Sony TJ25 handheld computer review

Almost simultaneously, two competing companies, Sony and PalmOne, introduced budget PDAs based on Palm OS 5. The models are very similar both in terms of functions and price. If we have already talked about the Palm Tungsten E model, today we present to the reader a review of the Sony TJ25 budget handheld. The TJ25 model differs from the TJ35 model by and large only in the absence of MP3 support and a lower price.

The case of the PDA is made of expensive silvery plastic, pleasant to the touch. On the sides there are inserts made of darker (gray) plastic. The design of the PDA is strict, straight lines prevail, nothing superfluous. Noticeable roundings are only on the side ends of the device. The body size is one of the smallest (110.1x75.3x11.9 mm), except that the PDA is a bit wide. The weight of 140 g is average, but the PDA can be freely worn on a cord, for which a special eyelet is provided.

The scroll wheel, which Sony PDAs have always been famous for, is placed on the front part, which made it inconvenient to use it for its intended purpose (reading books). On the sides of the scroll wheel are the cursor keys "left" and "right". True, in most third-party programs they worked as "up" and "down". For menu navigation, they are fine, but playing games that require active navigation is difficult. The keys responsible for calling the built-in applications are recessed into the case, but at the same time they work quite freely and have a clear response when pressed. The LED is located in the lower right corner. It is responsible for indicating the charge of the device and active reminders.

A black cover is attached to the left side to protect the screen from damage. However, the fastening is not reliable: the two plastic hooks on which the lid is attached may break over time. A little lower is the already mentioned rope attachment.

There is a power/hold switch on the right side. The "hold" mode is needed for MP3 playback mode, so in the Sony TJ25 model it is generally useless. At the top end there is a slot for a stylus, an infrared port window and a Memory Stick PRO slot with an accompanying indicator.

There is a device reset button and a battery door on the back of the PDA.

Screen

The transflective screen of the new PDA from Sony has a resolution of 320x320 pixels and a physical size of 54x54 mm, displays 65 thousand colors. That is, the most typical for the latest Palm models. The image is clearly visible both indoors and outdoors, even in direct sunlight. Contrast and brightness are on top, but slightly inferior to the latest Palm Tungsten E. We note one drawback (seen on the Sony TG50 model): at the minimum backlight level, uneven backlighting becomes noticeable (it is brighter at the edges of the display) Telegram Perfumed Body Spray. But this does not interfere with the normal operation of the device, and it is difficult to notice this drawback.

Battery life

The PDA has a removable Li-Ion battery. According to the manufacturer, the handheld will work for 10 days when using built-in applications for half an hour a day with the backlight turned off. If the backlight is turned on, the time will be reduced to 5.5 days when used in the same mode. When playing MP3s with the screen off, you can expect 6.5 hours of continuous use, 2 hours with the screen on. Our tests have shown that the declared time is very close to reality. In operating mode, at the minimum backlight level, the PDA worked for 4-5 hours.

Specifications

The heart of the PDA is the new i.MXL processor from Motorola, operating at a frequency of 200 MHz. According to tests, it is ahead of the main competitor (Palm Tungsten E model) and even the "top" Sony UX50 model.

While testing the Sony TJ25, I wrote an article about games for Palm OS 5, I had to try a huge number of games, including those that actively worked with three-dimensional images. And not once during testing did I complain that the processor was not powerful enough to process the graphics of these games. The only thing that can cause problems is with video playback. But those who will buy the Sony TJ25 / 35 model are unlikely to be very upset because of this.

Software

The handheld is running the latest version of the Palm OS operating system. In addition to the Graffiti 2 system on the PDA, you can use the virtual keyboard to enter text on the PDA.

The Decuma text input system is also available for the Sony TJ35 model.

Models are budget, so only the most necessary ones are installed from additional programs. And on the disk with the software, let's say, not a lot. When turned on, the handheld meets us with the usual Sony CLIE start menu:

Only two multimedia programs are installed, which is unusual for a Sony PDA. This is CLIE Viewer for viewing graphic files and AudioPlayer (in TJ35 model).

After the standard utilities for the Palm OS operating system (contacts, calendar, tasks, notes), the menu contains a classic calculator and CLIE Memo, a utility for handwritten notes.

Next on the list are Sony utilities for working with files: MS Backup - backup to a memory card, CLIE Files - file browser, Data Import - work with a memory card from a PC.

The rest of the programs (such as Card Info) are completely standard for Palm OS and do not deserve special attention.

