palmOne Tungsten T5

Today palmOne announced the Tungsten T5 which is the latest in the handheld (i.e. non-Treo) family or PDAs. It's kind of a sad day — the first product release since I left.

This should be a nice product with full 320×480 display (no slider like the T3) and a total of 256MB of storage — 160 MB flash drive and about 55MB of usable RAM. The flash drive is being touted as a way to store and carry your files with you, kind of like a USB keychain drive. Compared to comparable PDA devices, that's a good chunk of on-device storage. Compared to today's iPod, though, it's not a huge amount if you're planning to carry a lot of music with you.

Oddly, the device is announced today but won't be available until November 3rd. That's a shift from the old Palm standard which was to avoid pre-announcing any products.

No detailed reviews yet, but announcements on Palminfocenter and MyPalmLife.

palmOne Tungsten T5