Peripheral Makers Move to Support Sony T Series
The Sony T615C is just starting to get into customer's hands but for many people the actual handheld is only the beginning. A complete setup requires accessories, like keyboards, modems, and cases. Some peripheral makers are already planning to develop products for either the T615C, the T415, or both. This has been slightly complicated by the need for a new HotSync port on the T series, needed because the T415 is too thin for the one used on other Sony models.
For various reasons, many users aren't satisfied with entering text into their handheld with Graffiti. To these, a keyboard of one kind or another is necessary.
Certainly the most famous of these is the Stowaway folding keyboard from Think Outside. According to a Think Outside spokesperson, the company is currently working on a version that will work with the entire T series. This should be available "in late 2nd Quarter of this year".
TT Tech is the maker of the SnapNType clip-on keyboard. At this point they don't make a version for any Sony models or have definite plans to do so. However, it will be making plans for future models next month based on the popularity of the various handhelds.
The flip-covers that come with the T series provide some protection for the screen but only a hardcase can provide any real protection.
Vaja Cases is planning to release a case for the T615C but no details are available yet. It should be available somewhere around the end of February.
RhinoSkin is in the process of developing both aluminium and leather cases for the T series. It hasn't yet decided whether it will make cases designed for the entire T series or for the individual handhelds. At this early stage of development, the company can't yet say when these will be available.
DS International, which makes cases for other Sony models, also plans to make them for the T series, though no planned release dates are available yet.
Extreme Limit, who makes cases for other Sony handhelds, has a "body-suit" case coming soon for the T615C.
Sony offers a case that fits both the T615C and T415 already.
Of course, just about any one-size-fits-all case will do fine for either model, like the SmarterCase. Naturally, this is only for those who don't mind a bit of extra bulk.
LandWare, which makes the FloatingPoint stylus and other peripherals, says it has no definite plans at this point for products for the T series but will reconsider based on future demand.
Pentopia is still looking into making styli for the T series. Of course, they already make full-sized sylus-pen combinations for those unhappy with the T series very small stylus.
There are plenty of other peripherals available from Sony. The T series can use the Memory Stick digital camera introduced in November, as well as the MP3 Audio adapter. Sony sells a HotSync cable and an AC adapter. In addition, there are replacement cradles and styli.
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