My Weekend With the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet
I didn't know much about the tablet and only knew of one person that had one. But fortunately, I've educated myself about it enough to know that for me it is definitely a laptop replacement.
Lets look at the basics:
While marketed as a WiFi device the 770 can connect to GPRS through a compatible bluetooth phone and a good internet plan from your service provider. In my case, I'm using the Nokia 6682 with unlimited internet plan from T-Mobile. While I'm on the thought of it, let me tell you some of the things that could be improved.
The 770 has a file manager which if connected to a bluetooth phone can view files on the phone as well. Now when I was trying to change the background image image file on the 6682 came up and allowed me to select one of those images as the background screen on the 770. Cool. Moving to the built in audio player, I tried to do the same thing. Didn't work... however, when I went through the path of the file manager all of the mp3's from the 6682 did show up, but unfortunately the 770 doesn't support opening the file... this should be changed!!
Secondly, even though its not a phone, which was repeated to me every time I asked about a built in calendar, how hard would it be to sync to the same phone connected via bt to update a calendar? Yes folks, the 770 has no calendar syncing function. So, if one were using this in replacement for their laptop wouldn't a personal assistant management system of some sort be appropriate?
The battery life of the 770 is very impressive. I actually spent most of the day lounging on the living room couch browsing the web. The good thing though is that there are programs out there to sort of give you whats missing, and we are all familiar with that from our phones. The first program I installed was an IM client called GAIM which includes AIM, Yahoo, MSN and IRC. That is a fantastic app and made messaging more fun for me while I was sitting in class!
Ok, now back to this calendar thing. The one app that I found interesting enough to conquer the task of syncing with Outlook was DejaPIM. Unfortunately, the synchronization service comes with a monthly fee.
The 770 comes with a preinstalled news reader and internet radio. I didn't really use the news reader much because I ended up installing the Bloglines notifier app to check out my feeds. Now the killer on this thing was watching movies.
While there are many functions of the 770 such as MP3 listening and watching movies, I never got to that because I was addicted to just browsing. Lol, simplicity at its best. But knowing that the functions are there makes the 770 a reliable source of replacing your computer.
Information and applications for the Nokia 770 internet tablet can be found at Maemo.org's Application Catalog