percent. When closed, the TT is 9.5 centimeters (about 3.75 inches) in height, when open it is 11.5 cm in height (about 4.5 inches) and 1.5 cm (about .5 inch) thick. In closed position, the grafitti writing area is hidden. Very compact, though not something you want hanging in your shirt pocket behind the old pocket protector. But with the right soft case, it sits comfortably at your side, ready for action!
The TT comes with all the standard PDA software: Datebook, To Do List (now Tasks in later models), Address Book (Contacts), Notepad, Memo, Clock, etc. It still uses the original Grafitti user interface, which is a bit of a let down, because the newer Palm models have the Grafitti 2 interface and also allow direct input on the screen, so that your handwriting becomes typed letters. I've experienced handwriting recognition issues after prolonged inputting, but then again, I wrote a fantasy novel using the poor little TT, and that might be to blame. But, that's a minor negative because of all the positives the TT offers. The color screen is a fantastic hi-res 320 X 320 pixel screen, a huge leap forward from earlier models (m130, Palm VII, etc.), though not yet on a par with the SONY Clie.The software bundled with the TT is great too. You get a trial version of the fantastic Documents To Go which allows you to tranfer spreadsheets, word processing, and now, slideshow documents from you desktop to your palmtop. Documents to Go also comes with Inbox To Go, a nifty mail organizaion program that synchronizes your desktop e-mail manager with your handheld so you can read e-mail on the go. You get a trial version of the Arcsoft Photo software which allows you to view photographs on your color screen. The TT comes with Bluetooth wireless technology for those of you savvy enough to wirelessly connect your hardware with Bluetooth cards. They enable you to surf the web wirelesly, transfer files, and hotsynch wirelessly. There's even a phone dialer included for your Bluetooth enabled cell phones. WOW!
One of the main additions to the TT, though, is the inclusion of a voice memo feature that allows you to turn the TT into a digital voice recorder. The mcirophone is on the side of the unit, which poses a problem when gripping the TT because you can accidentally begin recording a new memo every time you grasp it which is a mild inconveniece. But it is a great tool for writers, because you can speak your mind wherever you are, and get it all down, word for word and play it back whenever you want.
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