[maemo-users] N8xx ponderings

From: lakestevensdental lakestevensdental at verizon.net
Date: Fri Mar 6 01:56:58 EET 2009
Samer Azmy wrote:
> Interesting point of view but I wanted to add something regarding the 
> Nokia N770,N8xx
> that they enjoy the Openness which means even if there is an Itouch  
> application tht you cant find on the Nokia , you simply can program it
> I see Nokia tablet is more open ended devices.
I agree with the tablet being more software open ended.  IMHO, what 
might really help it take off is if there were some sort of open ended 
hardware standards so more companies would get involved in the system.  
I'm concerned that if it continues on it's current development pattern, 
it will become a dead branch on an evolving tree. 

> for the Netbooks, I see them more like a trend that is booking for 
> some reason (may be price, may be users see that they have a cheap 
> laptop,....)
  Having used an ASUS eee PC for several months, I'm growing to like the 
netbook format more and more, especially after installing XP so it 
interfaces with all my business and other stuff.  It's way easier to 
carry around the house as well as to and from work.  It takes a small 
footprint on the breakfast table for reading RSS news stuff in the 
morning, it doesn't bake your lap while watching tv, is easily passed 
around to share articles with others.  I'm still adapting to typing on 
it's smallish keyboard, but I'm getting better every week. 

  I'm almost to the point where instead of updating my full sized 
laptop, I'll knock together a full sized top end gamer/video 
production/media unit and use the netbook for my portable computing 
where I need to type something or look at something on the net (outside 
of bed where the tablet works best).

Always, Fred C
> please remember that netbook manufactures are still Marketing oriented 
> more than anything else
> Regards
> Samer
> On Fri, Mar 6, 2009 at 12:21 AM, lakestevensdental 
> <lakestevensdental at verizon.net <mailto:lakestevensdental at verizon.net>> 
> wrote:
>     After using a variety of small internet communication/computing
>     devices,
>     (n800, n810, netbook-eee PC on Xandros, Ubuntu and now XP, plus
>     and Ipod
>     Touch), I've come to some conclusions that might be worth sharing.
>     1. None of these devices is a truly one size fits all solution for
>     small
>     computing/communication needs. They've all got strengths and
>     weaknesses.
>     2. For 'serious' portable use, an XP netbook is great.  Good browsing,
>     media player, typing, etc.  It's limits are with casual use -- you
>     can't
>     carry it in your pocket and you've got to be sitting up in bed to
>     use it.
>     3. There is a definite market niche for a n810/Ipod touch like item.
>     The open source of the n8xx series is generally very good.
>      However, for
>     much of the Maemo 'freeware' that one can get, there's usually an
>     equal
>     or better inexpensive Ipod Apple App.  There's some Ipod ap's that you
>     can't get on the n8xx.
>     4. If I were designing the next generation of internet tablet devices,
>     I'd attempt to create a 'standard' plug and play interface for the
>     interior hardware.  In other words, when a faster chip/board comes
>     out,
>     perhaps with new features (like cell phone chip, or motion sensor),
>     users could just pop the old hardware out, plug the upgrade in,
>     boot up,
>     install some new drivers and move on with the rest of my device
>     intact.
>     Then one would offer this open standard for anyone to make plug
>     and play
>     tablet hardware for.
>     The reality to all of these devices is it's the software and user
>     interface that makes them work, or not work.  The current limitations
>     are primarily hardware oriented.  It takes a lot of investment to
>     develop new units of both hardware and software.  Hence the suggestion
>     to share the load by adopting some common standards which might
>     speed up
>     development of the entire genre.
>     Just a few thoughts...
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