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Palm TX Handheld

Palm TX Handheld

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  • Sleek, stylish handheld with 128 MB of flash memory and big 320x480 screen
  • Built-in wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi (802.11b) and Bluetooth
  • Easily manage email on the road or access files on your office desktop PC
  • Expansion slot that supports MMC, SD, and SDIO memory cards
  • Palm Desktop Software for Windows and Mac

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Still use and love my Palm TX in 2019Bought this one as a backup since they're getting harder to find. Still have my original Palm TX that I bought used back in November 2009 and use it daily for my busy schedule. After 10 years, the battery still holds a charge and lasts forever. The only downside is it won't connect to wi-fi any longer due to it being obsolete but the internet feature on the Palm TX is a pain anyhow so no biggie. Better options are available to access the web. I use mine to keep me on schedule and it does so perfectly. Technology continues to advance but some old school products are still very useful today. The 160 GB iPod being one. This Palm TX being another. Both of which I continue to use daily in 2019. Sure wish they still made them new. 5It'll doIt'll do.I bought the PalmTX after my 4-year-old Dell AximX5 started getting quirky. I wanted something lighter this time, and with fewer and fewer true PDA's available, the TX looked like a safe bet. My main uses are calendar, tasks, contacts, memos, and adding a few lines to documents at odd moments between desks. I don't want a phone with all the PDA features because the screens are too small, I don't like thumb typing, and I don't communicate that much anyway. I've had the TX for two weeks now and I can use it for my purposes, but I'm not wowed by it. My beefs:1) Sticking the same 299 price for two years, when everyone knows the market is moving to smart phones is just silly. It's like they're thinking if they keep the price artificially high people will go for the Treo instead.2) The prongs on the USB synch cable are doomed to break under the force require to unplug them, and I'm minimizing my synching to preserve it as long as possible.3) The protective cover that comes in the box is an insult.4) The one-size-fits-all screen protector that comes in the box requires a very sharp scissors - which I don't own - to cut to size. Also, compared to the old Fellowes protectors, it's too thick, and considerable force is required to make a keystroke in Graffitti.5) I thought the OS would have improved one feature since my old old Sony Clie: the zoom. It's still not a real zoom, and the largest choice is still too small for me. I had to keep jacking up the fonts.6) I have a ThinkOutside infrared keyboard (one of the few truly great products I've owned) and other than the diagram pointing to the IR port, there's no documentation about "infrared" either in the manual or online. I finally figured out "infrared" was what they meant by "wireless," which is confusing because of the Wi-fi. Why not just say infrared, if that's what they mean.On the plus side, the weight and size are just right, I like the sideways screen option, the screen is nice and bright, the Notepad feature is easier to use than on the Windows OS, the memory is more than I'm used to, and the Wi-fi is a step up for me. In general it's a tool I will use every day, but I'm not applauding. 3Good out of the box -- great with some modificationsI purchased my Palm TX back in 2007. I mostly used it with SuperMemo and DioPen's Korean text input/display hacks to study the massive amounts of vocabulary they had us reviewing when I was learning Korean at the Defense Language Institute while in the military, but it also served as a valuable task tracking tool.Overall, the unit is quite nice. The screen is high resolution (for a PDA from the period) and full color. Wifi support is convenient, although these days you might run into 802.11n WPA2 access points that won't work with this model. Bluetooth support is probably the best part of this PDA, since it makes wireless hotsync a reality and eliminates the need for special USB drivers in newer versions of Windows.The grafiti input method is relatively natural and quick to use. I definitely prefer it over any of these virtual keyboards these new smart phones have, but I'll admit that it's inconvenient having to always use a stylus.The major downfall of this specific model was the touch screen. It's noticeably thinner and softer than the older and higher end Palm PDAs, which allows the stylus to get closer to the screen, but it also has a tendency to cause jitters in the input. It's also the part that tends to fail the most. I actually removed the plastic touchscreen and replaced it with an aftermarket glass one just months after buying it. Fortunately, the new glass touchscreen has lasted all these years without a single problem. With that modification, this PDA becomes probably one of the best in its class.More recently I noticed the battery life had grown insufficient. I ripped it out and soldered in a replacement with an even higher capacity, and so far it's back to working great again.Overall I'd say this is a great product if you still need a Palm PDA, however with the advent of smartphones it has grown fairly irrelevant for a lot of users. 4Very Good PDA.... Good Deal...I've replaced my Sony Cli SJ-33 which I had for almost 4 years with this one....It took me a while to decide among the TX and the LifeDrive.... and after reading a lot of reviews and knowing that I wanted a sleek PDA other then a Bulky mini Hard Drive (AkA Palm LIFEDRIVE)...And I am glad I have done so...Here are some of my opinions as...:- Awesome screen.... A Real good one... You will not be disapointed, specially with the size...