The Verdict on the
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.
From the Editor: Should we take the $799 out of your next paycheck?
|Product||Sharp Zaurus SL-C760|
|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.|
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.