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1. Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 PDA
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2. Sharp Zaurus CE-AG06 Digital Camera
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3. Sharp Zaurus SL-6000L Handheld
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4. Sharp Zaurus SL-5600 PDA
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1. Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 PDA
list price: $399.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000063D6E
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sharp
Sales Rank: 2986
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Note: There is a software update available for download at: http://www.myzaurus.com/ROMupdate3.asp

Combining the power of a PC with the fun of multimedia, the Zaurus SL-5500 boasts a powerful Intel StrongARM 206 MHz processor, 64 MB standard memory, an MP3 and MPEG-1 multimedia player, and a voice recorder. It also features a high-resolution color reflective LCD and an integrated keyboard with a sliding cover.

Because of its open-source Linux/Java-based platform (with Qt/Embedded GUI), applications can be easily customized to fit your personal and business needs.

Sharp's built-in QWERTY keyboard design allows easy data input without sacrificing space. In addition to the keyboard, you can use the stylus and touchscreen to navigate through applications with ease.

Incorporating Sharp's leading LCD technology, the Zaurus SL-5500 has a high-definition color reflective TFT screen with over 65,000 colors and a 240 x 320 resolution. You'll get bright, vivid color no matter what the lighting, making it simple to view a movie or pop in a video while on the move.

The two built-in slots for Secure Digital (SD) and CompactFlash (CF) cards provide dual expansion capabilities and simultaneous use of accessories such as optional modems, memory, LAN cards, and digital cameras. The Zaurus SL-5500 is compatible with a number of modem options for maximum flexibility in communication.

The Zaurus SL-5500 comes equipped with an extensive software application package including address book, calendar, calculator, text editor, to-do list, and Word and Excel viewing and editing capabilities. Its PC synchronization program for Microsoft Outlook makes it easy to keep all information up-to-date. The Zaurus also comes complete with a docking station that features an integrated USB cable and AC adapter for easy synchronization and battery recharging.

The Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 comes with an AC power adapter and cord, USB synchronization cradle, stylus, display-protection cover, and rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

What's in the box

  • Zaurus SL-5500
  • EA-70 AC Adaptor
  • Docking Station (USB)
  • AC Adapter and Power Cord
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Stylus
  • Display Protection Cover
  • CF Slot Protection Card
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Features

  • Linux/Java-powered handheld computer with 64 MB RAM, 206 Mhz Intel processor, and organization and productivity software
  • High-resolution color reflective TFT screen with support for over 65,000 colors
  • Integrated QWERTY keyboard that slides out from bottom of handheld
  • Listen to MP3 or watch MPEG video; includes stereo headphone jack
  • What's in the box: Zaurus SL-5500, EA-70 AC Adaptor, Docking Station (USB), AC Adapter and Power Cord, Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery, Stylus, Display Protection Cover, CF Slot Protection Card

Reviews (69)

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Powerful and Flexible
The Sharp Zaurus Linux-based PDA is both extremely powerful, and easy to use.

The Zaurus's fast CPU, high quality full-color LCD, and excellent headphone sound output makes for an impressive photo viewer, MP3 and MOD music player, and video-clip displayer.

The slide-out keyboard has completely weaned me from using the handwriting system, which is unfortunate, because a lot of work was obviously put into it. Not only does the handwriting system have a help mode where you can practice strokes, but you can actually train it new, or alternate strokes for each character. But when you can type so quickly, why bother writing?

The dual expansion slots are great, allowing me to use an SD card for software installation, and still have my CF slot free for a RAM card full of MP3s or a network adapter.

Honestly, I was impressed by the capabilities of the Java system. In my opinion, Java has always been too slow and cumbersome to use, and the thought of running it on a 206MHz PDA seemed ridiculous. But from what I've seen of Java applications (even games!) running on the Zaurus, I'm beginning to realize there's a lot of potential in Java.

As a desktop Linux user, I'm also tickled to have the power and stability of my favorite OS underneath the hood. For the extremely geeky, you can get Java, C and C++ compilers that run ON the Zaurus!

The "Qtopia" environment and applications are as intuitive as they are nice to look at. The PIM applications have all the functionality I'm used to from my Palm device, and then some.

Until I can afford a wireless modem to stick in one of my Zaurus' two expansion slots, I've been using a Compact Flash ethernet dongle to get online while watching TV.

After using offline browsers on the Palm, I was shocked to find a full-fledge, desktop-quality browser built right into my Zaurus: Opera.

Opera's zoom-out feature can't be lived without. Frustratingly, most websites assume you have a screen capable of at least 800x600. On a small PDA screen, this would mean constantly scrolling left and right as you try to read. Under Opera, you can zoom out to get a better overview of the page, and still be able to read all of the text!

I've only used the Sync software (Qtopiadesktop - I used the Linux version) a few times, since my pattern for PDA usage is to use them as stand-alone devices. It was quite intuitive, though, as it looked and felt just like a larger version of the PIM software built-into the Zaurus.

Finally, while there's obviously very little 3rd party software for the Zaurus so far, since it just came out, there's been what seems to be exponential growth. I've already installed almost 20 new applications, including games, a streaming Internet radio player, and an embedded version of the popular Linux browser, "Konqueror."