- Speed, since I have tested the lifedrive as well.. TX does not have any "sudden stops" (1-3sec) as LDrive has...It makes sense since it runs from the ROM/RAM memory instead of a drive...- I have tons of software (usefull and some "not really" usefull) which are running perfectly on it... But.. Beware with old software.... Nothing a Hard Reset will not fix it...But usually only the latest versions will not crash the TX (Beyond Contacts, Mini Golf, Sim City, Hp12C, to name just a few which I needed to get the latest version of it...)- Speaker.... C'mon.. for a Palm, this thing is loud.. !! Alarms and musics as well.... (pocket tunes has Equalizer, and it works !! Very decent sound for a PDA) of course, a Headphone will do a better job...- Wifi, Bluetooth, and many other features already mentioned at any review you have probably read everywhere...- Battery.... I would say it is a good battery... Until you turn the Wi-Fi on.... Then it will just go down the hill pretty quick.... from a score of 1 to 10... 7,5 at this one...- Video plays really smoth on this one..... If you are willing to wait a movie to load at the SD card, you can watch DivX movie at it !!Really Cool....But my regrets go to:- Cover.. What kind of cover is this one ?? Is Palm trying to save money with it ?? You will want to get a decent one...- Cradle !!! Does Palm know what that means... Everytime time they try to bundle less equipment with it... The cable does the job, but.... :-(- Better battery managemet when using Wi Fi ?? (mentioning one more time in case there is someone from PALM reading this thread)- It could have a program bundled with it to manage the folders..... And also, to become a Removable Drive (like the Lifedrive), it would be a good thing as well...Anyway.... Those are some points I think it might help everyone to decide.... But this is a very good PDA...Really pleased and it does the job !! a good one...Way to go Palm, but please present some improvements next time, then you will get a score of 10 "with class honour", for now.. It will pass with a score of 9 !!;-) 4An Upgraded WorkhorseYes, yes, everyone wants phones that do everything, but we did not. This was to replace an old Palm that my DH had carried for many years. He calls it his 'memory'. He was worried that he would have to type all of his information in, since he had 'protected' a lot of it on his old one, but the info 'beamed' over to his new one with a little time spent on exploring it. It is Bluetooth and Internet accessible, but we don't need or use it for that. Now he can make all his lists, have all his references to hand - and not have to worry about buying a service contract or apps just to keep track of his day-to-day business. 5My review of the Palm T|XThis Palm can do a basic (but outdated) wireless Internet, has full Bluetooth, an excellent display and battery life, and finally fixes a lot of the bugs and patches missing features while adding new ones, such as multi-tasking in Applications when the Home button is held down. It's literally the only tablet (in honesty, mini-tablet) outside of the bug-riddled LifeDrive that Palm made and it is great to hold. My only favorite to this Palm is the m130, as this one gives a wide assortment of features.The back cover can sometimes be annoying, but it easily clicks and slides on and off as needed. The case is a deep, navy blue color with a black, polyester-like flip-back cover, and it presents the standard four buttons and five-way Navigation control in the center. The SD card is really simple--simply push in to insert, and push down to pop the card out where it can be pulled.The power button is tricky to press on the T|X; use the front buttons whenever possible. Otherwise, the build is very solid, like the rest of the Tungsten series, and unlike the iPaq I had tried to buy and use a few years ago, dropping it didn't break the screen.As for usage, even for beginning computer usage, the operating system is as simple as any other Palm system released, with 5.4 "Garnet" included; in comparison, it honestly is like a jump from Mac OS 8 with the original Palm OS 5 to Mac OS 9. Palm is very simple to use, and if you use mobile sites when browsing and leave your router with WPA1 level protection only or lower, the wireless still works rather well. Anything higher will NOT work, and full sites may cause Blazer to fail to load the site, or even a panic (i.e. hot reset). Do NOT expect this to behave like a modern-day handheld would--it's a vintage computer that works as such. It is still great for music with PocketTunes pre-loaded and Documents To Go by DataViz for doing Word documents and Excel spreadsheets. Apps are still available for it--some I recommend include iSpin (a mini UI shell with a file manager) along with the Mac OS 9 skin or the Windows XP skin, Khroma, and VfsDOS. Also, if you have extra time, several classic games are a joy to play on these little machines. CardTXT is also a great addition, with plenty more exploring you can do on Bing or Google. For more performance, though the wireless does not work in most builds, find and download an old copy of Gnu/Linux for Palm.In summary, I recommend this if you're a Palm enthusiast, or if you want to find a cheap Linux tablet-like computer to play with. Otherwise, this is a great little machine, and deserves it's place in Palm history, though Palm is gone now... 5should have been betterI can recommend the TX as a good buy, but with some cautions. I briefly flirted with switching to a pocket PC, but decided