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Aceeca Meazura MEZ1000

Ruggedized Palm from New Zealand
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

Aceeca is a privately owned New Zealand company that sells a variety of instruments and mobile handheld devices all over the world.

The Meazura is one of very few ruggedized Palm devices, and yes, it is still available running a classic version of the Palm OS on a classic processor once used in millions of Palms. To easily interface with virtually any kind of sensor signal conditioning circuitry the Meazura has a proprietary "MZIO" expansion slot for third-party add-on modules. Based on classic Palm hardware and software, the Meazura is a simple, economic, flexible and rugged handheld for those who want a Palm-based vertical market unit. The device has 16MB of SDRAM, 4MB of Flash memory and a 1,900mAH Li-Ion battery. Communication is via IrDA, serial or USB.

The Meazura offers superb IP67 sealing, which means it is totally protected against dust and can actually survive immersion into water. Based on the look of the device and the inherent simplicity of the underlying Palm electronics, the Meazura ought to hold up well in the field.

With the Palm OS and platform no longer what they once were, Aceeca also offers the PXA270-based MEZ1500 and the PXA320-based MEZ2000, both running either Windows CE or Linux (see comparison of all Meazura models.

Specifications Aceeca MEZ1000
Added/updated Updated 10/2010
Form-factor Rugged PDA
CPU Speed Dragonball VZ/33 MHz
OS Garnet OS v4.1
RAM/ROM 16MB SDRAM/4MB Flash
Card slots 1 proprietary
Display type Backlit FSTN mono
Display size/res 160 x 160
Digitizer/pens touch/1
Keyboard/keys onscreen
Navigation 5-way pad
Housing Plastic/rubber
Operating Temp 32 to 122F
Sealing IP67
Shock NA
Size (WxHxD) 3.7 x 6.5 x 1.5
Weight 15.2 oz
Power 3.7V, 2,600mAH Li-Ion
Interface USB 1.1 client, serial, IR
Wireless Optional BT Class I via MZIO slot
List price US$399
Contact www.meazura.com
Windows Mobile Info
  • Windows Mobile 6
  • Windows Mobile 5
  • Windows Mobile Smartphone
  • Windows Mobile 2003
  • Windows CE .Net
  • Windows for Pocket PC 2002
  • Pocket PC intro 2000
  • Windows CE H/PC Pro 1998
  • Windows CE 2.0 1997
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