[maemo-users] Nokia device usage

From: Fernando Cassia fcassia at gmail.com
Date: Sat Mar 7 04:08:02 EET 2009
On Fri, Mar 6, 2009 at 7:37 PM, John Holmblad
<jholmblad at acadiasecurenets.com> wrote:
> I for one would like to see Apple acquire Nokia. That would be a great
> combination.

A couple points:

1. Apple makes proprietary, closed solutions. Try to reverse engineer
Apple´s firmware for compatibility reasons and you´ll see Apple
lawyers coming to get you.

2. Apple makes expensive, not cheap, hardware.

3. Apple does not support Free Software in general
(if you know any Apple software released under the GNU GPL Free
Software license, let me know)
that puts it at odds with the N8xx tablets Linux OS foundation.

4. Apple continues pretending Linux doesn´t exist (Quicktime for Linux, anyone).

5. Apple charges an arm and a leg for software upgrades

6. Apple doesn´t like people tinkering with its OS.

7. Apple is just a Microsoft with a sense of style.
There´s plenty of "not invented here syndrome", like Microsoft does
with WMV, Apple does with Quicktime. Why not embrace OpenOffice.org?
Not invented at Apple, so it must suck, right?.

So please don´t. I wouldn´t buy any device from Apple corp.

> not do acquisitions  and they have never been good at it.
> Best Regards,
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> Jean-Christian de Rivaz wrote:
>> Ognen Duzlevski a écrit :
>>> Hello,
>>> I am curious to find out what people use their Nokias for. If anyone
>>> could share their usage patterns, it would be appreciated.
>> Hello,
>> I own a N770. a N800 and a N810. I use a Nokia 6600 Slide for call, SMS,
>> photo, agenda and modem. I hope that the next internet Tablet will make
>> the use of the phone obsolete. I alway carry the N810 with me. My usage
>> is for:
>> - Browsing the Internet, even if the amount of ads in more and more
>> sites make it barely usable. I found hard to open a link in a new tab (I
>> like to do so). Script execution should be stoppable easily from the
>> interface because some site abuse of it and it's painful to wait the
>> dialog that propose to stop the script. On reasonable sites, it work
>> very well and make it a far more useful tool than the browsers of the phone.
>> - Playing music. One of the task that work the best.
>> - Taking notes using Maemopad+. I found the concept useful but need more
>> work. Saving more than a dozen of nodes are too slow. I like the way it
>> can save the result into HTML page.
>> - Connecting to other computers with SSH to make remote work. For me
>> this is the most productive feature of the N810. Having a xterm by
>> default is sweet.
>> - Reading PDF document. Very good result. I suggest to keep the last
>> horizontal position of the page when passing one page to an other in
>> zoom mode, because many documents have small font and large space on the
>> left of the text.
>> - I use MaemoMapper with the internet GPS when I don't have a bluetooth
>> GPS with me. The result with the internal GPS is very frustrating
>> comparing to the result with the external one in the same condition.
>> Switching from the external to the internal GPS is absolutely a
>> nightmare (sometime it work only after a full reboot). Using real map is
>>   an excellent feature of MaemoMapper with his ability to store them for
>> reuse. I never success using point of interest. The auto-center mode is
>> too easily to disable compared to to operation the enable it (require
>> the menu or the keyboard). The GPS fix should be indicated into the GPS
>> info box instead of a system message, because it can stay for long time
>> (especially with the internal GPS). The AGPS should work out of the box.
>> - Programming some python script. Sadly, i found no small code editor
>> that is comfortable in text mode (vi is ok, but I am not a big fan of
>> it). Too many of them use the CTRL key that it so painful to use, even
>> with the toolbar in the xterm. I tested pygtkeditor but found it too
>> slow as file get bigger. I hope that one day it would be possible to
>> have a native GCC on the tablet, so I could program in C.
>> - Transfer files from my phone using bluetooth. This work great and is
>> very useful.
>> - Transfer file with my computer using bluetooth work, but file browsing
>> is not available. This require to use rsync or the SD card. I have
>> tested to use the N810 as a USB storage, but I ended too often with a
>> corrupted file system, so I don't use this feature any more.
>> - Showing photos to others. This work and the images are superb thank to
>> the quality of the screen. The default application is half finished. I
>> prefer to use Quiver.
>> - Making Skype call. I found it usable only using a Wifi link, with very
>> good result.
>> - Playing video. it work, but the experience is not comfortable. There
>> is too many stall while using the interface. The time adjustment is very
>> too small to be useful when the video is long as is a normal movie.
>> - Playing some games. The comfort is very different from one game to an
>> other. The games that follow the GUI concept of the tablet are great.
>> The others are less. Some to the point that there are not very usable.
>> - Installing and updating application is too easily broken. Nokia should
>>   provide a real central repository like every distribution does and
>> should find a way to get ride of the stupid legal box that pop up for
>> every package that is not from Nokia. The refresh of the application
>> list take too long and don't remember the position after an operation. I
>> use Debian on my computers and I found it far more easy to update and
>> install applications. I hope that the tablet will have a so good
>> application as is synaptic.
>> - I have tryed to use the default mail client, but it is too buggy to be
>> usable. I tested claws-mail with some success, but the interface require
>> too much learning to be safe with. It is not appropriate for taking last
>> messages of very large IMAP folders.
>> Overall, I found the N810 investment a good decision for my use. One of
>> my soon like to use the N800 now that I have the N810. he use it to play
>> music, movie, game and viewing photos since it have 2 year old. I can
>> say that small child have no problem using an tablet. The N770 have no
>> use anymore as it can only run old early applications that are too
>> frustrating to use.
>> I will certainly but the next tablet, as it seem to have an integrated
>> 3G link, a high resolution camera and a even more comfortable interface.
>> It will make my phone obsolete if I can make phone call, SMS and have a
>> good agenda.
>> The concept is good, the hardware too. I think that the most opportunity
>> to progress is in the usability of the applications. Too much small bugs
>> or frustrating interface prevent to make the current tablet enjoyable
>> for people that don't have some technical orientation justifiable giving
>> the price point and the growing concurrence of similar devices in that
>> market. It seem that others manufacturers get bigger market share
>> because there devices are usable as a phone and are sold by any phone
>> operators, with all the advertisement that come with.
>> Best regards,
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