Software installation is usually a snap, too. Just as with Palm, all that's usually needed is one file downloaded off a website. Run the graphical installer, wait a few seconds, and the new app. is there, ready to run!

All in all, it's a great system. Powerful and slick hardware, in a beautiful form-factor, running powerful and slick software.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pocket Laptop!! (SL-5500 users: Download the ROM v3.10 now!)
First and foremost, if you are looking for purely Personal Information Management (PIM) functions and not generally inclined towards Linux, then do yourself a favor and buy yourself a Palm Pilot.

The Zaurus is basically a mini Linux workstation with a lot of functionality you would normally find only on a desktop. With the Zaurus, you can:
* Browse the web with a scalable and full featured browser
* Read and edit MS-Office documents (Word, Excel and Powepoint)
* Write and execute scripts and programs (including Java)
* Play music and video
* Control your desktop Windows PC (using VNC software)

It is so powerful that you can actually use it as a Web or file server (using Apache and Samba). I use my Zaurus to administrate my Linux server and Oracle database server when I am away from my desk.

Plus there are tons of applications, utilities, games, etc., that you can download. Zaurus has a very active user community forum (check the links from the Sharp Zaurus official web sites) where you can get a lot of useful tips from.

Having said all that, the PIM functions that came with the Zaurus were pretty poor compared with the Palm Pilot. This lead me to hang on to my Palm Vx for dear life. I even took the drastic step of downloading and installing a Palm Pilot emulator (called QPose) onto my Zaurus. The performance hit on the Zaurus was so bad that I had to delete QPose and instead carry both my Palm Vx and Zaurus with me.

However, now that Sharp has released a new ROM (v3.10, as of May 15, 2003, see below) the PIM functions have vastly improved. So much that I am now inclined to keep my Palm at home and take only the Zaurus along.

Upon getting your Zaurus, do yourself a favor and install the terminal and file manager applications that come in the CD. The terminal application enables you to do a lot of tweaking and is mandatory if you plan to use the Zaurus to its full capabilty. It actually comes with a basic Linux shell environment and comes with such neat utilities as vi editor, ftp and telnet clients, ping, and a large number of Linux/Unix tools.

Another application I found very useful is called "rotation". It enables you to rotate the application screens by 90 degrees, making such things as web browsing, file editing and using the terminal appication a lot more pleasing and functional. You can download the "qpe-rotation" and "qt-embedded-rotation" files (ipks) from the ZaurusSoft website.

Also, an important suggestion to existing SL-5500 users:
Sharp has just released the latest ROM (v3.10, May 15, 2003) which makes the SL-5500 look and behave like the newer SL-5600. I *strongly urge* SL-5500 users with the old ROM (v2.38) to download and install this new ROM. The user interface with the new ROM is a lot cleaner and neater and has more stable applications (including a vastly improved Opera browser and much better PIM applications).

5-0 out of 5 stars iPaq Killer
I purchased the Zaurus SL-5500 PDA a few weeks ago and I have to say that this is the best PDA on the market. I've used an iPaq but it does not compare to the Zaurus. The Zaurus has most software to be expected by a high-end PDA. It also includes a Java virtual machine to allow Java programs to run. This enables a tremendous amount of Java software to be easily ported to the Zaurus. You can use the USB base included to connect to the internet. The web browser Opera includes Javascript support and allows easy zooming so you can view web pages made for desktop PC's easily. There is a wireless modem option and wireless ethernet compact flash adapter available. The web site www.myzaurus.com has commercial and free software that receives updates daily. Most programs take up very little space on FLASH to get the most out of the FLASH space available. The keyboard is fast and easy to use. For those who are techno-geeks there is a Bash shell available with most commands including telnet and ftp. Emacs can even be downloaded! Heck, they even have a port of Quake for this thing! For the non-techno-geeks the Zaurus is easy to use, my wife has had no problems! Programs are simple to install. Just download the .ipk file to the Zaurus with the included syncronization software and then click Install button on the Zaurus, couldn't be easier. The Zaurus is not just a PDA, it is a huge step forward for the replacement of your desktop PC!

4-0 out of 5 stars The swiss army knife of palmtops
After reading a variety of reviews on a number of palm devices, I decided to try the Zaurus. So far, I havn't been dissapointed with my decision. The Zaurus GUI is responsive and the applications appear to work well and intuitively. The text reader application did lock up on a huge file. Other than that, no problems.

As stated previously, this product's greatest strength is the Linux OS that lies underneath rhe hood. I've downloaded a few UNIX shell based tools that have compiled and worked without a hitch. I love using Opera with a d-link cf wireless card. It required almost no tweaking and works great. The Zaurus is made of plastic but appears to be fairly durable. The battery is a bit underpowered on 5500 (The 5600 has a battery 2X larger.)

If you plan on networking the 5500, read the security information regarding ftp weaknesses in early models.

Overall, a great value for $200!

