[maemo-users] Itouch v N8x0

From: lakestevensdental lakestevensdental at verizon.net
Date: Tue Dec 23 01:56:28 EET 2008
Rick Bilonick wrote:
> I could not agree more! I wouldn't buy a car from a manufacturer that
> forced me to buy batteries, tires, service, etc. from it.
Actually, the Apple app store is full of software from a variety of 
sources -- many free, many not.  Like Maemo, it's a central clearing 
house for software that is deemed suitable for the device of interest. 

For example, (and one of my peeves about the n800), the App Store has a 
program/service called Epocrates for medical folks to use to check on 
drugs, interactions and more.  There's a free download for the Ipod 
Touch, as well as a paid advanced service/program from the same folks. 
The same software is available for Blackberries and several other 
internet phone devices.   However, there has NOT been a port to the n8x0 
series so far as I can tell.  This software is self-contained so it 
works with and without wifi connection.   You can get a wifi Epocrates 
on the n800 in the browser, but you can't use it off the net as the data 
is not resident on the device -- at least so far as I can determine. 

Bottomline, you can yell and scream all you want about open source 
'free' software.  However, there is something to be said for the 
increased diversity of having both.  

Always, Fred C

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