Palm TX Handheld

Palm TX Handheld
From Palm

Price: $149.99

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Average customer review:
(3.5 stars, based on 933 reviews)

Product Details

  • Sales Rank: #57825 in Office Product
  • Color: midnight blue
  • Brand: Palm
  • Model: 1047NA
  • Platform: Palm OS
  • Original language: English
  • Dimensions: .61" h x 3.08" w x 4.76" l, .33 pounds


  • Sleek, stylish handheld with 128 MB of flash memory and big 320x480 screen
  • Built-in wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi (802.11b) and Bluetooth
  • Easily manage email on the road or access files on your office desktop PC
  • Expansion slot that supports MMC, SD, and SDIO memory cards
  • Palm Desktop Software for Windows and Mac

The Palm TX Handheld features 128 MB of flash memory ,Built-in wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi (802.11b) and Bluetooth, Easily manage email on the road or access files on your office desktop PC,Expansion slot that supports MMC, SD, and SDIO memory cards and Palm Desktop Software for Windows and Mac. It also features a high-resolution 320 x 480-pixel screen (with portrait and landscape orientation modes), a fast Intel 312 MHz ARM-based processor, and expansion slot for Secure Digital (SD), MultiMedia (MMC), and Secure Digital I/O (SDIO) cards. The 128 MB of non-volatile flash memory (of which approximately 100 MB is available for files and software) protects your documents and information, even if the device is not charged and the power runs down. And, of course, the Palm TX features Palm's suite of information management applications, the ability to edit Word- and Excel-compatible files, and synchronization with Microsoft Outlook (Windows only).
Created for today's fast-paced mobile landscape, the sleekly lightweight Palm TX handheld keeps you connected to your most important data--from email to files stored on your office PC--while you're away from your desktop with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. It also features a high-resolution 320 x 480-pixel screen (with portrait and landscape orientation modes), a fast Intel 312 MHz ARM-based processor, expansion slot for Secure Digital (SD), MultiMedia (MMC), and Secure Digital I/O (SDIO) cards. The 128 MB of non-volatile flash memory (of which approximately 100 MB is available for files and software) protects your documents and information, even if the device is not charged and the power runs down. And, of course, the Palm TX features Palm's suite of information management applications, the ability to edit Word- and Excel-compatible files, and synchronization with Microsoft Outlook (Windows only).

Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Wireless Connectivity
Stay connected easily when you're on the go with the built-in Wi-Fi wireless connectivity (802.11b), which enables you to access email and browse the Web at hotspots such as at coffee shops and in airports, or in your office if you have a wireless LAN network. You can even retrieve documents from your main computer with the included WiFile LT software. The Palm TX also comes the following enhancements:

  • Added ability for the device to scan for available networks
  • Improved connection logic to automatically connect to available compatible networks
  • Three steps to easily set up a new network connection
  • A free 30-day subscription to all T-Mobile Wi-Fi hotspots
With built-in wireless Bluetooth connectivity (version 1.1), you can synchronize the Palm TX with a Bluetooth-enabled computer from across the room (within a range of 10 meters, or approximately 30 feet). But that's just the start. Using a compatible Bluetooth-enabled phone, you can send and receive e-mail and connect to the Web, send multimedia (MMS) or text (SMS) messages, and even automatically dial any number in your handheld's Contact's application. (You can also synchronize data the "old-fashioned" way via the USB connection at the base of the handheld.)

For mobile professionals, the Palm TX provides all the conveniences of managing email on the road. With Wi-Fi access or Bluetooth technology, you can check corporate or campus email as well as personal accounts; download, read and edit a Word or Excel report on the fly; synchronize Outlook contacts, calendar, tasks and memos; and work with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, using VersaMail software, to synchronize email and calendar

Expansion Capabilities
The expansion card slot for MMC, SD and SDIO formats lets you insert a memory card from a digital camera and view photos on the large, color display; you can even can add transitions between photos and present them as a slideshow. The Palm TX handheld's compatibility with SD Cards up to 2GB lets road warriors carry a few favorite home videos and be entertained on long trips.