to stick to machines running the Palm OS since that is what I am accustomed to and it is certainly adequate for most of my needs.I purchased my TX as a replacement for a Clie (which was itself a replacement for a Palm). The Clie proved to be far superior to Palm PDAs of its day, but Sony is now out of the PDA market, which after a bit of shopping around led to my decision to return to Palm. The TX is a reasonable replacement for the Clie in the sense that it includes all of the same functionality (and has some improvements: larger screen, vertical and horizontal view modes, longer battery life). The only downside is that it is a bit bulkier. I knew this when I purchased it and hoped that the added features would compensate, and I feel that they do. If I only wanted the Clie functionality, the TX would be worth 5 stars; however, the added promise is wireless access and that isn't fully up to snuff.I use a secured wireless network with WEP key, and and am happy to report it is fully supported, so internet access is not a problem area. As at least one other reviewer has noted, Palm's VersaMail is less than adequate. My internet provider is Comcast, which is in the list VersaMail supposedly supports. I can use it to receive email, but even though the VersaMail "advanced" configuration indicates authentication support is on, send mail doesn't work. Comcast lays the blame squarely on Palm, and rightly so, which I think is enough for a one star deduction. Of course, if you can access email through the web (which I can with Comcast), this is not a make or break issue. The web browser could be better, but works OK, especially given the screen size. I don't have a blue tooth enabled phone, so I can't say plus or minus regarding that feature, nor do I do text messaging. I had Documents to Go on the Clie, and while it's nice to have it on the TX for occasional use, word processing is really something for full size computers. Ditto for music (get an Ipod).Palm's installation software is one of those that insists it knows best, which would probably have been OK on a system that had never had a PDA using Palm OS. In my case, the setup program insisted on installing in my Clie directory, which resulted in Clie specific programs getting picked up by Sync, which crashed the setup and resulted in the TX being rendered unstable (couldn't sync and had errors on startup). I got back in control by doing a hard reset on the TX (you have to go to Palm's TX site to get the user manual to find out how) and starting over, this time making sure the Clie installs were not picked up.If you are considering Palm's hardcase, you need to be aware that it has at least one annoying design flaw - you can't get to the stylus without flopping the TX away from the case. I plan to peruse the after-market to see if anyone has one without this drawback.One final note: the USB cable has itty-bitty plastic alignment ends for plugging into the TX that I'm sure will break off in time. I've also found that you have to push it in hard prior to sync to make sure the signal gets through. Perhaps the optional cradle doesn't have this issue.8/14/2012 update: As an FYI, I pounded this thing for over 6 years before it finally called it quits. Its only maintenance was when I replaced the battery a couple of years ago (a real feat of courage, since the battery is soldered in and not designed to be replaced). After noodling around for a couple of weeks looking at what kind of device might best replace it, I finally decided none of them could and so just bought myself a new one (there are still some for sale at reasonable prices). I've been using Blue Tooth via Palm Desktop ver 3.2.2 by ACCESS on Win 7 X64 for Hotsync (and as a result have nothing good to say about BT), but albeit quite slow it did do the job of restoring my data and configuration (hint, you have to turn off the USB Hotsync connection option on Palm Access or you will get a port already in use error when the T|X tries to connect via BT). The long and short of it is the new T|X is now an absolute clone of the old one. There are several reasons I decided to stay with this evidently dated Palm technology: 1) the calendar is far better than any I've tried on other devices (and besides it has my travel history on it for many years) 2) its alarm will actually awaken me 3) it crosses time zones easily 4) my contacts list is very easy to peruse and is loaded with useful information on each entry 5) it just isn't that hard to carry in my pocket with my cell phone (which has a lot of the same features, but just isn't as helpful), and anyway the other usual PDA knick knacks occasionally come in handy. 4Still a worthy opponent to Pocket PCI had a Palm 3, then a Palm V, and stopped using palms when I moved over to a Dell Axim with Microsoft Pocket PC which at that time was version 3.I always missed my former palms when I worked in Information Technology. With the MS Platform, I found myself beginning to carry a notebook around because the handwriting technology of the Pocket PC was not on par with the Palm and it seemed more of a toy than anything you would really use. I began seeing how the PDA market was gradually moving into Mobile Phones and I began to move away from PDA's all together since many features were being carried over onto mobile phone technology. Then I seen that the mini keyboards of some of the better PDA's suddenly were gone, now part of the same mobile phone technology and the dreaded monthly charges.I decided to move ahead with buying a Palm TX even though it needed a mini keyboard onboard. (I wish they would put one of these back into a PDA. It makes note taking much easier, but yes, I know there is a note function