We recently got our hands on Sony's new Mylo COM-2 Personal Communicator and after a week of toying with it we're still a little confused of what exactly Sony is trying to do here. The device features integrated Wi-Fi, a 3.5 inch touch screen, 1.3 Megapixel Camera, and a slide-out Keyboard. So how does the Mylo fare in our review? Click 'more' to find out.
The Mylo has a great straightforward interface that was easy to pick up and use from day one. Navigation though the menu is done by either using the orange joystick nub or pressing the touchscreen display. It also helps that the device includes a slide out Qwerty keyboard for typing out web addresses and using the instant messaging features.
Speaking of features, the main menu gives you access to several choices: Communication, RSS/Podcasts, Web, Music, Photo, Video, and Camera. Lets quickly run through these features.
Of all the features Communication was our favorite. All of the services pictured above are supported straight out of the box and worked just as well as their desktop counterparts. Out of all the services we used Skype the most. The Skype integration on the Mylo in our opinion is the best feature on the device. We made several calls and every call was clear and loud through the integrated ear speaker and audio on the other end was excellent as well.
Getting on the internet was quick using the integrated Wi-Fi and the web browser worked like a champ on more complex web sites. If you're a Facebook user, the Mylo has a widgets screen for quick access to your Facebook profile and other things like Google and news headlines. You can also subscribe to RSS Feeds and Podcasts, though we wish it could handle other codecs such as Divx.
Multimedia playback is decent on the device, nothing terribly special but as we said earlier it would be great if it was compatible with codecs other than the standard MP3/WMA/AAC/ATRAC/MP4. Hopefully Sony will address this in a future firmware update.
The mylo also has a 1.3 Megapixel camera with no flash and its quality is pretty much what you would expect from such a low resolution. If you purchased a cell phone this or last year its very likely the quality is just as good if not better than what you'd find here.
Now while we didn't completely dislike the Mylo, its the $300 price tag makes it a bit hard to swallow for what it is and you could easily get a better experience from a PSP which can do most of the things we wrote about and deliver that at a much cheaper price. It would be a different story if the Mylo were a cell phone and being limited to Wi-Fi access can be a bit of a problem. They do however, have a deal with Wayport that gives you free access to their 10,000 of their hotspots nationwide which is great but we still don't think that justifies the price.
Overall we did enjoy using the Mylo but if you're looking to purchase one, we would recommend you either wait till the price drops a bit or simply just wait for the new iPhone.