If you want to see a contentious gadget, take a quick look at Nokia's N800 internet tablet. Some love it - for its easy net surfing, handy size and crisp screen - while others would like to see it burn in a fiery grave. There's no denying that the pre-loaded Opera browser has a mixed track record in terms of stability and performance; now Nokia are giving users an alternative and likely hoping that basing the new browser on Mozilla (i.e. that behind the ever-popular Firefox) will salve a few ills (and ill-wills).
Something tells me that uber-grouch Mike Cane still won't be impressed, but Nokia's Navigation Kit for the N800 internet tablet gets a reasonable write-up by Henry Kingman over at LinuxDevices. The add-on kit brings simple GPS navigation (with what sounds like a streak of humour running through it) to the portable device, including a Bluetooth satellite receiver, in-car mount and a 2GB SD card containing either European or North America maps for the Navicore software.
Okay, so it was only earlier on today that I wrote an article on Nokia's N800 internet tablet, but the information comes thick and fast and we're already due for an update. In that post I pondered something a lot of people were asking - can the device handle YouTube streaming video? Well, John Tokash has gone all-out on exploring the limits of the N800's capabilities, and it turns out that when it comes to online videos it's a disappointment.
As you can see, playback is stuttering out at 1 or 2 frames a second, which is painful to watch. Audio is generally unmangled, however. John also looks at the usability and design updates in comparison with the 770, which makes his articles equally interesting to the first-time potential buyer and the upgrade-considerer.
My Nokia N800 Internet Tablet, More thoughts on my new Nokia N800 Internet Tablet and Nokia N800 Video [John Tokash's Blog]
After the rumour and gossip (with no small amount of wishful thinking mixed in) there seems to be a flurry of Nokia N800 information hitting the web. Successor to the admired-but-flawed 770 Web Tablet that both impressed some and was dismissed by others, the N800 continues the theme of a large touchscreen-led device that connects either via WiFi or through your cellphone over a Bluetooth link.
From the back of the box we learn the specs:
- VGA (640×480) webcam
- Integrated Stand
- 4.13 inch screen (same as the 770)
- Stereo Speakers (770 has mono)
- Microphone has moved to the top.
- Audio jack and mini usb port have moved to the right side.
- Requires mobile phone (with Bluetooth) for cell connection.
- Wifi and Bluetooth
RAM or CPU, a source of some frustration among 770 owners, are reported to be 128MB and 320MHz. The nubbin on the top left hand side is the webcam, which is retractable to prevent it from catching on clothes or braces. Previous information also points to the N800 having dual miniSD slots, although the built-in GPS some were hoping for is conspicuous by its absence.
I love it when mysterious photos of rumoured devices appear on forums - there's something about the slightly-blurred illicitness that gives me a tingle. This, we're told, might just be the Nokia Web Tablet that replaces the 770 - complete with rumoured and debated features like "does it have stereo speakers?", "does it have a webcam?" and "what's that black nubbin on the side?"
Today at the VON Europe conference in Stockholm, Nokia introduced a new software upgrade for the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet. The upgraded features of the introduced OS 2006 edition include support for rich Internet communications, including pre-installed Google Talk - all on a portable broadband mobile device. Google Talk is Google’s free instant messaging service that enables people to chat and make calls through the Internet.
Additional features of the new software edition include enhanced text typing with full-screen finger keyboard, improved memory performance and refreshed look. There is also an improved home view desktop allowing users to choose from a variety of small applets to enable fast access to Internet services.
Microsoft could slash the Windows Phone licensing fee it charges manufacturers to use the OS by nearly three-quarters, reports from handset makers indicate, as the company tries to drive adoption in developing markets on more affordable devices. Exactly what tithe Microsoft demands for each OS install has never been officially confirmed, but according to one manufacturer yet to jump on the Windows Phone train, the rumored $23-30 per device figure widely circulated might be cut by as much as 70-percent. Ironically, the cut comes just as Microsoft gets close to acquiring a project intended to bridge Windows Phone and developing markets.