Remember how Sharp cruelly teased us several months ago with the RD-PM10 multimedia e-dictionary that should have been a MID despite its lowly WiFi-less specs? Well, the company is back at it again, this time with the minimally updated RD-PM1 (~$290).
Despite being lighter than its predecessor (9.67 oz versus 11.53 oz) and having different buttons flanking its 4.3-inch WQVGA touchscreen, the new device is otherwise identical to the old one. That means the same 5.5" x 3.1" x 1.0" body (albeit in black), Windows CE 5.0 operating system, 8GB internal storage expandable with microSDHC cards up to 16GB, dictionary content, voice recorder, multimedia capabilities (including XviD and OGG support), and FM radio that you can already get from the RD-PM10. A DMB tuner is offered with a lower-capacity 4GB model, but WiFi, Bluetooth, and any other kind of useful connectivity are still out of reach.
Exactly why the RD-PM1 even exists is anyone's guess, then, as a new model that brings nothing to the table but a lighter weight and different buttons doesn't exactly justify its creation or release. At least throw in some WiFi and a web browser! That slide-and-tilt design is just too good to be "wasted" on an e-dictionary.
Still, it sure is nice to look at.