Monday, April 18, 2005

The Cradle-an endangered species

The first Palm Pilot shipped with a docking station called cradle. This device soon got cult status among PalmOS handheld owners. When PalmOne's T5 was announced, it lacked this corpus delicti. Commentators all over the world immediately commenced ranting, TamsPalm included. However, I recently started to see the benefits of a data cable:
Display orientation independant
The cool thing about the T3 was the landscape/portrait mode screen system. Many users began to use both modes as appropriate. Switching required a single tap-doing it often is no problem. But the cradle cannot rotate-it can be designed for landscape or portrait mode. But what happens if your T3(portrait optimized cradle) needs to be recharged while working in landscape mode? This photo shows how cumbersome the process can get:

Multiple connection/disconnection cycles can get annoying really fast. Also, the position my hand has in the image is extremely uncomfortable. A T5 user misses out on these problems-looks as if a PalmOne engineer used his brains...
Portability
Drive mode is useful-and it is coming big. Beeing able to use a handheld as an intelligent external drive is great and gives you freedom from the PC that you have at home. This freedom is limited by the weight and the size of the docking station. One can easily take a cable on a short visit-but a full-sized cradle?
This post will definitely annoy/perplex some of you-feel free to comment.

9 Comments:

Blogger Steven Fisher said...

A data cable is always one of my first purchases with a new Palm. I'm surprised that the T5's requires power as well as a USB connection, though. I wonder why this is.

8:11 AM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

Hi,
USB can not source enough power to charge a T5 in acceptable time!
Best regards
Tam Hanna

7:03 PM  
Blogger Steven Fisher said...

It's possible, Tam, but I've actually found that my T3 recharges faster over USB than via its cradle. It's probably a USB 1.0/2.0 thing.

12:29 AM  
Blogger Brad Green said...

Maybe Tams computer doesnt output as much power via the USB port as it should. I have an adapter that lets me charge my TH by USB, and its pretty quick, though i'm not sure if its as fast as plugging it into the wall.

3:05 AM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

Hi,
I tested this on different PC's. A powered on T3 does not charge without auxilary power!
Best regards
Tam Hanna

5:20 PM  
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