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Connected Home Media: Product Review: Sharp Zaurus SL-5600

Mar 04, 2004, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])

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"The Sharp Zaurus SL-5600 is the flagship of the Linux-based PDAs. Thanks to its hardware and software, the device has the potential to rival any PDA on the market. Unfortunately, Linux has traditionally been synonymous with the phrase 'difficult to use.' Can a Linux-based PDA be easy to use? Can it stack up against a Palm or Pocket PC offering? I decided to take a look.

"After installing and charging the rather large lithium-ion battery, the Zaurus sprang to life. The 3.5" reflective TFT LCD front-lit display delivers a very bright picture—bright enough to be used in full daylight. With 65,536 different colors, the palette is lush and saturated. The 240 x 320 resolution gives the image space a fair amount of real estate; the screen doesn't appear crowded or cramped. Except in very bright sunlight, the glare on the display is well within tolerable limits..."

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