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> Is The Iphone 3g Your Next Zaurus?, just announced today, with gps, wifi, 3g and a sdk
post Jun 9 2008, 02:23 PM
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Uhm... every time i'm thinking more and more about getting one. I have resisted for a year, but I can feel some weakness inside of me and I may fall into buying one.

Are you also tempted to get one and definitely get rid of your Zaurus?
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post Jun 9 2008, 07:22 PM
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As an owner of an iPod Touch and several Zs, I think I have a bit of a Z specific outlook on what you are asking.

I really like my Touch but there is no way it can completely replace my Zs even with the new OS features announced today. Here are the reasons why the iPhone 3G or an upgraded Touch will not be fully replacing my Z.

1) only allow view (no editing) of office docs and only in the MobileMail app
2) not every app can rotate into landscape
3) typing on the virtual keyboard gets annoying after a while. It is fine for stuff like Calendar, URLS and a few contacts but it utterly sucks with you to do serious note taking
4) playing games in ScummVM is an exercise in frustration thanks to the small hot spots compared to the size of my finger tips
5) cellphone data plans are still too pricey in my neck of the woods

My iPod Touch has replaced my Zaurus for many functions though.

1) Mobile Web Browsing. Safari is renders nicely and quickly. Safari start up time is negligible unlike FireFox on my Z. The the two finger pinch and stretch zoom in and out feature is fast and a god send on a small screen.
2) Music listening. The coverflow interface and small form factor of the Touch made the switch a no brainer for me.
3) Movie watching. Handbrake on my Mac and my Touch made watching movies on my Z a thing of the past. No artifacts or audio and video sync problems any more. I used to spend more time fiddling with the encoding and decoding settings on my my PC and my Z than I did watching the results.

Anyway those are my thoughts on the subject.
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post Jun 10 2008, 02:03 AM
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I own an iPod Touch, Zaurus C3100 and other gadgets.

Each one has its specific area of use. None is "optimal" for everything.

I use the iPod for quickly looking for new mails, weather and stock info. And as a music player in my car.
I use the Zaurus to do "work" on the road, i.e. writing notes, collecting ideas, calendar etc. Here the mechanical location of VGA display and QWERTY keyboard are better than with the N810.

Buying an iPhone 3G? Probably yes, but only to get a new phone with increased capabilities. It will not make the iPod or Zaurus obsolete.

-- hns
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