-5500"> Zaurus SL-5500
Sharps new handheld device, the Zaurus SL-5500, is the first Linux-based palmtop weve seen that competes effectively with the entrenched Palm and Pocket PC operating system-powered units. While the units desktop-computer-style interface may prove daunting for new users, the SL-5500s power and flexibility will make it a smart choice for many enterprise users.
LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Based on the open, Linux operating system and boasting Qt/Embedded and Java development paths, the SL-5500 can allow companies to make the most of their hardware investments by customizing the Zaurus software and producing new, home-grown applications for the device. PROS // Competitive price; Secure Digital and CompactFlash expansion slots; retractable keyboard; open, Linux operating system. CONS // Less available software than Palm OS devices; infrequent memory shortages during multitasking. Sharp Electronics Corp., Mahwah, N.J.; (201) 529-8200; www.sharp-usa.com
SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // The Zaurus retractable thumb keyboard and CompactFlash and Secure Digital expansion options can make handheld users chafing under traditional device input options more productive right away.