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http://www.youtube.com/v/gZH-0vAJ5ps&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0xe1600f&color2=0xfebd01 We finally found the right time to get over to the Sony VAIO kiosk, so here’s a short, 11-minute preliminary hands on with the P. Very first, limited impressions: this is a well designed device. The P certainly doesn’t feel like 1.4-pounds when you hold […]

http://www.youtube.com/v/gZH-0vAJ5ps&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0xe1600f&color2=0xfebd01

We finally found the right time to get over to the Sony VAIO kiosk, so here’s a short, 11-minute preliminary hands on with the P. Very first, limited impressions: this is a well designed device. The P certainly doesn’t feel like 1.4-pounds when you hold it; it feels far lighter. I guess we’re all used to carrying 2.5- to 5-pound devices. ;) It’s definitely pocketable, but not in any pants I own. The P should fit nicely within an inside jacket pocket, though.

Most amazing to me is how thin the lid and display are, which we show in the vid. There’s really no flex either. The keyboard is reminiscent of the chiclet-style keys on my MacBook. Definitely usable, but tracking nub may take some getting used to. I wasn’t thrilled that the camera is off to the side; I had hoped that Sony somehow designed it with a small tilt so you could sit centrally. Nope. We didn’t check the DPI settings, but text was quite readable. It’s sure to be a stretch for some folks, but for some, it beats having to scroll every few seconds.

Clearly, this is a nice device. Nice enough for $899 or more? That’s a tough call and one we can’t make with out spending more quality time. Before I forget: as I was working the camera (and getting jostled around), I thought the Sony P had HDMI out. Sleep deprivation has set in as I was obviously wrong. That’s the multi-purpose port for an external display and Ethernet. Best part of the vid? The guy who was trying to hone in on the device so he could take video too. Listen and you’ll hear what I mean… take a number, dude! ;) We’ll get a link to the higher quality video shortly.

Update: the high-def version of this video can be seen here.

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  1. Looks a good little computer will you be getting one to review?

  2. If I had the same opportunity you guys did, I’d go to the show armed with a USB thumbdrive loaded with a various file-types/benchmarks to try. When you get quality time like that with a device, it’s best to take advantage of it.

    Too bad I wasn’t there!

  3. It’s worth noting that the keyboard on your Macbook was copied from Sony’s keyboards.

  4. Ten years ago, LG released one of the last — and best — of the WinCE line: the LG Phenom Ultra.
    http://www.pdastock.com/LG-Phenom-Ultra-H-120-CW-662.html

    The size is just about the same as the VAIO P — but the VAIO P is lighter.

    It cost $700 — for WinCE!
    The VAIO P costs $900 — for a *real* OS and *real* storage and CPU.

    I loved fondling the Ultra. I hope I’ll have fingergasms with the VAIO P.

  5. Apparently VERY snappy running Windows 7, according to Engadget:

    http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/10/vaio-p-now-with-more-windows-7/

  6. so James likes nubs better than trackpads as a “rule”?

    seriously, a singular purpose nub (scooting the cursor around) versus a multitouch touchpad. what are you smoking?

    long term comfortable navigation theres no comparison, a multitouch trackpad will crush it. i also see this device having other long term comfortable usage scenarios because of the low wide screen & high resolution (hunched over & squinting).

    the device is cool, but it seems more conceptual than actual productivity.

  7. Still no word on if they’re using the Mobi card for multi-carrier support? That is literally the only thing holding me back from pre-order: no info on the WWAN card.

    Dynamism has the faster 1.8GHz models but since they come from Japan they come with no WWAN support. So I have no choice but to buy the slower US model: unless it only does Verizon.

  8. >The keyboard is reminiscent of the chiclet-style keys on my MacBook

    No your MacBook keys are reminiscent of the chiclet style Sony used long before Apple did.

  9. @Prill, trackstick vs. trackpad is a very personal choice. Like James I prefer the trackstick because it’s more precise at higher speed. I also find it more comfortable as it requires a lot less movement to use. To me these benefits outweigh trackpad gestures which I think are more of a gimmick.

    Finally, it makes much more sense to have a trackstick on a small device like the Sony P series. We’ve already seen the silly lengths that manufacturers have gone to to squeeze trackpads onto netbooks and the trackstick allows Sony to keep the VAIO P as small as possible.

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