Palm Tungsten targets high-end users

The Palm Tungsten series from Palm is meant for the high-end PDA users. It is stylish, well-designed, and can be defined as a business-class device with a large fan following. The Tungstens cost in the range of $199 to $399 and have a sleek metallic grey/black body.

The series feature numerous models like Tungsten E, Tungsten T, Tungsten W and the Tungsten C. Even within these series there are sub-series. For instance, Tungsten T features four models, namely Tungsten T, Tungsten T2, Tungsten T3 and the Tungsten T5. All these models have a high resolution (320x320) LCD screen which supports 65,536 colors. The Palm Tungsten models lack cameras because they have been specifically designed for the corporate environment.

The Palm Tungsten E was the first model to be introduced in the market in this series. It has to date been the most successful Tungsten product due to its ease of use and low cost. It had a mini USB connector along with onboard memory of 32 MB. Tungsten E was upgraded to the Tungsten E2 which came out in April 2005. While the Tungsten E ran on a Texas OMAP 126 MHz processor, the Tungsten E2 has a 200 MHz Intel XScale Processor. Both have a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack.

The Tungsten T ran on a Texas Instruments OMAP 14 Hz processor and had 16MB memory. It used the Palm OS 5.0 and weighed about 146 gm. It was the first model to introduce the Graffiti writing area which could be hidden or shown by sliding the lower encasing. It also supported Bluetooth and had in-built microphone. These new features put it in a win-win category as opposed to its competitors. It had the now familiar 5-way navigator along with 4 fast access buttons.

Tungsten T2 was very identical to Tungsten T, except for the fact that it had a slightly lighter shade encasing. Other Tungsten T series models like Tungsten T3 and Tungsten T5 were more or less the same with some extra features.

The Tungsten C was a revelation for PDA users. It had Wi-Fi support and hence could be used to access the Internet wirelessly. It could run the AOL IM client and also be used to access email. It used the PalmSource web browser to surf the net, and was powered by a Intel 400 MHz processor with 64 MB memory space. Also third-party support was available for MP3 playback and VOIP.

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