Ok, Sony. It’s Time to Shine in the Handheld Space Once Again

Updated on 31 July 2015 by

Dear Sony,

You’ve made some of the coolest handheld devices that I’ve ever owned. From your Clie PDA line, I owned the Clie NR70 and the Clie UX50. From your VAIO UX line, I’ve owned the incredible UX180. I’ve owned a PSP which was stolen years ago and I recently purchased another one because I regard it as the best mobile gaming device on the market.

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All four of these devices (and certainly many others in your handheld lines) emitted a blinding light of quality, reeked of design excellence, and were bathed in awesomeness. Each of these devices inspired wonder within me. They were true gadgets. Holding them in my hands made me think “wow, this is the future! inch. In school, I used to use the Clie UX50 to type notes and assignments in class, then I’d print it out in the library through the infrared port. That was awesome. And even if it did make me look like a total geek, it made people say “Wow, what is that thing? inch. The Clie UX50 had WiFi and Bluetooth before most people even knew what those terms meant. And a 3.2MP camera built-in (rotating camera, no less) – that was on par with digital cameras of the time, and was just one feature of a rich and useful device that I used for years.

You didn’t actually call your Clie line of devices “PDAs inch, you called them Entertainment Organizers, and for good reason. But most of the world wasn’t ready. They weren’t ready to embrace mobile. They weren’t ready to carry entertainment and productivity in their pockets. You’ve since canned your line of Clie PDAs, your UX UMPCs, and your Mylos. The PSP is great, but it becomes outdated with each passing day and is threatened by the likes of the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Those that did accept your devices loved them. There’s a surprisingly active community of VAIO UX fans who have modded and enhanced the UX series beyond what some thought possible, but it can only be taken so far. They keep modding because they don’t want to let go of your awesome device. They don’t want it to fade away and be supplanted by something that doesn’t inspire the same awe.

Things have changed though. You’ve changed, Sony. The blame can no longer be placed on the world. You’ve entered a dark age.

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5 Comments For This Post

  1. turn.self.off says:

    i would not mind seeing one of the clie designs refurbished using something a bit more recent then palmos…

    I think what happened was that sony as a hardware company, and sony as a media company (remember, it owns both a movie studio and a record label) had a internal struggle. And the media part won.

  2. jpmatrix says:

    +1 !
    add me to this great (and so actual!) letter to Dear Papy Sony ;)
    and let’s wait for Chrismas ;)

  3. LeeN says:

    I’d like to see them update the Mylo 2, now that there are faster processors, better displays (capacitive multitouch, etc), and better operating systems available (android, maemo, maybe ubuntu remix).

    I think maybe as a whole the PS3 may have hurt Sony. I think they have put a lot into it, and as I understand only with in this last year have they started to see a return.

    I always thought it funny that on one hand they are fiercely competing with Microsoft in game consoles, but on the other, they produce some of the best quality Windows computers I’ve seen.

  4. Guy says:

    Amen to that Ben.

  5. Robert McKeever says:

    I can only agree with all of the previous comments. Having owned ( and still daily use) an NZ-90, a UX-280p, and a VGN-P530H, all of which I highly value for their unique fit into my lifestyle, I wish Sony would come out with a killer of a machine, fast, powerful, with all the goodies in a tablet form factor, the size of the P series or smaller (min 7″ diagonal touch screen) and for the real kick, built in CD/DVD reader/writer. Bring it in for under 1K bucks, and I will be the first to buy.

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