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Zaurus@LL: Review of Embedded Applications from theKompany.com

Apr 12, 2002, 19:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim D. Gilbert)


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"The Zaurus uses Embedix, which is an embedded Linux kernel from Lineo, and Qtopia desktop environment from Trolltech for the windowing and presentation technology. The Zaurus also comes with Java built in, which is also very unusual. For physical specs the 7.3-ounce device has a 206MHz Intel StrongARM processor, 64MB of RAM, and a sweet looking, 3.5-inch, 240x320-pixel color LCD. There are both Compact Flash (CF) and SD slots (the SD slot will also take MMC) and since all the peripherals use the CF port, having the SD slot for memory was a great design decision. What is really awesome and unique about the Zaurus is a small QWERTY keyboard that becomes visible by sliding down the panel that has the thumb pad and application buttons. I've got to say that in general this is the most 'right' PDA that I've used, it really is nice.

"The Zaurus comes with a decent selection of applications but many of them seem to lack polish and don't seem really finished. I ran across theKompany.com as the only commercial software company that was making applications for the Zaurus and I was really impressed by the look and selection of their software, so I bought what they call tkcBundle which is a bundle of all their applications for the Zaurus..."

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