Support for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files
With the included DataViz Documents To Go software, you rehearse your PowerPoint presentation discreetly in an airport, make last-minute changes to a Word document, and check the numbers in an Excel spreadsheet and update them on the spot. The Palm TX comes with support for native Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. And with the included Adobe Reader for Palm OS, you can download and view converted Acrobat files.

The Palm TX comes bundled with Pocket Tunes MP3 player for playing music files or Podcasts, which allows you to create and edit play lists, shuffle songs and navigate by album, artist or genre. The Palm TX also includes built-in software for viewing digital photos and video clips. And with MobiTV software (sold separately), you can view a wide range of television programs, including news, sports and entertainment, directly on the Palm TX handheld.

Operating System and Software
Veteran Palm OS handheld users will immediately notice the new Favorites view, which provides easy access to applications, files, and folders. The installed Palm OS 5.4 also introduces the Files application, which enables easy navigation among folders and files. It uses the intuitive and easy-to-learn Graffiti 2 writing software to input data into the handheld (as well as an on-screen keyboard). Windows users can synchronize their calendar, contacts, tasks, and notes with Microsoft Outlook. The Palm OS features the following organizer applications:

  • Contacts: Lets you store several addresses for each contact, and with new fields for more phone numbers, multiple e-mail addresses, instant messenger IDs, and Web sites.
  • Calendar: Use the new Agenda view to see upcoming calendar events, tasks due, and important e-mail, and color-code your events to provide an easy way to reference your calendar in the Agenda, Day, Week, and Month views. Take more notes, or synchronize more details from your desktop, in the larger Memos and Notes fields.
  • Tasks: Use tasks with alarms and repeating tasks to set reminders for important commients.
The Palm TX is compatible with PCs running Windows Windows 2000 (SP4) and XP (Outlook synchronization requires MS Outlook 2000, 2002, or 2003; sold separately), and with Macs running Mac OS 10.2.8 to 10.4.

What's in the Box
Palm TX handheld, flip cover, USB sync cable, power adapter, 3-step setup poster, Graffiti 2 sticker, Software Install CD-ROM with Palm Desktop, Tutorial, Getting Started Guide, User Guide, and bonus software.

From the Manufacturer
Affordable Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi handheld with the big color screen.

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
4Good out of the box -- great with some modifications
By O'Doherty Family
I purchased my Palm TX back in 2007. I mostly used it with SuperMemo and DioPen's Korean text input/display hacks to study the massive amounts of vocabulary they had us reviewing when I was learning Korean at the Defense Language Institute while in the military, but it also served as a valuable task tracking tool.

Overall, the unit is quite nice. The screen is high resolution (for a PDA from the period) and full color. Wifi support is convenient, although these days you might run into 802.11n WPA2 access points that won't work with this model. Bluetooth support is probably the best part of this PDA, since it makes wireless hotsync a reality and eliminates the need for special USB drivers in newer versions of Windows.

The grafiti input method is relatively natural and quick to use. I definitely prefer it over any of these virtual keyboards these new smart phones have, but I'll admit that it's inconvenient having to always use a stylus.

The major downfall of this specific model was the touch screen. It's noticeably thinner and softer than the older and higher end Palm PDAs, which allows the stylus to get closer to the screen, but it also has a tendency to cause jitters in the input. It's also the part that tends to fail the most. I actually removed the plastic touchscreen and replaced it with an aftermarket glass one just months after buying it. Fortunately, the new glass touchscreen has lasted all these years without a single problem. With that modification, this PDA becomes probably one of the best in its class.

More recently I noticed the battery life had grown insufficient. I ripped it out and soldered in a replacement with an even higher capacity, and so far it's back to working great again.

Overall I'd say this is a great product if you still need a Palm PDA, however with the advent of smartphones it has grown fairly irrelevant for a lot of users.

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful.
4should have been better
By C. Winton
I can recommend the TX as a good buy, but with some cautions. I briefly flirted with switching to a pocket PC, but decided to stick to machines running the Palm OS since that is what I am accustomed to and it is certainly adequate for most of my needs.

