Summary: The Zaurus SL-5500 is a versatile hand-held that runs Linux. The included software provides for most uses a person might have - MS Office compatibility, calendar, Opera Web Browser, etc. The flexibility of Linux allows for a lot of other software, including other distributions of Linux. There are wireless adapters and other add-ons available, and a CF card slot and SD card slot give options for copying to the device.
Summary: This item is great and does exactally what I want. I don't like using my cell for all the calendar and stuff and this item does a wonderful job of taking all my business stuff and keeping it in one easy to reach place.
Summary: As far as PDA hardware is concerned, the Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 is nothing spectacular or extraordinary, (206 MHz StrongARM, 64 MB RAM, 16 MB Flash, thumboard), but it gets the job done quite well...once you remove Qtopia and install OpenZaurus so you can boot off of an SD card of near-arbitrary size instead of the measly 16 MB internal flash memory.
Summary: After debating on purchasing a zaurus for the past two years, I finally made the leap and purchased this wonderful piece of technology. Sharp has done my things right with this device. I flashed the unit with the Open Zaurus operating system as soon as I got it so I have no experience with the original zaurus software suite. I also purchased a 1 gb sd card from newegg to store files as well as install programs.
Summary: I like Linux. I use linux. this fits perfect;y in my world of linux :) Synchronization is using rsync. I have been using this for the last 5 years now. Getting another 5500 as a cheap replacement for mine...
Summary: The SL-5500 isn't for everyone. This is not for Joe sixpack. It is fantastic for geeks. You have a choice of several operating systems. It has a full TCP/IP stack and can even run network servers. The arm port of linux offers you nearly limitless choices of software. I would have rated it higher if it was a little faster, had built in wireless, an included speaker/mic and the ability to attach a microdrive. It's not perfect, but it's really good.
Summary: This PDA is great and has a long life you will enjoy this unit.You will be immediately impressed with the number of features available on this inexpensive PDA. The New PDA size is perfect for carrying in a pocket and the battery has a pretty good lifespan.The Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 combines state-of-the-art Sharp technology and Sharp innovation to deliver a unique and compelling PDA solution.