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PalmInfocenter Reviewer, Dan Royea, chimes in with his take on the Palm OS 5 Sony Clie NX70V. The NX70V is a feature-packed high-end multimedia device that delivers on the promise of the NR-series. It is a powerful OS5/ARM device with WiFi wireless connectivity options. Read on for the full review.
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Palm OS 5

fredgoupil @ 3/5/2003 1:26:03 PM #
ubiquitous !

Another Excellent Review.

mashoutposse @ 3/5/2003 2:19:01 PM #
PIC is on a roll. Nice job!

Somewhat satisfied...

i2oadi2unnei2 @ 3/5/2003 2:25:05 PM #
I purchased the NX70V right after Thanksgiving after my M505 stopped syncing and stopped working... I debated between the NX or the TT, but since I got a Sony digital cam, I decided to go with the NX. I love the NX to this day, though BT would've been nice to have. I hope that MS-BT comes out to the US because I'd buy it in a heartbeat! I don't really have anything 'bad' to say about the NX, however I would have to jot down notes on what sites supports PDA viewing because when I use my Wi-Fi to surf a site that is 'always' larger then what it can displays, the NetFront sorta 'hangs'...*sigh*, other than that, I'm a happy camper. (GRIN)

...|3eep |3eep!!...

Net Front [was RE: Somewhat satisfied...]
Palm_Otaku @ 3/5/2003 3:05:43 PM #
See if this helps: set NetFront Settings > Cache=disable

- D

RE: Somewhat satisfied...
graph @ 3/5/2003 3:27:11 PM #
How did you setup your WIFI? i have WIFI network on cable modem in winXP. is it hard? can you just give me a summary of what you did to see if its simple enough

RE: WiFi setup
Token User @ 3/5/2003 3:41:00 PM #
1. Goto Best Buy - pick up WL100 WiFi card for $100 after $50 rebate).
2. Install drivers off CD.
3. Soft reset device.
4. Under "Preferences | Network", set service to "Wireless LAN".
5. Click on "Details..."
6. Click on "Create" or "Edit" to create/edit new profile.
7. Enter ProfileName (just a label), SSID, WEP, Key, ConnectMode (set to Infrastructure for LAN based WiFi network).
8. Click on "OK", then "OK" again.
9. Click on "Connect".

When you go to use CLIE Mail or NetFront, and an IP request is made, up pops the connection dialog. Only problem is that I have different profiles for work, home, and roaming, and you need to go in and change which connection you are using via the Preferences app.

Very cool usage is Wireles Hotsync - but only to device, Wireless Hotsync to MemStick no go.

I love the NX70V (esecially with the WL100 WiFi card). I was looking at the Tungsten|T, and seriously considerd the Kyocera 7135 and the Tungsten|W, but when it comes down to it, most of my wireless needs are within reach of a hotspot (hence decision to go WiFi rather than GPRS/1xRTT) and I fell in love with Virtual Grafitti area. NX60 would have been a great option too - but the camera is a nice "toy" to have as well.

~ "Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed." - DV ~

RE: Somewhat satisfied...
i2oadi2unnei2 @ 3/5/2003 4:18:31 PM #
Palm Otaku, I never though of disabling cache, will try it when I get home (grin)...

Graph, I use a LinkSys Wireless G router for my Wi-Fi at home. Furthermore, on my NX, I had to manually set my NX with its own IP and DNS setting rather than having the routers' DHCP. It didn't seem to like the DHCP setting that the router gave and keep losing my connection which I don't know why. Other than that, its soooooo nice to surf in bed and check emails right before I go to sleep (smile)...

...|3eep |3eep!!...

RE: Somewhat satisfied...
jho4thclie @ 3/5/2003 5:55:07 PM #
When you go to use CLIE Mail or NetFront, and an IP request is made, up pops the connection dialog. Only problem is that I have different profiles for work, home, and roaming, and you need to go in and change which connection you are using via the Preferences app.

I have the same annoyance. I WISH someone would develop what I believe would be a very simple program to "Schedule Profiles."

For example, I am at school (with WEP-free Wi-Fi) from 7:00am-3:00pm MTWThF. I am at home (with a locked-down, WEP enabled Wi-Fi) in the evenings and on the weekends. I want to input this schedule into the Clie and have it automatically switch between my "Home" and "ASU" profiles at the appropriate times.

How hard can this be to develop?


PS I want the same little utility on my phone--- to schedule my Loud, Normal, and Silent (school) ring profiles.

Profile Switcher
Palm_Otaku @ 3/5/2003 6:22:55 PM #
Profile Switcher would make a *sweet* DA :)

Profile Switching ...
Token User @ 3/5/2003 7:36:57 PM #
... relatively easy, all the info needed is in the systems database. I might give that a try this weekend as an app attached to a "button" for WonderSilk. DA's and Hacks are kinda hit and miss under OS5, but an app is definately doable. Keep an eye out on, if it works I'll announce there.

Actually, this is an easier implementation than what I was actually looking into - a rollover program that would try one profile, fail, try the next, etc until a successful connection was established.

~ "Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed." - DV ~

802.11g products
pdangel @ 3/6/2003 2:14:55 PM #
"......we suggest that you wait before you rush out and buy new 802.11g products, especially considering that the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has yet (June 2003) to even ratify the new standard."

