Tungsten E PDA (32MB, SD/MMC Card, Palm OS v5.2.1) - Security Camera User Rating
Manufacturer: Palmone
Model: P80880US
Installed Memory: 32
Operating System: Palm OS
Backlit Display: Yes
Average User RatingAverage User Rating: Number of User Reviews: 36

Reviewed by: brimbleshoes from ID on Jul 5, 2004

Experience: 5 Months

Strengths: Reletively inexpensive, color screen, easy to use, nice metal stylus.

Weaknesses: Screen could be brighter for use in the sunlight.

Summary: I really like this palm. Its my second after I borrowed an old m100 for a few months. The reason I chose this PDA is because I didn't need a lot of stuff to go with it, or added on to it. I don't need a camera, and if I wanted to type, I'd get a laptop. This is not a multimedia center. It will do video, music, pictures, office docs, and games, but don't expect too much. If you're dreaming of all the "cool" stuff you can do if you purchase one remember what Palm has always done well; a streamlined OS, as well as applications. If you want to surf the web, get a computer. This does business and school stuff very well. I also use it as my mp3 player, and sounds really good, (in some ways I like it better than the RCA lyra RD1021 we have). I used it last semester to keep my school stuff in order (using a program called "Due Yesterday"), and as an MP3 player while I studied. I also use the Word and Excel features often (which is a nice touch).
If you're wanting a PDA for multimedia, I wouldn't recommend a PDA at all, mostly because you'll be diapointed, and the "new car smell" will wear off quickly. If you need to get organized, and have some music, and pictures and stuff along the way, I highly recommend this PDA. Its the best for the money. This PDA although does not fit many of the standard palm accesories. I personally like that I don't have to use one of those lame cradle cords. It uses a USB connection that our MP3 player uses, and so I don't have a ton of stuff on my desk. The USB also will SLOWLY charge it up. I bought a palm because I just wanted it to work, to be small, to play music, have lots of 3rd party apps, and to be expandable (memory -- it has an SDIO slot). I wouldn't hold your breath about internet surfing, checking email is cool, but the processor and screen just aren't big enough for general web stuff.
The color screen is nice, but isn't quite bright enough to use outside or in a sunny window for long periods of time, as the sunlight washes it out. But it works good enough for me.
Again, its great for students, and anyone else who needs to get organized. The contact manager and calendar are really nice, my wife and I are able to coordinate our schedules nicely. Its very thin, and makes a great mp3 player. (And if you use the RealPlayer audio format, it still sounds great and you can fit two to three times as much on your SD card). When I bought it Pocket PC's were still pretty bulky, and so were the Clie's. Things are different now, but this is still a great PDA at this price point.

Reviewed by: williampr from TX on Dec 21, 2003

Experience: 2 Months

Strengths: color screen, operating system (5.2.1), fast processor, lots of included software

Weaknesses: battery life . . . battery life . . .

Summary: (Edited January 02nd by williampr) The color screen is incredible. Date/calendar, addresses/contact and todo/tasks applications on this version of the operating system ( 5.2.1) are great compared to earlier Palms. Can load some applications and files directly into an SDIO card (not included with the handheld) via the Palm Desktop (version 4.1.2). Graffiti2 is a lot easier to use then the original Graffiti. Size is small.

No way to turn off backlight to conserve battery life. No way to configure Hotsync icon in Graffiti2 area to sync via infrared. No travel charge available to plug directly in a wall outlet (the charger supplied with the handheld is bulky); however, the usb hotsync cable does supply a trickle charge to the handheld (takes about 9 hours to fully charge via the usb hotsync cable compared to 3 hours using the bulky charger). The biggest problem is the battery life--I had to charge at least once a day.

I used my Tungsten E for about a week before switching back to my Palm M500 (my wife now uses the Tungsten E). Battery life is more important to me than a color screen and a fast processor speed. When my M500 finally dies, I'll buy another Tungsten E for my own use.

