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A Palm That Won't Lose Your Data

Techstination feature for Monday, October 4, 2004

A new PDA from PalmOne. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. One of the problems with PDAs for years has been…if you forget to charge the battery on them…you risk losing all of your data. Appointments, phone numbers, memos… all your stuff. The latest device from PalmOne…the Tungsten T5, does away with those worries. Director of product management Stephane Maes…

"This is the first handheld product where if your battery dies down, the memory stays. There's been a lot of people in the past who said, oh I have a friend who had a handheld and he lost all of his data because he didn't charge and he didn't sync for a long period of time because he went on vacation. Now if you don't sync and you don't charge your data stays, even if your battery dies down."

Among the other notable features of the Tungsten T5…256 megabytes of built in flash memory…along with an SD slot for expansion. And you can use the memory as a USB flash drive on any PC…

"You can just drag and drop files from your primary PC onto the device. So if you just need that one file that you want to work on that evening, you can drag it from work. Then you can come home, plug it in, it mounts as a volume just as any USB flash drive does, and you can then drag it onto your PC at home and work on it at home"

While the 399 dollar T5 does have built in Bluetooth…for wireless connections to Bluetooth cell phones and desk tops…what's missing is WiFi for browsing the Web and email. For that PalmOne sells an add on card. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.