[maemo-users] Nokia device usage

From: Eero Tamminen eero.tamminen at nokia.com
Date: Fri Mar 6 11:46:35 EET 2009

ext OgnenD wrote:
>>> It is too slow when browsing the net (compared to, for example, my Asus
>>> EEE or my laptop).
>> Oh great, you are comparing an ultra low-power 320MHZ ARM CPU (RISC)
>> vs a 1Ghz x86 CISC.
> It is not about computational power comparison, it is about functionality. If 
> I can spend the same amount of money and get something that does the same job 
> WAY better and is close in size and weight, why buy the underpowered thing?

 From the technical point of view, the size difference is huge.

More powerful CPU + integrated GPU and much larger amount of RAM will
consume a lot more power.  The larger form of Netbook can accommodate
a much larger battery and dissipate the heat generated by the HW and
battery.  You cannot fit such a battery to a smaller device and such
power usage would fry the smaller device.

	- Eero

PS. Some historical perspective...

To some extent, the early contributions Nokia did to open source helped
OLPC to get started (at least they affected the OLPC technology
selections).   Whereas OLPC kicked the netbook marked into existence.
This then forced Microsoft to re-consider its licensing so you got
Windows option for Netbooks too.

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