[maemo-users] Nokia device usage

From: Ognen Duzlevski ognen at naniteworld.com
Date: Wed Mar 4 16:12:49 EET 2009

I am curious to find out what people use their Nokias for. If anyone 
could share their usage patterns, it would be appreciated.

I bought an N800 thinking that it was a very cool gadget (which it seems 
to be). However, I am having trouble justifying the expense to myself, 
even after a year of owning the thing. Here is my list of complaints:

It is too slow when browsing the net (compared to, for example, my Asus 
EEE or my laptop). Then I thought I would use it as a glorified GPS unit 
so I spent more money and bought a bluetooth GPS unit for it. However, I 
have never been able to make Maemo Mapper really act in a user-friendly 
way. First off, as soon as you touch the screen (even by accident), the 
lead disappears and you have to set it up again (here is the problem: I 
am driving and the unit shuts off the screen to conserve power - when I 
need the screen, I touch it but then I loose the lead and it can also 
zoom in on another portion of the map - naturally I don't have the 
freedom to play with the menus and re-set everything up since I am 
driving!). Maps are also an issue, if I decide to download too many zoom 
levels, the maps are too large and Maemo Mapper dies processing them. 
Next, I tried Canola: it looks very pretty but the user interface is 
puzzling to me. I have tried to tell it where to look for videos or 
music but it was impossible to actually do so. Making a playlist was 
also difficult for me. Thus, I gave up. Next, Skype: I have tried to 
have a phone call or two over wireless, but with mixed luck, sometimes 
too slow, sometimes alright.

Finally, the usage I really bought the unit for was to connect to my 
lego mindstorms NXT unit via bluetooth and control it from the N800. I 
have yet to have success in pairing the devices (to be fair, the problem 
is probably with the NXT).

So, all in all, what do people use their Nokias for and are they happy 
with the overall usability of the apps and their documentation? Or am I 
just being lazy and giving up easily? It seems to me, I would have been 
better off waiting for an Android based phone, for example.


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