Sony introduces Mylo, a new media device

and it doesn’t really suck!

This little (well, not iPod Nano little) gadget packs some nice features and definitely seems like a step in the right direction for Sony, much better than their old Vaio media device.

The media player does MPEG-4, digital audio, and pictures. But it also has a WiFi connection and a QWERTY keyboard, for chatting on Google Talk and Yahoo Messenger (No AIM support, sorry.) Wait, wait, wait! It also works as a wireless Skype phone! And it has an Opera browser. And it can wirelessly stream music to other mylo owners in the area, ala iTunes. Without cellular connectivity, its not going to best a Hiptop, but we love the open standard support. Full Stats and a video review after the jump.

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The mylo has 1GB of flash memory, backed by a Memory Stick Pro Duo slot. Its screen is a 320 by 240 pixel 2.4-inch LCD. It’ll retail for $350 when it hits the shelves in September.

(click here for the video review)

Ok, so it’s not a PSP, but it’s not just a music player either but after looking at the video, I can tell for sure that the software is inspired by the PSP’s. And frankly, besides the IM and Skype support, it doesn’t really introduce anything new compared to the PSP except for the keyboard and the flash memory.

The convergence between computer/music player/phone gadgets is growing really fast. Can Apple’s simple formula continue to work while other companies bring gadgets with superior functionality?

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