Since I’ve been talking about getting a Zaurus, one of my coworkers pointed me towards an article on /. today that links to a roundup of apps for the Zaurus. I continue watching eBay and Craiglist hoping for a 5600 that hits my price range. I’ve decided that if I’m going used, I’d rather have the faster and higher capacity 5600 rather than the 5500 so that I can go longer without outgrowing it. Of course, being a cheapskate has opportunity costs. It’s possible I end up with nothing or that it takes a really long time to get one. Maybe I’ll get lucky.

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3 thoughts on “Zaurus”

  1. Chris C. says:

    Just another plug for my beloved PDA phone:
    When hunting for the right device to upgrade to during 2002-2003 (took me a whole year of waiting!), my mantra for the PDA phone combo was Palm, Small, Flip. All three were musts. Everything else on the market fails at least one of those tests, including the Kyocera 7135 (ever held one? it’s bigger than a Treo 270).
    Price is $450 after rebate, not cheap. SprintPCS only. Palm OS 4.something and 16MB. No slots, no camera, no mp3. Whatever. I love mine and plan to keep it for a couple years. I use it constantly.
    No more baggy pants! Carry just one device, keep your phone data merged and synced, run any of the zilliondy Palm apps …

  2. Dave says:

    If you can use the cell network for permanent, always on network connectivity that doesn’t cost extra, I’m all for it. Otherwise, I’m not so wild. You and I have different needs. The memory cards are highly useful and nearly essential for me. I need lots of space to keep my documents and books. The Zaurus has the extra advantage of lots of RAM plus both the CF and SD slots, so I could have a wifi card in one and removable memory in the other. You’ve always been more bothered by multiple devices than I am. I believe the Zaurus will be thinner than that super thick Visor Prism, and even that brick didn’t bother me in the pockets. I’ve remained happy with the cheapest of phones, the ones they give you free. I may someday pay for one, but not soon.

  3. Chris C. says:

    By the way, some folks have ported Mozilla over to one of the Zaurus platforms. The others might not be far off.

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