The Gadgeteer turned 18 years old last month (August, 2015). As the old saying goes, “time flies when you’re having fun” and it is so true. I can’t believe I’ve been writing gadget news and reviews for that long. I thought it might be fun start a new feature where we take a trip down memory lane and revisit some reviews of gadget days gone by. I’m going to start out with a review from fifteen years ago (give or take a day or two) of the Sony CLIE PEG-S300 Palm PDA. Climb in my time machine with me and let’s turn back the clock to September 24th, 2000.
Back in the early 2000’s before smartphones were a thing, Sony was to Palm PDAs as Samsung is to Android devices today. In those days, Sony was always coming out with a new device that had a crazy new form factor or wacky feature that no other Palm device had. Unfortunately, the Sony CLIE PEG-S300 wasn’t anything special for that time though. Back then color displays were just starting to become popular, but the Sony was a PDA with a 160 x 160 resolution grey scale resistive touch screen display. There was a color version, but it was only available in Japan if I remember correctly. Can you even imagine using a device today with a resolution that low and no color? Me neither.
The CLIE offered a whopping 8MB (not GB) of RAM and a MemoryStick expansion slot. See that tiny phone button in the image above? No, this device could not make calls, that button launched the contacts app. There was no on-screen keyboard either. You had to use a stylus and Graffiti to write out each letter.
Would I use a Sony CLIE PEG-S300 Palm PDA today? Are you crazy, no way. But I do miss the CLIE’s pocket-sized form factor, Palm OS and most of all battery life that lasted for days instead of hours.
Read the Sony CLIE PEG-S300 Palm PDA review in its entirety.