By Jim Lynch  |  Posted 2003-10-24 Print this article Print

& Keyboard"> The new Zaurus has a great screen – bright, colorful, and crisp. Since it runs at 640 x 480, you can see more on-screen than you would with an iPAQ or other PDA (which generally use 240x320 screens). Sharp didnt cut any corners with this unit -- theyre using a high-quality CG Silicon screen. In addition to possessing great resolution and beautiful colors, the Zaurus screen can be rotated for use in landscape or portrait mode. In landscape, it looks like a tiny notebook computer with a full keyboard. When you fold the screen around on top of the keyboard (like a mini-hybrid Tablet PC), the system automatically changes to portrait mode. In portrait mode, there are a handy selection of icons at the bottom of the screen that let you easily navigate to your calendar, e-mail, address book and other programs. If you opt for landscape mode, you can use the buttons on the keyboard to do the same thing.
This amphibious quality is something that virtually all PDAs should have. Web browsers and word processing apps cry out to be used in landscape (with a real keyboard for navigation, edits, and additions), while others work best in a tablet-style portrait mode. I wish my iPAQ would do this -- its just so darned convenient.
Unlike the Zaurus models released in the US, the keyboard on the C760 is actually comfortable to use. We got used to it after just a few minutes and quickly found it much faster than entering data via the touch-screen or handwriting recognition app. Its not quite large enough to type on normally, but the keys are big enough to hunt-and-peck with. (The quality of the C760s handwriting recognition is pretty awful, though -- not nearly as good as the Microsoft Transcriber software on an iPAQ.) The keyboard also includes application-specific buttons for Calendar, E-mail, Address book and more. There are navigational arrow buttons for quick navigation around documents or Web sites (more on that later). All things considered, this a very functional keyboard that we enjoyed using.

Jim manages the PC Magazine and ExtremeTech forums, and is responsible for building community in the forums on both sites. He started managing PC Mag's forum on ZiffNet on CompuServe many years ago. He then transferred the staff and expertise to the Web. He left ZDNet when it moved to San Francisco and came back to Ziff after the split from ZDNet, right before ExtremeTech launched. You can get more background at his personal site: www.jimlynch.com/profile.htm.

His favorite movies include Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Three Musketeers (1973 version), Dune (Sci Fi Channel version), and gobs of others. He can't live without his iPAQ Pocket PC—,he uses it at the gym and everywhere else—,and his DVD collection features more than 200 films. His favorite game is Tribes (PC), which is more than three years old but he still plays it all the time.

Jim likes interacting with the folks in the forum and the content. 'I Love both of 'em,' says Lynch. 'It's what makes the job fun and interesting.'

You're welcome to visit Jim's site for more information about him.


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