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Sony Clie PEG-VZ90 PDA/Media Player

Sony Japan has just unveiled the (see Figure 7), an impressive-looking portable media player–like Palm PDA that combines a 3.8-inch OLED display, 802.11b connectivity, and support for MPEG-1/4 video, JPEG photos, and ATRAC3 and MP3 audio. Unfortunately, Sony misguidedly has given the device the wrong price (way too high—around $850) and limited media-playback functionality.

Figure 7Figure 7

Message to Sony: Throw in a hard drive and drop the price $300 and you might have a winner—as it is, it's a hard sell.

Feature highlights:

  • 3.8-inch OLED (480x320) screen with 65,536 colors

  • 1000:1 contrast ratio, 180-degree viewing angle

  • Sony handheld 123 MHz CPU engine

  • 64MB RAM

  • NetFront v3.1 Internet browser

  • Memory stick and compact flash compatible

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