InfoWorld says too early for 802.11g: InfoWorld tested Linksys and D-Link draft-802.11g equipment and found terrible performance in mixed modes plus shortened distances. 802.11g-only mode offered reasonable throughput improvements though: nearly four times as fast as plain 802.11b or mixed-mode b or g. InfoWorld rarely reviews consumer equipment such as this, but they offered an early taste as to have draft equipment will work, and present their reasonable, conservative conclusion to an IT audience

"The IEEE P802.11g draft had technical changes made to it at the January 2003 session, and further changes are expected starting in March 2003 based on comments received from the sponsor organization of IEEE 802.11," Brian Mathews, IEEE 802.11 publicity chair, said in a statement. He added, "The only sure way to guarantee compliance and avoid potential interoperability problems is to wait for final ratification of 802.11g, which is highly likely in June 2003."

The 802.11g specification was updated to version 6.1 in January and the IEEE is expected to update the draft to version 7.0 in March.

Shoemake added that the changes between versions 5.0 and 6.1 of the 802.11g specification were significant enough that they were "noninteroperable."

Wi-Fi Alliance sets July as tenative date for 802.11g interoperability testing: reports that products certified as interoperable with the 802.11g could be on shelves as soon as August.

"There are 2 kind of people my friend....those with wires and those without"

RE: Somewhat satisfied...
djsl @ 3/11/2003 12:59:04 PM #
Just to emphasize the above comments regarding "G". I returned by Linksys G and got a plain old 802.11B. Works well.

Where are the 128 + sticks?

Anyone know where I can download flash files?

dprintz985 @ 3/6/2003 1:59:03 AM #
Anyone know where I can download flash files? I want them for my clie nx-70.


RE: Anyone know where I can download flash files?
Palm_Otaku @ 3/6/2003 3:00:39 AM #
- try the tricorder link in the article

Post if you know some other places :)

- D


hellz @ 3/11/2003 7:01:30 AM #
Man, the picture quality in NX70 sux big time.

Hellz. - l33t 4ll th3 w4y.
Palm Tungsten T + iMac DV SE
RE: Camera
NX70VUSER @ 5/22/2003 6:04:52 PM #
Well, it is only .33 megapixels! of course the quality won't be that good! It's just a toy and a fun feature but if you want quality get a digital camera!

Enhanced NX-70 coming?

em61 @ 3/11/2003 12:11:07 PM #
I hope there will soon be an enhanced NX-70 which would have a black NX enclosure, plus built-in Bluetooth, plus the enhanced backlit keyboard of the TG-50. FAIC, the camera can remain VGA. Wouldn't mind 32 Kb of RAM though.

Anyone happen to know if such a device is coming?

RE: Enhanced NX-70 coming?
I.M. Notorious @ 4/28/2003 8:34:05 PM #
32kb?? Man, the original PalmPilot had 16 times this capacity ;-)

I.M. Notorious

Hotsink through Starbucks/Tmobile Hotzone

djsl @ 3/11/2003 1:00:31 PM #
Anyone with experience of using the Starbuck/Tmobile wireless service?

Where are the 128 + sticks?
RE: Hotsink through Starbucks/Tmobile Hotzone
supercd @ 5/5/2003 12:06:12 AM #
I have Tungsten C and I use at Hotspot locations with no problem. Literally no hassle setup.

Aynasi istir kisinin
RE: Hotsink through Starbucks/Tmobile Hotzone
Dennis Griess @ 5/17/2003 6:50:22 PM #
So how do you get past the Starbucks/Tmobile pages? When I go to my browser at Starbucks, I get the starbucks home page. When I try to sign on to Tmobile, I get their page. What I want is my Yahoo page.

By contrast, shen I connect at an AT&T hotspot, I instantaneously get the Palm WAP home page with a link to Yahoo.

I've paid my Tmobile account, but can't seem to get to the material I really want. Am I missing something?

I actually own TC, (plus M515, M505, and IIIc used by various members of the family)

the first MP3-capable "Palm"

Actuarian @ 4/5/2003 10:53:30 AM #
You said that "The NX comes with a pair of basic "earbud"-type headphones and a wired remote first featured with the N760C (the first MP3-capable "Palm"). I used to own a N710C. This model preceded the N760C and definitely was MP3 capable. In fact, it also included the same wired remote. See .

RE: the first MP3-capable
Palm_Otaku @ 4/28/2003 6:31:17 PM #
My bad: I should have said the N710/N760 -- for all intents and purposes they were the same device, just a difference in the OS, and the N710 was transitioned to the N760 as soon as OS4.1 was available.


vb @ 5/2/2003 8:49:32 AM #
just got the nx70v, any tips on loading avantgo would be much appreciated?

do applications work?

wrbonfield @ 5/15/2003 9:12:02 PM #
I am about to buy an NX70V and I had a few questions.

Do all applications work with the 320x480 high res screen?
If not, which ones? How will I know?


macs rule

Wireless networks

NX70VUSER @ 5/22/2003 6:06:14 PM #
HI. I have the Sony NX70V and was wondering how the wireless network actaully works. When you have the software installed on the palm and the Wireless card inserted, do you walk around unitl you find a hotspot with a wireless connection? Do i have to sign up for anything? how much does it cost per month? Are some hotspot areas free? how do i know when i've entered a hotspot? your responses are greatly appreciated!

RE: Wireless networks
P5CRR @ 5/30/2003 3:47:33 PM #
You need to configure the WiFi card once loaded through the Prefs>Network>Service options.

Then fire up NetFront or Clie mail.

I have used my NX70V to check emails in Airports in Denmark and Belguim, but have to pay a fee to access the hotpoints.


ray00pal @ 5/30/2003 3:17:13 PM #
If you want to do it, do it when it came out. You may as well review the 1992 all new Camry now.

Cf card

james87 @ 11/9/2005 12:29:38 PM #
Throughout the review you keep mentioning the Wifi CF card, does CF in this case stand for compact flash?
If it does could you slot in a compact flsh memory card instead as that would add loads of memory



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