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Sony Dash Personal Internet Viewer review

7.2/10 AVG.
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7.2/10
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The Sony Dash Personal Internet Viewer currently has an Informr score of 7.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
7"
Camera
No


What the Critics Are Saying...


Gadget Review

Sony’s Dash really is a piece of the future. Being able to have all that power – in an alarm clock – is downright insanity. It’s irresponsible. And there is no reason why every electronic device can’t be so jam-packed with features that we have to rely on an alarm clock...

- James Pikover, Gadget Review
Gizmodo

I really wanted to love the Dash. In this age of convergence, where one thing attempts to assimilate the functions and features of many things—hello, iPad—a device that mostly just sits on my desk or kitchen counter doing basically one thing really well—displaying bits of informati...

- Matt Buchanan, Gizmodo
Digital Trends

The Sony Dash is a fun appliance that can assume multiple personalities. It makes for a great alarm clock in the bedroom, but does equally well in the kitchen where it might be used to show the latest weather and traffic information before your drive into work.Two caveats are the system speed and th...

- Ioman, Digital Trends
CNET

For its price, the Dash puts a whole lot of features into a sharp, sturdy design. Sure, we wish the built-in stereo speakers packed more punch, or that the touch-screen interface would be more responsive, but all in all we think it's a good deal.The problem is: where do you put it? The Dash is a pro...

- Donald Bell, CNET
Engadget

So, should you buy the world's most complicated alarm clock? It all depends on what you want to do with the Dash. If you're looking for something that can sit by your bed, play some internet radio at you, and ambiently display some Engadget headlines and photos from Facebook, the Dash is perfect. If...

- Nilay Patel, Engadget


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Screen Size
7"

The Sony Dash Personal Internet Viewer's screen size is 7 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
No
This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.
Storage
No

Internal memory is No. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
Unknown

The tablet is powered by a battery.

Dash Personal Internet Viewer Specs

Overview
Release date April 29, 2010
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System
Secondary OS No
Processor
Internal Storage No
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.7 x 17.8 x 5.1 cm (5 x 7 x 2 in)
Weight 544 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors Unknown
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 7 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive Touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser No
Email Client No
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption WPA2
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization No
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar No
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator No
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Yes
Apps Yes
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


Gadget Review

A piece of the future that can serve as a perfect gift

from Gadget Review

Sony’s Dash really is a piece of the future. Being able to have all that power – in an alarm clock – is downright insanity. It’s irresponsible. And there is no reason why every electronic device can’t be so jam-packed with features that we have to rely on an alarm cl...More

Sony’s Dash really is a piece of the future. Being able to have all that power – in an alarm clock – is downright insanity. It’s irresponsible. And there is no reason why every electronic device can’t be so jam-packed with features that we have to rely on an alarm clock to show everyone else how it’s done. The only stumbling blocks are the lack of organization, slowness of the UI and the touchscreen, but even then its so easy to see why this makes an amazing gift. Just remember, in the wrong hands, anyone you give it to could suddenly disappear for days at a time, so be careful. Especially if that person is you.

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Gizmodo

It's hard to like something that doesn't really do much

from Gizmodo

I really wanted to love the Dash. In this age of convergence, where one thing attempts to assimilate the functions and features of many things—hello, iPad—a device that mostly just sits on my desk or kitchen counter doing basically one thing really well—displaying bits of inform...More

I really wanted to love the Dash. In this age of convergence, where one thing attempts to assimilate the functions and features of many things—hello, iPad—a device that mostly just sits on my desk or kitchen counter doing basically one thing really well—displaying bits of information—is kind of a wonderful act of defiance. And the tiny shred of a gadget gadget person inside of me loves that idea. I just wish the Dash lived up to it.

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Digital Trends

Surprisingly affordable, but a hazy screen and slow processor leaves you wishing for more.

from Digital Trends

The Sony Dash is a fun appliance that can assume multiple personalities. It makes for a great alarm clock in the bedroom, but does equally well in the kitchen where it might be used to show the latest weather and traffic information before your drive into work.

Two caveats are the system speed and the screen. No matter what you are doing with the Dash, it constantly feels underpowered, like the touch screen and the applications are always dragging a few seconds behind your selections. Second, while the screen is pretty good for a unit priced under $200, it could be sharper and leak less light around the edges of the frame. We almost wish Sony put in a faster processor, a better screen, and charged an extra $50 to $100 for it. The closest competitor, the HP Dream Screen, starts at $249 and does half of what the Dash can...

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The Sony Dash is a fun appliance that can assume multiple personalities. It makes for a great alarm clock in the bedroom, but does equally well in the kitchen where it might be used to show the latest weather and traffic information before your drive into work.

