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October 12, 2005

“Palm TX: Who Says $299 Won’t Buy a Great PDA?”

That’s the title of the post at Gearlog by David Coursey and his answer is:

No one, actually, and certainly not PC Magazine, which has named the Palm TX it’s Editors’ Choice. This model supersedes the T5–I can’t say replaces since the T5 since it’s such an improvement. The TX, for example, adds Wi-Fi, better memory, a faster processor, and costs $100 less than it’s predecessor. The only knock is relatively short battery life.

Actually, it’s a slower processor and less memory but that doesn’t seem to have impacted performance. More from Sascha Segan’s full review:

With Palm announcing a deal with Microsoft recently, we can’t help wonder if this could be the last Palm OS 5 PDA. If so, the Palm OS is going out with a bang. The terrific Palm TX is the paragon of the Palm PDA, and an excellent all-around handheld that gets our Editors’ Choice.

A long, slim slab that closely resembles Palm’s (actually palmOne at the time) earlier Tungsten T5, the TX has an SD memory card slot, a headphone jack, and a huge, 320-by-480 screen, which is excellent for surfing the Web or reading documents. At $299, it matches the HP iPAQ rx1950′s price tag as the cheapest PDA with built-in Wi-Fi.

The TX’s main weakness is its battery life. At just over 4 hours with Wi-Fi off, it’s almost exactly on a par with Palm’s LifeDrive. Most modern Pocket PCs come in at 5 or 6 hours.

Full details from Palm are here. As a PDA, this seems like quite a bargain. The only question is whether there’s still a market for PDA’s, even with Wi-Fi, in the face of increasing smartphone adoption.

Posted at 1:28 pm. Filed under Companies, Handheld, Mobile Phones, Palm, PDA, Smartphones

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