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ZDNet: Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 Review

Apr 02, 2002, 13:00 (13 Talkback[s])

"Sharp's new Linux-powered Zaurus SL-5500 may be one of the few PDAs that is able to challenge Pocket PC devices in terms of power, speed, and features. We've only just received a final production model for review and are deep in the midst of testing it. We'll have a complete review ready shortly, but here are our initial impressions.

"The SL-5500's hardware is similar to that of high-end Pocket PC devices. The 7.3-ounce device has a 206MHz Intel StrongARM processor, 64MB of RAM, and a very nice, 3.5-inch, 240x320-pixel color LCD. But the Zaurus has one unique feature that will surely earn it some fans: a thumb keyboard that's hidden under the device's thumb pad and application buttons.

"But why Linux? The open source OS has proven its mettle in Web servers, but it remains to be seen whether it is a better handheld solution than Palm or Pocket PC. The interface works much like Palm's, with tabbed pages that display lists of applications and documents..."

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