[maemo-users] Nokia device usage

From: Ognen Duzlevski ognen at naniteworld.com
Date: Thu Mar 5 17:05:07 EET 2009
Matt Emson wrote:
> Ognen Duzlevski wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I am curious to find out what people use their Nokias for. If anyone 
>> could share their usage patterns, it would be appreciated.
> Six months ago, I would have given you a long list. Now, nothing. It 
> sits about doing nothing. I grab it to take meeting notes around once 
> a month using Xournal, but even then I sometimes forget. Except for 
> notes, there isn't any other single function my MSI Wind or iPhone 
> doesn't do better. Sad but true. Between them, I have no need for it 
> at all. I could even eliminate its one useful function by taking notes 
> on my old Apple Newton and printing them directly to my Laserwriter 
> rather than going through PDF first.
> M
 From what I have gathered so far from all the responses, people 
generally either read ebooks with it, ssh or vpn or vnc into their home 
servers, browse the Net off their couch (even though page rendering is 
slow) or maybe sometimes use it as a GPS of some sort, with variable 
success. It is interesting that you mention the iPhone, I am curious how 
the N8?0 will stack up against Android based phones that will come with 
GPS, have wireless and bluetooth, are phones already, run Linux and can 
be programmed easily. It is not that I don't like my N800, I do, but so 
far I have not been able to justify my expenditure. It just seems to me 
that most of the maemo apps are plain unfinished. Maemo mapper is 
alright, but only so far (e.g. dies when processing one too many zoom 
levels, routing issues...). Canola is pretty but I could not get it to 
look at my files, the interface is really strange (constraining and 
frustrating in my opinion). Battery life is variable for me, sometimes 
it lasts longer, sometimes not. The web browser is slow when rendering 
the pages (takes forever to check my gmail for example, I have tried 
some sites like www.weather.com from a hotel room and gave up after 
waiting forever for things to load). The omweather app is just plain not 
working for me: first I had it on GPS update and that never worked. Then 
I turned off the GPS update and tried to select a station and have not 
been able to do so - the thing just dies and I get the main N800 screen 

So, my conclusion is that the tablet has a good end goal and the 
hardware is decent (CPU, screen size) but the implementation overall is 
weak and unfinished. Sure, it runs Linux and yes, you can hack it - but 
how many people have the time to spend (or want to spend the time they 
have) on tasks that should be trivial and just work out of the box? I 
chose the N800 because it runs Linux (I have stuck with Linux since 
kernel 1.2.13) but at this point I would rather have had a proprietary 
OS that worked than a collection of half-apps that barely do or don't.


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