Sony PEG-N760C Clie Handheld
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- High-resolution reflective color display includes front lights for excellent visibility indoors and outdoors
- Built-in MP3 audio player; includes stylish headphones and remote control
- 16 MB total memory: 8 MB internal memory, plus 8 MB Memory Stick
- Jog Dial navigator allows you to access phone numbers, notes, and more while keeping your other hand free
- Compatible with thousands of Palm OS programs
- Built-in MP3 audio player; Bright, 16-bit color display
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The PEG-N760C combines leading-edge technologies to bring you a full multimedia handheld organizer. The 65,000-color, high-resolution LCD display turns your CLIE handheld into a personal photo and video gallery. MP3 audio playback, with included remote control headphones, lets your handheld double as a personal stereo.Of course, the PEG-N760C comes complete with all of the standard Palm OS applications you need for organizing your life. Plus, it's fully compatible with hundreds of add-on applications available for download. What's in the box: Clie Handheld, Headphones, Audio Remote Controller, USB HotSync Cradle, Detachable AC Adapter, Memory Stick (8MB), Stylus, Installation CD-ROM, Application Guide, Graffiti Sticker, Protective Cover.
Powerful productivity wrapped in an attractive body, the Sony Clié handheld will appeal to both your practical and aesthetic sensibilities. The Palm-powered Sony PEG-N760C offers a high-resolution color screen for superb picture quality and a built-in MP3 audio player for your personal entertainment. And exclusive Sony features like the Jog Dial navigator and Memory Stick media expansion slot make the Clié the smart and stylish way to keep yourself organized.
The Sony Clié handheld runs on the proven, reliable Palm operating system, which means it comes complete with all the standard Palm OS applications you need for organizing your life. It comes with Date Book, To Do List, Memo Pad, Mail, and Expense tools, and the Sony-enhanced Address Book that enables you to add photos to your contacts listings.
It also features a wide range of fun and productivity applications, including StreetFinder Express from Rand McNally for interactive maps, Vindigo city guides, Amy Reiley's Pocket Vineyard and Pocket Gourmet, and games such as Acid Solitaire and Race Fever. Plus, the Clié is fully compatible with thousands of Palm OS add-on applications available for download.
Connect to your PC and synchronize your contacts and date book using the included USB cradle. You can also beam information to other Palm OS handheld owners using the IrDA infrared port.
The Sony Clié PEG-N760C comes with a number of exclusive Sony features. The Jog Dial navigator allows you to access images, phone numbers, notes, even video clips, while keeping your other hand free. And you get virtually unlimited data storage with Sony's Memory Stick removable media. Transfer digital content between your Clié handheld and other Memory Stick-compatible products, including digital cameras, digital camcorders, and PCs.
Listen to your favorite music with the built-in audio player. Simply load MP3 audio files onto Memory Stick media and take your newest albums with you anywhere. The Clié handheld comes equipped with headband-free headphones and an inline remote controller. You can also watch video clips on the high-resolution 320 x 320 reflective color LCD screen.
The Sony Clié is compatible with Microsoft Windows 98, 98 SE, 2000 Professional, and Me, and connects to your PC using the USB port. It comes with headphones, audio remote controller, USB HotSync cradle (which also charges the lithium polymer battery), detachable AC adapter, 8 MB Memory Stick, stylus, and a protective cover.
What's in the box
- Sony Clie Handheld
- Audio Remote Controller
- USB HotSync Cradle
- Detachable AC Adapter
- Memory Stick (8MB)
- Sony CLII Installation CD-ROM
- Read This First
- Registration Notice
- Add-on Application Guide
- Graffiti Sticker
- Protective Cover
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Here I am, almost 42, acquiring things I lusted for (but couldn't afford) when I was 28. Back then, PDA's really were the sh*t, long before phones incorporated their features (and of course, rendered PDA's extinct). And in mid-2000 when Sony released this PDA, this was their top-shelf offering.
I've read all the previous reviews on this PDA, reviews that are over a decade old and I find it humorous in light of 2014 technology how people back then raved over its high-rez (320x320) screen - and wow it was in color! in the days when most PDA's had half this Sony's resolution and displayed everything in green monochrome.
It's built-in 4MB (not gigabyte - MEGABYTE) memory wasn't enough to hold a lot of MP3's, so people recommended buying a 128MB Memory Stick to hold a whopping 128 tracks. Considering the cost of such a memory card ($50-60 back then) and the high cost of the PDA itself, and clearly this was a toy for rich kids.
My smartphone can do everything this PDA can do, and more - so why even bother spending the $8 on it? Because, PDA's were intended to be PRIMARILY organizers, and this particular Sony is implemented very well in this regard. Ever wonder why today's phablets are popular? It's because they use a stylus - just like yesterday's old PDA's did. Good ideas never die.
For there are just some input methods which are better suited to plugging in data than others. Typing in data on a virtual keyboard is a hassle when we have been trained since Kindergarten to manually write out alphanumerics with a pencil and pad. PDA's use a modern implementation - this time with a stylus and touchpad.
