Got a Sony Clie 615 Today!


Well, ok, got one for my wife. After playing with it a bit I am still convinced that PocketPC’s will beat palm OS eventually.However, for the casual user or elite palm user, the Sony PEG-T615C represents the best Palm based PDA available today. The screen is a bright 65k color 320×320 screen. Looks good indoors, under light, with no light, or in direct light. Haven’t taken it outside to see how it does in direct sunlight, but I doubt my wife will use it outside anyways. After using a PocketPC (iPaq) for the last 2 years, and being spoiled by its fast 206mhz StronARM processor, using something that is based on a lowly 33mhz dragonball processor, I was plesently surprised with how fast the 615 actually responds. Programs launch and close in a snap. Memory management is really limited, since it seems to close every program as soon as you open another. This is another difference between the current PocketPC 2002 OS, which leaves everything open until memory starts running low. The screen was nice and responsive, though my biggest complaint is the screen real estate used by the graphite writing area. I am again so spoiled by Transcriber on PocketPC to go back to using Graphitte, but again, for a Palm user, its not an issue, or for someone that’s never used a PocketPC its fine. One thing I do like is the softness of the screen. We did put on a screen protector right away, which is something I wish I had done from the start with my iPaq. The fine lines and details that the screen is able to pick up is fantastic. Not being a Picasso, my artistic skills are limited to squigglily lines and marks, but nonetheless I was impressed by the overall responsiveness of the screen.Overall, I’d say this is the best Palm based PDA on the market. 16megs of ram, full color, memory stick slot, great suite of software, cool design, comes with a leather cover and just plain works. However, I won’t be trading my iPaq in any time soon for a Palm. We’ll see how my wife likes it…

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