Reviewed by: rosewhite on Dec 31, 2004

Experience: 1 Years

Strengths: price

Weaknesses: Reliability, battery life, ease of use, Palm support. Basically, it's trash.

Summary: Trash. The TE is useless after 1 year. Its totally unreliable. I'm on my 3rd one in 12 months and I'm literally throwing it in the bin. I will NEVER purchase another product from Palm -- and I was a loyal customer with a Palm IIIc I used for years. Two TEs were replaced after fighting with the company (they finally deigned to finally talk with me). One replacement I paid nearly the cost of the original machine for, the second was within the 90 day warrantee of the repaired machine (90 days!! Now there's confidence in your product, eh?).

I bought the machine for business use on the road. The main problem is machine battery dies in a short time, used or not used, little/no warning re it's demise, and unless you get the machine recharged in a very short time (hours) the whole thing goes... and will NOT recharge, reset, or anything. To recharge on the road you have to buy more equipment and since this machine does not have a universal connector, you have to buy the special stuff for TE. Then if, you catch it in time and do not have the whole product die completely, you have to reset, reformat, and reinstall all programs and data. If you don't catch it in time, it does not charge, does not reset and sits darkly on your desk collecting dust.

Second problem is that Palm Tech Support is as useless as the machine C that is if and when you can find them, contact them, and actually talk to a person. If you get a person who can actually troubleshoot or speak English in an understandable way, youre really in luck.

Bottom line: Save your money. Avoid headaches and buy from another company. If you have $200 to blow on this machine, give the $ to charity. You and the charity will be better off and Palm wont be a smirking fatcat.

Reviewed by: teampati from FL on Feb 11, 2004

Experience: 2 Months

Strengths: I know it's an over-used phrase, but the Tungsten E is extremely "user friendly". The screen is easy to see, and the features are very easy to figure out. The alarm sounds are pleasant, as well.

Weaknesses: Expanding the system, such as to add modem capabilities, can be expensive.

Summary: This is my first PDA. I researched online and in-store for a month before buying this one, two months ago. It had all the features I wanted, except the ability to connect to my email accounts right out of the box. I haven't yet bought an expansion card so I can load music, but it's only a matter of time. I like this SOOOO much better than a (paper) day planner, of which I own two and never use. Being more technology-oriented, I found this product to be just what I wanted. I use the calculator more often than the other calculators I have at my disposal. I am even reading the original story of "The Wizard of Oz", a nice little bonus I located while fiddling around. Not having any past experience,I don't find the battery life to be poor, as some other reviews have noted. I treat it like my cell phone, and plug it in to recharge, when needed.

Reviewed by: zorky2000 on Dec 22, 2003

Experience: 2 Months

Strengths: Compact/slim size, brilliant colors, sharp screen, fast processing, great software bundle, easy to use, sturdy, fabulous value

Weaknesses: USB cord plugs in at the bottom of the unit and gets in the way sometimes. Can't get extra cords for PC link.

Summary: I love my palm!! It was definately the best deal for the money. Other than a slight annoyance with the positioning of the USB link at the bottom (which makes it hard for me to stand the unit up on my desk for easy viewing), I have no complaints. I've had this unit for 2 months and I am becoming more and more dependent on it to stay organized and on top of things.

Reviewed by: arathorn310 from MO on May 30, 2004

Experience: 5 Months

Strengths: Great functionality for the price. Lotsw of available memory with expansion capabilities using cards.

Weaknesses: Charging/hotsyncing/battery life

Summary: With the Tungsten E, Palm accompanied their usually great product with a hotsync/charging system unlike anything on any other Palm device. Then, realizing that it was too expensive to make accessories for just one product line, they failed to support it. There is no such thing as a cradle for the Tungsten E. NOBODY makes one. To charge/sync with the cables that come from Palm requires a separate cable for each function laying across your desk because Palm makes them as separate objects and then doesn't fit them into a cradle to organize them in your workspace. They're always falling off the desk and you have to crawl around on the floor to hotsync. Better cables are available elsewhere but should come supplied. Constant errors during hot sync. Battery life is about 1 hour of user time. I have to charge daily as opposed to weekly with my old Handspring Visor. I realize color display takes more energy than monochrome but this is rediculous. My contact with customer service has pretty much been, "That's the product, tough."

