Many people would sacrifice that spare pocket in their bag (or preferrably suit pocket #2) for the ability to have 40Gb+ of USB storage that they could access from their Zaurus (preferrably with a real file system ).
I was pondering this a couple of days ago and set off down 'Tottenham Court Road' in London browsing the Electronics boutiques down there with a rather dubiuos hitlist of devices that I hadn't seen for sale much in this country..
1. CF 10/100 Ethernet adaptor (not in Tottenham Court Road.... ordered from Expansys finally).
2. Stowaway Full Size Keyboard - The USB one, no, NOT the Bluetooth one and not the IRDA one... I'm still working on the Bluetooth drivers OK! (glazed look from the sales person).
3. A Self Powered Disk Unit.... umm... NO not a bus powered drive... one with a battery.... yes I said a battery.... why? oh ok.... (he didn't really want to know why).
Item 3 I struck out on and was at that point extremely tempted by those rather sexy looking iPod Video units that come with 60Gb of storage (hmmm.... nice MP3, sits on your belt - don't need to revisit my tailor to get that extra heavy seam fitted to my suits). - I'm pretty sure that I could hack the partition table so I could fool the iPod into only using 20Gb and have a nice 40Gb ffs (BSD Fast File System) partition..that's not an issue...
Then a thought struck me...
iPods charge themselves through the USB port
This thankfully stopped me from buying another device without considering the consequences.
So... the big question is... do most of these USB OTG devices that are emerging that look perfect for the Zaurus start to stealthily draw from the Zaurus to charge themselves?? if so there is no advantage to them other than they will have enough juice onboard to spin themselves up.
Perhaps someone has done some testing... maybe some of the devices are configurable?
(anyway this isn't an invite for PM spams saying... so you want an external HDD then - we sell em... it's just a query over how Zaurus friendly they really are - the Gadget lust has cooled off on this device - I may buy something later if I decide that I actually need it rather than just want it).