Palms T2 Terminates the Original Tungsten

By Bruce Brown  |  Posted 2003-07-29 Print this article Print

Unlike the movies, this follow-on is better in almost every way.

In true summer sequel fashion, Palm has replaced the original Tungsten/T—its mainstay PDA for professionals—with the new Palm Tungsten/T2 ($400 street). Unlike as in Hollywood, however, this follow-on is better in almost every way.

For starters, the T2 has double the memory (32MB) of the T. The increased memory pays off quickly. Even after loading all the applications that came on the supplemental software CD, our test unit still had more than 22MB of available storage space.

Palm has also upgraded to a new transflective display. The 320-by-320 resolution is unchanged, but the new screen looks much brighter indoors, and icons look crisper than on the backlit reflective Tungsten/T display. In sunlight, however, the original Tungsten/T is easier to see.

The T2s chassis (4.0 by 3.0 by 0.6 inches, HWD) is identical to the original but for the silver color, and at 5.6 ounces, the T2 weighs just a bit more. As before, for data entry using the Graffiti 2 area and to access the four soft buttons on the sides of the input space, the collapsible case slides open, adding three quarters of an inch to the T2s height.

For the whole story, check out the PC Magazine article.
Bruce Brown

Bruce Brown, a PC Magazine Contributing Editor, is a former truck driver, aerobics instructor, high school English teacher, therapist, and adjunct professor (gypsy) in three different fields (Computing, Counseling, and Education) in the graduate departments of three different colleges and universities (Wesleyan University , St. Joseph College, and the University of Hartford). In the fall of 1981 he was bitten by the potentials of personal computing and conspired to leave the legitimacy of academia for a life absorbed in computer stuff. In the fall of 1982 he founded the Connecticut Computer Society and began publishing a newsletter that eventually had a (largely unpaid) circulation of 28,000.

Bruce has been a freelance writer covering personal computing hardware since 1983, the year he co-founded Soft Industries Corp., a computer consulting company, with Alfred Poor (also an ExtremeTech contributor) and Dick Ridington (a Fortune 500 consultant with Creative Realities, Inc., a Boston consulting firm). In 1988 Bruce left Soft Industries to be a full-time freelance writer. He has written for several now defunct publications including Lotus Magazine, PC Computing, PC Sources, and Computer Life as well as Computer Shopper and PC Magazine. In 1990 he and Craig Stinson co-wrote Getting the Most Out of IBM Current, an immediately remaindered work published by Brady Books.

Married to PC Magazine Contributing Editor Marge Brown, Bruce is the father of former PC Magazine Staff Editor Richard Brown (a former and currently thriving freelance writer), Liz Brown (a recent graduate of Colgate University who aspires a career in marketing and public relations), and Peter Brown (who evaluates console gaming systems and games for PC Magazine and various Websites).

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