Still, operating functionality is great. Its just the charging/syncing functions I have a problem with. But I wouldn't buy another one.

Reviewed by: sgeisler from WA on Feb 26, 2004

Experience: 2 Months

Strengths: color screen, onboard memory, can run programs right from expansion card, can play little movies, mp3 capability, word to go included on cd.

Weaknesses: probably battery life, although I have not had it run down on me.

Summary: I am very pleased with my Tungsten-E. I did find a travel and car charger on ebay that were inexpensive and work great. Made a big difference. Also, does charge while plugged into computer, although slowly. I had a Visor Edge before this and am so pleased with this. Very versatile. 32 ram is great especially being able to increase it via sd card.
I would recommend this to anyone that really doesn't need web or email access.

Reviewed by: lakingsfn from CA on Nov 20, 2004

Experience: 3 Months

Strengths: Color screen, docs to go, mp3 player

Weaknesses: none

Summary: (Edited November 20th by lakingsfn) I purchased this hand held as an upgrade to a Handspring neo that I used to have and the difference between the two is night and day. I love the color screen on the E and the fast response time whenever I tap an icon. I recharge the battery about once every 4-5 days but have not found this to be much of a problem, especially since I only have to leave it plugged into the charger for about 30 minutes at a time. The absense of a cradle for charging/docking is actually a good thing because it cuts down on desktop clutter. I found the desktop software very easy to use and a breeze to navigate. I would recommend the E to anyone looking for a no nonsense PDA that gets the job done very well.

Reviewed by: craigtc from IN on Nov 11, 2003

Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: excellent screen resolution, fast processor and great expanding capabilities

Weaknesses: there is not a cradle available because of the mini-usb hookup

Summary: this is a great product for organization, office on the go, and gaming. the mp3 capapbility is a plus and the expansion card slot provides for endless possibilities. the design is like that of the palm V, which adds some curve and style rather than the boxy feel of other pda's.

Reviewed by: Bubba4 on May 21, 2004

Experience: 4 Weeks

Strengths: Love the mp3, my photos Kinoma Player are great features. I enjoy such a thin, light PDA.

Weaknesses: The case that comes with it is crappy, and I can't get a spare USB cable.

Summary: Overall I have enjoyed this palm and all of its features with a cheap price. If you're looking for a handheld with lots of capabilities, but aren't looking to spend a lot of money, this is the palm to buy.

Reviewed by: padufs from FL on Jan 11, 2004

Experience: 29 Days

Strengths: Great viewing area, Clear Crisp color. Light weight.

Weaknesses: Hot Sync CONSTANT FATAL error messages.Difficult to hot sync with previous 3rd party software.

Summary: I had a handspring visor for 3yrs and NEVER had problems until I upgraded to this Palm.This has given ERROR messages of ALL types after hot syncs.
I deleted or upgraded 3rd party software STILL get error messages.. NOT worth the hassle, time and frustration...Rather have my money back.

Reviewed by: boingboing from CA on Apr 6, 2004

Experience: 70 Days

Strengths: Clear, easy to use, handy, replaces the conventional paper format that I've used for 20 years very well.

Weaknesses: This baby has a tendency (twice now) to totally black out, deleating EVERYthing and leaving you trying to figure out when you last backed up. Purchased 3, had this problem with 2 of them.

