Zoomer PDA Technical Information

Nigel Ballard's PDA comparison chart

Version: #59, dated 5 April 1995
Source: Nigel Ballard, used with permission, table contents Copyright (c) 1995, Nigel Ballard

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pic 700
Casio Z-7000
Tandy Z-PDA
AST 2390
Sharp Newton
(MessagePad #1)
MessagePad 100
MessagePad 110
MessagePad 120
Zaurus K-PDA
PDA 600
Magic Link
OS byEROS - Eden GroupGeoworks GEOS Newt-OS by AppleNewt-OS by AppleNewt-OS by AppleNewt-OS by AppleNewt-OS by Apple‘Synergy’ by SharpEden GroupGM Magic Cap V1.0GM Magic Cap
Recognition byPapyrus (tentative)Palm ComputingParaGraph/AppleParaGraph/AppleParaGraph/AppleParaGraph/AppleParaGraph/AppleNo pen recognitionTexasPalm Graffiti optionPalm Graffiti option
Palm Graffiti optionNoYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYesYes
SDK fromEdenGeoworks on CD AppleAppleAppleAppleAppleAvailable mid 95AmstradGeneral MagicGeneral Magic
Developers feeNoNo 1% Royalty1% Royalty1% Royalty 1% Royalty 1% RoyaltyN/ANoNoNo
Ink as dataYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYesYes
Deferred InkNoAddress/Date onlyNoYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
Text entryRecogniser boxFreeformFreeformFreeformFreeformFreeformFreeformN/AComb fieldFreeformFreeform
Cursive entryYesNoYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
Cursor controlNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Keyboard portNoNoNoNoNoNoNoIntegrated KeyboardNoYes (optional keyb.)Yes (optional keyb)
Voice recordingNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes Yes
MultilingualYesNo (special version)No (special version)No (special version)No (special Version)No (special versions)No (special versions)No (special versions)YesNo (special versions)No (special version)
CPU typeSH7034 (14Mhz)X86 (7.5Mhz)ARM610 (20Mhz)ARM610 (20Mhz)ARM610 (20Mhz)ARM610 (20MHz)ARM610 (20MHz)16-bit customZ8S180 (14.3Mhz)Dragon 68349 16MhzDragon 68349 16Mhz
CPU makerHitachi MiconCasio customRISC Machines UKVLSI TechnologyRISC Machines UKRISC Machines UKRISC Machines UKSharpZilogMotorolaMotorola
System RAM544Kb (256K user)1Mb (384K user)640K (172K user)1Mb (485 user)640K (150K user)1Mb (485K user)2Mb (1360K user)1Mb (750K user)1Mb (128K user)512K user512K user
OS patchingSocketed Mask ROMYes (RAM)Yes (SRAM)Yes (SRAM)Yes (SRAM)Yes (SRAM)Yes (SRAM)NoNoYes (RAM)Yes (RAM)
RAM backupNot needed -FLASHYes 2xCR2032Yes 1xCR2032Yes 1xCR2032Yes 1xCR2032Yes 1xCR2032Yes 1xCR2032Yes 1xCR2032Yes 1xCR2032Yes 1xDL123AYes 1xCR2032
System ROM512Kb4Mb4Mb5Mb4Mb4Mb4Mb1Mb64Kb Flash4Mb4Mb
Display area3.4x5.383.13x43x63x63x63x63x64.0x2.62.75x3.54.5 x 34.5x3 (105dpi)
Display resolution480x320 (.22mm)320x256 (.3mm)336x240 (.3mm)320x240 (.3mm)336x240 (.3mm)320x240 (.3mm)320x240 (.3mm)320x240 DFSTN320x240480x320 (4-g’level)480x320 (4-g/level)
Display coverNoFlip open coverYes360 Degree hingeNoYes, flip open coverRmvble flip open coverYesleft hinged coverNo360 Degree hinge
