palmOne Introduces Tungsten E2

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palmOne is releasing today a sequel for its very popular Tungsten E.

The new model, the Tungsten E2, looks essentially identical to its predecessor, but offers a brighter color screen, non-volatile memory, Bluetooth wireless networking, and a more powerful battery.

Tungsten E2 Like the original, the E2 has a 320-by-320-pixel (hi-res) display. According to palmOne, this is 30 percent brighter and and has 40 percent better color saturation.

This handheld has 32 MB of NVFS memory, with 26 MB available to the user. NVFS memory holds information without a charge or power, just like a memory card saves pictures when not connected to a digital camera.

The first palmOne devices with NVFS used memory very inefficiently. Fortunately, the company made sure this wasn’t true of this model.

palmOne says that this model’s battery life is much better than its predecessor’s, up to twice as long under certain conditions. For example, it can do 10 to 12 hours of continuous MP3 playback with the screen off.

Giving the People What They Want

palmOne did studies of handheld users to find out what they want in a device. That’s why the Tungsten E2 comes with audio and video players pre-installed, as well as an image viewer.

It has a full copy of Documents to Go 7.0 Professional Edition. With this application, users can view and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files in their native formats.

The E2 also includes palmOne’s email software and its web browser.

Wireless Networking

The Tungsten E2 has Bluetooth, which allows it to wirelessly connect to peripherals like keyboards, or use a mobile phone as a wireless modem.

Speaking of wireless networking, the Tungsten E2 supports palmOne’s Wi-Fi SD card, allowing this handheld to connect to Wi-Fi networks. However, the necessary software for this won’t be available until next month.

Incidentally, palmOne is dropping to the price of this card to $99.

More Comparisons

The Tungsten E2 runs Palm OS Garnet (5.4) on a 200 MHz Intel XScale processor. The original model has a 126 MHz TI OMAP processor.

It is 4.5 inches tall, 3.1 inches wide and 0.6 inches thick, and weighs 4.7 ounces. This makes the latest model just slightly thicker and heavier that its predecessor.

The E2 uses palmOne’s new HotSync connector, which debuted on the Treo 650 and Tungsten T5.

It comes with a flipcover, but not a cradle. However, unlike the first model, a cradle can be purchased separately.

The Tungsten E2 is debuting today for $249, making it $50 more than the Tungsten E.

“This sleek, stylish device is the perfect handheld to take into the boardroom or the classroom,” said Ken Wirt, senior vice president of worldwide marketing for palmOne. “With the versatile Tungsten E2, customers get more of what they want — Bluetooth, and a brighter, richer color screen that brings calendar, contacts, documents, photos and videos to life. Plus, flash memory to keep important information safe, even when you forget to charge the device.”

Don’t miss Brighthand’s preliminary review of the Tungsten E2.

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