3-0 out of 5 stars Zaurus 5500 PDA
I was a Sharp Wizard user, so I was excited when they came out with a more sophisticated PDA. I was swayed by the price and the pull out keyboard unit. Since I purchased it in November 2003, I have not been able to sync anything but the address book and calendar. This is a waste to me. After several e-mails and phone calls to Sharp, I am considering chalking this up to a bad experience, and jumping out of the Sharp bandwagon and purchasing a Palm or IPAQ. I am truly disappointed with this product and pray that you do not make the same mistake. ... Read more


2. Sharp Zaurus CE-AG06 Digital Camera Card
list price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000645V8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sharp
Sales Rank: 18169
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Take pictures while out and about with your Sharp Zaurus
  • Insertsinto Compact Flash slot of your Sharp Zaurus
  • Rotating focus dial; shutter release button for snapping pictures
  • View and transfer images to your computer or send via e-mail from the Zaurus
  • Compatible with Sharp Zaurus SL-5000 series, including the Zaurus SL-5600

Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money
Pictures taken in average light and inside are very poor. May be ok for outside pictures. Software and ease of use are good. You have to remove the screen cover to properly use it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor picture quality, hard to focus
Vertical lines and noise in anything but bright outdoor
sunlight. Poor color taking indoor pictures.
The manual notes these and other flaws, and specifically documents that thiese "are not a fault".
Very hard to focus.
Expensive for what it is.
I returned mine. Money is better spent on more memory.

4-0 out of 5 stars works for me
I just took over 500 pictures with this camera while I was on a trip to Europe. I learned a lot about it in the process. It has some nice features: it's lightweight, durable, easy to plug in and remove from the Zaurus, and it really impresses people. You can store thousands of pictures at the 480x320 resolution, or about ten thousand with a 128MB SD card. On the downside, it drains the battery quickly, and the picture quality varies from so-so to fairly bad. The camera is unusually picky about the lighting level - it does poorly with low light, and also poorly with mixed bright/dark lighting. If you get the lighting right, it can take "acceptable" pictures. If you're the kind of person that cares about picture quality, you're not going to like the output much. If you're like me, just taking [inexpensive] pictures to stick on your homepage, it works like a charm. I'm glad I bought it. ... Read more


3. Sharp Zaurus SL-6000L Handheld
list price: $699.99
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Asin: B0001W17H2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sharp
Sales Rank: 1029
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Crystal clear, four-inch, transflective, high-density TFT LCD screen
  • Intel Xscale 400MHz processor, 64 MB RAM
  • Built-in protected QWERTY keyboard and Wi-Fi for wireless local area network
  • Expandable with both CompactFlash and Secure Digital expansion slots
  • Rechargeable, replaceable 1500 mAh Lithium polymer battery

Reviews (10)

4-0 out of 5 stars Has potential...
I'm writing this from my new Zaurus SL6000l, yay!

Haven't gotten a really good chance to get it working with my other stuff yet. I was immediately disappointed to find that qtmail won't do imaps or smtp over ssl; our mail server won't accept clear-text passwords over the net (does anyone anymore?). Seems like a big shortsight for a business-class PDA.

Support files are sure tough to find on the Sharp site, still looking for kernel sources so I can compile up a FreeS/WAN kernel module.

I'm really looking forward to trying out one of the VOIP clients with it; the speaker and mic on the back are clearly positioned with using it as a phone in mind.

Yes! The screen does rock, I can't believe how tiny but fine it is. I'm going to be permanently cross-eyed in no time from working from 6" away!

Soon I'll be looking into trying OpenZaurus, it's clear that's the way to go.

I originally ordered mine from here; on the catalog page it said 'ships in 2-3 days.' After purchasing it, though, the wait got longer and longer; when it went to almost two weeks, I began to get angry, so canceled and ordered from PC Connection instead. Two days later it was in my hands!

5-0 out of 5 stars Gread product, little support
First of all, don't buy this product if you want a "polished" PDA with lots of commercial apps to choose from - stick with a Palm or PocketPC.

With that out of the way, this is by far the best handheld computer I've ever owned. I stress the word "computer" because this can do everything my laptop can do. The big screen is the most gorgeous PDA screen I have ever seen. It's even better than the imported Japanese Zauruses. It has bright vivid colors, the backlight can be used as a flashlight in a dark room, AND it is totally usable outdoors in direct sunlight. Believe me, this a rare combination! The 640x480 screen, switchable "on-the-fly" at the touch of a button between landscape and portrait mode makes it incredible versatile for web surfing and editing documents. The pull-down thumbboard is plenty usable for short writing tasks, if you want to do more you can get an external keyboard that connects via infrared. Built in WiFi, built in USB host, CF and SD slots, the feature list goes on and on.

The biggest downside is that Sharp has essentially decided to stop supporting the consumer market in the US. So there aren't a lot of official resources. Fortunately, there are websites like www.zaurususergroup.com that fill in the gap. Over there you'll find an active community that can help you get the most out of your Zaurus. Since most of the basic software is open source (Linux, Qtopia, etc) it's easy to customize and develop for, and compatible with many other Linux applications. You can even install X-windows.

Bottom line, if you want the most powerful handheld device ever made, and you aren't afraid of rolling up your sleeves and figuring a few things out for yourself, this device will do more than you can imagine was possible from a PDA.

