Say Hello To the Palm TX and Z22

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Palm, Inc. has released its lineup of New Handhelds for this fall. This includes a new high-end model, the Palm TX, and an entry-level model, the Z22.

Palm TX — Affordable WiFi

The Palm TX is an updated version of the Tungsten T5. Like its predecessor, it has a 320-by-480-pixel screen and the same general form factor.

The newer model, though, has WiFi (802.11b) and Bluetooth. Plus, unlike most previous Palm models, both of these can be used simultaneously.

It is also debuting at a significantly lower price than any WiFi-enabled Palm ever has before.

Palm TX Even though the TX is replacing the T5, some people might not consider this device to be an upgrade, as it has a slower processor — 312 MHz vs. 416 MHz — and less NVFS memory — 128 MB vs. 256 MB.

Also, the new model lacks the “drive mode” capabilities of its predecessor. This allowed the T5’s internal Storage to act as a USB Flash drive on any computer.

About 100 MB of the TX’s internal storage is available to users.

Of course, this handheld runs a version of Palm OS Garnet, not Cobalt. In this case, it is Garnet 5.4.

Like every high-end Palm, it has an SD/MMC slot for additional storage.

But, as expected, the TX does not have a camera, a voice recorder, or vibrating alarms.

This handheld is 4.7 inches tall, 3.1 inches wide, and 0.6 inches thick. It weighs 5.25 oz.

The price for the Palm TX is $300, which makes it less expensive than the T5.

As Palm points out, this model is priced to compete with the HP iPAQ rx1950, which lacks Bluetooth and has less memory, and the Dell Axim X51, which has less storage capacity but includes a CompactFlash slot.

To learn more about the the Tungsten TX, or to make an online purchase, visit the Palm web site.

Palm Z22

Palm Z22 The other model being introduced today is the Palm Z22. This device wasn’t created to compete with other handhelds, but is intended to lure away the people who spend more than a billion dollars a year on paper planners.

This is an entry-level organizer, and the first ever Palm or Pocket PC with a color screen to debut at just $100. Previous color models have been significantly more expensive.

To reach this low cost, this is a very bare-bones handheld. It’s screen resolution is just 160-by-160-pixels, for example.

It runs Palm OS Garnet 5.4 on a 200 MHz processor. This model has 32 MB of RAM, with about 20 MB of this available to the user as storage.

Unlike all earlier entry-level Palm handhelds, this is non-volatile, meaning it won’t lose its contents if the battery is depleted.

This device doesn’t have a memory card slot, so its internal Storage is all that is available.

This handheld lacks a headphone jack, vibrating alarms, a camera, WiFi or Bluetooth, or a voice recorder.

The Palm Z22 is available now from Palm’s web site.

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