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

From: John B. Holmblad jholmblad at aol.com
Date: Fri Oct 21 00:50:35 EEST 2005

thanks for the pointer. I will download and review them.

Best Regards,

John Holmblad

Televerage International

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reggie at internettablettalk.com wrote:

>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>:
>>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
>>(M) 703 407 2278
>>(F) 703 620 5388
>>primary email address:     jholmblad at aol.com
>>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
>>>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.
>>>maemo-users mailing list
>>>maemo-users at maemo.org
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