Two caveats are the system speed and the screen. No matter what you are doing with the Dash, it constantly feels underpowered, like the touch screen and the applications are always dragging a few seconds behind your selections. Second, while the screen is pretty good for a unit priced under $200, it could be sharper and leak less light around the edges of the frame. We almost wish Sony put in a faster processor, a better screen, and charged an extra $50 to $100 for it. The closest competitor, the HP Dream Screen, starts at $249 and does half of what the Dash can.

The Sony Dash is certainly not one of those “must-have” devices, but it has a certain fun-factor appeal to it that is sure to win you over.

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CNET

Experience the Web at every corner of your home

from CNET

For its price, the Dash puts a whole lot of features into a sharp, sturdy design. Sure, we wish the built-in stereo speakers packed more punch, or that the touch-screen interface would be more responsive, but all in all we think it's a good deal.

The problem is: where do you put it? The Dash is a product aimed to fill a void we didn't know we had. It's great for video, but it looks silly next to your TV. The music-streaming capabilities are nice, but the speakers sound thin and running a cable out of the side to your stereo looks awkward. As a bedside clock, it's overqualified...

More

For its price, the Dash puts a whole lot of features into a sharp, sturdy design. Sure, we wish the built-in stereo speakers packed more punch, or that the touch-screen interface would be more responsive, but all in all we think it's a good deal.

The problem is: where do you put it? The Dash is a product aimed to fill a void we didn't know we had. It's great for video, but it looks silly next to your TV. The music-streaming capabilities are nice, but the speakers sound thin and running a cable out of the side to your stereo looks awkward. As a bedside clock, it's overqualified.

Ultimately, we had the most fun with the Dash in the kitchen or at our desk, letting it run in our peripheral view as headlines, tweets, Facebook updates, and Flickr photos shared time on the screen. Under this guise, it works as a high-priced, passive alternative to the morning paper. Overkill? Maybe, but you do get a little futuristic thrill having it nearby.

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Engadget

Too stationary and too slow

from Engadget

So, should you buy the world's most complicated alarm clock? It all depends on what you want to do with the Dash. If you're looking for something that can sit by your bed, play some internet radio at you, and ambiently display some Engadget headlines and photos from Facebook, the Dash is perfect. If you're looking for something to really pick up and use to browse through photos, or pick songs, or even watch movies, we'd go a different way. Despite its name, the Dash is too stationary and too slow to be valuable in those situations...

More

So, should you buy the world's most complicated alarm clock? It all depends on what you want to do with the Dash. If you're looking for something that can sit by your bed, play some internet radio at you, and ambiently display some Engadget headlines and photos from Facebook, the Dash is perfect. If you're looking for something to really pick up and use to browse through photos, or pick songs, or even watch movies, we'd go a different way. Despite its name, the Dash is too stationary and too slow to be valuable in those situations.

All that said, our verdict might change dramatically if the Dash 2 has a faster processor,  that promised battery, and a slick-looking charging dock, especially if the price stays at $199. We'd love to love this thing, Sony -- let's make it happen.

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Mobile Tech Review

Incredible amount of functionality, but not the kind of device you can't live without

from Mobile Tech Review

That's up to you. The Dash does what it promises quite well (except the missing USB drive support at launch). It's great looking, very easy to use and sturdy. But for $200, you're the one to decide if you need or want this type of gadget. It's a lifestyle device, which makes it almost by definition a luxury and optional. That said, it can replace a netbook for quick information retrieval, email viewing, video playback, music and multimedia streaming. It requires no maintenance compared to a Windows PC and has a very small learning curve. The Netflix and Amazon video playback are sweet and YouTube works wonderfully. The wealth of applications is impressive and the only weak spot we found were games which are mostly lame...

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That's up to you. The Dash does what it promises quite well (except the missing USB drive support at launch). It's great looking, very easy to use and sturdy. But for $200, you're the one to decide if you need or want this type of gadget. It's a lifestyle device, which makes it almost by definition a luxury and optional. That said, it can replace a netbook for quick information retrieval, email viewing, video playback, music and multimedia streaming. It requires no maintenance compared to a Windows PC and has a very small learning curve. The Netflix and Amazon video playback are sweet and YouTube works wonderfully. The wealth of applications is impressive and the only weak spot we found were games which are mostly lame.

The large display and Bravia video/audio partnerships are the two features that set the Dash apart from the $149 Chumby. The Chumby's screen is no larger than a smartphone's, and that means it can't beat a smartphone for viewing real estate nor is it large enough for long form video watching. The 7" Dash opens up new possibilities for streaming media and its stereo speakers actually sound decent. It's fun, it's addictive and it's impressive for video playback. We only wish that switching from app to app was quicker.

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