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Simply popping the Sony U-70 in the dock added a full set of connections, including the ability to connect an external monitor and keyboard and mouse. This created a full Windows computing system that also had a responsive touchscreen for control. The original models had to be imported from Japan at an insane price, but Sony released the U-750 in the U. S. The high cost never generated significant sales for Sony, and the line was eventually dropped.
Toshiba produced the first handheld device with a VGA screen, setting the stage for the PDAs and smartphones down the road. The e805 was light yet the most powerful mobile device of the time. It cemented the dominance of Windows Mobile in the handheld segment.
Sony was the company pushing the envelope regularly in the early days of mobile devices, and the line of Picturebook laptops was popular. The 8.9-inch screen made the Picturebook the smallest, most portable laptop to this day, and at less than an inch thick. The hardware components in the Picturebook made for a laptop that could compete with anything of the time. I used a Picturebook for a long time, and my oldest daughter asked to take it to college with her. It served her well as her computer at school, due to the included replicator bar that Sony included with it. She kept this replicator in her dorm room, and plugged the highly portable Picturebook into it to turn it into a full desktop computer when needed. She still has the Picturebook today, a testament to the build quality Sony was famous for back in the day.