that allows for freehand writing, so that works for now, but sometimes you need to punch in characters for quick transfer to other formats). I also wanted Wi-Fi, since there are so many hot-spots and many areas have un-secured hotspots, so connecting to the net is no longer any issues. Versa Mail connects fine to Pop3 and Exchange Mail connections. Battery charges seem to be better than I recall with my Palm from four years ago. The universal Keyboard sold seperately, which I found a good deal on Ebay, is nice and works well with the IR, so I can take this to the StarBucks, Library, Airport and actually do some work and leave the laptop behind.Once again, I still believe the TX needs an onboard keyboard, perhaps a slide out version under the unit rather than compromising the amount of LCD space which I believe is very generous. I am pleased with the TX and allready in the process of obtaining the Hot Sync cradle and an aluminum metal case, which is absolutely needed. The leather top cover will not protect this effectively if you plan to put the unit in your pocket with keys and coin change rubbing all over it.Standard PDA's are still worth having, but I feel that many of the manufactures are starting to thin out the features due to mobile phones. I still think there is a market of people who dont want recurrent fees with the integrated features a mobile phones now has, which originated from PDA's. I'm glad they still exist for now. 5Still pleased...4 month updateBased on some of the reviews, I bought this product with some trepidation. This is my 4th PDA. All have had the Palm OS operating system. My most recent PDA was a Sony Clie. It operated trouble free for two years. However, it recently met with an unfortunate end on an asphalt driveway. In selecting a new unit, I decided that I did not want to go through the learning curve of a new operating system and I wanted built in WiFi. This limited me to the Palm TX or the LifeDrive. From there, weight and function for the dollar, lead me to pick the TX.I have had the TX for 5 days. I did not have any problems getting it up and running. (I made sure that I downloaded all the latest software drivers and patches ). My Outlook data and Clie settings loaded with no problems. I have loaded music on to it and I connect to the internet daily (the 801b is a bit of a pain since our wireless at home is normally set for 801g). I like to use the TX for quick checks of email, without having to boot up the computer and get distracted reading the news and sports. Downloading of my Yahoo mail into Versamail has worked flawlessly. I have not had a problem with battery life when using the internet. I have not used a memory card. I will have to try that next. The screen resolution is superior to my Clie and a choice of display options allowed me to select colors easiest on my eyes.It has been easy to find functions, perform set ups and use the functions of the unit, without having to consult documentation. However, this is probably due to the fact that I am already very familiar with Palm OS. I am apparently one of the few people in the world who liked the old Graffiti. The TX uses Graffiti 2. Graffiti 2 is more like regular print, which has required some getting used to.I have no use for Bluetooth at this point. The TX is compatible with my old ThinkOutsidetheBox infra-red keyboard.I also purchased the cradle, which I regret. It takes two hands to remove the unit from the cradle, unlike my Clie, which I could grab and go. Given the fate of the prior PDA, I also bought a leather case. The leather case also hides the obvious plastic housing of the TX. (the comparable HP beats the TX on looks in my book). If one buys the case, it is probably easier to simply use the cables that come with the unit. That way, one does not have to remove the TX from the case in order to charge it.(Update - actually the cables do not work well with the unit inside of the case either)Update - 4 months laterI added a one 1G memory card, which I keep in the unit at all times - no problems. After installing the correct driver - my ThinkOutSide key board works flawlessly. I also enjoy PocketTunes. I put music and an audio book on it, which was great for travel. It also picks up wireless networks reliability when I traval. It is better than my laptop at snagging the "hot spot". This has been the most functional and fun Palm I have owned. I hope it lasts at least as long as my Clie. 4Love Mine!!!I have used mine daily for almost 7 years now. It may be old but in this day of Droids, iPhones and the like I have never found a sharper tool. Palm's calendars, notepads and contact management tools are still the gold standard. If you need a device that is a real workhorse--and not just something to play with, you just might find one of these beauties will fit you perfectly.If you use 64-bit Windows 7 or above, you might want to visit aceeca.com for 64 bit drivers. That way your desktop software will hot sync. Works great on mine. Also, if you need the space, palmpowerups sells drivers to support SD cards up to 32 Gb. They do cause a very slight amount of instability but nothing a rare reset and re-seating of the SD card won't fix. mine goes for weeks on end with nary a hiccup. Totally worth it for the extra storage space. If you have screen calibration issues, look for a place that can install a new glass digitizer.And finally, a wireless IR keyboard or a bluetooth model will increase the usefulness by 1000 percent. There are still thousands of programs out there for these units. I have seen everything from photo editing software to a CAD program.Again I love mine. I am thinking about buying a spare. Mine is in constant use and I just don't want to be without one. 5