Summary: Battery life is not acceptable - from other reviews I see that recharging daily is necessary, unlike the once a week the company suggests for us users that only turn on their PDA three to five times a day; and the 'data retention for 5 days after battery loss' is a joke, at least to me. How about 6 hours? Maybe I'm too used to simply opening up my Dayplanner and accessing info, not happy with trying to turn on the Tungsten E and getting nothing...nothing. I think maybe I got a dud - nobody could sell this as a dependable tool if this is typical.

Reviewed by: luvray from NY on Jun 1, 2004

Experience: 10 Days

Strengths: MP3 player, Movie player, ebooks and price

Weaknesses: Flip cover and Battery Life

Summary: This is my first Palm. I researched on various sites for months before I decided on getting the Tungsten E. I've read good reviews and bad but overall it was still my choice. I love the documents to go feature (word, excell etc) the MP3 player, and the movie player. I can even view photos too. This is a very handy product. I have not had any problems with it as yet except that after hot sync I got messages, but that was easily fixed. Overall Im happy with my T/E. Thanks palm!

Reviewed by: mciar from CT on Aug 9, 2004

Experience: 13 Days

Strengths: Beautiful display

Weaknesses: None found yet

Summary: Got this PDA for my birthday and I love it! I have synced with my Outlook at work and at home so I always have both schedules and appointments with me for work and kids. Also loaded a few games that are great fun for me and the kids. Went appliance shopping and scribbled notes on brands, features and prices to easily keep track of what each store offered. I am an IT manager and this is my first PDA. Should have bought one a long time ago!

Reviewed by: NeefGhai from CA on Jan 24, 2004

Experience: 16 Days

Strengths: Nice bright display. Can store Adobe and Office documents. Notepad (free writing area).

Weaknesses: BATTERY life is awful. Synching always throws up messages. Desktop data entry is difficult.

Summary: Had a Palm IIIxe prior to this. Upgrade was annoying, it kept throwing out "reset" messages. Love the ability to store Adobe and Office documents. The Notepad feature is awesome.

Battery life is amazingly horrendous to the point I don't turn it on unless I absolutely have to. Can't believe they put this product out to market with the crappy battery life it has. The Adobe and Office documents storage feature is good for quick reference, but editing or even reading lengthy documents is not practical unless the PDA is hooked up to the bulky charger.

The desktop data entry screen is messed up. The fields and text/ labels run into each other. The active field (where the cursor is present) becomes unusably small and springs back to normal size after tabbing out of it. In fact you can't see what is typed unless you tab out of the field. The screen resolution I use normally is 1600x1200 and did try different settings.

Wouldn't recommend buying the Palm Tungsten E. I picked it up for $192 (all incl.).

Reviewed by: jblotz from WI on Oct 29, 2003

Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: Display, software bundle, can sync with USB cable, nice size without using "slider" design, reasonable price.

Weaknesses: No cradle, no voice recorder, feels a little awkward in my hand without the flip cover behind it.

Summary: (Edited October 29th by jblotz) This is my first PDA and I'm very happy with it! I also considered devices running the other OS. I chose Palm because of it's efficient use of resources like memory, battery power, etc. The included software works well with Word, Excel, and Outlook. I'm finding Graffiti 2 easy to use. The display has nice resolution and is easy to read in all but direct sunlight. I really wish it had a voice recorder but I didn't want to pay another $100+ to get it. I don't care for the "slider-types" either. For $200.00, you will not be disapointed.

Reviewed by: wardbh from TX on Nov 26, 2003

Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: Great color. Good software bundle.

Weaknesses: No cradle.

Summary: Either it is too new or Palm isn't supporting it well. You can't buy additional cables from them for Hot Sync. ie: One for laptop and one for desktop. There are just "not available". You can't get a slim leather case for it either.....

Reviewed by: howard654321 from FL on Oct 27, 2003

Experience: 1 Weeks

Strengths: Great Screen. Light and Small. Good Price. Photo's.

Weaknesses: Need to buy SD card.

Summary: These comments come from a Non-Power User. This is a good PDA. Light and compact. Good value. Got the hard case also which is terrific. Last Palm was the IIIc. Had a Hot Sync problem moving over but Palm Support was great in fixing it.

