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DrWowe
post Oct 29 2005, 07:04 AM
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Seems the accessories for the 6000 are drying up. Is it still possible to buy a replacement battery? The sled would be nice too, but I haven't seen that in stock for many months.
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neuroshock
post Oct 31 2005, 03:01 AM
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Hey Doc! Haven't bumped into you in quite a while. Unfortunately I'm afraid you're right. The 6000 specific parts are DEFINITELY becoming scarce. However having said that you're not completely out of luck....yet.

You can still get the sled from conics.net. The battery I'm not sure about. You CAN still buy it. It's expensive at $248, I bought mine at the time they were selling brown box specials at Amazon and paid $170 I think.

Here's a link- http://www.conics.net/catalog/product_info...&products_id=88


I googled for the battery about a week ago and came up with several "in stock" hits. Seems like the cheapest was $80-85ish.

Expensive stuff, but if you already have a 6k of any flavor, NOW is probably the last chance you're going to have to step up to the table.

I think the release of the C3100 if anything has underscored the incredible value of the SL-6000 product line. It has taken over a YEAR AND A HALF for Sharp Japan to produce a product that is equal to or greater than the features we have enjoyed daily during that time from SharpUSA's 6000 series. I paid less than $400-500 for my 6000's (We have 3 in our household). I paid about $170 for a exp sled for mine, and recently a friend bought me a 4gb Hitachi Microdrive from Newegg on sale for $107. The same friend is handling having one of my 6000's upgraded with the Bluetooth hack to give it 6000W functionality at a total cost of about $38. (I have NO clue where he got the chip or who's doing the soldering- He's in the industry and he's pulled off similar miracles for me before.) So all told I've got between 700-800 bucks invested (minus the bazillion peripherals that are useable with any pda).

Over a year since I initially bought mine and you STILL can't get a C3100 with similar performance and options. Using BT, WiFi, USB host, and filling one of my two CF slots with the microdrive STILL leaves me with an open SDcard slot and an open CF card slot. (The 3100 in the same configuration can't give you that since it must use the CF or SD slot to house bluetooth cards etc.) I suppose if the 3100 line integrated BT into the offering it would balance the scales.

At this point the only things the C3100 has over the 6KW (or even L) is the clamshell design if you prefer that function, and the SD card being an I/O slot. Oh and the USB Host/Client is 2.0 but while I was annoyed originally when I opened my box and found the Host only complied with USB 1.1 I really have never found a usage that made the slower USB port annoying. I suppose you could also use the argument that since it is built on the C860 platform that it will be more compatible with the differing ROM offerings. So far the C3100 hasn't reached the compatibility level of the 6000 but it surely will exceed it eventually.

If the 6000 had never been released I would have pre-ordered a C3100 the day it first became available, but after using and loving my 6k for a year+, I couldn't honestly recommend to anyone that is already a 6k owner to "laterally upgrade" to a C3100. It makes MUCH more sense to grab a sled and possibly do the bluetooth hack and hang in there for another year... or however long it takes them to produce a REAL SL-6000 killer.

Be Safe!

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DrWowe
post Nov 3 2005, 06:45 AM
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QUOTE(neuroshock @ Oct 31 2005, 05:01 AM)
I googled for the battery about a week ago and came up with several "in stock" hits.  Seems like the cheapest was $80-85ish. 

I tried ordering one of thoses, but got a nice note back the next day that my order was cancelled:
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We regret to inform you that the part you ordered, Sharp PDA Battery, is no longer available (NLA) from the manufacturer. This means that the manufacturer discontinued the production of this particular part. We also tried to locate a substitute part, but did not find any listed.

I guess "in-stock" isn't what it used to be. I might have to ping the Japanese export companies to see if they can get the batteries.

QUOTE(neuroshock @ Oct 31 2005, 05:01 AM)
I think the release of the C3100 if anything has underscored the incredible value of the SL-6000 product line.

I agree, the 6000 was ahead of its time. Sure, the 3100 has some nice features of its own, but it still lacks built-in wireless and the 4" transflective screen that we 6000 owners love so much. And I sure do love that screen, it's hard to imagine anything smaller now. smile.gif
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post Nov 9 2005, 12:07 PM
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Any updates here? I've been looking for a battery, and no luck. There was a battery extender (uses aa batteries) that I should've grabbed on ebay two days ago, but it's gone. Guess I'll have to keep looking...
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post Nov 9 2005, 03:30 PM
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Nevermind. PDA Addons posted some more of what I described on eBay and I got one. That relieves me a little bit about making my 6000 a long term investment.
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witzgall
post Nov 11 2005, 11:10 AM
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Any change that you friend could do this to my Sl-6000? I would of course pay for this service!

Chris


QUOTE(neuroshock @ Oct 31 2005, 11:01 AM)
. The same friend is handling having one of my 6000's upgraded with the Bluetooth hack to give it 6000W functionality at a total cost of about $38. (I have NO clue where he got the chip or who's doing the soldering- He's in the industry and he's pulled off similar miracles for me before.) 
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post Dec 7 2005, 04:43 AM
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[quote=witzgall,Nov 11 2005, 07:10 PM]
Any change that you friend could do this to my Sl-6000? I would of course pay for this service!

Chris


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Nope, he's been transferred, we thought it would be temporary but it's become a permanent assignment so I'm without his services myself at this point. Search the forums as the idea/project is still alive. Also look under Hardware Modding for applicable posts.

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