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Description
  • Sleek, stylish handheld with 128 MB of flash memory and big 320x480 screen
  • Built-in wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi (802.11b) and Bluetooth
  • Easily manage email on the road or access files on your office desktop PC
  • Expansion slot that supports MMC, SD, and SDIO memory cards
  • Palm Desktop Software for Windows and Mac
Reviews

Customer Reviews

Still use and love my Palm TX in 2019Bought this one as a backup since they're getting harder to find. Still have my original Palm TX that I bought used back in November 2009 and use it daily for my busy schedule. After 10 years, the battery still holds a charge and lasts forever. The only downside is it won't connect to wi-fi any longer due to it being obsolete but the internet feature on the Palm TX is a pain anyhow so no biggie. Better options are available to access the web. I use mine to keep me on schedule and it does so perfectly. Technology continues to advance but some old school products are still very useful today. The 160 GB iPod being one. This Palm TX being another. Both of which I continue to use daily in 2019. Sure wish they still made them new. 5It'll doIt'll do.I bought the PalmTX after my 4-year-old Dell AximX5 started getting quirky. I wanted something lighter this time, and with fewer and fewer true PDA's available, the TX looked like a safe bet. My main uses are calendar, tasks, contacts, memos, and adding a few lines to documents at odd moments between desks. I don't want a phone with all the PDA features because the screens are too small, I don't like thumb typing, and I don't communicate that much anyway. I've had the TX for two weeks now and I can use it for my purposes, but I'm not wowed by it. My beefs:1) Sticking the same 299 price for two years, when everyone knows the market is moving to smart phones is just silly. It's like they're thinking if they keep the price artificially high people will go for the Treo instead.2) The prongs on the USB synch cable are doomed to break under the force require to unplug them, and I'm minimizing my synching to preserve it as long as possible.3) The protective cover that comes in the box is an insult.4) The one-size-fits-all screen protector that comes in the box requires a very sharp scissors - which I don't own - to cut to size. Also, compared to the old Fellowes protectors, it's too thick, and considerable force is required to make a keystroke in Graffitti.5) I thought the OS would have improved one feature since my old old Sony Clie: the zoom. It's still not a real zoom, and the largest choice is still too small for me. I had to keep jacking up the fonts.6) I have a ThinkOutside infrared keyboard (one of the few truly great products I've owned) and other than the diagram pointing to the IR port, there's no documentation about "infrared" either in the manual or online. I finally figured out "infrared" was what they meant by "wireless," which is confusing because of the Wi-fi. Why not just say infrared, if that's what they mean.On the plus side, the weight and size are just right, I like the sideways screen option, the screen is nice and bright, the Notepad feature is easier to use than on the Windows OS, the memory is more than I'm used to, and the Wi-fi is a step up for me. In general it's a tool I will use every day, but I'm not applauding. 3Good out of the box -- great with some modificationsI purchased my Palm TX back in 2007. I mostly used it with SuperMemo and DioPen's Korean text input/display hacks to study the massive amounts of vocabulary they had us reviewing when I was learning Korean at the Defense Language Institute while in the military, but it also served as a valuable task tracking tool.Overall, the unit is quite nice. The screen is high resolution (for a PDA from the period) and full color. Wifi support is convenient, although these days you might run into 802.11n WPA2 access points that won't work with this model. Bluetooth support is probably the best part of this PDA, since it makes wireless hotsync a reality and eliminates the need for special USB drivers in newer versions of Windows.The grafiti input method is relatively natural and quick to use. I definitely prefer it over any of these virtual keyboards these new smart phones have, but I'll admit that it's inconvenient having to always use a stylus.The major downfall of this specific model was the touch screen. It's noticeably thinner and softer than the older and higher end Palm PDAs, which allows the stylus to get closer to the screen, but it also has a tendency to cause jitters in the input. It's also the part that tends to fail the most. I actually removed the plastic touchscreen and replaced it with an aftermarket glass one just months after buying it. Fortunately, the new glass touchscreen has lasted all these years without a single problem. With that modification, this PDA becomes probably one of the best in its class.More recently I noticed the battery life had grown insufficient. I ripped it out and soldered in a replacement with an even higher capacity, and so far it's back to working great again.Overall I'd say this is a great product if you still need a Palm PDA, however with the advent of smartphones it has grown fairly irrelevant for a lot of users. 4Very Good PDA.... Good Deal...I've replaced my Sony Cli SJ-33 which I had for almost 4 years with this one....It took me a while to decide among the TX and the LifeDrive.... and after reading a lot of reviews and knowing that I wanted a sleek PDA other then a Bulky mini Hard Drive (AkA Palm LIFEDRIVE)...And I am glad I have done so...Here are some of my opinions as...:- Awesome screen.... A Real good one... You will not be disapointed, specially with the size...