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Review: Nokia 770 Internet Tablet

Nokia 770 Internet Tablet

Next up in the quest for the perfect handheld device we have the Nokia 770. Part laptop, part PDA, the Nokia 770 was designed as a more affordable internet portal for the tech junkie on the go.

So, should we start trading in our laptops now?

Reviews:

PC Magazine:
“The Nokia 770 could be the start of a great thing. Though it’s rough around the edges, this could be a terrific little Internet-surfing gadget once Nokia shakes out the bugs.”

ArsTechnica:
After spending a few days using the 770 intensely, I feel conflicted about it. I want to love it, and some aspects of it exceeded my expectations. At the same time, the 770 has some serious shortcomings that need to be addressed in v2.0 of the 770 (or in the 771) if it is going to have wide success.

Mobile Gazette: “The poor wireless LAN connectivity in our Nokia 770 is a very serious flaw, which is either a design issue or hardware fault. Otherwise, this is an excellent device with good inbuilt software. It works well with Bluetooth phones, and it is especially useful with a 3G handset. The inbuilt software still has a few rough edges and could do with some enhancements, but remember this platform is continually developing.”

Product Information:

Size
* Weight: 230 g
* Dimensions: 141 x 79 x 19 mm
Color
* Black and matte silver
Display
* High-resolution (800×480) touch screen with up to 65,536 colors
Operating temperature
* -10°C to +55 °C
Memory
* Memory: Flash 128MB (>64MB for user)
* Memory card: 64MB RS-MMC (Reduced Size – MultiMediaCard)
Operating system
* Internet Tablet 2005 software edition
Applications (in 2005 software edition)
* Web Browser – Opera 8
* Flash Player version 6
* Email Client
* Internet Radio
* News Reader
* Media players, Image viewer
* PDF viewer
* File Manager
* Search
* Calculator
* World Clock
* Notes
* Sketch
* Games
Supported File Formats
* Audio: MP3, MPEG4-AAC, WAV, AMR, MP2
* Image: JPEG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, PNG, Animated GIF format,
SVG-tiny, ICO
* Video: MPEG1, MPEG4, Real Video, H.263, AVI, 3GP
Connectivity
* WLAN: 802.11b/g
* Bluetooth specification: 1.2
* For Internet connection and file transfer via phone
* Profiles supported: Dial-up Networking, File Transfer, Generic Access, SIM Access and Serial Port profiles
* USB device mode for PC connectivity
* RS-MMC
* 3.5 mm stereo audio out
* Power connector (2mm)
Language Support
* User Interface: British English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, American English, Mexican Spanish
* User’s Guide: Finnish, Swedish, Danish, British English, French, Dutch, German, Spanish, Italian, American English, Mexican Spanish
Sales Package Content
* Nokia 770 Internet Tablet
* 2 stylus pens
* Pouch
* Battery (BP-5L)
* Travel charger (AC-4)
* 64 MB RS-MMC memory card
* Connectivity cable DKE-2 (USB)
* Desk stand DT-7
* User guide
* Quick start guide
* Connect to Internet -leaflet
Enhancements
* Mobile charger (DC-4)
* Charger adapter (CA-44)
* RS-MMCs
Power Management
Battery: BP-5L / Browsing time: 3 hours /Standby time: 7 days /Capacity 1500 mAh

Pros:
convienent, solid design, nice screen, good battery life, 802.11b/g and Bluetooth support

Cons: Not enough RAM, no hard keyboard, handwriting recognition is poor, Lack of client software for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux

Bottom Line: The Nokia 770 is in the ballpark, but it still falls short in a few critical areas. The product will undoubtedly get a lot better over time – but at this point it is a good buy for early adopters and hardocore gadget geeks. (Retails for about $350)

Posted by Sean

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