Take a Clié T615C, give it a 2x
faster processor and MP3 playback and you've got the T665C, released
in July 2002 in the US.
This was the second Palm OS PDA to have a 66MHz Dragonball processor.
Sony's NR70 was the first (other Palm
OS units had a 33MHz processor these days). Since late Fall 2002,
newer Palm OS 5 PDAs such as the Sony NX70,
NX60 and Palm Tungsten T have
been introduced with even faster ARM processors. Still the T665
and NR70 are the fastest Palm OS 4 PDAs with Dragonball processors.
Not only is this (and the NR70) twice as fast as any other Palm
OS 4 PDA, but is has a 320 x 320 pixel screen that is absolutely
lovely (Sony knows how to do LCDs). The screen is very bright,
the contrast sharp and the colors are saturated. That's higher
resolution than Pocket PCs and considerably
larger than the 160 x 160 pixel screen standard on most other Palm OS
PDAs. Not all Palm applications support high resolution, but if
your favorite app doesn't run at high res, you can set the Clié to
run in 160 x 160 compatibility mode.
Just as with some other Clié models, you'll
get A/V remote control software that can control up to 15 pieces
of home audio and video equipment (and not just Sony brand ).
The IR is strong enough to reach up to 15 feet, but our couch is
only about 9 feet away from our home entertainment center so that's
the farthest I tested). There are about 5 to 10 supported brands,
depending on the component type. I was able to control Yamaha receiver,
a Sharp TV and VCR, Sony DVD and CD/MD deck but not our Zenith
TV (not listed as an available TV brand).
The software bundle with Sony PDAs is always excellent. Sony includes
their own software for image viewing and editing that runs at high
resolution, and you get some nice 3rd party software like Documents
To Go standard edition from DataViz for working with Word and Excel
files, and Intellisync Lite if you want to sync to Outlook or Lotus
rather than Palm Desktop.
Picture Gear Pocket is an image viewer
for the Clié and
it also has a desktop application that lets you copy and covert
image and movies files back and forth from your PDA (supports Memory
Stick). gMovie is as you guessed, a movie viewer. You can use Picture
Gear on the desktop to convert most all movie formats to Clié-friendly
format. However, it doesn't make very high quality movies. Try
downloading some high quality movie trailers from Sony
Pictures web site PDA section and playing them with Kinoma
Player (an excellent free movie player) if you want to see
what this PDA is really capable of! See the specs section for a
more complete list of included software.
The unit has an MP3 (and ATRAC) player,
similar to the one found in the Clié 760C and NR70. The audio player now has bass
boost if you own other Sony audio equipment, you're familiar
with bass boost (it increases bass presence ).
The headphones are different from those older models: these are
ear buds with a volume controller and the audio jack is now a standard
3.5mm (1/8 in.) rather then the proprietary one used on older Clié models.
There's also a Hold button that turns off the display to save power
when you're using it as an MP3 player. It sounds great, but get
ready to buy yourself some Memory Sticks to store all those audio
Like past Clié PDAs, the unit is
expandable via Sony's Memory Stick technology. These are tiny
stick-shaped removable memory cards already used in some Sony
digital cameras, and supported by newer Sony VAIO notebooks.
It comes with 16 megs of RAM built in. You can use the Sony Bluetooth
card as well, for those of you looking to add a little networking
to your life (currently released in Japan and available from
exporters, should hit the US soon).
Pro: Sony just keeps getting better and better! This is an attractive,
slim model that's smaller than the N760C and the same size as the
T615C. Built-in MP3 player and decent headphones, absolutely lovely
high resolution display. Fast processor you'll notice in everyday
tasks like file-copy and image viewing/manipulation. Con: battery
life could be longer, but isn't horrible either. The price competes
with low-end Pocket PCs like the Toshiba
e310, and some folks may opt for the Toshiba since the specs
x 320 pixels, 65,000 colors backlit TFT active
matrix display. Hi resolution allows for much sharper
images and text compared to other Palm OS competitors'
MHz Motorola Dragonball VZ processor. 16 megs of
built in RAM. 8 megs of Flash ROM for flash upgrades
3/4" (H) x 2 7/8" (W) x 1/2" (D),
Rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery. AC adapter/charger
case, USB sync cradle, headphones and volume controller,
rechargeable battery and A/C adapter included.
in speaker for alarms. Built-in stereo MP3 Player
(you better get a larger memory stick if you want
to make use of it though!). It
plays real sounds rather than only Midi synthesized
OS 4.1 and the usual suite of Palm applications,
including Palm HotSync, Address Book, Date Book,
Clock, To Do List, Memo Pad, Calculator. In addition,
you get Sony multimedia applications for MP3 playback,
video playback and more. AV Remote software: supports
TV, VCR, DVD and AV receivers from various manufacturers.
Sony Software: CLIÉ Audio Player, CLIÉ Mail,
CLIÉ Paint, CLIÉ Remote
Commander, Memory Stick ® Autorun Memory Stick ® Backup,
Memory Stick ® Export v. 1.0 (for PC), Memory
Stick ® Gate Memory Stick ® Import, PictureGear v.
4.5 Lite (for PC) PictureGear Pocket, Sound
Converter v. 1.0 (for PC), Sound Utility, World Alarm
Clock, Documents To Go® - Standard Edition, gMovie,
StreetFinder® Express, and a lot of trial/demo
software: Palm Desktop 4.01, Intellisync Lite
v. 4.0 for syncing to desktop programs other than
Palm Desktop, Documents to Go Standard Edition for
editing and viewing Word and Excel files on your