- Speed, since I have tested the lifedrive as well.. TX does not have any "sudden stops" (1-3sec) as LDrive has...It makes sense since it runs from the ROM/RAM memory instead of a drive...- I have tons of software (usefull and some "not really" usefull) which are running perfectly on it... But.. Beware with old software.... Nothing a Hard Reset will not fix it...But usually only the latest versions will not crash the TX (Beyond Contacts, Mini Golf, Sim City, Hp12C, to name just a few which I needed to get the latest version of it...)- Speaker.... C'mon.. for a Palm, this thing is loud.. !! Alarms and musics as well.... (pocket tunes has Equalizer, and it works !! Very decent sound for a PDA) of course, a Headphone will do a better job...- Wifi, Bluetooth, and many other features already mentioned at any review you have probably read everywhere...- Battery.... I would say it is a good battery... Until you turn the Wi-Fi on.... Then it will just go down the hill pretty quick.... from a score of 1 to 10... 7,5 at this one...- Video plays really smoth on this one..... If you are willing to wait a movie to load at the SD card, you can watch DivX movie at it !!Really Cool....But my regrets go to:- Cover.. What kind of cover is this one ?? Is Palm trying to save money with it ?? You will want to get a decent one...- Cradle !!! Does Palm know what that means... Everytime time they try to bundle less equipment with it... The cable does the job, but.... :-(- Better battery managemet when using Wi Fi ?? (mentioning one more time in case there is someone from PALM reading this thread)- It could have a program bundled with it to manage the folders..... And also, to become a Removable Drive (like the Lifedrive), it would be a good thing as well...Anyway.... Those are some points I think it might help everyone to decide.... But this is a very good PDA...Really pleased and it does the job !! a good one...Way to go Palm, but please present some improvements next time, then you will get a score of 10 "with class honour", for now.. It will pass with a score of 9 !!;-) 4An Upgraded WorkhorseYes, yes, everyone wants phones that do everything, but we did not. This was to replace an old Palm that my DH had carried for many years. He calls it his 'memory'. He was worried that he would have to type all of his information in, since he had 'protected' a lot of it on his old one, but the info 'beamed' over to his new one with a little time spent on exploring it. It is Bluetooth and Internet accessible, but we don't need or use it for that. Now he can make all his lists, have all his references to hand - and not have to worry about buying a service contract or apps just to keep track of his day-to-day business. 5My review of the Palm T|XThis Palm can do a basic (but outdated) wireless Internet, has full Bluetooth, an excellent display and battery life, and finally fixes a lot of the bugs and patches missing features while adding new ones, such as multi-tasking in Applications when the Home button is held down. It's literally the only tablet (in honesty, mini-tablet) outside of the bug-riddled LifeDrive that Palm made and it is great to hold. My only favorite to this Palm is the m130, as this one gives a wide assortment of features.The back cover can sometimes be annoying, but it easily clicks and slides on and off as needed. The case is a deep, navy blue color with a black, polyester-like flip-back cover, and it presents the standard four buttons and five-way Navigation control in the center. The SD card is really simple--simply push in to insert, and push down to pop the card out where it can be pulled.The power button is tricky to press on the T|X; use the front buttons whenever possible. Otherwise, the build is very solid, like the rest of the Tungsten series, and unlike the iPaq I had tried to buy and use a few years ago, dropping it didn't break the screen.As for usage, even for beginning computer usage, the operating system is as simple as any other Palm system released, with 5.4 "Garnet" included; in comparison, it honestly is like a jump from Mac OS 8 with the original Palm OS 5 to Mac OS 9. Palm is very simple to use, and if you use mobile sites when browsing and leave your router with WPA1 level protection only or lower, the wireless still works rather well. Anything higher will NOT work, and full sites may cause Blazer to fail to load the site, or even a panic (i.e. hot reset). Do NOT expect this to behave like a modern-day handheld would--it's a vintage computer that works as such. It is still great for music with PocketTunes pre-loaded and Documents To Go by DataViz for doing Word documents and Excel spreadsheets. Apps are still available for it--some I recommend include iSpin (a mini UI shell with a file manager) along with the Mac OS 9 skin or the Windows XP skin, Khroma, and VfsDOS. Also, if you have extra time, several classic games are a joy to play on these little machines. CardTXT is also a great addition, with plenty more exploring you can do on Bing or Google. For more performance, though the wireless does not work in most builds, find and download an old copy of Gnu/Linux for Palm.In summary, I recommend this if you're a Palm enthusiast, or if you want to find a cheap Linux tablet-like computer to play with. Otherwise, this is a great little machine, and deserves it's place in Palm history, though Palm is gone now... 5should have been betterI can recommend the TX as a good buy, but with some cautions. I briefly flirted with switching to a pocket PC, but decided to stick to machines running the Palm OS since that is what I am accustomed to