Conclusion

In our review of the Palm Tungsten E handheld, we promised to return to the question of comparing budget models from PalmOne and Sony as soon as we get our hands on the Sony TJ series PDA. Well, let's keep our promise. Models are similar functionally and externally. Nice appearance, small size and almost equally high-quality screens. The stuffing in them is unpretentious - there are no wireless adapters, they carry medium-power processors and 32 MB of RAM each. It is difficult to call the delivery set rich in both cases. Tungsten E is a little ahead in terms of software (video player, work with office documents, phone applications, email client). The Sony TJ35 now costs $50 more than the Tungsten E, paying for the Sony brand. PDAs are aimed at those people who need an inexpensive advanced organizer and e-book, which they will use no more than half an hour a day. These models will also look good as a gift for the new year.

It is difficult to determine the leader, in the end, the choice by the consumer will be made either due to the appearance of the device (like this or that device) or on the basis of commitment to a particular brand.

Sony TJ25 handheld computer review

Almost simultaneously, two competing companies, Sony and PalmOne, introduced budget PDAs based on Palm OS 5. The models are very similar both in terms of functions and price. If we have already talked about the Palm Tungsten E model, today we present to the reader a review of the Sony TJ25 budget handheld. The TJ25 model differs from the TJ35 model by and large only in the absence of MP3 support and a lower price.

The case of the PDA is made of expensive silvery plastic, pleasant to the touch. On the sides there are inserts made of darker (gray) plastic. The design of the PDA is strict, straight lines prevail, nothing superfluous. Noticeable roundings are only on the side ends of the device. The body size is one of the smallest (110.1x75.3x11.9 mm), except that the PDA is a bit wide. The weight of 140 g is average, but the PDA can be freely worn on a cord, for which a special eyelet is provided.

The scroll wheel, which Sony PDAs have always been famous for, is placed on the front part, which made it inconvenient to use it for its intended purpose (reading books). On the sides of the scroll wheel are the cursor keys "left" and "right". True, in most third-party programs they worked as "up" and "down". For menu navigation, they are fine, but playing games that require active navigation is difficult. The keys responsible for calling the built-in applications are recessed into the case, but at the same time they work quite freely and have a clear response when pressed. The LED is located in the lower right corner. It is responsible for indicating the charge of the device and active reminders.

A black cover is attached to the left side to protect the screen from damage. However, the fastening is not reliable: the two plastic hooks on which the lid is attached may break over time. A little lower is the already mentioned rope attachment.

There is a power/hold switch on the right side. The "hold" mode is needed for MP3 playback mode, so in the Sony TJ25 model it is generally useless. At the top end there is a slot for a stylus, an infrared port window and a Memory Stick PRO slot with an accompanying indicator.

There is a device reset button and a battery door on the back of the PDA.

Screen

The transflective screen of the new PDA from Sony has a resolution of 320x320 pixels and a physical size of 54x54 mm, displays 65 thousand colors. That is, the most typical for the latest Palm models. The image is clearly visible both indoors and outdoors, even in direct sunlight. Contrast and brightness are on top, but slightly inferior to the latest Palm Tungsten E. We note one drawback (seen on the Sony TG50 model): at the minimum backlight level, uneven backlighting becomes noticeable (it is brighter at the edges of the display) Telegram Perfumed Body Spray. But this does not interfere with the normal operation of the device, and it is difficult to notice this drawback.

Battery life

The PDA has a removable Li-Ion battery. According to the manufacturer, the handheld will work for 10 days when using built-in applications for half an hour a day with the backlight turned off. If the backlight is turned on, the time will be reduced to 5.5 days when used in the same mode. When playing MP3s with the screen off, you can expect 6.5 hours of continuous use, 2 hours with the screen on. Our tests have shown that the declared time is very close to reality. In operating mode, at the minimum backlight level, the PDA worked for 4-5 hours.

Specifications

The heart of the PDA is the new i.MXL processor from Motorola, operating at a frequency of 200 MHz. According to tests, it is ahead of the main competitor (Palm Tungsten E model) and even the "top" Sony UX50 model.

While testing the Sony TJ25, I wrote an article about games for Palm OS 5, I had to try a huge number of games, including those that actively worked with three-dimensional images. And not once during testing did I complain that the processor was not powerful enough to process the graphics of these games. The only thing that can cause problems is with video playback. But those who will buy the Sony TJ25 / 35 model are unlikely to be very upset because of this.