3-0 out of 5 stars Zaurus SL-6000
The Zaurus series is super awesome. With it's new portrait view I was able to terminal server, using rdesktop a free alternate to Win ConnectZ, in to my Windows 2000 server at a resolution of 640 x 480. Compaired to older modles and other manafactured products where you get stuck scrolling around to use terminal server or have to adjust the screen resolution to match the PDA. One of the single grestest things about the Zaurus is that it is Linux based and has a comunity of people writing software for it. If you can't find what you want at the Zaurus web page, myzaurus.com, there is a tremendous resource for applications at http://www.killefiz.de/zaurus. I recently found a port of Gaim, an AOL Instant Messanging program, that works with the Zaurus there.

I do want to warn the potential buyer to read the warrenty carefuly to make sure the Zaurus doesn't fall outside of your expectations. I recently found out what the phrase "...with .01% or fewer pixels failing to light or remain lit at all times." means to me.

Even with my runin with Sharp's technical support and warranty policy my Zaurus is a wonderful machine.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for what it IS; Don't expect it to be what it is NOT
This machine is really quite nice. However, it was not quite what I wanted and I sent it back and bought an inexpensive laptop instead.

Pros
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WiFi - 802.11b. Easy to set up and configure.

GREAT screen. Really. Except actually maybe TOO fine resolution for the physical size! Text and images are *small* on this thing although everything is legible and images look great!

Linux OS. Really really really linux. I was able to, for example, mount NFS shares off of my server and play MP3s that were stored on the server as if they were local files. Not for the Linux neophyte, to be sure. But you really don't need to know anything about Linux to use this thing -- its just that you *can* use the Linux-y stuff if you want to.

Cons
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Comfort. Although the screen is great and the Opera browser is very nice and the screen rotates to portrait mode, I never was able to get very comfortable holding and navigating pages. My hands would cramp, it's awkward to use the pull-out thumb board in portrait mode, you are constantly having to tap the screen with the stylus to browse links, etc. It was basically uncomfortable, ergonomically-speaking, to use.

Slow "Wake Up". Using a Palm m500 for the last three years, I expect my addressbook to be on and instantly usable when I press the addressbook button. But this mini-micro-laptop-wannabe took a couple of seconds -- literally, two or three seconds -- to "wake up" before I could, say search for an entry. That became quite annoying after a while. You have to understand that the Palm Pilot series is designed as an *extension* of the desktop -- the SL6000 is more like a desktop *replacement* (practically). But it does not work well for me as merely a PDA.

Poor support. Almost zero "official" information on Sharp's website(s). All information stops at the SL5600. This became *extremely* frustrating!

Not fully compatible with SL5xxx series software. The older software works, mostly, but sometimes doesn't work quite right. There doesn't appear to be much new software written for the SL6000. Not too many titles that will take advantage of that huge screen, for example.

Strange UI design weirdnesses. I can't fully explain, or give details (mostly because I don't remember specifics and I don't have the thing anymore), but there were some basic user interface things that weren't "polished" or fully realized. Small details that Palm OS has worked out MUCH better.

Will not sync natively (or in an officially supported manner) with my Linux desktop. Looked to be too much trouble to (A) set up syncing and (B) migrate over my Palm databases (addresses, calendar, etc.)

Palm PIM apps are difficult to migrate to the Z.

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Well, there you have it. I bought the thing for its Linux OS, WiFi, and huge PDA screen. I returned it because it is not really a laptop replacement, or a PDA replacement, but falls somewhere in between. I doubt I would have been happy with a Pocket PC product for many of the same reasons that I returned the Zaurus, although that is speculation. (The issue there is moot as I will *never* buy a pocket PC or anything else that requires MS Windows in any form)

I think I would have been happier with the Palm Tungsten C (which has WiFi) or Tungsten E, or the Sony Clie UX50 or Sony PEG-TJ37, if I was looking for a new PDA. However, it turns out I was looking for a laptop, so a laptop (and WiFi PCMCIA card) is what I got.

5-0 out of 5 stars amazing
the new SL-6000L is worth upgrading just for the screen quality.
the rotate, zoom in and zoom out options really compliment the use of the opera browser.
i had no problem connecting to my 802.11b network at home or
work.
i was somewhat dismayed to have to use an 2.5 mm audio adapter for headphones, but then i plugged in with a standard cellphone mic and earpiece and used z-meeting to call gnomemeeting at home.
one word of advice, don't install the old fnbc server ipk. after rebooting from the command line, the screen became unresponsive (touch functionality lost) and i had to flash back to factory settings. there is a new vnc server ipk for the 6000l and that seems to work ok.
using any of the "old" apps sometimes flips you back into a screen reminiscent of the old sl-5500 and the rotate feature button won't work.

to sum it up... amazing !!! it is just like a powerful laptop,
voip phone, movie playing, mp3 rocking, corporate machine turned personal digital butler. ... Read more


4. Sharp Zaurus SL-5600 PDA
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B000088EDE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sharp
Sales Rank: 8279
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Sharp Zaurus SL-5600 combines state-of-the-art Sharp technology and Sharp innovation to deliver a unique and compelling PDA solution. The Sharp Zaurus SL-5600 offers everything from mobile communications to mobile multimedia; keyboard integration and dual expansion delivering one of the most versatile and flexible PDA solutions on the market today.

