Looking Good

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2002-12-09 Print this article Print

Looking Good

One of the most pleasing new attributes of the Tungsten T is its 65,000-color reflective thin-film transistor display, which benefits from enhanced resolution—320 by 320 pixels, up from the 160-by-160-pixel displays in all previous-generation devices from Palm.

It should be noted that Palm OS-based systems from vendors including Hand-Era Inc. and Sony Corp. have boasted similarly high-resolution displays for some time now. Nonetheless, in tests, eWeek Labs found the Palm Tungsten Ts screen an excellent place for viewing images and, more important, for reading text.

The Tungsten T weighs 5.6 ounces and measures 3 inches wide by 0.6 inches thick by 4 inches long—about an inch shorter than a typical Palm device, thanks to a slide-out design that hides the units graffiti input area when not in use.

The Tungsten T allows for peripheral expansion through a Secure Digital card slot. The slot may also be used with MultiMedia Cards.

In addition, the Tungsten T sports the same synchronization connector as Palms 500-series handhelds, which means that the Tungsten T is compatible with peripherals designed for those models.

The Tungsten T is powered by an internal lithium-polymer battery, which, unfortunately, is not removable.

In addition to the standard personal information management applications that mark all Palm devices, the Tungsten T comes with a nice complement of applications, including DataViz Inc.s Documents To Go software for working with Microsoft Office files, as well as collaboration applications for use with the units built-in Bluetooth radio.

Technical Analyst Jason Brooks can be reached at jason_brooks@ziffdavis.com.

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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