[maemo-users] my two big fustrations with the N800 - please help me find aworkaround!

From: Andrew Flegg andrew at bleb.org
Date: Fri Jul 20 18:03:33 EEST 2007
On 7/20/07, andrei raevsky <raevsky.andrei at gmail.com> wrote:
> I personally have no use whatsoever for "PDA applications" and I am quite
> happy that Nokia did not even try to go down that road.  They created a
> fantastic piece of hardware and a rather good OS to run it.  Then they
> added some applications and the rest is up to us, the community.  And it
> seems that the community does not have PDA functionality high up its list
> of priorities and I understand that.
> I do not mean to be critical, but you might stick to Palm for PDA like
> applications and not expect Internet Tablets to ever even try to match
> them.

The community *has* tried to do calendar and contacts applications;
off the top of my head:

  * GPE Suite's (calendar, contacts, todo)
  * Opened Hand's Dates and Contacts
  * Winzig
  * DejaPim

...and probably a few others. But decent PIM applications (see Palm OS
or EPOC) are fairly involved, and these disparate efforts have had no
consolidated resource and leadership. Currently, with the Maemo
community so disparate, Nokia is best placed to provide that

As you say, it's a fantastic piece of hardware (video bandwidth
notwithstanding), but it's only marketing which makes it an "Internet
Tablet" rather than "high-end PDA" or "palmtop computer" (if I were in
an uncharitable mood, I'd point out that it's not the RSS reader or
email client which makes it an Internet Tablet ;-)).

My phone doesn't advertise itself as a PDA, but it has a calendar, a
countdown timer and decent contacts management. Various people working
at Nokia have expressed the opinion its PIM functions should be
adequate for my needs. It's not: the screen is too small and the data
entry is crap.

The pragmatic point has also been made: *every* review of the 770/N800
has mentioned the lack of PDA-like functionality (whatever that is
taken to mean), if that results in a slightly more negative review, it
*will* cost additional sales. Presumably, at the moment Nokia
Marketing have decided that the cost of development is greater than
the cost of the lost sales.

Ted's made the consumer point: it's one of practicality, if I need an
MP3 player, PDA, phone and Internet Tablet; there will be times where
one or more has to stay behind. If I can manage one day without my
N800, why not two, four, a week, a month? Once it falls into disuse,
the community dies.



Andrew Flegg -- mailto:andrew at bleb.org  |  http://www.bleb.org/

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