Softcase suppliedYesNoYesNoYesNoNoNoNoYes + deluxe optionNo
Contrast controlYes (screen icon)Yes (mechanical)Yes (screen slider)Yes (mechanical)Yes (screen slider)Yes (mechanical)Yes (mechanical)Yes (screen slider)Yes (screen icon) Yes (mechanical)Yes (mechanical)
LCD producerHitachiCasioSharp?SharpEpson?SharpKyocera?Seiko-Epson
Backlit displayNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
External displayNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Battery type3x AA alkaline3x AA alkaline4x AAA alkalinecustom NiCad pack4x AAA alkaline4x AA alkaline4x AA alkaline2xAA alkaline3x AA alkaline6 x AAA alkalinecustom NiCad pack
Batteries includedYesYesYes1 x NiCad packYesYesYesYesYesYes800maH NiCad pack
Battery lifeup to 40 Hoursup to 90 Hoursup to 14 Hoursup to 8 hoursup to 14 Hoursup to 22 Hoursup to 22 Hoursup to 60 Hoursup to 40 Hours5Hrs Alk, 12Hrs L-Ion 8 Hours
Battery gaugeYesNoYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYes
Battery alarmNo (message)No (message)No (message)No (Message)No (Message)No (message)No (message)YesYes (beep)Yes (message)Yes (message)
Ni-Cad optionNoNoYes+fast chargerAs standardYes+fast chargerDock and chargeYes+dock and chargeNoNoLithium-Ion optionAs standard
AC adapterYes (optional)OptionalNo YesYesNoNoOptionalNoYes (12V input)combined charger
Manual supplied YesYes (VHS@Tandy)YesYesYesYes+VHS videoYes+VHS videoYesYesYesYes
Size1.0x4.4x7.51x4.2x6.81x5x71.4x5.8x7.51x5x71.25x4x81.25x4x81.0 x 3.9 x 6.71x4x61 x 5.2 x 7.57.5x5.7x1.2
Weight14 Ounces16 Ounces15 Ounces1.8 Pounds16 Ounces19.6 Ounces19.6 Ounces13.6 Ounces14 Ounces1.2 Pounds1.68 Pounds
Pens supplied3 oval full length1 round telescoping2 flat full length 1 metal triangular2 x flat full length 1 round telescoping1 round telescoping1 round3 flat full length1 full length2 x round full length
I/R Data Tx/RxIrDA compliant9600 Baud (Casio) 9,600 (Sharp ASK)38.4Kbps @ 1 meter9600 (Sharp ASK)38.4Kbps @ 1 meter38.4Kbps @ 1 meterASK & IrDA compliantNo38.4Kbps (Sony )38.4Kbps @ 3 meters
I/R controllerNoYes Tx. 21ftNoNoNoNoNoNoNoSony A/V onlyNo
Wireless two-wayNoNoNoARDIS @ 4800/NoNoNoNoNoNoARDIS @ 4800bps
RS-232CYes (9 pin)Yes (10pin)RS-422 (8pin DIN)RS-422 (8pin DIN)RS-422 (8-pin DIN)RS-422 (8pin DIN)RS-422 (8pin DIN)PC-Link (15pin)Yes (6pin)14-pin MagicBus14 pin MagicBus
RS-232C speed115,20019,200230K/Sec.230K/Sec230K/Sec230K/Sec230K/Sec19,200960038,400 Bps38,400 Bps
Parallel portNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoMagicBusMagicBus
Floppy driveNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
PC CARD slot1x2.011x2.0 (50mA max) 1x2.0 (HOT) 1x2.0 (HOT)1x2.0 (HOT)1x2.0 (HOT)1x2.0 (HOT)1x2.0 (5.0mm)1x1.01 x 2.0 (TTL-SRAM)2x2.0 (TTL-SRAM)
Max card size4Mb (max approved)20Mb (SunDisk)4Mb (max approved)4Mb (max approved)4Mb (max approved)4Mb (max approved)4Mb (max approved)16MB Flash2Mb4Mb (max approved)2 x 4Mb (max app.)