With its replaceable 1700mAH Lithium-Ion battery--larger than any other battery in a smart handheld device--the Zaurus provides extra long battery life so you can be mobile longer.

Display
The SL-5600 has a 3.5-inch, 65,536, color reflective TFT front-lit screen with a 240 x 320 pixel resolution for outstanding graphics and clarity, indoors or out.

Operating System
The Zaurus SL-5600's Linux- and Java-based embedded OS Qtopia Linux, provides a powerful and open operating environment--allowing many Linux and Java developers to write applications for the SL-5600.

Expansion
The Zaurus features both a Compact Flash and Secure Digital slot to offer the best of both worlds. Two slots allow you to add two peripherals simultaneously such as a Compact Flash modem card and Secure Digital memory card. This seamless design makes upgrading easy and simple

What's in the box

  • Zaurus SL-5600
  • Handheld device
  • EA-70S AC adapter
  • Docking station (USB)
  • Power cord
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery
  • Stylus
  • Display protection cover
  • CF slot-protection card
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Features

  • Linux/Java-powered handheld computer with 64 MB ROM, 32 MB of RAM, and 400 MHz Intel processor
  • High-resolution color reflective TFT screen with support for over 65,000 colors
  • Integrated QWERTY keyboard that slides out from bottom of handheld
  • Listen to MP3 or watch MPEG video; includes stereo headphone jack
  • What's in the box: Zaurus SL-5600, Handheld device, EA-70S AC adapter, Docking station (USB), Power cord, Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, Stylus, Display protection cover, CF slot-protection card

Reviews (32)

5-0 out of 5 stars Very, very cool! A PDA for UNIX geeks
I've been using Palm PDAs for about five years now and wanted to upgrade to something new. I had seen the Zaurus 5500 and was going to purchase one before I heard that the 5600 was being released. The 5600 is fast, applications load quickly and the OS seems to be very stable. I haven't had anything crash yet. Setting up wireless networking with a CF card is trivial, plug the card in, run the network config application and type in your WEP key and you're on the net. Surfing with Opera is excellent, you can zoom in and out on web pages and I haven't found any pages that it won't display. I have yet to try the Hancom applications for reading and writing Word and Excel docs but everything else works very well. Now I just need to find an SSH client for it and I'll really be in business.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good but beware the screen
Pros:
-Hella fast
-Runs anything you throw at it
-Stable
-Nice keyboard design
-I read in a review..."unlike some with Win CE saying that they have something like a pc in the palm of their hand, the Sharp Zaurus SL-5600 IS a PC.
-Bought from Amazon and box is clearly marked PXA255. Thats an intel 400mhz process....the best in the PDA business for under $300..are you kidding me!
-Will take CF I&II (which means you can buy a Creative Muvo2, rip out the microdrive and use it in this PDA...in fact Hitachi has already tested the 4gb MD with this unit).
-Will take SD (yeah, it'll take both).
-Memory it comes with is incredible.
-Software possibilities are enormous.

Cons
-Screen (Poor quality)
-Screen (You will see a dark spot in the top right corner since the technology used for the TFT does not fully and properly illuminate the complete screen)
-Screen (did I say the screen is bad...oh yeah.
-Bulky (its light, but dont plan on putting this in your pants pocket unless you have cargo pants.
-Yeah - try using your stylus to close a program...for some reason it frequently takes more than 1 tap......

I'll try for a couple of weeks...if the cons outweigh the pros then its returnamundo...

5-0 out of 5 stars Great little Linux box
The SL-5600 comes with QTopia, an embedded version of Linux. It looks really good, and the software ROCKS! It can read and write Microsoft Word and Excel files, etc.

Synchronization leaves a bit to be desired. It doesn't work flawlessly, and only works with Windows.

HOWEVER, the Z's true strength is in Open Source softare. You can keep the included QTopia and install Linux apps. Or, you can replace QTopia with one of the OpenSource Linux distributions, and have a Linux workstation that gives you complete control. With the large amount of available RAM and two expansion slots (SD cards at least to 512 MB and CompactFlash cards), you have room to install anything you need. A huge amount of OpenSource Linux software is available for the Z, and most of it has been scaled down so that it takes a lot less space than it would on a full-sized machine. What this equates to, is that a 256 MB SD "hard drive" is equivalent to a 5-10 gigabyte hard drive on a full-sized computer.

OpenEmbedded (www.OpenEmbedded.org) and now Debian Pocket Workstation (http://www.pocketworkstation.org/) are two of the available Linux distributions. What's exciting about Debian Pocket Workstation is that you can run QTopia and a complete Debian distribution on the same machine. Switch back and forth as you need to. You can also build a complete cross-compilation tree on your own Linux computer, and compile and/or modify available open-source software for the Z.

If you want a simple, turn-key organizer, the Z probably isn't for you. But if you want a complete, powerful computer that fits in your pocket, the Z is the best machine you can get. Definitely worth its purchase price.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the trouble
Hardware:

This thing is bulkier and has a smaller screen than comparable products. The thumb keyboard is comfortable and surprsingly fast but is of questionable utility as an integrated feature. Mine had a defective battery and frequently needed hard resets, returning it to its factory state and wiping the internal memory (which had everything I downloaded for it). Sharp directed me to the retailer and the retailer directed me to Sharp. Rinse, repeat. Then call your credit card...

