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Sony mylo Review

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Sony mylo

Sony mylo

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The Bottom Line

The Sony mylo is a nice gadget at first glance. It offers wireless communications and entertainment options in a tight little package. Even with nice touches like a QWERTY keyboard, long battery life and plenty of internal flash memory it is still hard to get by the price tag though for this device’s primary audience: teenagers and college students. This cost can however be offset by the fact the mylo doesn’t cost extra to access wireless hotspots apart from potential hotspot specific fees.
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Pros

  • Brings together IM, Internet telephony into portable device
  • Offers media playback
  • Slide out QWERTY thumb keyboard
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Feels like a fragile toy
  • Screen smudges
  • Keys not backlit
  • Pricey

Description

  • Wireless LAN: IEEE802.11b WiFi
  • LCD: 2.4" QVGA (320 x 240 pixels)
  • Battery: Removable Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery 3.7V 1200mAh
  • Est. Battery Life: Internet Calling: 3.5 hours, Video Playback: 8 hours, Music Playback: 45 hours
  • Security: WEP, WPA-PSK (TKIP)
  • Video Formats Supported: MPEG4/AAC (QVGA 30 fps, 384/768 kbps)
  • Audio Format Supported: MP3, ATRAC and WMA
  • Dimensions: H 24.2mm (0.9528in) x W 123mm (4.843in) x D 63mm (2.48in)
  • Weight 0.1293 kg (0.2851 lb)
  • Colors: Black or White

Guide Review - Sony mylo Review

The Sony mylo, My Life Online, is a personal communications device which uses Wi-Fi hotspots found in places like Starbucks to offer instant messaging and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) communication as well as wirelessly browsing the Web. Beyond communications, it also allows one to enjoy digital music, videos or photos stored in its internal memory or on Memory Stick Duo media cards.

This device, which is targeted towards the teenager and young adult crowd, looks somewhat like a PlayStation Portable, which is Sony’s portable gaming device. The mylo sports a smart looking 2.4-inch color LCD display which crisply displays whatever you are viewing, minus the frequent times you’ll probably smudge it. The screen and accompanying control buttons slide up to reveal a QWERTY thumb keyboard underneath for use with instant messaging. A nice touch, but one which would have been better were the keys backlit.

The mylo offers 1GB of internal memory, which is adequate to store a good number of songs or digital photos. Song playback includes several popular file types and sounds strong through headphones but not so solid through the built-in speaker. As for playback of other media, video files look great with proper frame rates and digital photos for the most part look as they should.

While this does feel somewhat like a fragile toy, you’ll at least get plenty of use out of it between battery charges with its 3.5 hours of talk time. It is pricey though, even with all of its features.

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