Sony Clie PEG-UX50 Handheld

Sony Clie PEG-UX50 Handheld

$649.99

  • Release Date: 12 September, 2003
  • Used Price: $389.00
  • Availability: This item is currently not available.
  • Third Party Used Price: $499.00
Features: A new concept in handhelds: an extremely portable personal entertainment communicator, 6 oz. with stylus, Integrated wireless LAN (802.11b) and Bluetooth interface, Built-in QWERTY-layout wide-pitch keyboard with backlight, What's in the box: Clie handheld, Charger Cradle, USB HotSync Cable, Retractable Stylus, AC Adapter, Hand Strap, Installation CD-ROM, Instruction manuals

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Customer Rating: 3.5 of 5 (26 total reviews)

  • 4 starsSignificant Improvement Over Previous Clie Handhelds

    The Clie PEG-UX50 is the latest in Sony's line of high-end Palm OS handhelds. Unlike many of its predecessors, which kept getting bigger and bigger to stuff in more features such as higher resolution cameras, etc. the UX-50 has returned to about the size of the 760 series (in fact, in height, it is slightly smaller).

    Its high-resolution screen, unlike the NR/NX/NZ 60s & 70s, actually has a portrait aspect ration, making the device seem more like a micro-sized-pc than a Palm. Some prominent PDA vendors such as Mapopolis have released new versions of their software to support this latest form factor, but much of existing Palm OS software is unable to take advantage of the new unit, fortunately, Sony included a backwards compatibility mode! Its small QWERTY keyboard is much easier to use than the NR/NX/NZ units, but still is unsuitable for serious typing.

    One area that the unit is really lacking is in the cradle department. It ships with a pad that it can be attached to for charging, unfortunately, it appears that the mini-USB cable must be plugged directly into the handheld to sync. Also, the pad is no where near as elegent as cradles for previous models. Also, as a result of switching to mini serial, Sony has rendered virtually all Clie accessories useless with it.

    Overall, this unit is one of the best to come out of Sony. The camera (which can capture full-Clie-screen video) is incredible, the changes to the keyboard seem to be in the right direction. Now if they could only do something about the price tag ...

  • 5 starsSony Clie PEG-UX50

    The search for the perfect palm pilot has always been an issue. Many have features that others don't have, that making it complicated to get the perfect one. Finally, Sony has created a PDA that has every feature that anyone could ever want "The Sony Clie UX50".
    This PDA has more bells and whistles than any palm powered handheld that you have seen. With its wireless Internet and its blue tooth, it is easy to connect to every type of compatible device and the cradle for charging would be the only thing needed to be connected physically to it. This PDA has crossed over into being more like a laptop.
    The UX50 also has a spaced out keyboard, which makes it easy to type in all the information that needs to be typed. Also the UX50 has a swivel screen, which allows you to change the keyboard into a screen. The pda also allows for the left and right-handed user to be comfortable and also eliminating the High-resolution display not to be covered while you write.
    The screen resolution (420x380) is better than any pda out. The screen will let you enjoy little movies with the memory stick pro, which goes up to a gigabyte. Also the screen will be perfect to view your pictures from the camera on the pda or other sources. This pda has hand writing recognition for those who like to write on the screen. Also it has an MP3 player and a voice recorder.
    This palm powered device is surely one the greatest inventions in the land of the pda's. It almost goes into the realm of laptops. If you were to buy any palm pilot and didn't mind dishing out 650 dollars then the Sony Clie UX50 is the palm for you.

  • 3 starsNice toy.. definitely not worth the $

    Bought a UX50 used off eBay. Have had it for about a month. I would pay 400$ max for a used one. Now that Sony has stopped the entire Clie line, you should find them cheap off the internet.

    PROS:
    - Nice keyboard
    - Love the fact that you can listen to music at the same time performing other functions like browsing, email etc (probably an OS5 feature not restricted to this model only)
    - The wireless works like a charm right out of the box.
    - Great resolution.

    CONS:
    - Had to soft boot at least 3-4 times already.
    - Most apps require portrait mode which the UX50 does not natively support.
    - Battery life - 3hrs max if you use the wireless.
    - Need an additional memory stick (128MB - 40$)
    - Crappy camera - 0.3MP!!! cmon Sony!
    - Native doc support restricted to read only.
    - Need the docking station to charge, no direct connection to PDA.

    Must have software:
    - you can enable the landscape mode for most apps using Code Diver. This is a MUST if you want to use the UX50.

    (shareware + 10$. Remember to use the latest beta and not the handango version)
    - Also I strongly recommend buying Documents to Go and Contacts to Go (add another 75$ to the tag)

    Overall, you can end up spending about 1000$ to make this thing really usable, not worth it. But if you dont mind getting a used one cheap off eBay, this is definitely a nice toy.