I purchased my TX as a replacement for a Clie (which was itself a replacement for a Palm). The Clie proved to be far superior to Palm PDAs of its day, but Sony is now out of the PDA market, which after a bit of shopping around led to my decision to return to Palm. The TX is a reasonable replacement for the Clie in the sense that it includes all of the same functionality (and has some improvements: larger screen, vertical and horizontal view modes, longer battery life). The only downside is that it is a bit bulkier. I knew this when I purchased it and hoped that the added features would compensate, and I feel that they do. If I only wanted the Clie functionality, the TX would be worth 5 stars; however, the added promise is wireless access and that isn't fully up to snuff.

I use a secured wireless network with WEP key, and and am happy to report it is fully supported, so internet access is not a problem area. As at least one other reviewer has noted, Palm's VersaMail is less than adequate. My internet provider is Comcast, which is in the list VersaMail supposedly supports. I can use it to receive email, but even though the VersaMail "advanced" configuration indicates authentication support is on, send mail doesn't work. Comcast lays the blame squarely on Palm, and rightly so, which I think is enough for a one star deduction. Of course, if you can access email through the web (which I can with Comcast), this is not a make or break issue. The web browser could be better, but works OK, especially given the screen size. I don't have a blue tooth enabled phone, so I can't say plus or minus regarding that feature, nor do I do text messaging. I had Documents to Go on the Clie, and while it's nice to have it on the TX for occasional use, word processing is really something for full size computers. Ditto for music (get an Ipod).

Palm's installation software is one of those that insists it knows best, which would probably have been OK on a system that had never had a PDA using Palm OS. In my case, the setup program insisted on installing in my Clie directory, which resulted in Clie specific programs getting picked up by Sync, which crashed the setup and resulted in the TX being rendered unstable (couldn't sync and had errors on startup). I got back in control by doing a hard reset on the TX (you have to go to Palm's TX site to get the user manual to find out how) and starting over, this time making sure the Clie installs were not picked up.

If you are considering Palm's hardcase, you need to be aware that it has at least one annoying design flaw - you can't get to the stylus without flopping the TX away from the case. I plan to peruse the after-market to see if anyone has one without this drawback.

One final note: the USB cable has itty-bitty plastic alignment ends for plugging into the TX that I'm sure will break off in time. I've also found that you have to push it in hard prior to sync to make sure the signal gets through. Perhaps the optional cradle doesn't have this issue.

8/14/2012 update: As an FYI, I pounded this thing for over 6 years before it finally called it quits. Its only maintenance was when I replaced the battery a couple of years ago (a real feat of courage, since the battery is soldered in and not designed to be replaced). After noodling around for a couple of weeks looking at what kind of device might best replace it, I finally decided none of them could and so just bought myself a new one (there are still some for sale at reasonable prices). I've been using Blue Tooth via Palm Desktop ver 3.2.2 by ACCESS on Win 7 X64 for Hotsync (and as a result have nothing good to say about BT), but albeit quite slow it did do the job of restoring my data and configuration (hint, you have to turn off the USB Hotsync connection option on Palm Access or you will get a port already in use error when the T|X tries to connect via BT). The long and short of it is the new T|X is now an absolute clone of the old one. There are several reasons I decided to stay with this evidently dated Palm technology: 1) the calendar is far better than any I've tried on other devices (and besides it has my travel history on it for many years) 2) its alarm will actually awaken me 3) it crosses time zones easily 4) my contacts list is very easy to peruse and is loaded with useful information on each entry 5) it just isn't that hard to carry in my pocket with my cell phone (which has a lot of the same features, but just isn't as helpful), and anyway the other usual PDA knick knacks occasionally come in handy.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
5An Upgraded Workhorse
By B. Jones
Yes, yes, everyone wants phones that do everything, but we did not. This was to replace an old Palm that my DH had carried for many years. He calls it his 'memory'. He was worried that he would have to type all of his information in, since he had 'protected' a lot of it on his old one, but the info 'beamed' over to his new one with a little time spent on exploring it. It is Bluetooth and Internet accessible, but we don't need or use it for that. Now he can make all his lists, have all his references to hand - and not have to worry about buying a service contract or apps just to keep track of his day-to-day business.

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