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Very Happy with Palm's Latest
Reviewed in the United States on October 9, 2003
I am very happy with this new Palm. I've gone through three different Pocket PC devices and have never been happy with them. I have always been happy with Palm. And this one seems to have everything I've ever wanted from a Palm.
I have had the T3 almost a week now, and have had zero problems with it. I charged it overnight when I first got it, loaded all my Palm programs on it (a high-end calculator, "City Time," a few games including "Scrabble," a dictionary, and "Splash ID"), and have used it as I typically do: I turn it on 10 - 20 times a day, do my business, and turn it off. I have not re-charged it or synced since last Friday, and I still have 20% left in my battery. I will let it completely deplete before I re-charge to help condition the battery. I do not use it for any wireless functions, though I'm sure I will when a Wi-Fi card comes out, or I get a Bluetooth adapter for my desktop PC. I keep my screen brightness just below 50%.
And the new screen is absolutely stunning. I got a 256 Mb Lexar SD card, loaded about 25 Mb of photos on it, and they look great. I suggest shrinking your photos before loading them - you will not need high resolutions at all. A 75 kilobyte picture looks as good as a 1 megabyte picture, and loads instantly. I do have some trouble seeing the screen in sunlight - I have to tilt it until it is just right.
This T3 is replacing a Pocket PC I got as a test device. The Pocket PC replaced a Palm 515, which I gave to my wife. (She loves my old 515.) There is a marked increase in the speed between the T3 and the 515, and accessing programs now seems virtually instantaneous.
I rarely extend the device to access the Virtual Graffiti area. I love having everything I need in the non-extended layout. I am having some trouble getting used to Graffiti 2. It definitely takes practice. I still use the typewriter function for symbols and some punctuation marks (which means having to extend the device). I'm sure I'll get used to it, just as I did with the original Graffiti.
All in all, I highly recommend the T3. Highest marks for Palm.