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Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 PDA

by Sharp

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  • Linux/Java-powered handheld computer with 64 MB RAM, 206 Mhz Intel processor
  • High-resolution color reflective TFT screen with support for over 65,000 colors
  • Integrated QWERTY keyboard that slides out from bottom of handheld
  • Listen to MP3 or watch MPEG video; includes stereo headphone jack
  • Zaurus SL-5500, EA-70 AC Adaptor, Docking Station (USB), AC Adapter and Power Cord, Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery, Stylus
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Product Details

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  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000063D6E
  • Item model number: undefined
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,518 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 11, 2002

Product Description

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Note: There is a software update available for download at: http://www.myzaurus.com/ROMupdate3.asp

Combining the power of a PC with the fun of multimedia, the Zaurus SL-5500 boasts a powerful Intel StrongARM 206 MHz processor, 64 MB standard memory, an MP3 and MPEG-1 multimedia player, and a voice recorder. It also features a high-resolution color reflective LCD and an integrated keyboard with a sliding cover.

Because of its open-source Linux/Java-based platform (with Qt/Embedded GUI), applications can be easily customized to fit your personal and business needs.

Sharp's built-in QWERTY keyboard design allows easy data input without sacrificing space. In addition to the keyboard, you can use the stylus and touchscreen to navigate through applications with ease.

Incorporating Sharp's leading LCD technology, the Zaurus SL-5500 has a high-definition color reflective TFT screen with over 65,000 colors and a 240 x 320 resolution. You'll get bright, vivid color no matter what the lighting, making it simple to view a movie or pop in a video while on the move.

The two built-in slots for Secure Digital (SD) and CompactFlash (CF) cards provide dual expansion capabilities and simultaneous use of accessories such as optional modems, memory, LAN cards, and digital cameras. The Zaurus SL-5500 is compatible with a number of modem options for maximum flexibility in communication.

The Zaurus SL-5500 comes equipped with an extensive software application package including address book, calendar, calculator, text editor, to-do list, and Word and Excel viewing and editing capabilities. Its PC synchronization program for Microsoft Outlook makes it easy to keep all information up-to-date. The Zaurus also comes complete with a docking station that features an integrated USB cable and AC adapter for easy synchronization and battery recharging.

The Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 comes with an AC power adapter and cord, USB synchronization cradle, stylus, display-protection cover, and rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

What's in the box

  • Zaurus SL-5500
  • EA-70 AC Adaptor
  • Docking Station (USB)
  • AC Adapter and Power Cord
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Stylus
  • Display Protection Cover
  • CF Slot Protection Card

Product Description

Product Details and Features Product MPNMPNSL-5500Key Features Family Line Sharp Zaurus Operating System  Linux based OSProcessor206 MHz Intel Strong ARM SA-1110Installed Memory  64 MB Screen Size (Diagonal)3.5 inch Wireless Capabilities  Optional Modem; Optional Wireless; Infrared irDAWeight6.8 oz.Technical Features Processor Type Intel Strong ARM SA-1110Processor Speed206 MHz Input Method  Keyboard; Touch Screen Interface Type  USB ; Infrared; Serial PDA Special Features  Sound Notification; Led Notification Security Features Security Password Expansion Slot  Secure Digital (SD) Card Slot; Compact Flash (CF) Type II Slot Display Display Technology Reflective Color TFT Screen Resolution  240 x 320Color Depth  16-bit (64k colors)Multimedia Built-in Music Player  MP3 Player Voice Recorder  Optional Voice Recorder Audio Output Headphone Jack Built-in Digital Camera Optional Digital Camera Battery Battery Type  Proprietary Lithium Dimensions Width 5.4 in. Depth 2.9 in. Height7 in. Warranty Warranty (List)1 Year Miscellaneous Cradle type USB / Serial Cradle Included Accessories Stylus; Protective Cover; Charger Cradle; AC adapter; CF Slot Protection CardUPC074000062023Release DateQ1, 2002Product ID66360 

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Customer Reviews

Keyboard is quite comfortable and I find myself using it more than handwriting.
B. Dasgupta
I also like the fact that there are two card slots, one compactflash (CF) and one secure digital SD slot.
Jami Garrison
For the extremely geeky, you can get Java, C and C++ compilers that run ON the Zaurus!
William Kendrick

