This past Christmas I bought myself a new toy, the Nokia N800 (a handheld internet tablet pc). When you consider the fact that both of my boys purchased an iPod Touch, here at the Hoegs ... we're in the middle of a handheld war!
I've created a short screencast which demonstrates many of the features found upon the Nokia N800. However, here are a few of the reasons I chose the Nokia over the iPod Touch:
- Open Source Platform and Software
- Bluetooth and Wifi Enabled
- Embedded Microphone (Skype anyone?)
The practical result of these three facts is that the capability of my Nokia N800's is constantly expanding as developers create new software for a platform which is not locked down (i.e. like Apple). The fact that is was cheaper than the iTouch did not hurt either (about $220 U.S.). The screensize for both handhelds is similar, with the Nokia's display being just a tough larger. However, even though I can listen to MP3's on my Nokia, if your goal is listen to lots of music, the iTouch may be a better choice.
My thanks to Santtu Lakkala and his MH Screenshot Application. Without this open source tool which I easily installed to my Nokia, I could not have created my demo.
Here are a few other Nokia N800 sites:
- Nokia N800 Official Site
- Nokia N800 Review by Jon Lee: Part 1 | Part 2
- Nokia OS2008 (operating system)
- Maemo.Org Open Source Site
- Rich Hoeg's Nokia Tablet Posts (your blog host)
and once again ...