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PalmOne Tungsten E Handheld

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  • Packed for business and priced for value
  • Create and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint-compatible files on the run
  • Listen to MP3s, watch video clips and view photos wherever you go
  • Easy-to-read, high resolution, 320x320 transflective color screen
  • What's in the box: Handheld device; Palm Desktop software, including Documents To Go; all basic utilities such as Calendar, Contacts, Tasks., etc.
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Product Details

Product Manual [4.14mb PDF]| FAQ [468kb PDF]
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0000DB4D1
  • Item model number: P80880US
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (395 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,822 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at September 29, 2003

Product Description

Product Description

Designed to support real life, this Palm Tungsten E Handheld processes business and personal data at dizzying speeds, and tracks the details so you don't have to. It pairs a sizeable 32MB of memory with a high-resolution 320x320 transflective color screen, which makes working on the go truly feasible. It can be used to create and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, and synchronizes with Outlook's calendar, contacts, tasks, notes and e-mail. Updated organization software with a new agenda view and color-coded calendar help you customize your scheduling and stay productive. After hours it keeps you tuned in to your personal interests with an MP3 player, video and photo viewing. Features a 5-way navigator for 1-handed operation, and a Palm expansion slot that allows you to add extra memory or content; supports Secure Digital/Secure Digital IO/MultiMediaCards. PIM applications include calendar, contacts, memos and tasks. A powerful ARM processor lets you listen to MP3s while operating the scheduler or computer applications. Ample memory leaves plenty of room to customize with software for thousands of applications (sold separately). Accepts 3.5mm stereo headphone plug for MP3 and video playback. Includes Palm desktop software for Windows and Macintosh, Microsoft Outlook conduits, and software essentials CD with Documents to Go Professional Edition, Adobe Acrobat Reader, powerOne personal calculator, RealOne Mobile Player, Handmark Magic Dogs, Handmark Mobile DB, Handmark PDA Money, Kinoma Player and Producer, Palm Photos, Palm Reader, VersaMail 2.6, Telephony/SMS, Phone Link, Phone Link Updater and Palm Dialer. Kit includes stylus, flip cover, USB HotSync cable, wall adapter, desktop installation and software essentials CD w/PDF file users manual, and Read This First instructions. Uses Palm OS 5.2.1. Compatible with Windows 98/2000/Me/XP or Mac OS 9.1 or higher and OS X 10.1.2 to 10.2.6. 4-1/2Lx3-1/10Wx1/2D".

From the Manufacturer

If you're still tapping away on a Palm Vx, it's time to upgrade to the 21st century with the brightly colorful, expandable, and powerful--not to mention affordable--Palm Tungsten E. Designed for the budget-conscious, yet still stylish professional, the Tungsten E offers several key advances over even the m500 handheld series, including:
  • Palm OS 5.2.1 enhances Palm applications such as Calendar and Contacts as well as Java application support.
  • Multimedia audio support and headphone jack enables you to use the Tungsten E as an MP3 player
  • The zippy 126 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP311 ARM processor induces whiplash when switching programs.
  • A 32 MB RAM memory (28.3 MB user accessible) adds more room for applications, while the expansion slot enables access to MP3and video files, e-books, games, and more.
Best of all, the Tungsten E ups the display ante with a bright, crisp, high-resolution 320 x 320 pixel color screen (the m515 only offered a 160 x 160 resolution) that puts it on par with Sony's high-quality Clie screens. Your family snapshot slideshows look sharper, as do graphically intense games such as Monopoly and downloaded video (like the most recent Hollywood movie trailer).

The Tungsten E offers a powerful array of multimedia options. With the included Kinoma Player (and desktop Kinoma Producer software), you can convert a myriad of video file formats (from QuickTime and Flash to AVI and MPEG) to be played on the Palm OS. And now you don't need to fumble between your PDA and portable MP3 player, thanks to the included RealOne Player for Palm. MP3 files are stored on optional Secure Digital or MultiMedia (MMC) memory cards, and we recommend purchasing a 128 MB card if you plan to access a lot of audio. You can listen to music via headphones or relive the '70s using the tinny, AM radio-like built-in speaker.

At 4.6 ounces, the Tungsten E is lighter than its forbearers despite being about the same dimensions as the m515 (4.5 x 3.1 x 0.5 inches). The ultra-slim Tungsten E isn't as curved as its m500 or V series predecessors, but we found the gentle slope near its base to be quite comfortable in the hand. The stylin' case is fully metallic and feels very durable.

The Tungsten E includes the familiar suite of Palm applications (Calendar, Contacts, Memos, and Tasks) as well as a number of third-party software title (ranging from Acrobat Reader to Documents To Go for accessing Microsoft Word and Excel files). Calendar has been given an Outlook-friendly makeover, adding a useful Agenda view that consolidates all of today's appointments, tasks, and new e-mails.

Java has also now entered the Palm OS arena, expanding the application development opportunities. The T3 comes with a few sample applets (including a periodic table that would be handy at our local pub's trivia night), but we'll have to wait for more development before Java becomes a full Palm OS tool.

In an effort to make this package as affordable as possible, Palm includes only a USB cable instead of the standard synchronization/charging cradle. The USB cable is fine (and can provide a low-wattage charge from your PC when needed), but we've become accustomed to Palm's cradles and were disappointed at its omission.

