Best Smartphone Companion for Surface Devices

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  1. dstrauss

    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    Not really off topic @Bronsky - no Walkman, no iPod. No iPod, no modern Apple universe...
     
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    Steve S Pen Pro - Senior Member Super Moderator

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    In the day, Sony had a lot of leading-edge products. I remember that they were among the first audio companies to offer active crossovers and amplifiers for multi-amped stereo systems (i.e., no crossover in the speakers). Their Clié PDAs were also interesting...
     
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    lafester Scribbler - Standard Member

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    The mini disc was freaking awesome.

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    burningorange Pen Pal - Newbie

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    http://www.urban75.org/tech/sonyTH55.html

    I used to have the Clie TH-55 (still have it somewhere actually). Loved it! and now I have a Galaxy Note 10+... so to me it is just the natural evolution of the same companion device. :)

    th55.jpg
     
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    Kumabjorn ***** is back Senior Member

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    I'm kind of delighted, and secretly proud, that you got my references. Most people draw a blank at the mention of those names. Good start in 2020. Olympics and all.
     
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    desertlap Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Always have been a Sony fan and had their TVs and audio equipment most of my adult life.

    The original Walkman was one of the very first devices I purchased with my own money which if memory serves was $200 in 1979 dollars. I'd argue that it was at least as influential as the iPhone in the realm of consumer electronics.

    I think that one of the lessons that Jobs got from Sony's Walkman was that it was the total user experience that mattered most. The walkman's individual technologies already had been around in various forms for awhile e.g. you had portable cassette players, you had small lightweight headphones etc.

    And simplicity was a focus as well, I can remember several of the adults I showed it to at the time remarking on the far that it could only playback, no recording option which actually was fairly radical for the time.

    The positive experience of the Walkman made me a Sony fan generally, For instance as a newly on my own working person I held off on buying a TV until I could afford a Sony TV.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walkman

    PS: One of my favorite features of the original walkman was that it had two headphone jacks so you could share. I bought a second pair with a fairly short cable so my girlfriend at the time could listen as well :)
     
  7. dstrauss

    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    "Fairly short" - less than a foot I'd wager...lucky for you they hadn't invented wireless earbuds yet...
     
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    nnthemperor Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    That's it! I knew I was missing one essential tool in stepping up my game. All those missed chances

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    negative1 Retro Surface fan

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    to me, sony is the picture of a failure and doomed company now.
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    in the 80's and 90's, they were unstoppable with the audio and video products.

    in fact, almost everything we bought came from sony:
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    walkmen
    boomboxes
    stereos
    amplifiers
    tape decks
    tv sets
    [never owned a vcr]

    but slowly, their dominance faded in everything:
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    got a nakimichi tape deck
    got a technics turntable
    got panasonic boombox

    ok, then a slight return
    ----------------------------
    27 inch TV (more than one)
    sony minidisc player (portable and home deck)
    i inherited a sony Vaio computer later on, to go aside other PC's.
    got a sony playstation, and gave it away
    got a sony PS2 much later, and still have it


    then drifted away
    In the last decade
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    Samsung and LG tv's
    Microsoft phone (LG)
    Microsoft tablets (surface)
    many other computers from dell, gateway, hp
    Microsoft and Sega consoles (dreamcast, xbox, xbox 360, xbox one)
    Samsung and LG dvd and bluray players


    To this day, you could not pay me to use anything from SONY ever again
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    no use for ps3/4/5
    could care less about anything computer related from them
    have moved on in TV technology, and have no interest in any technology they have
    i would never touch a phone, or media player from them.


    There is nothing they could ever make again, that would make me switch over
    to anything NEW.

    that said, i currently am using a sony portable minidisc player as backup
    in my car for music, alongside an mp3 player, and phone. i think i have
    a 9 inch portable studio monitor CRT used to hook up to retroconsoles also.
    but thats about it.

    Sony has lost their way, their relevance, and with the death of physical media
    hopefully they will go under, and maybe become a videogame producer,
    although they have rights to a lot of movies, and streaming.

    their arrogant attitude towards technology, DRM, and propietary standards
    won't be missed. good riddance.

    later
    -1
     
  10. Steve S

    Steve S Pen Pro - Senior Member Super Moderator

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    Wow! Vibe officially harshed...!
     
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