The Verdict on the

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

Sharp Zaurus SL-C760"> Frankly, we love this PDA. Its got a few warts but we still strongly recommend it. If we could find it an Avantgo-like application, we might even ditch our beloved iPAQs. We like the keyboard, we love that the swivel screen lets us switch between portrait and landscape, and we adore surfing the Web with the NetFront browser. We can even envision, in certain situations, using the C760 as a laptop replacement. So why did Sharp shortchange its stateside customers by only releasing the SL-C760 in Japan? They would do well to rethink their decision and release it here (where it would likely retail for about $600). Still, if youre looking for a great keyboard-enabled PDA and dont mind spending $799 and a facing a little language barrier, this is an ideal product. For now, you can pick one up -- mostly localized for the US – from Dynamism.
Product Sharp Zaurus SL-C760
Web Site: Dynamism
Pros: Excellent screen and keyboard. Easy wireless set-up
Cons: Only released in Japan. Expensive localized U.S. version includes some Japanese software and help docs. Limited third party software selection
Summary: A very powerful PDA that almost functions as a laptop replacement.
Price: $799
To my wonderful editor and the fine folks at Dynamism: I will need at least a few more months to, er, continue my… um….assessment. Actually, itll probably take a year or so to really do it justice. Come to think of it, Ill just get it back to you when Im done with it. Thanks for understanding.
From the Editor: Should we take the $799 out of your next paycheck?

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:

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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