Review: Nokia 770 Internet Tablet

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Date: Monday, July 31st, 2006, 10:48
Category: Gadget

nokia-770.jpgSummary: The Nokia 770 is the best bridge-device yet between mobility and the web2.0 world. It is a solid go-to device for messaging and presence, as well as having a very capable browser. It can appear a bit sluggish at times, but it is a very flexible device with a lot of untapped potential. Having said that, Nokia has been making steady improvements to the device in the form of software updates.
I am running the 2006 edition of the software. I am also only going to cover the things I actually use my 770 for, since it does a lot of things, but I think it may be interesting for people to know how I use the device.
The Nokia 770 is easy to like. It runs Linux and X11, has a slew of little applications and allows easy third-party access, and also speaks WiFi and Bluetooth allowing you to talk to the Internet with ease.
Physically the device feels great, it is a good weight and the build quality is nice. It feels substantial and not cheap. It really freaks me out when I’m using something that feels hollow and brittle. I really like holding and using the 770. There are some minor construction issues, namely that when you have the 770 in its metallic sleeve you can’t reach the stylus because its blocked by the lip of the jacket. I don’t know how something like that got through QA.
So it has a stylus and a touchscreen, and it does handwriting recognition but I haven’t used that yet. It doesn’t have a PIM and it doesn’t sync against anything. It isn’t a PDA but is more of a surfboard for IM, Presence, Browsing, and Email. It can also be transmogrified into a softphone via Gizmoproject or Google Talk.
When you first boot the device up and do some simple configuration you’ll be dumped out to a desktop of sorts, which is also activated by using the Home key on the device. You can run little widgets that do things like pull RSS feeds, access Internet radio, or give you easy access to your favorite search engine.
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Time Gets First Dibs on Nintendo Wii

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Date: Wednesday, May 10th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Gadget

wii.jpgIn a move consistent with its desire to attract a ‘non-gamer’ audience, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto (creator of Mario, Zelda… now Director and General Manager of Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development) invited one of Time’s non-gaming reporters to try out its new hardware. The result is an entertaining and informative article that reinforces my admiration for Nintendo’s refusal to accept the status quo.
I encourage you to read the whole article, but here are some excerpts to whet your appetite…
All three [major games consoles] – PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube – are showing their age… Microsoft launched its next-gen Xbox 360 in November of last year; Nintendo and Sony will launch their new machines this fall. Those changeovers, which happen every four or five years, are moments of opportunity in the gaming industry, when the guard changes and the underdog has its day. Nintendo… will attempt to steal a march on its competitors with a bizarre wireless device that senses a player’s movements and uses them to control video games. Even more bizarre is the fact that it might work.
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Repetitive Motion Injuries Invading the Mobile Handheld World

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Date: Monday, October 31st, 2005, 07:53
Category: Gadget

The Associated Press reports that doctors are warning users of wireless handhelds to keep typing to a minimum:

Chris Claypool was addicted to his BlackBerry wireless handheld. Like many users, he never thought twice about pecking away at lightning speed, replying to a wave of e-mails from clients around the globe.
Last year, the 37-year-old agricultural sales director from Post Falls, Idaho, noticed a throbbing sensation in this thumbs whenever he typed. He switched to tapping with his index finger, then his middle digit and finally his pinky. But his thumbs pained him to the point where he can’t even press the buttons on his TV remote control.

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First Look: Sony Playstation Portable (PSP)

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Date: Friday, April 1st, 2005, 12:06
Category: Gadget

Sony Playstation PortableFor some gamers, March 24 was a very important day.
I have never done a lot of gaming on the computer mainly because most of my computers are Macs and to be honest, there isn’t really a great showing of games for the Mac. There are some exceptions, and the best titles do make their way over, but sadly there isn’t a huge library of options, and when it comes to mobile gaming, the PowerBook isn’t my first pick when I am looking for entertainment. The other thing about gaming on the computer is that you’re constantly at odds with game developers who keep requiring faster and faster machines, and more expensive equipment upgrades every time you want to play a new game!
For these reasons, I usually stick to playing games on consoles, both large and small. The Nintendo Gameboy Advance SP has always been a go-to device when waiting in line at the DMV, or when traveling. It also lives in the beside table, dutifully waiting for an opportunity to serve up an hour of Final Fantasty I & II these days, as well as letting me play my favorites from gaming days of yore.
On March 24th, I woke up at 6am and made my way to the local Best Buy to stand in line in hopes of being one of the first to get my hands on a Sony Playstation Portable (PSP). I had been closely watching the release schedule of games for the Nintendo DS and the Sony PSP, and while I like the Gameboy Advance SP as much as anyone else, I was really undecided on which device I’d like to actually buy. Read More…