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253 of 261 people found the following review helpful By William Kendrick on March 21, 2002
The Sharp Zaurus Linux-based PDA is both extremely powerful, and easy to use.
The Zaurus's fast CPU, high quality full-color LCD, and excellent headphone sound output makes for an impressive photo viewer, MP3 and MOD music player, and video-clip displayer.
The slide-out keyboard has completely weaned me from using the handwriting system, which is unfortunate, because a lot of work was obviously put into it. Not only does the handwriting system have a help mode where you can practice strokes, but you can actually train it new, or alternate strokes for each character. But when you can type so quickly, why bother writing?
The dual expansion slots are great, allowing me to use an SD card for software installation, and still have my CF slot free for a RAM card full of MP3s or a network adapter.
Honestly, I was impressed by the capabilities of the Java system. In my opinion, Java has always been too slow and cumbersome to use, and the thought of running it on a 206MHz PDA seemed ridiculous. But from what I've seen of Java applications (even games!) running on the Zaurus, I'm beginning to realize there's a lot of potential in Java.
As a desktop Linux user, I'm also tickled to have the power and stability of my favorite OS underneath the hood. For the extremely geeky, you can get Java, C and C++ compilers that run ON the Zaurus!
The "Qtopia" environment and applications are as intuitive as they are nice to look at. The PIM applications have all the functionality I'm used to from my Palm device, and then some.
Until I can afford a wireless modem to stick in one of my Zaurus' two expansion slots, I've been using a Compact Flash ethernet dongle to get online while watching TV.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2002
I have to admit, I was very skeptical about this PDA because of the Linux OS. I have been an avid user of Pocket PC since its inception. I've had an Ipaq and most recently, and Audiovox Maestro. Both machines were awesome however they were never for me because I am very input intensive and I hated the on screen keyboard and the graffiti. So I decided to take the plunge with the new Zaurus. I couldn't be happier. The screen is the best I've seen and Linux is easy to get used to. In my opinion the keyboard is perfect for my needs. Thumb typing is a snap and I now don't feel like I have to enter every new contact or new appointment on my desktop first, then sync with my PDA. The Opera Web browser is also very nice with the ability to shrink/enlarge the webpage as needed. Word, Excel and Powerpoint compatible programs round out my needs plus there are plenty of extras to boot. Sharp did a great job and I highly recommend this PDA over the others.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By nagappa on May 17, 2003
First and foremost, if you are looking for purely Personal Information Management (PIM) functions and not generally inclined towards Linux, then do yourself a favor and buy yourself a Palm Pilot.
The Zaurus is basically a mini Linux workstation with a lot of functionality you would normally find only on a desktop. With the Zaurus, you can:
* Browse the web with a scalable and full featured browser
* Read and edit MS-Office documents (Word, Excel and Powepoint)
* Write and execute scripts and programs (including Java)
* Play music and video
* Control your desktop Windows PC (using VNC software)
It is so powerful that you can actually use it as a Web or file server (using Apache and Samba). I use my Zaurus to administrate my Linux server and Oracle database server when I am away from my desk.
Plus there are tons of applications, utilities, games, etc., that you can download. Zaurus has a very active user community forum (check the links from the Sharp Zaurus official web sites) where you can get a lot of useful tips from.
Having said all that, the PIM functions that came with the Zaurus were pretty poor compared with the Palm Pilot. This lead me to hang on to my Palm Vx for dear life. I even took the drastic step of downloading and installing a Palm Pilot emulator (called QPose) onto my Zaurus. The performance hit on the Zaurus was so bad that I had to delete QPose and instead carry both my Palm Vx and Zaurus with me.
However, now that Sharp has released a new ROM (v3.10, as of May 15, 2003, see below) the PIM functions have vastly improved. So much that I am now inclined to keep my Palm at home and take only the Zaurus along.
Upon getting your Zaurus, do yourself a favor and install the terminal and file manager applications that come in the CD.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By K. Rule VINE VOICE on July 8, 2002
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I've been trying to use the Zaurus for the last week or so. The product has turned out to be a mixed blessing.
The Good:
1) This is without a doubt the ultimate programmer's PDA.
2) You can write code, compile, and execute on the Zaurus (hard to believe but it's true).
3) There is quite a bit of good free software, including neocalc, which is a great calculator.
4) Amazon.com had a stellar deal on it.
5) Contrary to some of the reviews I've seen, the screen is very nice looking.
The not so good:
1) The software to sync with a PC (Win2K in this case) stinks. It crashes, hangs, intermittently refuses to connect, and requires special knowledge not included in the manual to get it to work. I've tried both Intellisync and Qtopia Desktop. Intellisync appears to be a hopeless basket case, but I was able to get Qtopia Desktop to work as long as I didn't have too many files on my CF (too many files causes a nasty crash on the PC side). Too bad I need to sync with Outlook.
2) I've managed to fry a 128Meg SD Flash by leaving it in during a hard reset of the Zaurus. That shouldn't happen, but it did.
3) The Hancom Suite (MS compatible Word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation viewer) is weak but usable.
4) The battery life is short (especially with a Wireless LAN adapter).
5) The MP3 software wouldn't play any of my variable bit rate files. I don't believe there is anything terribly unusual about them (other than they have been encoded using LAME).
6) The MP1 video is very slow and choppy at Video CD bit rates (like ~1 frame/sec). I've found it difficult to get a bit rate the works well for me when trying to take full advantage of the screen resolution. Perhaps the DiVX decoder that is being developed will solve this problem.
Even with these serious problems, I'd still consider it a great tool for a programmer and will give it 4 stars. For non-programmer types, I'd give it 1 star.
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