Palm Tungsten E

My old Palm Vx was about to give up, so I recently started looking for a replacement. I settled for a Tungsten E, the “entry” model of PalmOne’s business series of PDAs. I’m quite happy with the new toy so far: Migration from the Vx was smooth, it…

My old Palm Vx was about to give up, so I recently started looking for a replacement. I settled for a Tungsten E, the “entry” model of PalmOne’s business series of PDAs.I’m quite happy with the new toy so far: Migration from the Vx was smooth, it properly interoperates with Linux, and it’s working well as an MP3 player.Elements I don’t like: Graffiti 2, and some aspects of the Palm version of RealPlayer. I have been using Palm’s old Graffiti short-hand for years. Learning Graffiti 2 now is cumbersome, and in some cases definitely a step back. (Two strokes where one was enough with the old short-hand — the character e comes to mind. Also, old-style Graffiti for E is often mis-read as a Q. Ugh.)Realplayer (I use that as the software MP3 player; it’s the one that was included) is rather bad at building playlists on the Palm — but that’s what you do when you don’t use the Windows version of the software to transfer MP3s to the handheld. It’s also lacking a “just play mp3s” version of the keyboard lock mode — after all, the five-way navigation thing on the Palm is rather susceptible to being triggered by pocket fluff.