Software:

OS
The directory structures are ridiculously deep and don't intuitively correspond to the folders in the windowing system. It doesn't come with any reasonable tool for browsing your directory tree either - you will have to buy or download one.

Hancom suite
This is a pathetic attempt to allow some MS office compatibility. It is useless for any powerpoint presentation over about 1MB, with fonts under about 28 pt, or with any graphics, and it throws away half your screen real estate by not rotating the display for slideshows. The Outlook app will really, really screw up your calendar, meetings, and contacts if you dare import anything back to a PC that you modified on the Zaurus - for example, it will make all recurring appointments into individual ones, meaning you must keep deleting them until infinity if it changes, or it will want to duplicate all of your contacts with new screwed-up, truncated copies.

Linux is one of the only reasons to buy this device. There is a nice base of avid users, and you will be able to find a ton of free applications for this device. I am confident there will be a support base of hackers for the Zaurus for a long time. If you don't tinker with programming enough to appreciate the open OS or aren't a pathological Windows basher, I think you will be dissappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exactly what i Want
This device is almost perfect for the linux user who wants something smaller than his\her laptop. In order to appreciate this device, you really have to like linux. If you have never used linux, dont bother, get yourself an M$ windows pda.

If you're like me and love linux, you'll love the zaurus. You can get virtually all main stream linux apps for it (gcc, make, apache, mysql...the list goes on and on). I especially like that fact that it has a java runtime, and with the addition of compiler (try ibm's Jikes compiled for zaurus) you have a pocket java development environment.

The fact that it has CF and SD slots means you can have your wifi and your extra storage in at the same time, which is a great plus.

The fold out keyboard is slightly slower than a full size, but still light years ahead of stupid handwriting recognition on other devices (although the z has that too)

There are tons of different roms availible, from sharp and others. One that fixes the pxa250 cache errata is definatly required, as you may have heard this is a bug which affects performance. But if you flash with a special kernel it fixes this bug and allows you to clock the device up to 471 mhz! NICE!

The Only thing I would add to this device is a built in DOWNSTREAM usb port, so that you can plug in usb devices. A Compact flash Usb card is availible from ratoc (for $150). I bought that too and now i can connect external HD's, Gamepads, Keyboards, Extra Wifi's, and maybe even printers or cd burners.

While Pocket PC Users can say things like "my Ipaq is LIKE a pc!" The zaurus user can say "my zaurus IS a PC".
There really isnt anything you cant do on the zaurus since its a full linux OS.

I would whole heartedly reccomend this product to EVERY linux user ... Read more


5. Sumdex Ballistic Nylon Padded PDA -Cell Phone Organizer Case - Black
list price: $44.95
our price: $15.19
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Asin: B000092ZW9
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sumdex
Sales Rank: 7032
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Made of Ballistic Nylon
  • PDA fastens with Velcro patch
  • Cash compartment and pockets for credit cards and business cards
  • Exterior cell-phone or sunglass pocket
  • Compatible with most organizers and palmsize PCs, including all PalmPilot models and Garmin iQue

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars comfortable to carry easy to use
very comfortable to carry, pockets for credit cards inside as well as 2 large flat pockets for whatever, pocket under pda with notepad, outside zipper pocket for cash or whatever, cell phone padded nicely, adjustable shoulder strap and hand strap that snaps down, pda attaches with velcro, all in all a good purchase ... if wanting a wallet/purse access for change not great and no place for keys ... Read more


6. Sharp Zaurus 5600 CE-ST9 Docking Station
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B000088EDG
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Manufacturer: Sharp
Sales Rank: 23273
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7. Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 PDA
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B000063D6E
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sharp
Sales Rank: 2986
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Note: There is a software update available for download at: http://www.myzaurus.com/ROMupdate3.asp

Combining the power of a PC with the fun of multimedia, the Zaurus SL-5500 boasts a powerful Intel StrongARM 206 MHz processor, 64 MB standard memory, an MP3 and MPEG-1 multimedia player, and a voice recorder. It also features a high-resolution color reflective LCD and an integrated keyboard with a sliding cover.

Because of its open-source Linux/Java-based platform (with Qt/Embedded GUI), applications can be easily customized to fit your personal and business needs.

Sharp's built-in QWERTY keyboard design allows easy data input without sacrificing space. In addition to the keyboard, you can use the stylus and touchscreen to navigate through applications with ease.

Incorporating Sharp's leading LCD technology, the Zaurus SL-5500 has a high-definition color reflective TFT screen with over 65,000 colors and a 240 x 320 resolution. You'll get bright, vivid color no matter what the lighting, making it simple to view a movie or pop in a video while on the move.

The two built-in slots for Secure Digital (SD) and CompactFlash (CF) cards provide dual expansion capabilities and simultaneous use of accessories such as optional modems, memory, LAN cards, and digital cameras. The Zaurus SL-5500 is compatible with a number of modem options for maximum flexibility in communication.

