More and more I see people with these sidekicks. And I like it. And I had an idea. When my zaurus is playing mp3s (thus the display is off and the hdd accesses once or twice per song), I notice my battery life is HUGE... 10+ hours... Perfectly adequate for having my zaurus on and idling at all times. Then a buddy of mine told me that when you make a GPRS connection via bluetooth it doesn't really prevent the cell phone from working at all, just that the data stream is interrupted during a call. This is huge for me. This means I can carry my cell phone in one pocket and make a GPRS connection. Now I realized that the USB bluetooth dongle I have probably wouldn't work out so I'd have to carry something like the Belkin CF BT adapter which goes for $2.94 on ebay right now. The more and more I think about this, the more I feel it would work as long as the power subsystem is modified a bit. Basically closing the screen would have to instead of turning the unit off, turn the display off and switch to as low of a low power mode as possible. Probably dumb the system MHz as low as possible. The bluetooth draws next to nothing unlike wifi so the power numbers suggest it could work. And if these sidekicks or treos on their limited battery life can do it, chatting with a CELL TOWER versus just bluetooth, why can't a zaurus?
Thus whenever you open your zaurus, gaim is open, messages are waiting, you can sync up email as you walk and your zaurus will scream whenever it gets something. Is anyone working this way? I totally want to do it Always having internet for my zaurus would TOTALLY complete the experience for me, rather than having to constantly fight with wifi access points. Additionally the bluetooth cf adapters are so cheap, I wouldn't feel obligated to carry it separate from teh zaurus to protect it, so it'd be simple
What do people think?