Software

The handheld is running the latest version of the Palm OS operating system. In addition to the Graffiti 2 system on the PDA, you can use the virtual keyboard to enter text on the PDA.

The Decuma text input system is also available for the Sony TJ35 model.

Models are budget, so only the most necessary ones are installed from additional programs. And on the disk with the software, let's say, not a lot. When turned on, the handheld meets us with the usual Sony CLIE start menu:

Only two multimedia programs are installed, which is unusual for a Sony PDA. This is CLIE Viewer for viewing graphic files and AudioPlayer (in TJ35 model).

After the standard utilities for the Palm OS operating system (contacts, calendar, tasks, notes), the menu contains a classic calculator and CLIE Memo, a utility for handwritten notes.

Next on the list are Sony utilities for working with files: MS Backup - backup to a memory card, CLIE Files - file browser, Data Import - work with a memory card from a PC.

The rest of the programs (such as Card Info) are completely standard for Palm OS and do not deserve special attention.

Conclusion

In our review of the Palm Tungsten E handheld, we promised to return to the question of comparing budget models from PalmOne and Sony as soon as we get our hands on the Sony TJ series PDA. Well, let's keep our promise. Models are similar functionally and externally. Nice appearance, small size and almost equally high-quality screens. The stuffing in them is unpretentious - there are no wireless adapters, on board they carry medium-power processors and 32 MB of RAM each. It is difficult to call the delivery set rich in both cases. Tungsten E is a little ahead in terms of software (video player, work with office documents, phone applications, email client). The Sony TJ35 now costs $50 more than the Tungsten E, paying for the Sony brand. PDAs are aimed at those people who need an inexpensive advanced organizer and e-book, which they will use no more than half an hour a day. These models will also look good as a gift for the new year.

It is difficult to determine the leader, in the end, the choice by the consumer will be made either due to the appearance of the device (like this or that device) or on the basis of commitment to a particular brand.

Sony TJ25 handheld computer review

Almost simultaneously, two competing companies, Sony and PalmOne, introduced budget PDAs based on Palm OS 5. The models are very similar both in terms of functions and price. If we have already talked about the Palm Tungsten E model, today we present to the reader a review of the Sony TJ25 budget handheld. The TJ25 model differs from the TJ35 model by and large only in the absence of MP3 support and a lower price.

The case of the PDA is made of expensive silvery plastic, pleasant to the touch. On the sides there are inserts made of darker (gray) plastic. The design of the PDA is strict, straight lines prevail, nothing superfluous. Noticeable roundings are only on the side ends of the device. The body size is one of the smallest (110.1x75.3x11.9 mm), except that the PDA is a bit wide. The weight of 140 g is average, but the PDA can be freely worn on a cord, for which a special eyelet is provided.

The scroll wheel, which Sony PDAs have always been famous for, is placed on the front part, which made it inconvenient to use it for its intended purpose (reading books). On the sides of the scroll wheel are the cursor keys "left" and "right". True, in most third-party programs they worked as "up" and "down". For menu navigation, they are fine, but playing games that require active navigation is difficult. The keys responsible for calling the built-in applications are recessed into the case, but at the same time they work quite freely and have a clear response when pressed. The LED is located in the lower right corner. It is responsible for indicating the charge of the device and active reminders.

A black cover is attached to the left side to protect the screen from damage. However, the fastening is not reliable: the two plastic hooks on which the lid is attached may break over time. A little lower is the already mentioned rope attachment.

There is a power/hold switch on the right side. The "hold" mode is needed for MP3 playback mode, so in the Sony TJ25 model it is generally useless. At the top end there is a slot for a stylus, an infrared port window and a Memory Stick PRO slot with an accompanying indicator.

There is a device reset button and a battery door on the back of the PDA.

Screen

The transflective screen of the new PDA from Sony has a resolution of 320x320 pixels and a physical size of 54x54 mm, displays 65 thousand colors. That is, the most typical for the latest Palm models. The image is clearly visible both indoors and outdoors, even in direct sunlight. Contrast and brightness are on top, but slightly inferior to the latest Palm Tungsten E. We note one drawback (seen on the Sony TG50 model): at the minimum backlight level, uneven backlighting becomes noticeable (it is brighter at the edges of the display) Telegram Perfumed Body Spray. But this does not interfere with the normal operation of the device, and it is difficult to notice this drawback.

