It is not that long ago that palm launched its hard drive toting LifeDrive on us. Back in May we were wowed by the first PDA to include a hard drive, and palm set itself up with a tough act to follow. Its twin autumn launches comprised one PDA designed to get newcomers interested – the £80 Z22, and one for the more serious PDA fan, the T|X. It’s the latter I’m looking at here.
Interestingly, Palm has abandoned its Zire and Tungsten marketing lines. I’m pleased about that. I was never happy with product lines aimed differently at consumers and professionals, which is what Zire and Tungsten respectively were. Shame palm hasn’t gone the whole hog though, having retained the ‘Z’ and the ‘T’ in the names of its two new products. Come on, guys, cut loose!
Anyway, back to the T|X.
Palm has decided to throw a lot at this device, both in terms of software and specifications. So we have both WiFi and Bluetooth – yes, apparently it is possible to get Wi-Fi into a traditional, non-hard drive based palm – something that seemed to be impossible when Riyad reviewed the Tungsten T5. 100MB of memory is available to the user, all of it non-volatile (i.e. you won’t lose any of your installed software or data if the battery runs down completely), the screen can be used in both landscape and portrait modes, and there is plenty of built in software designed to cater for the needs of both professionals and consumers.
I do feel, though, that at 320 x 480 palm is beginning to lose ground in screen technology. The latest generation of Pocket PCs running Windows Mobile 5.0 are offering 640 x 480 resolution screens of exceptionally high quality, and palm needs to consider its next move in terms of keeping up with this standard.
The general hardware design will look familiar to fans of the Tungsten line, with the large (3.8in diagonal) screen and front button arrangement of the E, E2 and T5 replicated here. Palm has gone for a plastic casing no doubt to help keep the overall price down. I don’t really mind this, and rather like the distinctly metallic looking finish and dark, dark blue colouring. You can have too many shades of metal in your pocket.
And while I’m on the subject of your pocket, the T|X weighs an acceptable 149g and measures an average 121 x 78 x 15mm.