Sony's Dash Tries to Get in the iPad Game

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Everyone is buzzing about Apple's iPad, but at $499 to start, it's not exactly a cheap gadget to own. Enter Sony's Dash, a "personal Internet viewer" on which you can stream web content through over 1,500 Sony Bravia apps, but with a $199 price tag.

The Dash has a 7-inch color touch screen that you can use upright or tilted to stream music videos, TV or movies on-demand. Sony's recent big announcement is that users will also be able to stream Netflix on the device. That means you can check out any movie or TV show in your "watch instantly" queue using the new application.

The idea is that you can access Internet content without having to log onto your computer. But much like the new HDTVs that can surf the web, we don't see the need for this gizmo.
True, it's very small and portable, and being able to have all that entertainment on-the-go is fun, but with mini computers on the scene and the iPhone in full gear, you can access the entire Internet, not just parts of it, on a device that's just a couple inches bigger and a little more expensive.

But we respect Sony for trying to get into the iPad game and offering people a cheaper alternative to the gadget. It just might not be for everyone. The Dash arrives in stores this April.%Poll-41918%

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