Dash Information Alarm Clock
Absolutely love mine I keep it on the counter for netflix and pandora. Gets a great picture and streams better than my blueray player. Wish i could figure out the recipe secret. about half of the recipes I send work. the rest either dont work or cut off the ingredients. WIsh someone would develop an aux battery pack for mobility, but otherwise does exactly what i wanted it to.
March 1, 2012
Sad to see dev support shut down
Love my Dash. I have two older devices from a Sony partner and when the Dash came out it was a no-brainer to upgrade. Sure, there are bugs in the system, but constant development helps.
The screen is sensitive, the audio is pretty good for a single speaker, and new apps were made available all the time.
Unfortunately, I received an email today saying development for the Dash is being shut down and no new development will be allowed. I've only had it a few months!
The Dash has an encrypted firmware, so I am hoping they go open source and provide the tools needed for those of us with Dashes to keep them running and improve them. Otherwise these will quickly become nice-looking doorstops.
January 18, 2012
Interesting idea, failed execution
Well, first of all I'm a Sony fan. At home every electronics we have is Sony (home theater, 55" LCD, video/still cameras, all-in-one desktop, laptop, etc) and I love them all, they are great products delivering exactly what I need.
But this dash, is a complete flop in my view. I picked one up in December as I was waiting for the battery support to make it to the unit (HID-B70). I was looking for an alarm clock with Pandora and as I knew the previous one supported this feature. To my great surprise, the latest unit where they simply added a battery doesn't have this capability - firmware update coming as Sony support told me.
At that point I was contemplating to return it, then gave a few more days to the unit to see if I can set it up the way I would like it with some other streaming service (tried Shoutcast) for alarm. The logic to set-up an alarm and screen changes is convoluted at best, and doesn't really work. I simply wanted to have the alarm go off in the morning, start playing the music and go to my day screen with news updates and weather from the night view. It did it partially, after I acknowledged the alarm switched to the day view mode, but when I shut off the music it returned to the night view ...
Also tried some of the apps, but most of them are very old - last updated in 2007 or 2008 - and not formatted correctly to some of the view modes.
At that point, I had enough and returned the unit to the Sony store. Funny thing is, the Sony employee in the store wasn't surprised at all about my experience as they had the same opinion about the dash ...
All in all, very good idea and form factor, but the execution and software is junk ... screen response time is ok, but the idea to take away functionality from a previous unit when simply adding a battery, beats me.
January 5, 2012