The Zaurus SL-5500 comes equipped with an extensive software application package including address book, calendar, calculator, text editor, to-do list, and Word and Excel viewing and editing capabilities. Its PC synchronization program for Microsoft Outlook makes it easy to keep all information up-to-date. The Zaurus also comes complete with a docking station that features an integrated USB cable and AC adapter for easy synchronization and battery recharging.

The Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 comes with an AC power adapter and cord, USB synchronization cradle, stylus, display-protection cover, and rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

What's in the box

  • Zaurus SL-5500
  • EA-70 AC Adaptor
  • Docking Station (USB)
  • AC Adapter and Power Cord
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Stylus
  • Display Protection Cover
  • CF Slot Protection Card
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Features

  • Linux/Java-powered handheld computer with 64 MB RAM, 206 Mhz Intel processor, and organization and productivity software
  • High-resolution color reflective TFT screen with support for over 65,000 colors
  • Integrated QWERTY keyboard that slides out from bottom of handheld
  • Listen to MP3 or watch MPEG video; includes stereo headphone jack
  • What's in the box: Zaurus SL-5500, EA-70 AC Adaptor, Docking Station (USB), AC Adapter and Power Cord, Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery, Stylus, Display Protection Cover, CF Slot Protection Card

Reviews (69)

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Powerful and Flexible
The Sharp Zaurus Linux-based PDA is both extremely powerful, and easy to use.

The Zaurus's fast CPU, high quality full-color LCD, and excellent headphone sound output makes for an impressive photo viewer, MP3 and MOD music player, and video-clip displayer.

The slide-out keyboard has completely weaned me from using the handwriting system, which is unfortunate, because a lot of work was obviously put into it. Not only does the handwriting system have a help mode where you can practice strokes, but you can actually train it new, or alternate strokes for each character. But when you can type so quickly, why bother writing?

The dual expansion slots are great, allowing me to use an SD card for software installation, and still have my CF slot free for a RAM card full of MP3s or a network adapter.

Honestly, I was impressed by the capabilities of the Java system. In my opinion, Java has always been too slow and cumbersome to use, and the thought of running it on a 206MHz PDA seemed ridiculous. But from what I've seen of Java applications (even games!) running on the Zaurus, I'm beginning to realize there's a lot of potential in Java.

As a desktop Linux user, I'm also tickled to have the power and stability of my favorite OS underneath the hood. For the extremely geeky, you can get Java, C and C++ compilers that run ON the Zaurus!

The "Qtopia" environment and applications are as intuitive as they are nice to look at. The PIM applications have all the functionality I'm used to from my Palm device, and then some.

Until I can afford a wireless modem to stick in one of my Zaurus' two expansion slots, I've been using a Compact Flash ethernet dongle to get online while watching TV.

After using offline browsers on the Palm, I was shocked to find a full-fledge, desktop-quality browser built right into my Zaurus: Opera.

Opera's zoom-out feature can't be lived without. Frustratingly, most websites assume you have a screen capable of at least 800x600. On a small PDA screen, this would mean constantly scrolling left and right as you try to read. Under Opera, you can zoom out to get a better overview of the page, and still be able to read all of the text!

I've only used the Sync software (Qtopiadesktop - I used the Linux version) a few times, since my pattern for PDA usage is to use them as stand-alone devices. It was quite intuitive, though, as it looked and felt just like a larger version of the PIM software built-into the Zaurus.

Finally, while there's obviously very little 3rd party software for the Zaurus so far, since it just came out, there's been what seems to be exponential growth. I've already installed almost 20 new applications, including games, a streaming Internet radio player, and an embedded version of the popular Linux browser, "Konqueror."

Software installation is usually a snap, too. Just as with Palm, all that's usually needed is one file downloaded off a website. Run the graphical installer, wait a few seconds, and the new app. is there, ready to run!

All in all, it's a great system. Powerful and slick hardware, in a beautiful form-factor, running powerful and slick software.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pocket Laptop!! (SL-5500 users: Download the ROM v3.10 now!)
First and foremost, if you are looking for purely Personal Information Management (PIM) functions and not generally inclined towards Linux, then do yourself a favor and buy yourself a Palm Pilot.

The Zaurus is basically a mini Linux workstation with a lot of functionality you would normally find only on a desktop. With the Zaurus, you can:
* Browse the web with a scalable and full featured browser
* Read and edit MS-Office documents (Word, Excel and Powepoint)
* Write and execute scripts and programs (including Java)
* Play music and video
* Control your desktop Windows PC (using VNC software)

It is so powerful that you can actually use it as a Web or file server (using Apache and Samba). I use my Zaurus to administrate my Linux server and Oracle database server when I am away from my desk.

Plus there are tons of applications, utilities, games, etc., that you can download. Zaurus has a very active user community forum (check the links from the Sharp Zaurus official web sites) where you can get a lot of useful tips from.

Having said all that, the PIM functions that came with the Zaurus were pretty poor compared with the Palm Pilot. This lead me to hang on to my Palm Vx for dear life. I even took the drastic step of downloading and installing a Palm Pilot emulator (called QPose) onto my Zaurus. The performance hit on the Zaurus was so bad that I had to delete QPose and instead carry both my Palm Vx and Zaurus with me.

