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

From: reggie at internettablettalk.com reggie at internettablettalk.com
Date: Thu Oct 20 20:52:35 EEST 2005

I think it's properly documented in the manual. Nokia USA recenlty released the
manuals (english and spanish) online:




Quoting "John B. Holmblad" <jholmblad at aol.com>:

> Tom,
> 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
> Televerage International
> (H) 703 620 0672
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> backup email address:      jholmblad at verizon.net
> 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
> >fast.
> >
> >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.
> >
> >Tom.
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