Initial Palm T|X Thoughts - Thumbs Up!
I purchased the T|X at the local Boston Palm store on the release date, and after performing my initial test routine for all pda's, I am impressed!
The T|X looks identical to the T5, except for the black vs. grey color. The T|X has a nice solid feel and good build quality. Since it is the same size as the T5, I am using the T5 cradle and case with the T|X. It is nice not to have to buy new accessories just because you purchased a new device. It felt really good when I selected Info from the App menu for the first time, and saw 101 M free (picture shows 96M, it was taken after loading test apps). It did not take long to use most of the available space on the T3, the extra 40+ Mb will be well used.
The new Media application is very impressive. I took a SD card for a 5 megapixel camera, inserted it in the T|X, and thumbnails of all 40 pictures on the card were displayed. After selecting the slideshow icon, a "Please Wait" message was displayed for 3 seconds, and a full screen slide show began with no pauses in between pictures. The pictures were rendered accurately with rich colors. Considering the pictures were all fine quality 5 megapixel images which ranged in size from 1.5 MB to over 3 MB, the results were better than expected.
- The first test I do with any new pda is to check if the new device can connect to the web via Wi-Fi within 5 minutes. The T|X passed this test with ease. Within five minutes I had connected to pdaBUZZ via Wi-Fi. Obtaining the Wi-Fi connection with my home network was effortless.
- The second test is to ascertain if the device can set-up a Bluetooth pairing and begin receiving a file via Bluetooth within three minutes. Again, the T|X passed with ease. Pairing to the T3, and transferring files via Bluetooth were an effortless task.
- The final test is loading the SmartList To Go database application and a 4200 record file to determine filter execution speed which is a CPU intensive task. The T|X executed the filter in a shade over 2 seconds which is within a half second of the T3. I knew the T|X would take longer than the T3 due to the 312 MHZ vs. 400 MHZ processor. I was pleasantly surprised that the performance hit for the slower T|X processor was so small. A Palm IIIc took 24 seconds to execute the same filter, and the Tungsten T took 8 seconds. Since the Palm IIIc costs more than the T|X, we are certainly getting much more for our dollar than we did five years ago.
I will publish a more thorough review after spending some time using the device in my daily routine. My initial impression is very positive, hopefully the daily use impression will be as positive.
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