Smartphone & PDA Phone Reviews
Linux PDA Reviews
Linux PDAs: the Sharp Zaurus and More: These PDAs run a Linux operating system rather than Palm or Pocket PC OS.
Internet and Lifestyle devices
|Nokia N800 The second generation Internet Tablet from Nokia. List $399
| Nokia 770 A reaonably priced Internet tablet that fits in the palm of your hand. List: $349
|Pepper Pad A home Internet Appliance and web tablet that weighs 2.3 pounds. List: $849
|Zaurus SL-C3200 Sharp's latest C series clamshell Zaurus is a near dead-ringer for the C3100 it replaces. The hard drive has grown to 6 gigs and the device sports the usual excellent VGA display, best-of-class keyboard, CF and SD expansion slots and a fast XScale processor. And of course, it runs Linux! It's available through importers only.
SL-6000 Sharp is targeting
enterprise buyers with this model, which looks like a super-sized
version of the SL-5600. It's a powerful 400 MHz device
with a CG Silicon 4" VGA display, WiFi (on the SL-6000L)
and dual expansion slots. Like other SL-5000 series models,
it has a thumb keyboard cleverly concealed underneath a
slider. List $699 (recently discontinued in the US)
|Zaurus SL-5600 Very
similar to the SL-5500 it replaces, the latest Zaurus offers
the same features but adds a 400 MHz XScale processor, a
built-in mic, the ability to play MP3s through the speaker
and more robust USB syncing. List $499 (discontinued)
|Zaurus SL-5500 This
was the first widely available Linux PDA in the US. It's
been replaced by the SL-5600 above. It has a slider design
(they thought of it before Palm!) that allows you to slide
the unit open to reveal a thumb keyboard. It has a 320 x
240 color display, runs on a StrongARM 206 MHz processor.
SL-C3000 (and C1000 and C3100) The
replacement for the wonderful C860, the C3000 adds a 4 gig
internal microdrive (really!) and has a new directional pad
and an elegant gloss white finish. The C3000 looks like tiny
a notebook computer with a clamshell design, swiveling
VGA display, QWERTY keyboard and dual expansion slots.
The C3000 runs Linux and is available only from importers.
The C1000 is the same unit but has flash memory rather
than a microdrive for storage. List $899
SL-C860 The replacement
for the venerable C760, though little has changed. This
Japan market PDA is available from importers such as Dynamism.com
in the US . It looks like a super-miniaturized notebook
computer, has a full keyboard and a gorgeous 640 x 460
landscape display that can rotate to portrait orientation.
Yet it's PDA-sized and will fit in your pocket. List $849
SL-C760 This PDA is
available from Dynamism.com in the US, and is otherwise
sold only in the Asian market (Japan). It looks like a
super-miniaturized notebook computer, has a full keyboard
and a gorgeous 640 x 460 landscape display that can rotate
to portrait orientation. Original List $799. Discontinued
and replaced by the C860 above.
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Linux PDA and Devices
|Nokia 770 Not a PDA, but rather an Internet Tablet. Nokia's first non-phone device is intriguing and attractive. It's an Internet Tablet that's pocketable yet sports an 800 x 480 color display and WiFi 802.11g for a fast Internet connection. It runs a version of the excellent Opera web browser, has a full-featured email client, an RSS reader and more. Not meant to replace the PDA, this reasonably-priced device instead brings a desktop-like surfing experience to your couch or bedroom with instant-on flair.
|Pepper Pad This home Internet appliance competes with the Nokia 770 in some ways but is more couch-centric. The Pad's 800 x 600 SVGA color display and Firefox web browser make it the perfect instant-on web surfing buddy. It also has an awesome AV remote, a video player, MP3 player, Internet radio player, photo viewer and a 20 gig hard drive to hold your multimedia goodies. It runs Linux on an XScale processor and weighs 2.3 pounds.
|G.Mate Yopy model
YP3700. The Yopy has been around for a few years, and the
latest model has made its way to the US. The Yopy has an
integrated keyboard, a 320 x 240 color display, a 206 MHz
processor and 128 megs of RAM. While not as polished as the
Zaurus models, do check it out if you're into Linux. List