Tungsten T Device Raises the Palm Bar
But Palm OS 5-based handheld is pricey compared with competitors.The Tungsten T, Palm Inc.s long-awaited next-generation handheld computer, has arrivedalong with the sort of high-resolution display, ARM processor and 32-bit operating system that had been key differentiators for rival devices running Microsoft Corp.s Pocket PC operating system. For all thats new, however, the Tungsten T still has more in common with its Palm forebears than with its Pocket PC competitors. On the plus side, the Tungsten retains the Palms slick design and good battery life, as well as backward compatibility with the bulk of Palms software catalog (courtesy of an emulation layer similar to what Apple Computer Inc.s OS X provides for legacy Mac OS applications).
When you factor in a built-in and well-implemented Bluetooth radio, theres no doubt that the new device, which began shipping in late October, is the slickest Palm handheld to date. However, the Tungsten T comes at a price$499thats beginning to seem high even for a Pocket PC device. And that price gets you only 16MB of RAM for running and storing applicationspretty meager, if you ask us.