Posted Feb, 2003
this model has been Discontinued.
Check out the Sony TJ37 instead).
Sony, bent on constantly improving their PDA
line, has Introduced an enhanced version of the popular SJ30 only
5 months after the SJ30 was released. The SJ33 adds a built-in
MP3 player and a 2x faster processor, yet lists for the same price
as the SJ30 did when it was released. The SJ33 is a reasonably
priced color PDA that competes well with low end Pocket PCs and
Palms alike. It runs Palm OS 4.1.
The case is made of shiny black plastic, and
the black flip cover is translucent so you can see the screen with
the cover closed. The corners are rounded, which not only looks
great but feels great in the hand. The front bezel is silver. It
looks really hip and attractive-- certainly an improvment over
the SL and SJ series models. You can remove the flip cover, but
the relatively large hinge assembly it mounts to on the top front
of the SJ33 is not attractive when the cover is removed.
The screen is a backlit hi-res transflective
320 x 320 pixel, 65,000 color TFT screen and offers sharp images,
text and icons. Comparing the SJ30 and SJ33 side by side, I'd say
the SJ33 is a bit brighter. Like many recent Sony PDAs, the screen
has a slight blue cast.
The front buttons are recessed, which looks modern
and attractive, but are harder to press than non-recessed buttons.
As with the new NZ90, the power button
on previous models has been replaced by a slider switch on the
side of the unit. Unlike the NZ90, the power slider also functions
as the hold button. Slide the switch down to turn the unit on and
off, slide it up to activate the hold switch. If you're new to
Sony, the hold switch prevents the unit from accidentally turning
on when you press a button (handy if you like to keep it in your
pocket or purse). It also allows you to listen to MP3s with the
screen turned off to conserve power. 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 SJ, T and NR series
accessories such as thier camera, cradle, keyboard and more with
Power and Expandability
The SJ33 has a 66 MHz Dragonball VZ processor
that's plenty fast enough for the average user's needs. The SJ30
had a 33 MHz Dragonball processor. The SJ33 is the fastest Palm
OS PDA in the low and mid-price ranges. It has 16 megs of internal
memory, 15 of which are available to the user to store programs
and data, and runs Palm OS 4.1.
If you find you need more room, you can store
docs and apps that are expansion-card friendly to optional Memory
Sticks. These are tiny stick-shaped removable memory cards already
used in past Cliés, some Sony digital cameras, and supported
by newer Sony VAIO notebooks. They come in 32, 64 and 128 meg capacities.
Like higher end Cliés, the SJ33 has a built-in
MP3 (and ATRAC) player. The unit comes with earbud headphones and an
inline volume controller. Higher end Sonys have an inline controller
with play/stop, AMS, volume and hold buttons, but hey, for $299, this
ain't bad. The Sony MP3 app offers bass boost, repeat, and background
play, so that the music won't stop if you use another application.
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, an MP3 player, and you get
some nice 3rd party software like Kinoma Player (great movie viewer)
and Intellisync for syncing to Outlook. Documents To Go standard edition
from DataViz is bundled with the SJ33. Docs to Go is an application suite
that allows you to work with Word and Excel documents. See the specs
section for a more complete list of included software.
Size and Battery Life
The SJ33, like previous SL and SJ models, is quite
small in terms of height and width, but is thicker than Sony's slimmer
PDA models. It's easily pocketable and is smaller than the once pricey T665C,
while offering all the features of the T665C. The battery life is quite
good given the bright screen and MP3 player. You should get around 9
hours of use with the backlight set at 1/3 brightness (this is a bright
screen, so that's a very usable setting). The unit has a Lithium Polymer
battery that is not user replaceable.
Pro: This is an attractive and compact multimedia PDA
at a reasonable price. High res color, bright, sharp screen and a zippy
66 MHz processor. You can use Sony SJ, 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.
x 320 pixels, 65,000 colors backlit TFT. High resolution
allows for much sharper images and text compared
to other Palm OS competitors' PDAs.
Motorola Dragonball VZ processor. 16 megs of built
in RAM (15 megs available to the user). 4 megs of
Flash ROM for flash upgrades and OS.
1/4" (H) x 2 7/8" (W) x 7/8" (D) .
Rechargeable Lithium Ion Polymer.
in speaker for alarms. MP3 and enhanced polyphonic
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 Software: Audio Player, CLIÉ™ Paint,
CLIÉ™ Photo Stand, Memory Stick Autorun,
Memory Stick Backup, Memory Stick Export v. 1.2 (for
PC), Memory Stick Gate, Memory Stick Import, PictureGear
Lite (for PC), PictureGear Pocket World Alarm Clock,
and a lot of trial/demo software.
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
PDA, gMovie™ (Generic Media), MobiPocket Reader
(Franklin® Electronic Publishers) and StreetFinder
cover, USB sync cable, AC adapter/charger included.