Battery life

The PDA has a removable Li-Ion battery. According to the manufacturer, the handheld will work for 10 days when using built-in applications for half an hour a day with the backlight turned off. If the backlight is turned on, the time will be reduced to 5.5 days when used in the same mode. When playing MP3s with the screen off, you can expect 6.5 hours of continuous use, 2 hours with the screen on. Our tests have shown that the declared time is very close to reality. In operating mode, at the minimum backlight level, the PDA worked for 4-5 hours.

Specifications

The heart of the PDA is the new i.MXL processor from Motorola, operating at a frequency of 200 MHz. According to tests, it is ahead of the main competitor (Palm Tungsten E model) and even the "top" Sony UX50 model.

While testing the Sony TJ25, I wrote an article about games for Palm OS 5, I had to try a huge number of games, including those that actively worked with three-dimensional images. And not once during testing did I complain that the processor was not powerful enough to process the graphics of these games. The only thing that can cause problems is with video playback. But those who will buy the Sony TJ25 / 35 model are unlikely to be very upset because of this.

Software

The handheld is running the latest version of the Palm OS operating system. In addition to the Graffiti 2 system on the PDA, you can use the virtual keyboard to enter text on the PDA.

The Decuma text input system is also available for the Sony TJ35 model.

Models are budget, so only the most necessary ones are installed from additional programs. And on the disk with the software, let's say, not a lot. When turned on, the handheld meets us with the usual Sony CLIE start menu:

Only two multimedia programs are installed, which is unusual for a Sony PDA. This is CLIE Viewer for viewing graphic files and AudioPlayer (in TJ35 model).

After the standard utilities for the Palm OS operating system (contacts, calendar, tasks, notes), the menu contains a classic calculator and CLIE Memo, a utility for handwritten notes.

Next on the list are Sony utilities for working with files: MS Backup - backup to a memory card, CLIE Files - file browser, Data Import - work with a memory card from a PC.

The rest of the programs (such as Card Info) are completely standard for Palm OS and do not deserve special attention.

Conclusion

In our review of the Palm Tungsten E handheld, we promised to return to the question of comparing budget models from PalmOne and Sony as soon as we get our hands on the Sony TJ series PDA. Well, let's keep our promise. Models are similar functionally and externally. Nice appearance, small size and almost equally high-quality screens. The stuffing in them is unpretentious - there are no wireless adapters, they carry medium-power processors and 32 MB of RAM each. It is difficult to call the delivery set rich in both cases. Tungsten E is a little ahead in terms of software (video player, work with office documents, phone applications, email client). The Sony TJ35 now costs $50 more than the Tungsten E, paying for the Sony brand. PDAs are aimed at those people who need an inexpensive advanced organizer and e-book, which they will use no more than half an hour a day. These models will also look good as a gift for the new year.

It is difficult to determine the leader, in the end, the choice by the consumer will be made either due to the appearance of the device (like this or that device) or on the basis of commitment to a particular brand.

Sony TJ25 handheld computer review

Almost simultaneously, two competing companies, Sony and PalmOne, introduced budget PDAs based on Palm OS 5. The models are very similar both in terms of functions and price. If we have already talked about the Palm Tungsten E model, today we present to the reader a review of the Sony TJ25 budget handheld. The TJ25 model differs from the TJ35 model by and large only in the absence of MP3 support and a lower price.

The case of the PDA is made of expensive silvery plastic, pleasant to the touch. On the sides there are inserts made of darker (gray) plastic. The design of the PDA is strict, straight lines prevail, nothing superfluous. Noticeable roundings are only on the side ends of the device. The body size is one of the smallest (110.1x75.3x11.9 mm), except that the PDA is a bit wide. The weight of 140 g is average, but the PDA can be freely worn on a cord, for which a special eyelet is provided.

The scroll wheel, which Sony PDAs have always been famous for, is placed on the front part, which made it inconvenient to use it for its intended purpose (reading books). On the sides of the scroll wheel are the cursor keys "left" and "right". True, in most third-party programs they worked as "up" and "down". For menu navigation, they are fine, but playing games that require active navigation is difficult. The keys responsible for calling the built-in applications are recessed into the case, but at the same time they work quite freely and have a clear response when pressed. The LED is located in the lower right corner. It is responsible for indicating the charge of the device and active reminders.

A black cover is attached to the left side to protect the screen from damage. However, the fastening is not reliable: the two plastic hooks on which the lid is attached may break over time. A little lower is the already mentioned rope attachment.