While missing a few key add-ons (the USB cable and expansion card) and not offering such bells and whistles as the Zire 71's built-in digital camera or the Tungsten T3's landscape screen, the Tungsten E sticks to what Palm does best--personal information management. And the Tungsten E packs a lot of powerful Palm tools into an affordable PDA package, one that will keep you connected to your daily calendar and important documents for years to come. --Agen G.N. Schmitz

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Their PDA's are a waste of money.
I don't think I'm buying another PalmOne product, just because they let so many people down by refusing the fix this defect.
I had the Tungsten E for just over a year.
G. Klein

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

799 of 813 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 21, 2004
There are a lot of reviews accumulating for the Tungsten E, and I agree with most of them. Palm (or now PalmOne) seems to have picked the right spot in the market and hit it pretty well. The Tungsten E is not too expensive, has all the basic functions I wanted in a PDA, and not a lot of frills (except the MP3 player, which was actually what I was looking for when I decided to upgrade my old Vx).
This accounts for the favorable ratings in reviews based on its feature set. While my Tungsten E worked, it worked quite well. Even features I hadn't really been looking for (high resolution color screen, Excel and Word compatibility) were proving pretty useful. It had enough memory to easily accomodate a full collegiate dictionary (I used one from PocketLingo). IR beaming to my Win2K laptop became smoother, which is really handy for transferring individual files without HotSyncing. (It's possible with the Vx, but seems to require tricking the Palm into revealing its presence first.)
Reliability problems started appearing even before the end of the dismally short 90 day warranty.
*The unit would emit an audible whine sometimes while on. Other users have apparently had similar problems with this and other Tungsten models. It seems to be an issue with the display electronics. One side of the display would also sometimes flicker. In my case the problem wasn't severe, and I didn't do anything about it.
*The speaker quit working within about a week, and would come and go intermittently. This was a big problem since it meant alarms didn't sound. Since Amazon's 30 day return period was still in effect and I'd had previous experience with Palm's customer support, I exchanged it through Amazon (whose service was faultless).
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381 of 393 people found the following review helpful By Eric Lozauskas on October 11, 2003
As some of you might know, I always speak the truth, so here is my honest review of this Palm Tungsten E.
I purchased this item to replace my old Palm m515 (which had originally replaced my first palm, a Palm V). As you probably guessed, I have to have a small handheld. In my opinion, if it isn't small enough, you won't bring it with you and actually use the thing. I also have been a fond lover of this form factor (very thin and light with double-stylus holder, etc.
Well, they finally listened to us complaining of the previous left side "flap holder" and made the flap slide in from the bottom of the palm as apposed to the top. This was a large problem -- I've had my old palms slide out on me at random by holding it from the flap.
The good: This palm has an astounding display! It literally feels as though you have a small computer in your hand as other reviewers have mentioned. Quality all the way here. Large enough to be easily readable, and a brightness level adjustment that gets quite bright! The buttons on the bottom "mostly" have a positive feedback. I'll discuss the bottom lack of a universal connector last. This palm accepts SD cards and has a headphone jack on the top. Processor is incredible compared to my old m515 and especially the V. Power button is recessed so you can't "accidentally" turn it on as easily as past models.
Honestly, I must mention that I've tried to purchase quite a few MP3 players out there and they have all had quirky problems. I didn't even expect to use the mp3 capabilities of this PDA but look at that -- it works/sounds better than anything I've purchased for the same cost that was dedicated to MP3s!!! I am truly astounded by it.
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117 of 122 people found the following review helpful By superman2k3 on October 10, 2003
T|E is an excellent device with minor problems. For the price its a bargain and will ensure Palm's market share stays high.
1. Its a Palm, with the latest version of Palm OS.
2. Looks good and feels solid in hand.
3. Superb screen and extremely clear.
4. mp3 playback is very good.
5. Uses standard mini USB jack, not propreitary Palm connector.
6. Fast performance. Don't compare raw MHz between PDA's, this one's faster than 400MHz PPC's.
7. About 28MB is available memory, which is a lot for a Palm.
8. Good software bundle and stable OS.
9. Speaker is - suprisingly - good at playing mp3's (64kpbs sounds great).
10. Flip lid and a screen protector are in the box. (I don't buy a PDA without flip)
11. Stylus is superb, thick/heavy/shinning metal.
1. Down button is hard to press, ironically that's the most used button on T|E. The 5 way navigator is poorly designed and cheap plastic.
2. Size is bigger than some other handhelds like Clie SJ20.
3. Case is slippery and tough to keep clean.
4. Thread on included flip cover scratches T|E at the top easily.
5. Battery life is just like Pocket PC's, needs charging frequently.
6. Included charger is not a world charger and is bulky.
7. No bluetooth or Wifi but atleast it has SDIO slot (poor Clie fans have to put up with propreitary memory stink slot).
8. Weak alarm sounds (think this can be fixed?) and no vibrate only mode.
9. Packaging in plastic box is tough to open and not eco friendly.
10. Battery is not user replaceable. (dead Palm after 2 years?)
Most of the minor issues with T|E will go away if you spend double and get a T|T3. Overall this is a great Palm at affordable price. Thanks Palm!
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