Sony Clie SJ30
Posted Sept, 2002
It's here, Sony's first affordable high res color
PDA! Introduced in September of 2002, the SJ30 is one of three
new affordable PDAs rolled out Fall of 2002 (the grayscale SL10 and SJ20 being
the other models). It certainly offers a lot for the $219 asking
price (original list was $299 when it came out), and it's hard
not to love it.
The screen is a backlit hi-res 320 x 320 pixel,
65,000 color TFT screen and offers sharp images, text and icons.
Comparing the SJ30 side by side with the Clié T665C,
I'd say the screen is equally as sharp but it does have a slight
The front buttons are easy to use, especially
compared to the un-ergonomic up/down buttons used on the Clié T665C.
You'll also get the standard Sony jog dial for moving up and down
in apps and etc., which is very popular with users, as well as
a back button positioned just below the jog dial.
You'll be able to use Clie T and NR series accessories
such as thier camera, cradle, keyboard and more with this PDA.
No MP3 Player but you can add it later
If you really wanted the built-in MP3 player
that comes with the T665C and NR70, but don't want to spend the
money now, you can buy Sony's accessory MP3 audio player adapter
for $129 later and you will be able to listen to MP3 music with
Power and Expandability
The SJ30 has a 33 MHz Dragonball VZ processor
that's fast enough for the average user's needs. 16 megs of internal
memory is enough to store a heck of a lot of contacts, appointments
and notes, along with a nice collection of 3rd party apps and Word/Excel
If you find you need more room, you can store
docs and apps that are expansion-card friendly to optional Memory
Sticks. 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.
The software bundle with Sony PDAs is always
excellent, even for budget models. 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 documents.
See the specs section for a more complete list of included software.
Just as with the SL10 and
SJ20, the unit is rather thick compared to some of Sony's slimmer models
such as the T-415 and T-655. Other than the thickness, the unit is not
as long as the T665 and NR70,
and looks very modern with very little dead space surrounding the screen.
Pro: This is an attractive and highly portable PDA
at a budget price. High res color, 16 megs of RAM and a rechargeable
battery at a great price. You can use Sony T and NR series accessories.
The software bundle is generous and you'll even get Documents to Go Standard
Edition for working with Word and Excel files. Con: No cradle included.
You'll get a USB cable for HotSyncing instead. You can buy an optional
cradle, but prices for these are high.Unlike PalmOne PDAs, the Sony Clié doesn't
come with software to sync to the Macintosh. You'll need to buy MissingSync from
Mark/Space to sync with a Mac.