Sony mylo 2 (COM-2) vs. Nokia N810

Although not intended to appeal to the same market, the Sony mylo 2 (COM-2) personal communicator and Nokia N810 Internet Tablet still share enough similarities to warrant head-to-head battles and other comparisons.

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I’ve already finished my Nokia N810 review and a full mylo 2 review is in the works, so I’ve decided not to pit one device’s features and functions against the other’s to ultimately conclude which is better. Instead, what I’ve done is something that I hope will help you declare your own winner. All that matters when choosing a portable device is what’s best for you, after all. 

Side-by-Side Specs

Sony mylo 2 Nokia N810
Launch Price
$299.99 $479.99
Current Price
$299.99ir?t=pocketables 20&l=ur2&o=1 - for some reason we don't have an alt tag here About $400ir?t=pocketables 20&l=ur2&o=1 - for some reason we don't have an alt tag here
Colors Black, white Silver
Storage
1GB internal
Memory Stick Duo slot
    
2GB internal
MiniSD card slot
128MB RAM, 256MB Flash
Dimensions
  5.1" x 2.5" x 0.8"   5.04" x 2.83" x 0.55"
Weight
6.8 ounces 7.97 ounces
Display
3.5" touchscreen
(800 x 480)
4.13" touchscreen
(800 x 480)
OS Qtopia Linux (closed*) Maemo Linux (open)
Connectivity
802.11b/g
    
    
802.11b/g
Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
GPS
Browser

NetFront
(with Flash Lite 3)
Mozilla MicroB
(with Flash 9)
Camera 1.3 megapixels w/macro 0.3 megapixels (VGA)
I/O Ports
Speakers, microphone,
mini USB,
proprietary headset
Speakers, microphone,
micro USB,
standard 3.5mm headset
Keyboard 45 keys, backlit 40 keys, backlit
Stand No Yes
Audio
MP3, WMA, WMA-DRM,
ATRAC, AAC
 
AAC, AMR, M4A,
MP2, MP3, WAV, WMA
other supported codecs optional
Video
MPEG4-SP, AVC Baseline
(30 fps, 384/768kbps)
 
3GP, AVI, H.263, H.264,
MPEG-4, RV, ASF, WMV9
other supported codecs optional
Photo
JPG, PNG, BMP

 

BMP, GIF, ICO, JPG, PNG,
SVG Tiny, TIFF, WBMP
other supported codecs optional
Battery Removable li-ion
(3.7V 1200mAh)
Removable li-polymer
(3.7V 1500mAh)
Estimated
Runtime

Audio: up to 20 hours
Video: up to 7 hours
Web: up to 6 hours
VoIP: up to 6 hours
Audio: up to 10 hours
Continuous: up to 4 hours
Always online: up to 5 days
Standby: up to 14 days

* Users who register with Sony as developers are given an SDK to create mylo widgets.

Comparison Photos

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Mylo2_n810_side_closed

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Mylo2_n810_ui_open

Mylo2_n810_keyboards

Mylo2_n810_angle1

Mylo2_n810_side_open

Mylo2_n810_angle2

Mylo2_n810_back

Mylo2_n810_comp1

Mylo2_n810_comp2

Mylo2_n810_thick1

Mylo2_n810_thick2

Website Load Times

Browser speeds and load times on mobile devices (including the Nokia N810) are a frequent topic around here, so my informal testing parameters are the same as always:

  • Each browser’s cache was cleared before testing began.
  • Load times were measured in one sitting from the same location (my living room in Honolulu this morning) from the click of the enter key to the complete page load according to the progress bar or loading icon.
  • Both devices were connected to an 802.11g home network and maintained maximum signal strength throughout the testing period.
  • Times are in minute:second format.

Sony mylo 2 Nokia N810
Amazon
0:23 0:19
CNET
0:37 0:38
Digg
0:18 0:16
Engadget
0:26 0:39
Google News
0:15 0:18
Micro PC Talk
0:32 0:11
MySpace
0:11 0:10
NY Times
0:28 0:30
Pocketables
0:29 0:26
YouTube
0:18 0:17

Note: Load times vary by several factors ( e.g., location, time of day, ad servers, page content, etc.), so your own results will not be identical to mine. Fluctuation and inconsistency of load times are particularly evident when comparing the times above with those from my previous tests.

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Which one is right for you?

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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