[maemo-users] [maemo-users] First use impressions.

From: John B. Holmblad jholmblad at aol.com
Date: Thu Oct 20 20:47:42 EEST 2005

does the unit have a user guide for explaining things like configuring 
wireless settings? If so, I would be interested in getting that in 
order  to understand to what degree the unit supports 802.11i/WPA/WPA2.

Best Regards,

John Holmblad

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Tom Rathbone wrote:

>Hi All,
>Been looking forward to this for months, thanks Nokia for a chance to
>get my hands on one of these babies, looking forward to contributing.
>Anyway, here goes, first impressions.
>Wow it's small!  Either the models in the pictures have tiny hands or
>mine are huge, who knows?  I was also surprise by how light weight it
>was.  It might just be slightly too large for regular jeans pockets
>but if you a baggy pants kind of guy then you could carry it easily.
>Very nice intelligent feeling design,  the sleeve is aluminium and was
>beautifully cool to the touch having been chilled in the back of the
>UPS van.
>Slide the back off, clip the battery in, recover and power on.
>The Nokia logo appears in crystal clear fashion.  After about 10-15
>seconds a dialog appears asking for my choice of region then another
>appears asking for a choice of phone.   I think I was also asked to
>name the device at this point.  No bluetooth phone to hand so I
>skipped the phone setup.
>My workplace has 802.11g so I attempted to setup the wifi connection,
>network found no problems, reports high strength and unencrypted. All
>good there.
>Right we're in.  The af-desktop looks beautiful.  Somehow better than
>seeing in in an nested X window, plus all of the menus and
>notification areas are populated.  Also nice to see is the handwriting
>recognition.  Everything feels snappy, with just a few delays on
>opening some applications, open opened switching between them is very
>Image viewer, nice simple application but for some reason the supplied
>demo images aren't of a high enough resolution to really test out the
>zoom and scroll, at actual size they match the screen size.
>Video player, whoops this one is a bit embarrassing, the device had an
>8mb video of the Ice Age 2 trailer in it memory.  However on my first
>two attempts at playing this file it reported that the file format was
>not recognised.  After selecting the file from the browse dialog for
>the third time it decided to play.  Play back was reasonable but not
>amazing, with just a 8mb video spanning 2 mins it's hard to judge
>fairly as the quality of the video is probably not too great.
>Right now on to the web, lets do what the device was really intended
>for.  Clicking the browser icon I select news.bbc.co.uk from the
>preinstalled bookmarks and wait.  The status bar makes all the right
>noises but nothing appears... hmm something up here so I launch the
>connection manager,  low signal is reports and only about 80kb have
>been received, none are reported as sent.  Hmm lets close the
>connection and try reconnecting.  The connection manager provides a
>list of available connections, there are two networks in the area and
>the 'guest' network which I had tried previously now reports full
>strength.  I give it another try.  Again it says it is connected but
>then in the connection manager window it reports low strength and no
>bytes are sent.  After about 10 mins of playing with settings and
>attempting to refreshing non-loaded web pages I eventually see that
>just 2kb have been sent.  Something big seems to be up here but to be
>fair I don't have another WIFI device to hand to test the connection
>so I'll wait until I get home to give it a try.
>Games.. chess, mahjong and marbles.  Chess, played on hard, lost,
>played on medium, lost, played on easy, lost.  Yip the chess game
>seems as good as all others at humiliating me but to those who know
>how to play it will probably provide a good game.  Chess and the other
>games all run in full screen mode and the exit button now functions as
>a pause button which brings you out to the title screen where you can
>choose to continue, restart or simply close the application.  Mahjong
>is extremely similar (i wonder why?) to the GNOME mahjong game.  The
>pieces are nice and the stylus is easy to play with.  The final game
>marbles feels familiar but I'm not sure where from.  The board looks a
>little like a platform level and has on it several marbles and at
>target pattern of marbles that you have to create.  Using the stylus
>you can select and then send a marbles in any direction
>(up,down,left,right) but once in motion it will continue until they
>reach a wall or another marble.  You finish the level by creating the
>target pattern.  The challenging, addictive and good fun, I personally
>whiled away a good 30 mins and will be back for more.  One thing that
>majhong and marbles could both make good use of but don't are the zoom
>buttons,  both games are quite detailed and i frequently felt I'd like
>to be able to zoom and scroll the boards.
>Audio, without the network I could only play the include MP3 file,
>though the speaker it sounded OK but I think that a set of headphones
>would be a must for music listening.
>Handwriting, this isn't as intuitive as I'd expected but seems as good
>as any I've used.  Using the notes I repeatedly tried to enter "the
>quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog" as this test every English
>character.  I only tested lowercase but it took me four attempts until
>I could write the sentence perfectly first time.  The thing causing
>the most trouble was that when the characters are recognised can are
>converted to text and left aligned in the text box, if you then enter
>another character next to where you entered the first character the
>distance between the textual character and the entered character will
>be interpreted as a space and an new word will be started.  However if
>you notice the conversion happening and move to right the next
>character at the end of the string then it works pretty well.  I had a
>few issues going the other way as well where I wanted to insert space
>but the characters were just appended to the current string.  The auto
>completion is very useful and speeds things up no end, though it
>doesn't always prioritise words quite as I'd expect.
>Well that's as much as I've had a chance to investigate so far. 
>Generally I've very impressed and so are many of my workmates, plenty
>asking me about the device and marvelling at the screen.
>I look forward to testing out the browser, hopefully it's just an
>issue with our network, once I've tested it on our home WLAN I'll
>report back.  I'm also keen to try installing some third party apps
>and seeing just how easy it is to port gnome apps.
>I'm off to play more and start some hacking.
>Thanks again to all the guys and gals that created the device and of
>course all the open source contributors.
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