[maemo-users] [maemo-users] 770 on the way

From: Mike Lococo mpl22 at cornell.edu
Date: Fri Dec 8 03:54:39 EET 2006
>> If the 870 had a pull-out keyboard, that would be compelling enough 
>> for me.  Otherwise, I'd probably skip a generation or two.
> Indeed! I have an n770 and would definitely buy an 870 if it had a 
> keyboard with a CTRL and ESC button (that is, a keyboard on which I 
> could code, run vim, etc)

I hear people give this critique about the 770 all the time and 
occasionally feel compelled to respond.  Although there's a place for 
devices with keyboards, there's a place for devices without them as 
well.  As with the good/fast/cheap dilemma, there's a choice when 
designing a handheld device:

Great screen, great form-factor, built-in thumboard: pick any two.

Screen/form-factor is the right choice for me, and the 770 offers a 
variety of methods for interfacing with external keyboards via 
bluetooth, USB, and the network (ssh/vnc).  I'd rather see external 
keyboard support improve, and see better touchscreen based input 
(improved HWR, dasher, hexinput, etc) than see a thumboard added.  In 
fact there's a lot of things I'd like to see before a thumboard.


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