CES – Sony Clie NZ90 Hands On

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Sony made it very clear to us…the Clie NZ90 is not a PDA. What?!? Right, it’s an entertainment machine. Sony is trying very hard to break away from the image of traditional PDAs. I’d have to say, with all the features they’ve packed in the NZ90 most people might not be sure what to make of it.

There’s no doubt that Sony has really taken the multimedia and “fun functions” of PDAs and pushed them to a higher level. In fact, Sony was doing more with the old Palm OS 4.1 than some are doing with Palm OS 5. As a result, they’ve taken this M.O. to heart with the NZ90 incorporating a ton of goodies like Bluetooth and a 2MP camera, with flash.

So, as we all know, it’s big, very big, but the point is no longer to have this device ride shotgun in your pocket. Sony would prefer you get over the size and treat it almost as a mini-laptop.

A few other important notes. None of the old accessories will work. The serial connection has moved to the upper center of the back of the device. The WiFi card slot is actually at the bottom, where we’re used to having the peripheral connection. Sony has also added the four main launcher buttuns into the top of the NZ90’s screen. So when the screen is rotated and folded down, you still have access to the main functions…very cool.

The release is still set for February, so sit back and take a look at these pictures while you think about the $800 price tag. Oh yeah, ad another $150 for the WiFi card.

Brian

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