…OK, so it’s not exactly new. It’s a Palm Tungsten E2, and I am so anxious for it to arrive!
The original Palm Pilot was the first gadget that I was truly (clinically) addicted to. I spent nearly every waking hour poking around at that thing – much like today’s teens and their cell phones.
My first palm device met an untimely end when I left it
in my sub freezing automobile for an entire school day. It did not survive the torture test.
The broken Palm Pilot was eventually replaced by the Palm V. I liked the rechargeable battery, metal case, increased memory, and backlight. The Palm V was my first eBook reader. I didn’t like the design though…thought it was ugly.
The not so attractive Palm V got replaced by a smartphone. However, the handsome Palm T|X persuaded me to trade my smartphone for a dumb phone and return to my beloved brand of PDA.
The Palm T|X was the opposite of the Palm V – it had an attractive design, but the hardware just didn’t function up to par. My main issue was the display – the digitizer was junk. I sold the Palm T|X on eBay and got an iPhone, Palm went bye-bye, and I thought PDAs were a thing of the past…until this weekend.
I got a little case of gadget fever, so I started browsing eBay for inexpensive gadgets. I looked at the NEC Mobilepro 900…I always wanted one of those, but it was too expensive (still not cheap!). Then I caught myself looking at the Palm devices and reminiscing. I did a little research and found that replacing the junky plastic digitizer with a higher quality glass one was something I could do. I bid $26 on a T|X and lost it in the last second.
I went back and did a little more research. The Palm Tungsten E2 has the same shape as the T|X (which I love), but with a shiny chrome finish…nice. It has an old style graffiti area, compared to the T|X graffiti area that would hide when not in use. I didn’t have any trouble with the displays of my older Palms…good. The E2 has Bluetooth but no WiFi… good for battery life.
So, I went back to eBay and searched for an E2. I found one for $15 + $5 shipping and got it. Now I’m waiting for delivery. While I wait, I’m searching for some apps. I think I’ll even do an unboxing. This is so much fun!