DTMF diallerYesNoYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYes
Email apps.NoYesNoYes (NetStrategy)NoNoNoEasyLink+CIS clientsNoYes (advanced)Yes (advanced)
Fax/ModemNoNo (external option)No (external option)No (external option)No (external option)No (external option)Yes (external)No (external option)NoYes 9600/2400Yes 9600/2400
Fax receiveNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Integral PagerYes (Alphanumeric)NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
PC link s/wYes (option)Yes (option)Yes (option)Yes (option)Yes (option)Yes (option)Yes (option)Free via coupon Yes (option)Yes (option)Yes (option)
MAC link s/wNoYes (option)Yes (option)Yes (option)Yes (option)Yes (option)Yes (option)Free via coupon NoYes (option)Yes (option)
Audio generator YesYes (+DAC)YesYesYesYesYesYesNoYes (MIDI)Yes (MIDI)
Volume controlNoYes (mechanical) Yes (screen slider)Yes (screen slider)Yes (screen slider)Yes (screen slider)Yes (screen slider)NoNoYes (screen slider)Yes (screen slider)
Audio inputNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNointernal microphoneinternal microphone
Headphone jackNoYes (2.5mm)NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Internal gamesYes (Minesweeper) YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNo
System password YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYes + unique I/DYes + unique I/D
DiaryYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesDate BookDate Book
Real time clock YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
World clockYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Time/date stamp NoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYes
Alarm functions YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Address bookYesYesYes (Rolodex type)Yes (Rolodex type)Yes (Rolodex type)Yes (Rolodex type)Yes (Rolodex type)YesYesYes (Rolodex type)Yes (Rolodex type)
INK scratchpadYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes (InkWriter optn)Yes (InkWriter optn)
Graphics appsNoYesYes (intelligent)Yes (intelligent)Yes (intelligent)Yes (Intelligent)Yes (Intelligent)NoNoYesYes
To-do listYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes (Notebook)Yes (Notebook)
CalculatorYesYes (advanced)Yes (basic)Yes (basic)Yes (basic)Yes (Basic)Yes (Basic)YesYesYesYes
SpreadsheetNoNo3rd party option3rd party option3rd party option3rd party option3rd party optionFuture PenCell optionNoPenCell in ROMYes (PenCell option)
DatabaseNoNoNoNoNoNoNotion List MgrYesNoNoNo
Word ProcessorNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoAha! InkWriter optionAha! InkWriter option
DictionaryNoYes (60,000 wd)NoYes (10,000 wd)Yes (10,000 wd)Yes (13,000 wd)Yes (13,000 wd)Possible future optionNoSpell Finder in ROMOption
Spell checkerNoYes (100,000 wd) NoNoNoNoNoPossible future optionNoSpell Finder in ROMOption
ThesaurusNoYes (660,000 wd) NoNoNoNoNoPossible future optionNoNoNo
Lang Translator NoYes (26 langs)NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Form Calculator NoYes (19 apps)Yes (4 apps)Yes (4 apps)Yes (4 apps)Yes (4 apps)Yes (4 apps)NoNoNoNo
US Travel dataNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoStreetLight optionStreetLight option
Term. emulation NoNoNoNoNoNoNoVT-100/TTY/XmodemNoNoNo
America OnlineNoYes US model onlyNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes in ROMYes in ROM
Compuserve apps NoFree client from CISBlack Labs optionBlack Labs optionBlack Labs optionBlack Labs optionBlack Labs optionAccess client in ROMNoPlanned (free optn)Planned (free optn)
Special accessNoAOL Zoomer forumNewtonMail NewtonMailNewtonMailNewtonMailNewtonMailAT&T EasyLinkNoAT&T PersonalinkAT&T PersonaLink
ASCII text faxNoYes (via AOL)Yes (send only)Yes (send only)Yes (send only)Yes (send only)Yes (send only)Yes (opt. fax mdem)NoYes (send only)Yes (send only)
US Mail gateway NoYes (via AOL)NoRadioMailNoNoNoAT&T EasyLinkNoAOL + PersonaLinkAOL + PersonaLink
Travel informationNoEAASY (via AOL)NoNoNoNoNoNoNo OAG Flightline optnOAG Flightline optn
Pocket QuickenNoYes in ROMPlanned optionPlanned optionPlanned optionPlanned optionYes (coupon)Possible future optionNoYes + SmartWalletYes + SmartWallet
Re-badgedNoTandy/Grid/ASTSharp/Siem/PanNoPossiblyNoNoNoNoNo No
PriceOEM possibilities$399 (street)$399 to $699 $900 to $1400$499$599$699$749 ($849-modem)$499 (Scottsdale)$995 ($895 street)$1499 ($995 bundle)
AvailabilitySeptember in the UKUS/UK/AUSUSA/CAN/UK/GERUSAUSA/CAN/UK/GERUSA/CAN/UK/GERLate JanuaryFeb 95UK/USUS market onlyUS market only


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