08. 10. 2006
Sony's mylo for mobile wifi chatting
Sony has been pushing the mylo product line since 2001, and Sascha at PCMag has the lowdown on their newest addition. The mylo is a mobile instant messenger device that doubles as a Skype phone, web appliance, and media player. Sony is dubbing the mylo as a way to take advantage of open hotspots for those who use instant messaging as their primary form of communication.
In no way is the mylo a cell phone. There’s no cell modem, and it needs a hotspot to be useful. Luckily, JiWire’s services are built into the handheld so locating hotspots in a metro area should be a piece of cake.
Google Talk, Skype, and Yahoo Messenger are all supported, but curiously there's no AIM or MSN. A redeeming feature is that the mylo runs a mobile version of the Opera web browser; a browser which I fanatically support. Web support is full HTML, and there are several display and scaling modes to help fit big pages to a small screen.
The device ships with a
paltry one megabyte gigabyte of onboard memory, and expansion is provided with Sony’s Memory Stick Duo. In a strange twist of a retro feature set the device also supports .txt file editing, so it can double as a mobile emergency essay machine.
Haha - Thanks to Jennifer Chase for pointing out that I misread the spec sheet.