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Palm Tungsten T - My First Impression PDF Print E-mail
Written by Admin PalmX.Org   
Feb 17, 2003 at 04:12 PM
Update: 27 Sept 2005 - Image remove since it was no longer exist.

A female friend won a TT at a local charity lucky draw during the weekend,and since I'm the only one with basic PDA knowledge around, she showed the device to me, asking me to teach her (Hmm, wonder if she's willing to sell it to me cheap if I make it seems complicated to use? hehe)

First of all, this is the first time I held the TT in my hands and played with it. So, lets just treat this as an initial first impression of a customer when given a TT and a chance to mess around with it. Happy reading! (^_^)

In the hand:

The TT feels rock solid, no creaky plastic feeling on the device body. The only grunt is the clear plastic cover over the screen. It snaps on above the display, but I reckon one would very easily lose it, because it is not swiveled or attached to any part of the TT once it is taken off. But anyway it is good for protecting the screen, especially for people like myself who do not use cases and likes to keep them all in the pocket. Cheap and effective, though not convenient.

The overall design and feel of the TT is great. It's small, solid and the buttons feels tacky (that nice tactile feeling). The TT is a little heavier than any other Palm devices to date, and definately heavier than the Clies. However, when one imagines the processing power and the extras built into it, we tend to forgive that fact. I've confidence that if dropped from waist level, the TT would surely be able to withstand the impact without much harm.

First contact on the TT:

After removing the plastic cover (and looked for somewhere to place it) I checked the top for the stylus. Kudos to Palm for the stylus design. Now to any iPAQ users, you'll feel right at home because the TT's stylus now will ejects itself out when you press it down while it's in the stylus silo.

The smart stylus.
The silo itself is made of metal. Sturdy and heavy (yes, HEAVY). Earlier I mentioned that the stylus ejects itself out from the silo. This is due to the design of the stylus itself. It has an internal spring that extends the stylus to a more comfortable length at the moment we eject it from the silo. This is a very good idea, because there will not be worries of spring failure over extended use, as replacing a stylus is easier than replacing a spring in the silo itself. The downside? Well, the stylus should cost more than the usual crop of standard plastic silos out there.

 I slid the TT down to reveal the Graffiti area. Despite much reviews saying the slider is sturdy and "out of expectation". My personal feeling is that it might get loosen over time. And if you ask me, I would prefer an always open Graffiti area, because it's more convenient. But maybe that's because I use launch hacks and the sort, and hacks do not run well on the entirely new hardware and OS anyway.

The sliding design.
Back to topic. The sliding piece feels fragile when opened, and if I hold the TT too tight, my palm would force the slider to close again, or partially at least. The fear of breaking it accidentally is unavoidable. It's like holding a China and trying to mend a fence at the same time. But the final point is, the slider design makes the TT shorter in size, which is another good thing.

Powering her up:

OK, now the interesting part. I powered the device up and was greeted by a display so clear and bright, it's almost amazing. When set to MAX, the brightness is really bright. I'm not sure what really caused it, but the fonts and icons look so crisp and clear, it's so comfortable to look at.

Since this is a friend's unit which I'm supposed to help with, there are only default built-in apps to play with. Basically there isn't much noticable difference between OS5 and OS4. Still the same classic launcher, datebook, to-do, notepad and memopad. I'm actually eager to try the supposedly speed improvement of the new ARM processor, but maybe some other time when this little baby gets itself loaded with 3rd party apps.

 Pre OS5 Palm applications.
Anyway, I managed to convince a friend to lend me his 64MB SD card, containing some apps and files which he is using on his m505. I popped the card in, and the TT managed to detect it automatically. The apps showed on the launcher screen and I'm able to launch some of them. I tried SplashPhoto (eager to try the colours) but since the photos were from the m505, they are simply enlarged 160x160 pics. The pixelation was so apparent I lost interest after 2 photo samples. But judging from those, the colours and brightness of the TT does look really good. I'm sure 320x320 pics would look great on the TT.

Voice memo anyone?
A new addition to the TT is the hot button voice memo function. The button is located nicely on the upper left of the device. I recorded my own voice for testing, expecting poor voice reproduction, but the playback was clear and loud. Imagine this from a tiny speaker on the upper right corner of the TT! When pressed, allow 1-2 seconds before recording, because that's the time it takes before the recording starts. Not really a problem, just something to let u know.

I noticed also a headphone jack. This may someday allow developers to make the TT playback music, I'm sure. But for now, it's strictly there for voice memo playback in the current condition. No earphones to try it. But like I mentioned, the tiny built-in speaker does a good job itself.

Alas I'm unable to fully test the TT. I would really like to try the BlueTooth capability, but had to return the device to my friend who looked over my shoulder when I tested the TT out. Hmm, now I need to find someway to make her lend me that TT for a week for exhaustive testing! LOL


Sturdy, improved overall Palm line device
creative little extras to add to the overall PalmOS experience
PalmOS 5, ARM processor, built-in BlueTooth, pretty display.


heavier than the rest,
doubtful sliding piece

By: Kan Weng Tuck
Last Updated ( Oct 30, 2005 at 09:25 AM )