Palm Tungsten C
There are an ever-growing number of WiFi HotSpots, allowing you to check
your email and surf the web using a wireless connection. It’s also
easy to set up a wireless network in your home.
If you like the idea of wireless networking but don’t want to carry
around a laptop or tablet PC, the Palm Tungsten C will let you carry an Internet
computer in your pocket.
The Tungsten C is one of the most powerful Palm handhelds available, with a
screaming fast 400MHz Intel processor. It also features 64MB of RAM (though
only about 51MB of that is available to you).
The display is a beautiful 320x320 transflective color screen, which provides
an excellent display whether you’re looking at text or graphics.
Like most other current Palm handhelds, the T|C has an expansion slot that
can accept multimedia cards or secure digital cards. It also has the Palm
Universal Connector, so cradles and other peripherals that you used with
a Palm m5xx or Tungsten T will also fit the T|C.
Unlike most other Palms, the T|C has a built-in QWERTY keyboard. I wasn’t
sure about this when I first saw it, but now that I’ve been using it
for a while I find that I like this little keyboard better than Palm’s
Graffiti, especially now that the standard is Graffiti 2. And of course it
works just fine with the full-size keyboards that I’ve been using with
my previous Palms.
The built-in software now includes VersaMail for email, and a web browser.
The T|C has built-in 802.11b Wi-Fi, so you can get on the Internet anywhere
there is a Wi-Fi HotSpot.
Other built-in software includes Palm Photos, DataViz Documents To go, and
PPTP VPN client. You also get two CDs that include Palm Desktop, Chapura
PocketMirror (allows you to sync your Palm with Microsoft Outlook), Adobe
Acrobat Reader for Palm OS, Copytalk, Infinity Softworks powerOne personal
calculator, WorldMate, Printboy, Solitaire, Kinoma Player & Producer, and Palm Reader.
I haven’t had any compatibility problems with the software that I used
on my earlier Palms. In fact, since I had been running much of my Palm software
from a secure digital card, all I had to do was insert the card into the T|C
and I was ready to go.
Audible Player works quite well on the T|C, so I can still listen to my Audible
books. However, the T|C doesn’t use a standard audio jack like the Tungsten
T did. If you want to use a headset to listen to audio playback, you have to
buy the special Hands-Free Headset from Palm. That’s only $15, but it
was annoying to find that I would have to make another purchase in order to
keep listening to audio.
The T|C also doesn’t have a built-in microphone, like the Tungsten T
series has. While there is a Voice Memo application included with the T|C,
you must have the headset plugged in to use it.
My only other complaint is about one of the included programs, Documents
to Go. These Palm programs are quite powerful and usable, but the word processor
does not have a word count function — which severely diminishes its usefulness
for writers. But if you don’t need word counts, then this is still a
The Palm Tungsten C is a great little handheld. And if you want Wi-Fi, it
is currently your only choice from Palm.
It’s also the most expensive Palm, at $499. But if you want a Wi-Fi computer
in your pocket, with the added bonus of being a fast Palm with an excellent
display, the T|C is a great choice.
Palm Tungsten C
© 2004 by Charles M. Olsen