[maemo-users] Nokia device usage

From: Julius Szelagiewicz julius at turtle.com
Date: Thu Mar 5 17:28:24 EET 2009
I've noticed that all the use discussed appears to be personal. I have
deployed about 50 N810 tablets in a work environment to be used by my
company's drivers to get customer signatures for proof of delivery. The
performance is solid, the application was reasonably easy to write and
even very non-technical people seem to like the tablets if not the
bluetooth Baracoda scanners. If you limit the number of applications
running at the same time, the performance tends to be great. Use of very
fast flash cards helps too.

On Thu, 5 Mar 2009, Ognen Duzlevski wrote:

> 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
> blank.
> 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.
> Cheers,
> Ognen
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