[maemo-users] N810 for $180

From: lakestevensdental lakestevensdental at verizon.net
Date: Wed Jun 17 00:24:42 EEST 2009
The SmartQ5 noted in the link below is one of those looks nice, 
but....   Close to vaporware, worked, but slow because of processor 
limitations.  An "updated" version supposedly has the same limits, but 
tweaks the size.  http://www.dhgate.com/wholesale/smartq.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARM_architecture.   Seems there's currently 
an ARM processor speed wall for handheld devices that hasn't been 
breached to any significant degree.  It's likely this is what might be 
limiting the evolution of the next generation of handheld devices.  Why 
come out with something new just for the sake of new, when it's 
performance has about the same limits as the current generation of 
devices, which generally are software, not hardware, defined?

In small computing evolutionary terms, Netbooks originally were limited 
to around 800M Atom processors.  Now they're up to 1.8G or perhaps 
higher with good battery life.

 As I understand it, the current generation of tablet devices run from 
400M (n800) to a notch over 600M in speed (Ipod Touch), perhaps with 
burst capability that shortens battery life a bit (various phones and 
Iphone).  Doubling speed to 1200 or higher in the next generation would 
seem to be a reasonable objective. In other words, developing a next 
generation of hand held devices is a work in progress with a hard limit 
-- it's kind of hard to put together a device without the hardware to 
work with.  If the enabling hardware for speed improvement is a year or 
so out, a functional device is at least that far out.  

As for the notion that the next generation's OS will be incompatible 
with the current generation, IMHO, that's bunk.  The hardware interface 
to the various devices will be different, but a screen will be a screen, 
sound sound, etc, etc.  An appropriately designed OS (such as Ubuntu) 
should be able to handle most of these sorts of device compatibility 
issues without much problem -- assuming the necessary info for (legacy) 
device interfaces is provided by Nokia.  Purposefully orphaning a 
moderately developed stage of device evolution (such as the n800)  is a 
management decision that, IMHO, would be poor decision.  Legacy support 
would seem to be easy to provide and would promote and endear an 
important software support base that could greatly speed future device 
evolution as well as support those of the past.

Always, Fred C

Luca Olivetti wrote:
> En/na Peter Flynn ha escrit:
>> So maybe I should have been more precise in my original question: Is 
>> there (or will there be soon) a pocket computer from some manufacturer 
>> (not necessarily Nokia) running a Unix-type OS of some description (not 
>> necessarily Maemo) that is broadly speaking a suitable replacement 
>> device for an N800/N810 user wanting an upgrade?
> I'm not sure it's more powerful than the n800 but it seems nice:
> http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=27433
> Bye
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