[maemo-users] Nokia device usage

From: John Holmblad jholmblad at acadiasecurenets.com
Date: Thu Mar 5 17:13:54 EET 2009

thanks for sharing your perspective.

After several years I found an N800 app that provides real, practical, 
weekly value to me . It is the multilist application. In fact, I even 
considered selling N800's with this application preinstalled for end users.

I have tested Skype and it works but I normally use my mobile phone for 

I have, when the need arose, done online banking using the N800/Diablo 
www browser even though my bank's www site warns me that the browser is 
not really compatible with its www site.

I have also tested the apps that provide IP TV feeds which seem to work 
ok with DSL to the Internet. I have not tested these apps over CDMA/eVDO 
bandwidth however. I suspect that they would be very jerky on EVDO but I 
could be wrong.

I have also used clawsmail for email with some success although the 
Clawsmail app interface is more complicated than it needs to be for 
everyday use.

One really good thing about the IT is how easily it tethers via 
bluetooth to my mobile phone which has CDMA/EVDO service.

Recently because I have started working with Python, I have had occasion 
to perform file transfers from my Windows based PC's to the N800,  
again, using bluetooth and it works very well. I have not yet had 
success in moving files in the opposite direction but I believe that has 
everything to do with Windows NTFS file permissions and nothing to do 
with the Bluetooth stack in the N800.

I believe that, so far, the Internet Tablets have failed to provide a 
sufficient "constellation of benefits" to motivate consumer or business 
users toward the device at the offered price versus other products on 
the market and, unfortunately, that performance-benefits/price gap seems 
to be widening, not closing, at least here in the U.S.

I continue to believe that the IT is an excellent hw/sw platform 
(perhaps even he best out there)  however, end users don't purchase 
platforms, they purchase product value which, in the current economic 
environment, becomes ever more critical in order to justify a product 
purchase decision.

Best Regards,


John Holmblad

 Acadia Secure Networks, LLC

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.
> 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.
> Thanks,
> OD
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