and it is certainly adequate for most of my needs.I purchased my TX as a replacement for a Clie (which was itself a replacement for a Palm). The Clie proved to be far superior to Palm PDAs of its day, but Sony is now out of the PDA market, which after a bit of shopping around led to my decision to return to Palm. The TX is a reasonable replacement for the Clie in the sense that it includes all of the same functionality (and has some improvements: larger screen, vertical and horizontal view modes, longer battery life). The only downside is that it is a bit bulkier. I knew this when I purchased it and hoped that the added features would compensate, and I feel that they do. If I only wanted the Clie functionality, the TX would be worth 5 stars; however, the added promise is wireless access and that isn't fully up to snuff.I use a secured wireless network with WEP key, and and am happy to report it is fully supported, so internet access is not a problem area. As at least one other reviewer has noted, Palm's VersaMail is less than adequate. My internet provider is Comcast, which is in the list VersaMail supposedly supports. I can use it to receive email, but even though the VersaMail "advanced" configuration indicates authentication support is on, send mail doesn't work. Comcast lays the blame squarely on Palm, and rightly so, which I think is enough for a one star deduction. Of course, if you can access email through the web (which I can with Comcast), this is not a make or break issue. The web browser could be better, but works OK, especially given the screen size. I don't have a blue tooth enabled phone, so I can't say plus or minus regarding that feature, nor do I do text messaging. I had Documents to Go on the Clie, and while it's nice to have it on the TX for occasional use, word processing is really something for full size computers. Ditto for music (get an Ipod).Palm's installation software is one of those that insists it knows best, which would probably have been OK on a system that had never had a PDA using Palm OS. In my case, the setup program insisted on installing in my Clie directory, which resulted in Clie specific programs getting picked up by Sync, which crashed the setup and resulted in the TX being rendered unstable (couldn't sync and had errors on startup). I got back in control by doing a hard reset on the TX (you have to go to Palm's TX site to get the user manual to find out how) and starting over, this time making sure the Clie installs were not picked up.If you are considering Palm's hardcase, you need to be aware that it has at least one annoying design flaw - you can't get to the stylus without flopping the TX away from the case. I plan to peruse the after-market to see if anyone has one without this drawback.One final note: the USB cable has itty-bitty plastic alignment ends for plugging into the TX that I'm sure will break off in time. I've also found that you have to push it in hard prior to sync to make sure the signal gets through. Perhaps the optional cradle doesn't have this issue.8/14/2012 update: As an FYI, I pounded this thing for over 6 years before it finally called it quits. Its only maintenance was when I replaced the battery a couple of years ago (a real feat of courage, since the battery is soldered in and not designed to be replaced). After noodling around for a couple of weeks looking at what kind of device might best replace it, I finally decided none of them could and so just bought myself a new one (there are still some for sale at reasonable prices). I've been using Blue Tooth via Palm Desktop ver 3.2.2 by ACCESS on Win 7 X64 for Hotsync (and as a result have nothing good to say about BT), but albeit quite slow it did do the job of restoring my data and configuration (hint, you have to turn off the USB Hotsync connection option on Palm Access or you will get a port already in use error when the T|X tries to connect via BT). The long and short of it is the new T|X is now an absolute clone of the old one. There are several reasons I decided to stay with this evidently dated Palm technology: 1) the calendar is far better than any I've tried on other devices (and besides it has my travel history on it for many years) 2) its alarm will actually awaken me 3) it crosses time zones easily 4) my contacts list is very easy to peruse and is loaded with useful information on each entry 5) it just isn't that hard to carry in my pocket with my cell phone (which has a lot of the same features, but just isn't as helpful), and anyway the other usual PDA knick knacks occasionally come in handy. 4Still a worthy opponent to Pocket PCI had a Palm 3, then a Palm V, and stopped using palms when I moved over to a Dell Axim with Microsoft Pocket PC which at that time was version 3.I always missed my former palms when I worked in Information Technology. With the MS Platform, I found myself beginning to carry a notebook around because the handwriting technology of the Pocket PC was not on par with the Palm and it seemed more of a toy than anything you would really use. I began seeing how the PDA market was gradually moving into Mobile Phones and I began to move away from PDA's all together since many features were being carried over onto mobile phone technology. Then I seen that the mini keyboards of some of the better PDA's suddenly were gone, now part of the same mobile phone technology and the dreaded monthly charges.I decided to move ahead with buying a Palm TX even though it needed a mini keyboard onboard. (I wish they would put one of these back into a PDA. It makes note taking much easier, but yes, I know there is a note function that allows for freehand writing, so that works for now, but sometimes you need