[maemo-users] [maemo-users] N770 - First experiences

From: Nils Faerber nils.faerber at kernelconcepts.de
Date: Thu Oct 20 19:06:32 EEST 2005
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John B. Holmblad schrieb:
> Jan,
Hi all!

> thanks for your insights and comments on first use of the N770. I am
> alarmed by your last comment. My interpretation of what Nokia was
> shooting for with the N770 was something more "mass market" like, say
> the IPOD Nano, or a Pocket PC based PDA,  than a geek toy.  In fact,
> Nokia  should remember one of Apple's own geek toy failures, the
> Newton.  I would like Nokia to succeed with this product, but unless
> they get it right in terms of performance as measured by the non-geek
> user against what else is available out there,  it will fail.  I assume
> that Nokia have delayed the product launch of the N770 in order to get
> it right in terms of performance. As much as I would like to get an N770
> myself I would say to Nokia keep on delaying until you get it right.

Maybe there is a little misunderstanding here...
I am sure Jan commented on the performance in a way that should rather
mean "it is no rocket - but it is acceptable". At least this is our
common impression here.

The performance of course is not at all comparable to any Linux desktop
running at 2GHz. That's for sure.
But compared to other PDA for example the 770 can pretty well compete.
And if you then take into account that the screen is almost four times
the size of today's PocketPC 240x320 screens then the speed is really
more than OK.

So I think it rather comes down to, faster would be a "nice to have" but
is not mission critical.

To add one more impression, I think that the system that the Nokia
engineers designed here is one of the best portable environments
currently around. If you look at PocketPC's inconsistant and almost
unusable UI, not to mention WinCE, then Mameo is way ahead.
Palm is also very nice but in terms of system architecture way behind -
but it has a broad user base and tons of application, which is the
biggest "pro" for Palm.
And then, what is left to compare with?
[ Oh darn ... this might start a flame war... so if you are tempted to
reply, please be kind ;) ]

No, I think Nokia did a very good job!

If they keep up the development work I am sure we will still see lots of
improvements over time which will make Maemo and the 770 te first really
competetive universal mobile Linux device.

> Best Regards,
> John Holmblad

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> Jan Wildeboer wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> as I am one of th e"lucky" 500 I would like to share my first
>> experiences with the N770. Be careful, this is just a raw collection
>> jotted down without really much thinking.
>> OK, so off we go :-)
>> 1. Ordering was as easy as 1-2-3. After I got my promotion code, I
>> went to the online store. Everything went as expected and ofcourse I
>> ordered express delivery, dammit - I waited long enough ;-)
>> 2. Finally it arrived. First impression: This is a normal retail
>> package of a productr in regular production. There was nothing special
>> included.  I was thinking there would be some CD enclosed with the
>> maemo development environment or a CD with some developers
>> documentation, but nothing was to be found.
>> 3. Connecting to the WLAN was simple, it listed all available
>> networks, asked me for the WEP-Key and I was online.
>> 4. Browsing was a no-brainer, the screen *is* awesome. But surfing to
>> http://wetter.de showed the first problem. The N770 ran out of memory.
>> I guess that is due to the many little flash stuff on that site
>> (select munich as a city and something like 20 flash movies are loaded).
>> 5. Network connection has its little problems. While scanning for
>> networks (the little Search ... window is active) you can already
>> click on one of the found networks. If you do that however, it won't
>> connect. You *must* wait for the "search" window to disappear before
>> you select a network to connect to.
>> 6. Connecting to the Laptop. I am running a Fedora Core 4 Laptop (IBM
>> X31 to be precise). After I connected the N770 to USB I tailed
>> /var/log/messages on the laptop - nothing. Im mean really nothing.
>> Seems you must send some sort of Wake-Up Signal via USB.
>> 7. Battery time. Too early to say something. I will cycle the battery
>> a few times. Right now it lasts some 3 hours (as promised).
>> 8. Handling. A neat desktop stand is included, but the N770 is too
>> close to th edesktop. When you try to connect the USB-cable and then
>> put it in the stand it doesn't fit. Let's hope for cool cradles that
>> also charge the N770.
>> 9. Bluetooth. Worked with my Nokia6310. However, it is not of great
>> use. I cannot sync my address-book with the N770. I am waiting for the
>> GPE address book, maybe that will help.
>> 10. Overall impression. It works. But it is not really complete IMHO.
>> The RAM ist too small. It is quite slow sometimes. But it is for sure
>> a perfect must-have for any geek out there.
>> Waiting for comments,
>> Jan Wildeboer
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Viele Grüße
  nils faerber

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