Toy Box: Better late than never for Tungsten

No sooner do I complain miserably about Palm being late to the party than it finally turns up, with the chips and dip and complaints about the traffic.

No sooner do I complain miserably about Palm being late to the party than it finally turns up, with the chips and dip and complaints about the traffic.

Palm has launched its first real new product since it began life with the Palm Pilot all those years ago.

The Tungsten has a slide pop-up bit similar to the Nokia 8910 cellphone that reveals the graffiti writing area, making it appear shorter than normal at first glance. It has all the usual Palm features, offers Bluetooth built in, but stops short of the whole connectivity hog with either Wi-Fi or cellular capability. Shame really -- for a moment I thought Palm had joined the rest of the PDA bunch in the 21st century.

The processor has been upgraded, to an ARM-based 1510 chip from Texas Instruments, and the Tungsten can expand on its basic 14MB of memory. A colour screen is standard and the new Palm OS 5.0 is included.

Local pricing and availability are yet to be announced, but at $US499 it will be a high-end product.

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