I’ve pre-ordered the just-released Sony Clie PEG TH55 and am anxiously awaiting its arrival. Brighthand has a nice review that speaks (mostly) highly of the new Palm OS compatible handheld. High points were the integrated WiFi, excellent battery life (compared to other WiFi handhelds), large screen, integrated camera, and relatively good software bundle. Low points were the email client, the low resolution of the integrated camera (640×480), and lack of Bluetooth (which is included in the European and Japanese versions).
With the bad news about the email client, I’m wondering if Palm Source’s VersaMail will run on the Clie. VersaMail does two things the bundled client can’t: IMAP and SSL. I’m such a believer in the IMAP faith that I can’t understand why POP3 still exists, but I also can’t understand why people wouldn’t use SSL and instead send their passwords all over the place in the clear.
Of course I’ll have to start picture blogging with the integrated camera once I get it. Maybe that will force me to build the picture gallery I’ve been meaning to work on for so long.
My final question is if it can support the VoIP stuff that I’d seen for the Tungsten-C.
[UPDATE]: My Clie arrived. VersaMail works, but it doesn’t have all the features I was hoping for (no SSL SMTP!, doesn’t seem to do SSL IMAP with .Mac accounts). The Mark/Space Missing Sync works well and everything is synchronizing happily. Now it’s time to accessorize with a keyboard, 256 MB or 512 MB MemoryStick, and an extra power adapter. Also, the Clie PEG-TH55 manuals are online.