palmOne nearly doubles handheld storage to 256 MB
October 23, 2004 Handheld computing benchmarks have nearly doubled with the introduction of the Tungsten T5 from palmOne, which has 256 MB of RAM and acts as a portable flash memory drive that keeps data protected even if it loses its charge. With an estimated retail value of AU $749, the next generation Tungsten T5 offers the ability to carry more data and applications on a handheld than ever before.
The Tungsten T5 handheld can store thousands of appointments and contacts; hundreds of emails and documents; PowerPoint presentations; hundreds of VGA photos; two music CDs and several minutes of video. All can be viewed in landscape or portrait mode on the stunning 320x480 display screen. Bluetooth wireless technology lets users sync with a laptop computer or connect to a Bluetooth compatible phone to browse the web, and send and receive email and SMS messages. A Wi-Fi card from palmOne is also available allowing access to Wi-Fi hotspots. The Tungsten T5 Wi-Fi Edition is available from end November, at an estimated retail price of AU $799.
With an all-new sleek and slim design, the Tungsten T5 gives customers the folders and files they need whenever and wherever they need them. "Today's mobile professionals need greater access to their information, regardless of the data's size," said Paul Blinkhorn, vice president of Asia Pacific for palmOne. "The Tungsten T5 handheld gives these highly mobile workers next-generation capabilities. It doubles as a flash drive, allowing people to carry their work from the office to home and back, without carrying a laptop, and has more storage capacity than any other handheld device."
Flash memory, a form of electronic memory, is used for easy and safe information storage. Its low power consumption and light weight make flash memory ideal for mobile devices. In addition, flash memory holds information without a charge or power, just like a memory card saves pictures when not connected to a digital camera. The flash memory in the TungstenT5 handheld will maintain its data, even when the power is exhausted. Simply charge the handheld again and the data is there. To access important information wherever it's necessary, the user simply selects Drive Mode on the handheld and plugs the HotSync cable into another computer's USB port. The user then can open, copy, move, rename, delete and manage files and folders while using the Tungsten T5 handheld as a removable drive.
Users can also drag and drop files and folders between the Tungsten T5 handheld and their desktop computers using palmOne's new File Transfer application, which is installed onto computers via Palm Desktop software. Simple and easy to use, a live desktop window gives users instant access to data and information stored in the handheld's internal drive. Users who have Palm Desktop installed at work and home can simply drag an important file to their internal drive, take their Tungsten T5 handheld home, plug it into their home computer's USB port and access the file. While on the go and away from a desktop, users can view their Word, Excel or PowerPoint documents on palmOne's highest-resolution colour screen. They can also create and edit Word and Excel compatible files and view and carry PowerPoint files with no desktop conversion required. A new Favourites view provides easy access to the applications, files and folders most important to the user, while a new Files application allows for easy navigation among folders and files.