I ve had the NX70V for a couple days now and have gathered a few thoughts and observations for you. Many of my comparisons will be against the Palm Tungsten T and the previous Clie NR series. Submit any questions or areas you d like me to focus the full review on via the discussion board for this article.
Out of the box, the first thing you ll notice about the NX70V is that it s rough. Yes, rough in comparison to the smooth feel of most PDA s. To put it to the test, I handed it to a co-worker who dropped my NR70V the first time he held it. This time he did not drop it so I can make two conclusions. One, the NX70V is easier to hold. Second, since it was not dropped I cannot make any assertations about the case being of sturdy design, but I think we can all assume that it is.
Once powered on, the next major difference awaits you. A totally redesigned launcher. The categories become more important than before, as they are located in a scroller on the left side. All the program icons are in a large scroller on the right. You can scroll through all the programs to find what you want, or you may first select the category then the program. So far, I m not a big fan of the interface, but I ll stick with it and let you know more later.
Other major improvements include a better camera, .3MP vs. .1MP in the NR series. The camera also records video now, straight to the memory stick. My 128MB stick would allow for almost an hour of video. The video playback is not the greatest quality, but it is fun to take a quick video of a napping co-worker or other spur of the moment event.
Perhaps the most anticipated new feature of the NX70 series is the wireless option. On the back is a CF slot that takes a Sony WiFi card. It seems it will take any CF card, but drivers must be written specifically for the Clie. Anyway, install of the WiFi card was easy and configuration was quite simple. I did have to use the manual which was a mild disgrace though. My only complaint is the Web browser that comes with the device is really bad. I could not load most Web pages because they were too big. Don t know why this matters when you re on WiFi, but it does. PalmSource seems to be working on a Clie only browser, so we ll se how that works out. For now, you will browse the Web with pretty much constant frustration, using the default browser. I ve been looking for an alternative that works on Palm OS 5, so far not much look. The browser on the Tungsten T is much more reliable, but has less features.
So that s a quick hit on the Clie NX70V, I ll have a full review up this weekend. Have questions? Post them here and I ll make sure to address them in the review.