By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2003-10-13 Print this article Print

Tungsten T3

When eWEEK Labs reviewed the Tungsten T last year, we liked the way Palm trimmed about an inch of height by giving the T a slide-out design that hid the units graffiti input area when not in use.

Palm has improved on the Ts design with the T3 by ditching the silk-screened graffiti area and devoting that extra inch of space to an expanded display.

The T3 is about the same size as the T—when shut, the T3 measures 4.3 inches tall by 3 inches wide by 0.66 inches thick, and the unit weighs 5.5 ounces.

Tungsten T3
Palms Tungsten T3 gives handheld computer users more of what these devices most keenly lack—display size—and the T3 manages this while maintaining a small form factor. It was this new display, and the excellent way that Palm implemented it, that earned the T3 our Analysts Choice designation. Whats more, at $399, the T3 is priced attractively—$100 less than the Tungsten T that we reviewed a year ago.
  • PRO: Large display viewable in portrait and landscape modes; integrated Bluetooth radio; helpful new task bar in interface.

  • CON: VersaMail setup is confusing.

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    When slid apart, the T3 sports a screen about the same size as those that grace rival devices based on Microsoft Corp.s Pocket PC operating system, but one that boasts a resolution of 320 by 480 pixels, compared with the Pocket PCs 240-by-320-pixel display. The extra pixels make a big difference when viewing pictures and reading text—particularly for text rendered in small fonts.

    In lieu of the Palm-standard silk-screened graffiti area, the T3 has a software-based input area that can take the form of an on-screen keyboard, a traditional-look graffiti area or a new three- column pen-input space. Alternatively, we could hide the input area to use the whole length of the display for viewing data.

    We could hide and adjust the input area from a new task bar in the T3 interface that runs across the bottom of the display. The task bar also includes a clock, a launcher for the devices contact find applet and a button for configuring the units Bluetooth connections.

    Also from the task bar, we could switch the orientation of the screen between landscape and portrait modes, with settings to accommodate either right- or left-handed users.

    The T3s large, landscape-oriented display, in tandem with the Palm Web Pro browser that ships with the device, delivered the best Web-browsing experience that weve yet encountered on a pen-based handheld device.

    We connected to the Web through a Bluetooth access point in our lab. We could also use the units Bluetooth radio to connect to Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones and to synchronize the device wirelessly with a desktop or notebook computer.

    The T3 is powered by a 400MHz Intel Corp. XScale processor and ships with 64MB of RAM and an SD (Secure Digital) slot for memory and peripheral expansion.

    With heavy use of the T3s Bluetooth radio, we experienced about two days of life between charges from the units nonremovable lithium polymer battery.

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    As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. JasonÔÇÖs coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.

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