We knew it was coming, but Sony's new mylo 2 is actually more impressive than we dared expect. While like the original communicator device it still lacks a cellphone radio, leaving you at the mercy of its WiFi b/g connection, the rest of the spec sheet is positively glowing. The display is now a 4.5-inch 800 x 450 touchscreen, it has 1GB of internal memory and a 1.3-megapixel camera.
This is possibly the best review of the Sony Mylo I've seen so far - incredibly detailed and covering all aspects of the IM-centric handheld's functionality. If you're thinking of buying one then you really need to read this! Written by someone who admits to be outside of the target demographic, the review is all the better for it; $350 is a lot of money that will never be subsidised by a carrier since it relies on WiFi rather than in-built cellular.
Sony would love its tween-friendly Mylo handheld to rule the roost of pocket-friendly mobile devices, happily labelling it "My Life Online". Just as long as your online life is near a handy WiFi network, eh? The good people over at LAPTOP Magazine have emptied their slacks of keys, spare change and dubious business cards to give the miniature messenger a good real-world spanking.
Their conclusions? Well, not wishing to steal their thunder but I don't think it's too surprising that viewing graphics-laden sites like MySpace (after all, kids don't look at anything else online than MySpace any more, do they) isn't particularly successful on a 2.4 inch display.
They're lucky buggers over at Engadget. Not only is each member of their team blessed with beauty, grace and impecable table manners, they even have a pre-production Sony Mylo to play with.
A WiFi alternative to the Sidekick, the Mylo is a slick little devil with a slide-out keyboard and ultra crisp display. The photos also give an idea of how the packaging will look, confirming that it will support Skype voice calls and Google and Yahoo IM.
Hands-on with the Sony Mylo [Engadget]
The mylo – short for “My Life Online” came out of nowhere and took all of us by surprised. There’s now more info revealing more of Sony’s new handheld communicator. We now know that it’s powered by an unknown version of embedded Linux possibly from Wind Rivers, while the graphics and application development framework is based on Trolltech’s Qtopia Platform. It’s also possible that the Java Virtual Machine will allow developers to create third-party apps for the mylo – this alone should help increase its popularity. Even though it lacks cell phone capabilities, there are plenty of other features such as support for VoIP, instant messenger (Google Talk, Skype, and Yahoo!), along with support for MP3s, ATRAC, WMA, and MP4 video. Unlike the Nokia 770, the mylo sports a slide out keyboard making it convenient for all the texting activities. It’s too damn bad that the $350 price tag doesn’t even give native support for AIM and Live Messengers.
Gizmodo broke the news last night, and here's the official press release on mylo - My Life Online. The mylo looks awfully similar the OGO, which crashed before it, even, took off (was it way ahead of its time?). Perhaps with Sony's deep pockets, the mylo will make it to mainstream.
SAN DIEGO, Aug. 7, 2006 –Sony is launching its first WiFi broadband communication and entertainment device to capitalize on the growth of wireless Internet access. The new mylo™ personal communicator is capable of operating in any open 802.11b wireless network, often found on college campuses, in public spaces and within private homes around the country.
The Sony Mylo came out of nowhere, and thanks to Brian Lam of Gizmodo for giving up his spleen just so we can get a first glimpse of the device. The media player supports MPEG-4, digital audio, and pictures. It also features WiFi connection and a QWERTY keyboard, which is great for instant messaging via Google Talk and Yahoo Messenger (Sorry, no support for AIM). You can use Mylo as a wireless Skype phone or browse the web using Opera browser. It’s a shame that Mylo doesn’t offer cellular connectivity but the open standard is a breath of fresh air.
The Mylo has 1GB of flash memory as well as a Memory Stick Pro Duo slot. The screen size is 2.4-inch LCD featuring 320 by 240 pixels. There’s no mentioning of battery life. The retail price is $350 and its expected to arrive in September.