David Pogue Reviews the Tungsten T5
David Pogue, co-author of the book Piloting Palm, has just published his review of the palmOne Tungsten T5 in the New York Times. The review comes to a number of insightful conclusions about the T5 including the lack of Wi-Fi as well as the removal of key features present in the T3.
The review, published in the Nov 4th NY Times Circuits section, is highly critical of the design but also compliments some of the new features and software abilities. There is also a interesting video segment on the T5. He reaches a number of the same conclusions and complaints as found in the PIC review as well...
PalmOne even chopped out the vibrating alarm and the flashing L.E.D. - not such a swift move, considering that business people are the Tungsten's target audience. T5 owners will have to subject the entire conference room to the same birdcall chirp alarm that has been with Palm ever since the original Pilot, apologizing and fumbling to turn the thing off.
It's odd, too, that even at $400, the T5 offers Bluetooth (for short-range communication with cellphones and laptops) but not Wi-Fi (for getting online wirelessly in airports, coffee shops and so on). You would expect Wi-Fi on a high-end palmtop these days. You can add it in the form of a $130 add-on card, but that's cheating.
So, with the T5, PalmOne giveth, and PalmOne cutteth corners. If you choose a T5, you'll gain one gigantic, brilliant, workflow-boosting feature, but you'll lose six others (collapsible body, brighter screen, vibrating alarm, Universal Connector, voice recorder, charging cradle)
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