Sony mylo at a glance: COM-1 and COM-2

Whenever an upgrade to an existing device is released, many consumers are faced with a confusing purchasing decision: buy the new model at full price or pick up the deeply discounted original?

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If you’re experiencing this quandary over the Sony mylo (COM-1) introduced in 2006 and the new mylo 2 (COM-2) launched at CES 2008, I’ve put together a specs comparison chart and a round of photos of the two personal communicators to help make your choice a little easier.

Sony mylo COM-1 Sony mylo COM-2
Launch Price
$349.99 $299.99
Current Price
About $150 $299.99ir?t=pocketables 20&l=ur2&o=1 - for some reason we don't have an alt tag here
Colors Black, white
Storage
1GB internal + Memory Stick Duo slot
Dimensions
4.8" x 2.5" x 0.9" 5.1" x 2.5" x 0.8"
Weight
5.3 ounces 6.8 ounces
Display
2.4" TFT
(320 x 240, 64K colors)
3.5" touchscreen
(800 x 480, ?? colors)
Connectivity 802.11b 802.11b/g
Browser

Opera
(no Flash support)
NetFront
(with Flash Lite 3)
Messaging

Google Talk
Yahoo Messenger
Skype
 
Google Talk
Yahoo Messenger
Skype
AIM
Camera None 1.3 megapixels w/macro
I/O Ports
Speaker, microphone, mini USB, proprietary headset
Keyboard 39 keys 45 keys, backlit
Audio

MP3, WMA, WMA-DRM,
ATRAC, WAV
MP3, WMA, WMA-DRM,
ATRAC, AAC
Video

MPEG4/AAC
(30 fps, 384/768kbps)
MPEG4-SP, AVC Baseline
(30 fps, 384/768kbps)
Photo
JPG, PNG, BMP
Extras

Text viewer, file manager
   
    
Text viewer, file manager,
widgets, photo editing, RSS,
upload/download content
Battery Removable li-ion (3.7V 1200mAh)
Estimated
Runtime

Audio: up to 45 hours
Video: up to 8 hours
Web: up to 7 hours
VoIP: up to 3.5 hours
Audio: up to 20 hours
Video: up to 7 hours
Web: up to 6 hours
VoIP: up to 6 hours

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Mylo_com1_com2_side1

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Stay tuned for a similar post pitting the mylo 2 against the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet later this week. I’ll include website load times in that one, as both units have 800 x 480 displays and support Flash.

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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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