Whenever an upgrade to an existing device is released, many consumers are faced with a confusing purchasing decision: buy the new model at full price or pick up the deeply discounted original?

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If you’re experiencing this quandary over the Sony mylo (COM-1) introduced in 2006 and the new mylo 2 (COM-2) launched at CES 2008, I’ve put together a specs comparison chart and a round of photos of the two personal communicators to help make your choice a little easier.


Sony mylo COM-1 Sony mylo COM-2
Launch Price
$349.99 $299.99
Current Price
About $150 $299.99
Colors Black, white
Storage
1GB internal + Memory Stick Duo slot
Dimensions
4.8" x 2.5" x 0.9" 5.1" x 2.5" x 0.8"
Weight
5.3 ounces 6.8 ounces
Display
2.4" TFT
(320 x 240, 64K colors)
3.5" touchscreen
(800 x 480, ?? colors)
Connectivity 802.11b 802.11b/g
Browser

Opera
(no Flash support)
NetFront
(with Flash Lite 3)
Messaging

Google Talk
Yahoo Messenger
Skype
 
Google Talk
Yahoo Messenger
Skype
AIM
Camera None 1.3 megapixels w/macro
I/O Ports
Speaker, microphone, mini USB, proprietary headset
Keyboard 39 keys 45 keys, backlit
Audio

MP3, WMA, WMA-DRM,
ATRAC, WAV
MP3, WMA, WMA-DRM,
ATRAC, AAC
Video

MPEG4/AAC
(30 fps, 384/768kbps)
MPEG4-SP, AVC Baseline
(30 fps, 384/768kbps)
Photo
JPG, PNG, BMP
Extras

Text viewer, file manager
   
    
Text viewer, file manager,
widgets, photo editing, RSS,
upload/download content
Battery Removable li-ion (3.7V 1200mAh)
Estimated
Runtime

Audio: up to 45 hours
Video: up to 8 hours
Web: up to 7 hours
VoIP: up to 3.5 hours
Audio: up to 20 hours
Video: up to 7 hours
Web: up to 6 hours
VoIP: up to 6 hours

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Stay tuned for a similar post pitting the mylo 2 against the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet later this week. I’ll include website load times in that one, as both units have 800 x 480 displays and support Flash.