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I am slammed with work but wanted to post some quick and dirty first impressions of using the Sony UX50 “in the field”.  Here they are in no particular order: Fingerprint reader:  I absolutely love it!  It makes entering passwords a breeze. Keyboard:  The key spacing […]

I am slammed with work but wanted to post some quick and dirty first impressions of using the Sony UX50 “in the field”.  Here they are in no particular order:

Fingerprint reader:  I absolutely love it!  It makes entering passwords a breeze.

Keyboard:  The key spacing is good enough that even my big thumbs don’t hit the wrong key.  The keyboard is in Japanese although that is a minor change from an English one.  The backlight on the keys is wonderful and I already feel that all thumb keyboards should be backlit.

Cameras:  It is very innovative to have two different cameras so that you can use whichever is convenient.  The software that runs it is intuitive and makes capturing stills and videos very easy.  The Capture button on the upper right of the device triggers the software when pressed and snaps the photo when pressed a second time.  Cool.

Joystick:  The little nubbin joystick is very easy to use and the two mouse buttons make operating the UX50 simple to do with just two thumbs.

Screen:  Yes, everything is very small but I find it so resolute and bright that I rarely use the zoom buttons, which work flawlessly.

That’s it for now, I will be posting more soon.

-jk

  1. I hope you get finger cramps, see Japanese characters in your sleep, and severe eye strain.

    Jealous? ME? Nawwwwwwwwwwwww! :-(

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  2. Man, that looks incredibly awesome. Why must it be so cool.

    Bye Bye Bank Account =(

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  3. Your comments on the screen resolution tells me that the other UMPCs should have gone to a higher resolutions too. I still think that 200+ pixels per inch (235 for the UX) is a good thing. The 7 inch screen should have been at least the same as the UX but more at 1280×768 (or even at 1366×768).

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  4. jk, this device, like the upcoming Averatec UMPC, looks like a much more flexible solution than the onscreen keyboard that the current UMPCs come with.

    My personal opinion is that we start to see more UMPCs come out with keyboards.

    Guess, we’ll need to wait until Vista comes out for full tablet pc support, though.

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  5. does the ux50 have an 80 gram or 120 gram digitizer? how about trying RitePen with it?

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  6. ritepen comes bundled on the UX50 and I will be trying it out soon. The keyboard is handy to have but I really miss the Tablet Edition utilities which I consider a must for small PCs like this.

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  7. I don’t understand how you can hardly use Zoom. On that damned 770, I use Zoom *all* the time. So you also have better eyes than me, you fiend?!

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  8. Mike, I just hold the UX two inches in front of my face. :)

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  9. I know when I used the Sony U50, my eyes hurt at 800 by 600(480)? The 5 inch screen is small.

    Does look like a really nice device though.

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  10. Hi JK:

    I’d be interested in learning if your UX has the “Ultra Sync” software installed, which appears to facilitate synchronization with a main PC, as described in the Sony Style web site (for the UX180). If so, have you used it? Does it work well?

    Thanks.

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