Executive Summary

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

: Palm Tungsten T"> Executive Summary: Palm Tungsten T

Usability Excellent
Capability Good
Performance Good
Interoperability Good
Manageability Good
Scalability Good
Security Good
The Tungsten T is a new handheld device from Palm, marked by a new, more powerful ARM-based processor and running Version 5 of Palms handheld operating system. With a sleek, pocketable design and a built-in Bluetooth radio, the Tungsten T is a strong, if costly, standard-bearer for the handheld worlds most ubiquitous brand.


The Tungsten T costs $499. This price is steep, considering that comparably outfitted Pocket PC handhelds (including lower-end units from Dell Computer Corp. and Toshiba America Information Systems Inc.) sell for as low as $200. The built-in Bluetooth radio is worth a premium, however.

(+) Higher-resolution display for much-improved text display; slide-out graffiti area saves space; built-in Bluetooth radio is well-implemented.

(-) Price is a bit high; 16MB of RAM doesnt compare well with the 32MB to 64MB found in Pocket PCs; battery is not removable.

  • Toshibas Pocket PC e330
  • Dells Axim X5 Pocket PC
  • Sharp Electronics Corp.s Zaurus SL-5500
  • www.palm.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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