TOY BOX: All-in-one P900 does some things well

It's no secret the world of small electronic devices is leading us to one combo device. Who really wants to carry a PDA, a phone, an MP3 player, a digital camera, and a web-access device?

It's no secret the world of small electronic devices is leading us to one combo device. Who really wants to carry a PDA, a phone, an MP3 player, a digital camera, and a web-access device?

The P900 is Sony Ericsson's entry into the all-in-one derby. Smaller than some PDAs that have phones, I found it easy to handle. It also fit inside a sport-jacket pocket. But it came with many more instructions than I normally like to read. Believing such devices should be intuitive, I just dove in to find that some features worked, others - like the handwriting recognition - were problematic. The P900 works well as a camera and phone. Mine also came with a nice chess game. It can take you to the web too, but the screen is a bit small for that. The model I had was also supposed to power a tiny car using its Bluetooth technology, but I could never get that to work. The biggest question for the P900 is whether its operating system software will be dwarfed by Microsoft as it pushes into the all-in-one space. Any suggestions for gadgets we should try? Send them to toybox@prweek.com
  • John N. Frank writes Toy Box. He is the Chicago-based Midwest bureau chief for PRWeek Price $799 list, various carriers offer discounted prices Available at AT&T, Cingular, and T-Mobile Specs Maximum speed of 10mph, 8-10 hour battery charge time, up to 40 minutes of continuous use, maximum weight limit of 120 pounds.

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