Archived from groups: comp.sys.palmtops.pilot (More info?)
I've been using my T5 for about two weeks now. Overall, it has been
relatively stable. I have not had anything close to the problems that
I have seen reported on some sites. There have been a few petty
annoyances, mostly with third-party apps, and a couple of minor
crashes, but overall, so far so good, especially for a brand new
There is already a patch out, which I had to install, but I did not
have the problem that the patch is supposed to fix and I have not
noticed any difference since installing it.
The T5 looks great. I have heard some people complain about the
plastic casing. It is not a problem. In fact, if someone didn't tell
you it was plastic, you might not even know. The screen is fantastic
and, truth be told, the main reason I bought the T5. The screen is
bright and sharp. I read one review where the reviewer complained
that the screen wasn't bright enough. I have had the opposite
problem. When I read e-books at night I have to dim the screen to
avoid annoying my wife.
Mine came with a hard case (free once you send in the rebate). I like
the case for toting the T5 around in my briefcase, but there are no
holes for earphones and its hard to get at the on/off switch when the
T5 is lying in the case. You can, however, just press the buttons to
turn the T5 on. Oddly, it sometimes seems to take a second or two for
the T5 to turn on.
The stylus is a good one and fits snugly in the slot. I don't have
any rattling. Graffiti 2 is taking some getting used to, and I find
it to be slow at times. Sometimes I write and there's a lag until the
the letters appear. I didn't expect this on the T5 and it has been a
minor annoyance after having gotten used to the keyboard on the TREO.
I also find that the character recognition isn't as good as the old
graffiti, but that might be my own atrocious handwriting.
The T5 has a switch which let's you write anywhere on the screen, but
I don't use that much. You can "hide" the graffiti area to give
yourself more screen, which is a nice feature in some applications,
such as the ebook reader.
The core functions (calendar, to do, memo, etc.) all seem to work
fine. No problems there and switching between them is fast and
stable. The calendar now has an agenda view, which I personally find
confusing (on a quick glance I keep thinking that the stuff for
tomorrow is due today). The home button brings up an intro screen,
which is actually pretty nice, and a second click of the button brings
up all the familiar icons.
The big new feature is the internal memory card/flash memory. You can
drag and drop documents, music files, etc. from your desktop C:\ drive
to your T5, without having to hotsync. I have used both the file
transfer application and drive mode to do this, and both work without
a hitch. THe transfers are quick, and you don't need to hot sync.
I have had a hitch using the internal card once the data is installed.
The applications on my device won't recognize .mp3 files or .pdf
files stored on the card. I'm not sure why this is and it may well be
somthing I am doing wrong. I've emailed Palm Support to see. Also,
the file manager program applies only to the internal card. It does
not show the programs on the device itself (such as datebook, etc.)
MP3s are a problem, but I have had success transferring music files in
real player format. Those work fine on version 1.6 of realplayer,
which comes with the T5. The realplayer format takes up less space
than .mp3, so this is probably preferable anyway. The speaker on the
T5 is in the back, but its still plenty loud enough, even when the T5
is resting in the hard case.
I bought a pair of $8 earphones at Radio Shack and they sound pretty
good. I think the sound is a little tinny, but a friend with an iPod
said the sound quality is similar to what he gets. I have to keep the
volume all the way on low or its too loud. On a noisy train, I move
it up a click or two, but I haven't yet come anywhere close to the
The included Add-It program does nothing for me. You're supposed to
be able to use this to try and then buy software, but the provided
conduit doesn't work and Palm support just passes you on to the
I haven't tried the BlueTooth because my phone isn't yet supported.
Hopefully, there will be a driver out soon.
Most of my third party apps have worked without a hitch.
ThoughtManager works fine. My chess program, Hiarcs, is so souped up
that I can no longer beat it. The Handmark Scrabble program doesn't
seem to have benefitted from the faster processor. As best I can
tell, it plays at the same level. Docs to Go and the DataViz password
program seem to work fine. I had a problem with DateMate. It worked,
but was way too slow, especially when switching from it to another
app., and occasionally crashed. I wound up deleting it.
Battery life is excellent. It's been getting me through a full day of
use with plenty of power to spare. That's all I ask since I plug it
in at night. You don't get a cradle, but I find I don't need one.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with this unit. For those interested in
where that falls, if "thrilled" is a 10 and "bitterly disappointed" is
a 1, I'd give it a 7.5 or an 8, but that score would go up if I could
get the .pdfs and bluetooth going. The price was steep, but I love
the screen and have been using the internal card to carry around
documents and music. I haven't gotten to all the features and apps
yet, but so far, so good.
Archived from groups: comp.sys.palmtops.pilot (More info?)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Richard Stanz) wrote:
>The screen is fantastic
>and, truth be told, the main reason I bought the T5. The screen is
>bright and sharp.
How does the screen look in Landscape mode, when viewing pictures,
say? One of my dislikes about the T3 is that while I can compensate
for screen contrast changes in Portrait mode by changing the angle of
the screen, in Landscape mode my eyes are always at different angles,
and hence different contrasts. Maybe I'm looking at it too closely,
but it's pretty annoying.
>Oddly, it sometimes seems to take a second or two for
>the T5 to turn on.
The T3 has similar misfunctions.
> The applications on my device won't recognize .mp3 files or .pdf
>files stored on the card.
The Adobe reader for the Palm doesn't read native PDF files, it reads
converted ones, so you have to feed them to the device via the
converter/conduit. MP3 files usually have to be in a particular
directory (\palm\launcher or \audio or something), try loading one on
using the conduit and put your other files wherever that ends up.
AeroPlayer from aerodromesoftware.com will let you pick the starting
directory and allow subdirectory searches as well.