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    Friday, October 15th : Ricoh RDC i-700 received
    Device securised this morning! No page for it yet; will be one some day.

    Wednesday, September 15th : Sharp MI-10 added
    Created a page for the Sharp MI-10 i've received.

    Friday, July 23rd : new homepage, new machines listed
    My collection reached 49 units yesterday as i've received 2 new watches. Added them to the list (no pages yet) and changed the homepage to a weblog format.

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    Sharp MCG-1 Communicator
    PDA cellphone
    I'm sorry, but I will not reply to user manual requests or to dealer location inquiries anymore.

    Please read my FAQ page that might help you if you have any of these questions in mind.
    Feel free to contact me for any other question or comment regarding this machine!

    A pre-wap PDA cellphone

    Special features :
    - Certainly the first ever modern smartphone
    - E-mail
    - Sketchbook (That's a feature i like!) - Jog Dial
    Weak points :
    - Hmm, no web...(Hey, the Nokia does surf the web!)
    - Lots of strange little interface twists that penalize the phone use

    Related machines in my collection :
    Ancestor smartphone from IBM :
    IBM Simon
    Computerized cellphones :
    Nokia 9110 Communicator
    Nokia 9210 Communicator
    Sharp PDA :
    Sharp IQ-9200
    Touchscreen PDAs :
    Apple Newton Message Pad 100
    Casio Z-7000 Zoomer
    Casio NX-6000 Planeo
    Casio PV-200 Pocket Viewer
    Casio EM-500

    This is "the other" pre-wap internet mobile machine, next to the nokia 9xxx series.
    I was pretty excited to get one : i've always liked sensitive screens, and my Sharp IQ was really pleasant to use, so i was expecting this machine to be a nice little one filled with good surprises.
    I must say i was a bit deceived when i've tested it... It misses some basic features we now expect from a mobile phone. I'd like it to display the name of the caller rather the number only, and there is no clear way to know if someone called while the phone was out of reach (there's a special icon, but it seems that it doesn't disappear once it's here, even after checking the logs...). I must confess i didn't read the manual, but if there is a way to do what i'd like to do, then it's not intuitive.
    Would it be for the other features, i'd like this device a lot as a telephone! But the unsorted phone directory is only one of the little things that make me prefer another phone (such as the Nokia, despites its size and weight).
    Well all is not "that bad", since the jog-dial roller key is a pretty interesting stuff, allowing the access to the directory while the lid is closed. Another feature that Sharp apparently introduced long before recent devices did.
    I'm also pretty excited by the sketchpad utility! Now, THAT is a cool feature to have in a phone!! :) Apart from the mail and PIM software, this is a software that clearly defines the device as an integrated PDA-Phone.
    Too soon, too expensive, but a nice first step from Sharp!

    Processor : ?? OS : Zaurus OS???
    RAM : 512 KB ROM : ??
    Graphic display : 160 x 293 Text display : variable fonts
    Display : B&W Input : Stylus

    Built-in Applications :
    Complete telephone abilities, phone directory, email, SMS manager, scheduler, text editor, sketch pad, calculator...

    Open to other applications : I don't think so? Never really checked.
    Ports :
    - power supply entry
    - PC connector
    - IR connection for data transfer (and modem access?).