Unlike a modern phablet, this PDA has a dedicated area for writing in text, and even here it's a specialized alphabet (called Graffiti) that must be used for the PDA to recognize characters. It's not hard to learn btw, and I tell you it's much more accurate than my fat thumbs on my phone's virtual keyboard.
The built-in apps are just fine for keeping track of expenses; maintaining an address book; and writing memos. The PDA can sync with an Outlook-like PIM installed on a PC. In my experience I could never get it to sync via the USB cradle (WinXP wouldn't recognize it); instead I exchanged data via the wireless infrared transceiver - the same technology used in a TV remote. Wifi? Bluetooth? Sorry, buddy - they didn't exist back at the turn of the century.
For giggles I did pick up a 128MB memory card on Amazon.com. I really wanted to trick this PDA out with the 2-MP camera accessory, but the cheapest I seen it going for was about $80 - yikes. There's a thumb keyboard accessory for this PDA to turn it into a pseudo-BlackBerry, but it looks positively unwieldy and detracts from the slick, professional look of the PDA.
Considering the battery is 14 years old, it charged up quickly and held that charge for a couple of weeks-! with me just using it as a jot pad.
Too bad it doesn't have wifi.
I use my phone for web browsing, texting and of course, voice calls. For memos, expense-tracking, addresses and calendaring, it's this PDA.
+ The foremost knock-dead product quality is the crisp and clear and bright screen. You need to see it to believe it. I dump portfolio images to display to clients, friends, and show off. The upper casing is metal (aluminum probably), the lower a painted plastic. The Sony side scroll-dial has a new companion - a separate back button below it that acts beautifully on AvantGo; learned browser manipulation actually is capitalized on mobile products!
+ The MP3 audio player (included) is two pieces - the remote control and then a plug in headphones. The remote has a nib that allows Clie input without fumbling for a stylus. Personally the earphones are a real pain though. The two wires are almost completely separated creating a wire management mess; the slip around ear lobe design is just too annoying with tension and constant pressure placed on a part of the body that shouldn't be used as a latching zone. Dump them for something more ergo.
(-) This all leads to the negative issues. Sony support for their software is ridiculous. It says XP compatible - but it is NOT. It installs incomplete with no `Intellisync' limiting me to using the Sony calendar and no sync to Outlook. After 5-6 attempts at complete uninstall and install - there's no more sync capabilities whatsoever; rendering my XP machine non-communicado with Clie. No response from Sony other than the automation. However, the software works flawlessly on my other 2, Win2000OS cpus.
(+/-) I also purchased the unit for the accessories. I'm excited about the camera, regardless of the resolution. The modem seems silly with the accessibility and mobility of today's computers; and I'm waiting on a stupid microphone to be designed and manufactured...will anybody listen to the consumer? The negative here is that I'm still waiting on my camera unit. A lost opportunity is the lack of decent cases. I've got fours cases - the original has a flip top that is minimal screen protection. The 2 leather ones make you stick a Velcro on the unit - yuck, no way! So, I'm using the old Clie wrap-around nylon padded case because it keeps the unit safe and snug.
Overall, 4 solid stars for the great product and the ability to expand. The software issue still remains Sony's downfall; the lack of accessories is temporal; but the constant failure to provide adequate and appropriately designed cases to help you holster your treasure will is a constant afterthought for many hardware companies. Unfortunately, this sad software issue has sealed the deal as my last Sony computer/PDA purchase ever - the hardware design is advanced but the software is not.
I originally purchased the Handspring Pro, which is a nice b/w model, but it broke after a minor fall to the floor. Moving up to the Sony, I am very pleased with it's build quality. I may sound clumsy, but after three drops to the floor it has had no problems (keeping fingers crossed).
Although I would like more memory, it does hold all I need for work and play: Davis and ePocrates Rx..., Noah's dictionary and thesaurus, Vindigo's city guide and a few channels at Avantgo, a few games, and of course all your personal data. The limiting factor (for all handhelds) is that you must have the main program(s) on your handheld, while storing the database on the expansion slot (for sony, that's their memory stick).
Memory stick prices have fallen recently, and that's great since you can store a couple high quality CD's in mp3 format on a 128 stick. I highly recommend that you use the "MSImport" feature that comes on the Clie CD, rather than the clunky RealJukebox or Sony audio software they emphasise. MSImport opens up the memory stick as a drive in Windows Explorer, so you can simply drag your songs over. With the included USB connection to your Clie, it's quick and easy.
Of course the cream in your coffee is that gorgeous screen. It's cleaner and brighter than any other screen offered for Palm or PocketPC.
Palm was the easy choice OS for me. Plenty of apps (just check out palmgear.com) and such an easy click-open type of interface that I was sold quickly when I compared it to the Windows PocketPC OS. I use mine at work and even after 16 hours there is little drain on the battery.
Durable, efficient, elegant, simply the best =)