However, now that Sharp has released a new ROM (v3.10, as of May 15, 2003, see below) the PIM functions have vastly improved. So much that I am now inclined to keep my Palm at home and take only the Zaurus along.

Upon getting your Zaurus, do yourself a favor and install the terminal and file manager applications that come in the CD. The terminal application enables you to do a lot of tweaking and is mandatory if you plan to use the Zaurus to its full capabilty. It actually comes with a basic Linux shell environment and comes with such neat utilities as vi editor, ftp and telnet clients, ping, and a large number of Linux/Unix tools.

Another application I found very useful is called "rotation". It enables you to rotate the application screens by 90 degrees, making such things as web browsing, file editing and using the terminal appication a lot more pleasing and functional. You can download the "qpe-rotation" and "qt-embedded-rotation" files (ipks) from the ZaurusSoft website.

Also, an important suggestion to existing SL-5500 users:
Sharp has just released the latest ROM (v3.10, May 15, 2003) which makes the SL-5500 look and behave like the newer SL-5600. I *strongly urge* SL-5500 users with the old ROM (v2.38) to download and install this new ROM. The user interface with the new ROM is a lot cleaner and neater and has more stable applications (including a vastly improved Opera browser and much better PIM applications).

5-0 out of 5 stars iPaq Killer
I purchased the Zaurus SL-5500 PDA a few weeks ago and I have to say that this is the best PDA on the market. I've used an iPaq but it does not compare to the Zaurus. The Zaurus has most software to be expected by a high-end PDA. It also includes a Java virtual machine to allow Java programs to run. This enables a tremendous amount of Java software to be easily ported to the Zaurus. You can use the USB base included to connect to the internet. The web browser Opera includes Javascript support and allows easy zooming so you can view web pages made for desktop PC's easily. There is a wireless modem option and wireless ethernet compact flash adapter available. The web site www.myzaurus.com has commercial and free software that receives updates daily. Most programs take up very little space on FLASH to get the most out of the FLASH space available. The keyboard is fast and easy to use. For those who are techno-geeks there is a Bash shell available with most commands including telnet and ftp. Emacs can even be downloaded! Heck, they even have a port of Quake for this thing! For the non-techno-geeks the Zaurus is easy to use, my wife has had no problems! Programs are simple to install. Just download the .ipk file to the Zaurus with the included syncronization software and then click Install button on the Zaurus, couldn't be easier. The Zaurus is not just a PDA, it is a huge step forward for the replacement of your desktop PC!

4-0 out of 5 stars The swiss army knife of palmtops
After reading a variety of reviews on a number of palm devices, I decided to try the Zaurus. So far, I havn't been dissapointed with my decision. The Zaurus GUI is responsive and the applications appear to work well and intuitively. The text reader application did lock up on a huge file. Other than that, no problems.

As stated previously, this product's greatest strength is the Linux OS that lies underneath rhe hood. I've downloaded a few UNIX shell based tools that have compiled and worked without a hitch. I love using Opera with a d-link cf wireless card. It required almost no tweaking and works great. The Zaurus is made of plastic but appears to be fairly durable. The battery is a bit underpowered on 5500 (The 5600 has a battery 2X larger.)

If you plan on networking the 5500, read the security information regarding ftp weaknesses in early models.

Overall, a great value for $200!

3-0 out of 5 stars Zaurus 5500 PDA
I was a Sharp Wizard user, so I was excited when they came out with a more sophisticated PDA. I was swayed by the price and the pull out keyboard unit. Since I purchased it in November 2003, I have not been able to sync anything but the address book and calendar. This is a waste to me. After several e-mails and phone calls to Sharp, I am considering chalking this up to a bad experience, and jumping out of the Sharp bandwagon and purchasing a Palm or IPAQ. I am truly disappointed with this product and pray that you do not make the same mistake. ... Read more


8. Sumdex Nylon Ripstop Padded PDA Organizer, Grey
list price: $39.95
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Asin: B00006HRQN
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sumdex
Sales Rank: 19545
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9. iConcepts Pack of 12 Screen Protectors for Sharp Zaurus SL-5500
list price: $14.99
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Asin: B00006F2TZ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iConcepts
Sales Rank: 23499
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Protect your screen from scratches, and eliminate glare
  • Revolutionary micro thin screen protector, that improves your handwriting recognition
  • Replace sheets in seconds with the textured screen surface that adheres instantly to your screen
  • Compatible with the Sharp Zaurus SL/5500 series

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1-0 out of 5 stars I wish there was a zero stars rating
These don't even fit the screen! Save your money and buy yourself a good lunch somewhere instead. ... Read more


10. Sumdex Multi Functional Digicase - Gray & Black
list price: $59.95
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Asin: B000092ZW0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sumdex
Sales Rank: 59313
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Features

  • Padded main compartment holds Handheld PC and cables; PDA; Hard Disk Drive or CD Player
  • Made of Nylon RipStop
  • Latched front flap with zippered pocket
  • Front zippered compartment provides additional space for accessories and traveling documents
  • Bottom half of bag expands to 4" for bigger PDAs or palmtops

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