Reviewed by: DanD from CA on Feb 3, 2004

Experience: 60 Days

Strengths: Clear, easy to use

Weaknesses: Battary life, MUST recharge every 5-8 days after only accessing once or twice a day!

Summary: Palm has to come out with a replacement battary. This is awful. Had a Handspring 2 years and worst it ever got was recharge once a month. I do not play games or leave it on but just add or look up data once or twice a day. I like everything about this Palm EXCEPT the battary life!

Reviewed by: mfauls from NJ on Jan 30, 2004

Experience: 14 Days

Strengths: Functionality, MP3 Player, Price

Weaknesses: For the price none but it would have been cool to include a voice recorder or camera

Summary: Glad I got it. It has all the basic functionality and you can snag it at Overstock for $159. Good Outlook integration but be sure to load latest drivers and software from Palm. Also download Real Player and buy yourself an SD card for MP3 playback which is very cool! Some say Avantgo doesn't work but it does.

Reviewed by: cindyc50 from NY on Feb 6, 2004

Experience: 1 Months

Strengths: I love the feel and quick response of the Palm. 3rd party applications available for many different needs. Had a problem with Hot-syn quick response by email from service.

Weaknesses: Battery life. A slight fall of my Tungsten onto carpet from about 6inches has left me Tungsten less jury still out if Palm will replace/repair. This shouldn't have blackend the screen.

Summary: I would recommend Tungsten E. It is my first Palm and I'm very dependent on it. The variety of third party applications makes the Palm very useful for example: tone downloads, data listing software and dictionaries (must be on SD cards).

Reviewed by: ortiz4realestate from IL on Nov 18, 2003

Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: sharp,sleek and easy to use. Wonderful software bundle. Great color. Expansion slot. One touch hot sync.

Weaknesses: No cradle available

Summary: I love it!! I am a realtor and this is the perfect aide to have in my business. Couldn't ask for more. I highly recommend it for anyone who needs to be or to get organized!!!!

Reviewed by: spinone98 from WA on Oct 24, 2003

Experience: 4 Days

Strengths: Price, color screen, stainless(like?)body, light, durable, and oh so easy to use.

Weaknesses: Fingerprints, rub marks on body, no cradle

Summary: This is my first PDA and I think I hit the jackpot! The Tungsten E is a winner! It is so easy to maneuver around. The Graffiti 2 has an easy learning curve. Documents to Go 6 is included and a must for any PDA. The 32 megs of RAM is more memory than I think I'll ever need, but there is still a SD/MMC slot on top.
I love how light, yet durable it feels. The little cover sucks as it left rub marks on the metal (not bad though). Get a small/low profile case for it and take advantage of the Tungsten E's size. I'm burning my day planner as I type this. I'll never go back to paper!

Reviewed by: StephenGrove on Oct 15, 2003

Experience: 5 Days

Strengths: I like the color display and the ability to watch movie trailers and photo's. The price cannot be beat!

Weaknesses: The only weakness I would mention is that its OS is a bit awkward at first.

Summary: I like this product and found it quite useful once I was able to fully utilize this to its full potential. The price cannot be beat and the performance is excellent. I found this through pricegrabber and would not have purchased this if I was not able to fully compare this PDA to others with a simple click of the mouse. Thanks Pricegrabber!

Reviewed by: seeweitoh from CA on Oct 23, 2003

Experience: 5 Days

Strengths: easy to use have all the basic functions needed in a portable device great price

Weaknesses: Freezes up when I installed chinese reading software cjkos_os5. Had to reset. Finger prints are very visible against the silver case after using for a while.

Summary: This is my first palm.

I like the feel of it and it is quite easy and intuitive to use. Even though more complicated usage of it is still beyond me, I was able to use all the basic features a few hours after opening the box.

The desktop software can be improved to provide more help for beginners like me.

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