There is a power/hold switch on the right side. The "hold" mode is needed for MP3 playback mode, so in the Sony TJ25 model it is generally useless. At the top end there is a slot for a stylus, an infrared port window and a Memory Stick PRO slot with an accompanying indicator.

There is a device reset button and a battery door on the back of the PDA.

Screen

The transflective screen of the new PDA from Sony has a resolution of 320x320 pixels and a physical size of 54x54 mm, displays 65 thousand colors. That is, the most typical for the latest Palm models. The image is clearly visible both indoors and outdoors, even in direct sunlight. Contrast and brightness are at their best, but slightly inferior to the last parameter of the Palm Tungsten E model. We note one drawback (seen on the Sony TG50 model): at the minimum backlight level, the backlight unevenness becomes noticeable (it is brighter at the edges of the display) Telegram Perfumed Body Spray. But this does not interfere with the normal operation of the device, and it is difficult to notice this drawback.

The transflective screen of the new PDA from Sony has a resolution of 320x320 pixels and a physical size of 54x54 mm, displaying 65,000 colors. That is, the most typical for the latest Palm models. The image is clearly visible both indoors and outdoors, even in direct sunlight. Contrast and brightness are up to par, but slightly inferior to the latest Palm Tungsten E. We note one drawback (seen on the Sony TG50 model): at the minimum backlight level, uneven backlighting becomes noticeable (it is brighter at the edges of the display) Telegram Perfumed Body Spray Telegram Perfumed Body Spray . But this does not interfere with the normal operation of the device, and it is difficult to notice this drawback.

Battery life

The PDA has a removable Li-Ion battery. According to the manufacturer, the handheld will work for 10 days when using built-in applications for half an hour a day with the backlight turned off. If the backlight is turned on, the time will be reduced to 5.5 days when used in the same mode. When playing MP3s with the screen off, you can expect 6.5 hours of continuous use, 2 hours with the screen on. Our tests have shown that the declared time is very close to reality. In operating mode, at the minimum backlight level, the PDA worked for 4-5 hours.

Specifications

The heart of the PDA is the new i.MXL processor from Motorola, operating at a frequency of 200 MHz. According to tests, it is ahead of the main competitor (Palm Tungsten E model) and even the "top" Sony UX50 model.

While testing the Sony TJ25, I wrote an article about games for Palm OS 5, I had to try a huge number of games, including those that actively worked with three-dimensional images. And not once during testing did I complain that the processor was not powerful enough to process the graphics of these games. The only thing that can cause problems is with video playback. But those who will buy the Sony TJ25 / 35 model are unlikely to be very upset because of this.

Software

The handheld is running the latest version of the Palm OS operating system. In addition to the Graffiti 2 system on the PDA, you can use the virtual keyboard to enter text on the PDA.

The Decuma text input system is also available for the Sony TJ35 model.

Models are budget, so only the most necessary ones are installed from additional programs. And on the disk with the software, let's say, not a lot. When turned on, the handheld meets us with the usual Sony CLIE start menu:

Only two multimedia programs are installed, which is unusual for a Sony PDA. This is CLIE Viewer for viewing graphic files and AudioPlayer (in TJ35 model).

After the standard utilities for the Palm OS operating system (contacts, calendar, tasks, notes), the menu contains a classic calculator and CLIE Memo, a utility for handwritten notes.

Next on the list are Sony utilities for working with files: MS Backup - backup to a memory card, CLIE Files - file browser, Data Import - work with a memory card from a PC.

The rest of the programs (such as Card Info) are completely standard for Palm OS and do not deserve special attention.

Conclusion

In our review of the Palm Tungsten E handheld, we promised to return to the question of comparing budget models from PalmOne and Sony as soon as we get our hands on the Sony TJ series PDA. Well, let's keep our promise. Models are similar functionally and externally. Nice appearance, small size and almost equally high-quality screens. The stuffing in them is unpretentious - there are no wireless adapters, on board they carry medium-power processors and 32 MB of RAM each. It is difficult to call the delivery set rich in both cases. Tungsten E is a little ahead in terms of software (video player, work with office documents, phone applications, email client). The Sony TJ35 now costs $50 more than the Tungsten E, paying for the Sony brand. PDAs are aimed at those people who need an inexpensive advanced organizer and e-book, which they will use no more than half an hour a day. These models will also look good as a gift for the new year.

It is difficult to determine the leader, in the end, the choice by the consumer will be made either due to the appearance of the device (like this or that device) or on the basis of commitment to a particular brand.