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Sharp's Linux-based SL-6000 -- newly introduced in the United States this week and available at major retailers like Amazon.com -- offers a full 640x480 VGA screen and integration with IBM enterprise software to connect to remote offices, applications and databases. Sharp is talking up the new Zaurus SL-6000 as the first handheld "mobile data terminal" to offer a four-inch full native VGA screen, a Linux operating system and a complete Java runtime environment.
I'm very interested in this device (it's more of a nano-computer than a PDA). I think it's great that every online news source is carrying this story, but a near verbatim reprint of the press release isn't very useful.
1- What is the battery life under continuous use with the WiFi active?
2- Do the CF and SD cards protrude from the case? If so, how much?
3- I've seen pictures of the unit with a clear flip-up cover for the display. Is that included with the unit? What "comes in the box"?
4- Are there special requirement or restrictions on the CF/SD cards? Do 1GB SD cards work? What abouot SDIO? Does it support CF Microdrives? CF I/II? 10x speed cards OK?
5- What is the audio quality for playing MP3?
6- Is the video fast enough for movie playback? How long will the battery last doing this (can I play back an entire two hour movie on a charge)?
7- What services are included in the installed distribution? sshd? rsyncd? SSH and rsync clients?
8- Does the 802.11b support WEP-128?
9- Is an X-Server included, so I can run remote X applications (important in an enterprise environment)?
10- How long does the battery last? I've seen reports that Lithium-polymer batteries can only sustain about 200 charges. Does that mean that it will need a new battery every 6-9 months?