to punch in characters for quick transfer to other formats). I also wanted Wi-Fi, since there are so many hot-spots and many areas have un-secured hotspots, so connecting to the net is no longer any issues. Versa Mail connects fine to Pop3 and Exchange Mail connections. Battery charges seem to be better than I recall with my Palm from four years ago. The universal Keyboard sold seperately, which I found a good deal on Ebay, is nice and works well with the IR, so I can take this to the StarBucks, Library, Airport and actually do some work and leave the laptop behind.Once again, I still believe the TX needs an onboard keyboard, perhaps a slide out version under the unit rather than compromising the amount of LCD space which I believe is very generous. I am pleased with the TX and allready in the process of obtaining the Hot Sync cradle and an aluminum metal case, which is absolutely needed. The leather top cover will not protect this effectively if you plan to put the unit in your pocket with keys and coin change rubbing all over it.Standard PDA's are still worth having, but I feel that many of the manufactures are starting to thin out the features due to mobile phones. I still think there is a market of people who dont want recurrent fees with the integrated features a mobile phones now has, which originated from PDA's. I'm glad they still exist for now. 5Still pleased...4 month updateBased on some of the reviews, I bought this product with some trepidation. This is my 4th PDA. All have had the Palm OS operating system. My most recent PDA was a Sony Clie. It operated trouble free for two years. However, it recently met with an unfortunate end on an asphalt driveway. In selecting a new unit, I decided that I did not want to go through the learning curve of a new operating system and I wanted built in WiFi. This limited me to the Palm TX or the LifeDrive. From there, weight and function for the dollar, lead me to pick the TX.I have had the TX for 5 days. I did not have any problems getting it up and running. (I made sure that I downloaded all the latest software drivers and patches ). My Outlook data and Clie settings loaded with no problems. I have loaded music on to it and I connect to the internet daily (the 801b is a bit of a pain since our wireless at home is normally set for 801g). I like to use the TX for quick checks of email, without having to boot up the computer and get distracted reading the news and sports. Downloading of my Yahoo mail into Versamail has worked flawlessly. I have not had a problem with battery life when using the internet. I have not used a memory card. I will have to try that next. The screen resolution is superior to my Clie and a choice of display options allowed me to select colors easiest on my eyes.It has been easy to find functions, perform set ups and use the functions of the unit, without having to consult documentation. However, this is probably due to the fact that I am already very familiar with Palm OS. I am apparently one of the few people in the world who liked the old Graffiti. The TX uses Graffiti 2. Graffiti 2 is more like regular print, which has required some getting used to.I have no use for Bluetooth at this point. The TX is compatible with my old ThinkOutsidetheBox infra-red keyboard.I also purchased the cradle, which I regret. It takes two hands to remove the unit from the cradle, unlike my Clie, which I could grab and go. Given the fate of the prior PDA, I also bought a leather case. The leather case also hides the obvious plastic housing of the TX. (the comparable HP beats the TX on looks in my book). If one buys the case, it is probably easier to simply use the cables that come with the unit. That way, one does not have to remove the TX from the case in order to charge it.(Update - actually the cables do not work well with the unit inside of the case either)Update - 4 months laterI added a one 1G memory card, which I keep in the unit at all times - no problems. After installing the correct driver - my ThinkOutSide key board works flawlessly. I also enjoy PocketTunes. I put music and an audio book on it, which was great for travel. It also picks up wireless networks reliability when I traval. It is better than my laptop at snagging the "hot spot". This has been the most functional and fun Palm I have owned. I hope it lasts at least as long as my Clie. 4Love Mine!!!I have used mine daily for almost 7 years now. It may be old but in this day of Droids, iPhones and the like I have never found a sharper tool. Palm's calendars, notepads and contact management tools are still the gold standard. If you need a device that is a real workhorse--and not just something to play with, you just might find one of these beauties will fit you perfectly.If you use 64-bit Windows 7 or above, you might want to visit aceeca.com for 64 bit drivers. That way your desktop software will hot sync. Works great on mine. Also, if you need the space, palmpowerups sells drivers to support SD cards up to 32 Gb. They do cause a very slight amount of instability but nothing a rare reset and re-seating of the SD card won't fix. mine goes for weeks on end with nary a hiccup. Totally worth it for the extra storage space. If you have screen calibration issues, look for a place that can install a new glass digitizer.And finally, a wireless IR keyboard or a bluetooth model will increase the usefulness by 1000 percent. There are still thousands of programs out there for these units. I have seen everything from photo editing software to a CAD program.Again I love mine. I am thinking about buying a spare. Mine is in constant use and I just don't want to be without one. 5
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