Palm Tungsten T5 review:

Palm Tungsten T5

There's plenty of fun to be had with the T5 as well. With RealOne Player onboard, you can listen to MP3s and RealAudio files while Kinoma Player lets you watch video (see Performance). And why not take advantage of the T5's vast storage space to carry some of your favorite photos with you? The PalmOne Media application even lets you organize photos into a digital album for extra personalization.

In terms of wireless connectivity, the T5 offers Bluetooth and an infrared port, but to our disappointment, there is no integrated Wi-Fi. The one saving grace is that PalmOne says it will update the driver on its Wi-Fi card to support the T5. Now you'll just have to fork over the extra $130. We did, however, use the included Bluetooth utility to pair up the T5 with a Bluetooth-enabled Pocket PC and were able to seamlessly beam data between the two devices.

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Space hog: If 256MB of memory isn't enough for you, there's also an SDIO/MMC expansion slot.

The T5 runs Palm OS 5.4 and offers two new views. The customizable Favorite screen lets you quickly access your most important or frequently used applications, while the File view opens the doors to all the files and folders on your internal flash drive. Bundled software includes VersaMail 2.7.1 (which supports POP, IMAP, and SMTP e-mail accounts), the Blazer 4.0 Web browser, SplashMoney, and more. You also get DataViz's Documents To Go 7.0, so you can create and edit Word and Excel documents and view PowerPoint files. Aside from the multimedia kicks, you have Handmark Solitaire and PalmReader to entertain you during your downtime.

Equipped with Intel's latest 416MHz XScale processor, the PalmOne Tungsten T5 offered great performance overall. Applications ran smoothly, although we did notice a slight lag in response time when loading photos and videos. Still, videos looked great on the T5's sharp screen, and MP3 playback was superb, with clear sound and loud volume.

Battery life was impressive. In CNET Labs' tests, we looped a video clip with screen brightness set at 50 percent, and the T5 hung on for 5 hours, 10 minutes, a good 2 hours longer than the T3. Playing a repeated MP3 file, the device lasted for 6 hours. Since our drain tests are designed to zap battery power as quickly as possible, you'll get more mileage out of the PDA with normal use. PalmOne says the T5 can last as long as a week on a full charge.

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