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The Sharp Zaurus — A Lovely Little Computer [O’Reilly]

May 24, 2002 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Simson Garfinkel examines the consumer edition of Sharp's Zaurus Linux PDA (the model SL-5500) and is wowed more by the hardware than the software, in this review at O'Reilly. Garfinkel writes . . .

” . . . Sharp's new Zaurus SL-5500 palmtop computer is turning heads in the open source community . . .”

“While it's tempting to focus on the SL-5500's open source roots, doing so actually does a disservice to this machine. The SL-5500 is completely usable by folks who don't care that they can get at this computer's source code. For them, the real strength of the SL-5500 is not its software, but its hardware.”

“The SL-5500 is the sort of PDA that James Bond would use: although it looks small and unassuming at first, each side opens up, slides away, or unfolds to reveal capabilities that are both unique and useful . . .”

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