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Palm TX

  • Palm TX

    Palm TX

    Enjoy all the benefits of a wireless pocket computer at a good price with the Palm TX Handheld PDA.Use Wi-Fi or bluetooth technology to check your emails surf the web and access files on your network . The high quality colour screen gives you a great view of your Word Excel and PowerPoint files in either landscape or portrait format as well as your browser when you are on the Internet.Compatibility with Microsoft Outlook makes it easy to synchronise your email and diary with your desktop computer.The compact design makes the TX Handheld as pleasing to the eye as it is practical and efficient.

    Just take a look at the Hardware Specs :

    Most significantly, 802.11b Wi-Fi was now built-in, with an internal antenna. Continued miniaturization of components, as well as Wi-Fi support in the ‘Bulverde’ processor, allowed integration inside the previous packaging, while keeping power consumption and cost acceptable.
    Bluetooth 1.1 connectivity is provided [3]. The 1.2 indicated on some rear-panel stickers is erroneous. Bluetooth can be transferring data simultaneously with Wifi, although such occasions would be rare.
    Mechanically, the T|X has a shell similar to the T5. Cases are almost compatible between models, although the T|X’s back is missing two specific square-shaped indentations used by some T5 carrycases to clip the unit in place. The biggest change is the finish; the glossy, titanium-colored paint of the T5 was replaced with a flat, dark shade called “Steel Blue” by Palm. It is widely speculated that the switch was made due to the T5 casing’s tendency to show fingerprints and scratches. Handheld aficionados and Palm OS loyalists have criticized the Tungsten T5, and thus the T|X, for their plastic casings, as out of place on a high-end handheld.
    The flap/cover is mechanically identical to the T5’s, with two minor changes. The finish is changed from glossy to matte. Palm refers to this as ‘microfiber’, although this may be a marketing term, not actual microfiber material. This may have been to prevent scratching the case. Also, the portion of the flap covering the hardware buttons is slightly indented. This helps to prevent the 5-way D-pad, particularly the down direction, from being inadvertently pressed. As with the T5, the flap/cover cannot be reversed for left-handed users. A hard case is available from Palm, though users have reported that the case is slippery and covers the stylus slot and the hotsync connector.
    Functionally, one of the T5’s hardware buttons, for ‘Files,’ has been changed to a Web button, but the button can be re-mapped in software to any application. The stylus is interchangeable with the T5’s. The reset hole on the back has been enlarged, and the unit can be reset with the stylus tip. The power button is on top, unchanged from the T5.
    On top is a slot for SD expansion cards, similar to the T5. The slot is also SDIO and MMC compatible. 2 GB cards are usable directly. An SD card of 4 GB capacity is usable if formatted to Fat32 with an included driver. The Fat32 driver is much slower than the Fat16 driver, but the speed is sufficient for most uses. One might notice the slow speed while fast- forwarding a movie. While not originally built for compatibility with the SDHC format, a third party vendor add-on can be purchased separately to enable the functionality of such cards in the T|X.
    The T|X has an Athena Connector, officially referred to as the ‘Multiconnector,’ on the bottom for syncing and accessories. This is the same connector as the T5, E2 (but not E), Lifedrive, and Treo 650/700/750 (but not 600). Thus the T|X can use cradles, data cables, chargers, and sleds designed for any of those models. As with other Multiconnector devices, the data and power cables are separate. The unit can trickle charge from a USB data cable at a very slow rate.
    It also has a headphone jack (standard 3.5 mm), and an infrared I/O port on top, as on the T5. The infrared port is concealed behind IR-transparent plastic. A single speaker is on the back, as with the T5. The speaker is capable of full audio playback, as opposed to simply alarm tones and buzzer feedback. The small speaker yields lower sound quality than headphones. To use the device as an mp3 player, an SD card must be purchased, as internal memory cannot be used to store the associated mp3 files. It is possible to use a utility such as E2 Internal drive to use the internal memory as an SD card to store files.
    The T|X has a 320×480 transreflective screen that supports 65,000 colors. The screen can be re-oriented from portrait to landscape in software. The handwriting space can be dismissed or retrieved in either orientation if the application in use supports the larger area. These specifications are identical to the T5 and Lifedrive. Palm uses multiple screen vendors, even within a model, so quality comparisons are difficult. The backlight can be dimmed in the control panel, but not turned off. As with the T5, the screen may actually be too bright for uses such as bedtime reading or astronomy. This is software-related, and there are various tools to dim the light to off.
    The T|X has 128 MB of non-volatile storage. As with the T5, E2, and Treo 650 phone, data is not lost if the battery is drained, though such storage is slower than dynamic RAM. (The slowdown is most noticed on writing data, not reading.) Of this, 100 MB is user accessible, which some consider to be a leap backward from the 256 MB seen in the Tungsten T5. However, the Tungsten T5 had only 63.8 MB available for applications (the rest being available as an Internal Drive), so the storage for applications has actually increased.
    The processor, a 312 MHz ARM-based Intel XScale PXA 270 processor, is slower than the processors of the T5 or LifeDrive, which are clocked at 416 MHz; this may be an attempt to increase battery life after the inclusion of Wi-Fi in the handheld and to lower costs. Many users report that the actual performance of the unit seems higher than that of the T5 and LifeDrive. The most likely explanation is that the new filesystem, its accompanying OS routines, and related processes have been better optimised since their first implementation in the T5 and Treo 650, and to a lesser extent the LifeDrive. The processor speed can be set (using third party tools) to 104, 208, 312, 416 or 520 MHz. It is reported to run stably at 416 MHz and to deliver usefully long operating times at 208 MHz (this enables listening to music much longer while underclocking the device).
    The T|X is missing the following hardware features when compared to earlier Palm handhelds:
    no indicator light, as featured on the LifeDrive, Tungsten W, C, T, T2, T3, i705, and m500 series had;
    no vibrating alarms like the Tungsten W, C, T, T2, T3, i705, and m500 series had;
    no microphone like the LifeDrive and Tungsten T, T2, T3 had;
    the cradle is not included like with Tungsten C, T, T2, T3, m500 series, and earlier Palms had.
    The T|X screen and digitizer have proven comfortable but unreliable. Many units begin misbehaving within months of initial purchase. Typically, the sensors surrounding the screen will begin misreading stylus touches, rendering the units almost unusable. This flaw may occur in models released with a plastic digitizer screen. There are however, online suppliers of replacement digitizers and screens which install easily and work better than the original, reportedly. Specifically, owners of faulty plastic digitizers have generally been satisfied using glass digitizer replacements.
    The T|X ceased production March 2009 as noted by Alan Grassia:http://www.smartphonefanatics.com/2009/02/palm-halts-production-of-handhelds.html
    Some stock in inventory may have been for sale later but the official date of production halt may or may not have been at that particular month/date. At that closing date Palm T|X was selling for $199.