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


Tungsten E

With a slim, chrome-look chassis, the Tungsten E resembles Palms classic V series of devices and measures 4.5 inches tall by 3.1 inches wide by 0.5 inches thick; it weighs 4.6 ounces. The Tungsten Es most compelling feature is its very bright and readable 320-by-320-pixel display, which makes this device a great fit for reading documents on the go.

Both the Tungsten E and T3 ship with a copy of DataViz Inc.s Documents To Go, which enables users to read and edit Microsoft Word and Excel documents in their native formats.

In previous tests of this software, weve found that Documents To Go does a better job with these Microsoft-formatted files than the Pocket Word and Excel applications that ship with Pocket PC devices.

We found the Tungsten E, which is powered by a 126MHz Texas Instruments Inc. OMAP311 processor, to be a snappy performer, and the units 32MB of RAM offers plenty of space for storing files on the device.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Tungsten E
Palms Tungsten E has a beautiful 320-by-320-pixel display, plenty of RAM and a slim form factor. Lacking Bluetooth or 802.11b support, this units range of usefulness is narrower than that of the T3, but at a cost of $199, the Tungsten E can well afford to serve only as a place for reading and referring to data synchronized from a desktop machine.
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
USABILITY EXCELLENT
CAPABILITY GOOD
PERFORMANCE GOOD
INTEROPERABILITY GOOD
MANAGEABILITY GOOD
SCALABILITY GOOD
SECURITY GOOD
  • PRO: Bright, high-resolution display; low cost; good software bundle.

  • CON: No wireless connectivity; lacks the T3s handy task bar.
  • EVALUATION SHORT LIST
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    As with the T3, the Tungsten E includes an SD slot for memory and peripheral expansion. The units SD slot offers the potential for wireless expansion, but the 802.11b and Bluetooth SD cards of which were aware—from Socket Communications Inc.—support only Pocket PC devices. Whats more, Palms own Bluetooth SD card does not support Palm OS 5-based devices.

    The Tungsten E includes an internal lithium-ion battery that, according to Palm officials, should deliver about a week of use between charges.

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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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