I was saddened when I discovered that my old pal the Tungsten E2 would no longer take a charge. I must not have been TOO saddened, because it was a good excuse to go upgrade my cell phone to an MDA, which I happily did. You can see the fate of my now retired HTC T-Mobile MDA here.
I really did like my palm, and I foolishly believed that the case was made of aluminum, or some other alloy. It makes you feel like a MAN when your PDA is made of metal - yes it does. I also liked the feel of the stylus - heavy and substantial in your hand. br>
I bought a wi-fi (SD slot) card for it (this would have been at least 3 years ago), and had a ball testing different connectivity configurations, playing with VPN software, etc. I will say that I was overall not very satisfied with the browser performance, however. I believe it was the Blazer browser.
The Audio on the unit was excellent as well, and as I said, I was a bit disheartened by the fact that the battery died off so quickly. Replacement batteries are easier to come by now, and more affordable than I recall they were then. I found a nice one on eBay for about $15. I checked the local "Every Battery in the World" shop, and they had one for $39.99 - thus my eBay purchase.
There appears to be - or to HAVE been a Linux on the Tungsten project, which I may persue once my Tungsten is back up again. A link to the aged but still seemingly relative "Linux for Tungsten" site is here Linux on the Palm Tungsten E
I thought it would be a good time to Crack 'er open, while I was replacing the battery, and so here you are -
Here is our specimen sans power. To the right the blessed hammer of Palm shorthand, the stylus.
After a bit of mumbling from me, I separated the two halves exposing the innards. The yellow circle shows our conveniently mounted 1100 mAh Li-Ion battery. The two red arrows show contact points for the surprisingly adequate speaker and mainboard.
Here we have the major chipsets: Yellow is the Intel PXA255 200mhz CPU, the Green appears to be the memory chips - more on those in a few frames, Red is the WM audio chips, The Blue is an MX chip - usually those are used for network controllers, so I would have to think that it is the Bluetooth controller.
In the Yellow - these appear to be our memory, as they are SEC, or Samsung chips. I don't see any other chips that would qualify as RAM on the board.
The MX chip here, in the blue, I think is our bluetooth controller. I could not find any info on this chip specifically, but I have to think that that is the case, as MX chips are typically built into network controllers.
It was about here that I was stricken with the realization and subsequent disappointment at the fact that the E2 case was actually made of plastic, and not some space-age alloy as I had fooled myself into believing. You can see the gray plastic underneath and the silver over spray.
The square of silver that we see in the yellow circle is the display assembly - attached to the mainboard by the ribbon we see there.
The mainboard and display beside one another. I'm not sure why they used the copper foil on the mainboard. I would assume as a barrier from the display assembly. By why not the whole area of the display, and not just that small bit to the right?