Since its release last month, the Sony mylo personal communicator has often been compared to the T-Mobile Sidekick 3. Even though the mylo isn’t a cell phone, the match-up is understandable: both units target the same demographic (18-22 year olds), flaunt instant messaging and connecting with friends as their main attractions, have built-in QWERTY keyboards, and are packed with extras like MP3 playback, web browser, and photo viewer. But although it shares many common features with the Sidekick 3 (and looks a bit like a PSP for kids), the mylo is really in a class of its own.
The name stands for “my life online,” a throwback to the MYLO (all caps) wireless service designed and launched in 2001 for the now extinct line of Clie PDAs. Long before the mylo hit stores, Sony was marketing the device as being all about “fun, convenience, and near-instant gratification wherever there’s Wi-Fi access.” Today, after a month’s worth of daily use, I’ll take a look at the personal communicator and put the company’s claim to the test.
This is a very special review being that it is Jenn Lee’s first review for ABi. If you haven’t noticed Jenn has been contributing to the site for the last few months and has been doing a great job filling us in on the latest MP3 player news. Jenn also has her own blog on consumer gadgets at www.pocketables.net. Check out her full bio here.