The Good Beautiful high-resolution color screen; integrated digital camera; MP3 and multimedia support; built-in Wi-Fi; solid battery life; robust software bundle.
The Bad Poorly located scrollwheel; awkward buttons on the side; battery not replaceable; no Mac support.
The Bottom Line Despite a few design quirks, the sleek Sony CLIE PEG-TH55 offers a long list of features that will appeal both to business users and those with more playful natures.
Sony CLIE PEG-TH55
Always on the cutting edge of design, Sony shakes things up with the CLIE PEG-TH55 by breaking away from the traditional PDA keypad layout. The jog dial takes a backseat, and the large, high-resolution screen sits front and center, making this handheld a good choice for multimedia applications. And did we mention the TH55's built-in camera? Thanks to its generous software bundle and its well-integrated wireless features, this $400 handheld is a worthy competitor to the similarly priced Palm Tungsten T3. However, its design quirks keep it just shy of an Editors' Choice. At 4.9 by 3.0 by 0.6 inches, the elegant, dark-gray Sony CLIE PEG-TH55 has the solid feel of a serious handheld. The 3.8-inch, 320x480-pixel transflective TFT screen dominates the face of the device. Add in the Virtual Graffiti area, and there's plenty of room to view applications. The TH55 weighs 6.5 ounces, which isn't bad, considering it includes both Wi-Fi and a built-in camera. Its sturdy exterior feels as if it could endure some rough treatment. However, the translucent-gray plastic protective screen cover doesn't feel nearly as tough. And while it didn't suffer any scratches during our tests, it did show a lot of fingerprints. Plus, it feels like it could easily snap off its hinges if you weren't careful. The nice thing about the see-through cover, however, is that you can tell with a glance which alarm just rang. Sony includes a wrist strap with the PDA, but it does not include an extra protective case.
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