"me" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in
> Anyone have an opinion on the different PDA's offered by
Palm - simple software, syncs easily, battery lasts long, doesn't
Windoze - heavy code load, syncs sometimes, runs an hour, crashes
8 times a day hard, lots of excuses.
PDAs are growing old, in spite of Micro$oft's attempt to revive
them. I just bought the future and it's NOT a PDA: http://www.nseries.com/products/n800/#l=products,n800
Runs Linux. No proprietary BS, hundreds of hackers working on
free apps easily downloaded/installed from Nokia-sponsored: http://maemo.org/
Cruise through the download sections....(c;
Connections are via wifi for free, or using Bluetooth through the
phone modem to EVDO (slower) if you must.
NO SELLPHONE CARRIER TAMPERING BS! NO bean counter backdoors into
your OS trying to sell you what you already paid for. EVERYTHING
works....especially SKYPE, Google Talk, any other VoIP you like.
Being Linux, if something crashes it doesn't take out the whole
machine. Life goes on. If you really try hard and crash the
whole machine, you plug it into your Windoze PC with the included
USB cable, boot up the free bootloader also used for total OS
upgrades (also free), hold down the home button while turning it
on to access its bootloader....and just run the Win program to
download and install the whole OS in about 7 minutes on cable
internet.....not have to send it back to China to have its
proprietary, carrier-hobbled, secret OS reinstalled. I did a
full upgrade on my new one without a glitch right off the
To install software, you go to the download page, pick it, click
INSTALL button or go to the software home page and the
Applications Manager just does it. It's almost too easy!
16GB of SD card storage in 2 cards at $68 ea from Amazon. Any HC
SD cards under Fat 16/32 just plug in. It doesn't even ask you
if you want them installed...they just work. One card is
removeable storage so you can easily share big files with your
desktop by plugging in the SD card into the slot.....of the USB
card reader ($20) because your card slot doesn't support 8GB SD
cards on your PC.
Take the tour of the websites. I'm living on 4 hours of sleep
because the damned thing just has me enthralled. The video
widescreen plays "most", but not all, formats out of the box.
The hackers have the rest of the codecs.
REAL WEB BROWSER! Opera 8 for Linux comes with it, installed.
This includes plugin support, Flash 9, etc.....not some ******
PDA browser that does text, not webpages. Opera on the N800
looks like a miniature Opera on your PC. Anything your PC will
play on its browser, the N800 will play, too, without trying to
turn pretty graphics and frames into text.
UNfortunately, some web sites and systems are way too close to
Micro$oft. I have MobiTV for PC. When I boot it on the N800 it
says MobiTV doesn't support Linux and it won't play without
Windoze Media Player's spammer. They'll come around, I hope.
This box is too much fun to fail. Nokia has done a wonderful
Buy.com sold me through Google Checkout at $222.99, a nice
discount from $399 retail. The box has been out over 6 months,
so lots of the initial bugs are gone and LOTS of amazing new
features have been added to its kernel. IF you don't like its
kernel, look in SYSTEMS on Maemo and download someone else's
kernel for it. There's lots of pretty themes and gui gadgets to
play with, too.
Don't let the Linux scare you. The hackers are working VERY hard
to make this box into a user-friendly device. On some of their
websites, with them very intensely into coding, they might give
you the impression you're going to need a Phd in Computer Science
and be a Linux programmer to make it work. You don't. I
downloaded a really neat FULL SCREEN Youtube player one of them
wrote because he didn't like the picture size on the Youtube
pages on it. His software simply steals the YouTube flash video,
stores it on your SD card so you can keep it, then boots Mplayer,
one of Linux's many media players, and plays it FULL SCREEN! I
showed two YouTube videos to my friends at breakfast it
downloaded last night from the card. We didn't need the net to
The possibilities of this gadget is only limited by the number of
hackers working on it.....and there seems to be no shortage of
I've paired my Nokia N800 with my Motorola E815 on Alltel EVDO,
quite painlessly. Alltel hasn't shutdown DUN or OBEX like
Verizon. I took them both to the Alltel store to buy the $25/mo
unlimited data for the phone modem. It went off without a hitch.
I'll put up with the slow internet Sellphone companies deliver
over EVDO, compared with the real broadband at Panera Bread for
free next door. I can select the best connection, not just be
strapped to Sellular. I like it when I can choose....(c;
Skype over the bluetooth amazed the reps at the Alltel office on
the N800's stereo speakers. They could even understand what my
crazy Japanese buddy in Osaka was saying with his heavy accent...
(c; Skype has one deficiency. Skype, yet, does NOT support the
N800's pop-out webcam for Skype video calls. When I called Skype
to ask about it, her comment was, "You're the 50th caller, TODAY,
about that." Skype usually follows through with that kind of
interest....(c; It'll happen. Google Talk and the other free
internet phone apps all use the popout webcam just fine!
I think my PDA has been retired for good this time.....(c;
PDA stuff works very well over free web-based PDA simulators with
LOTS more storage and NO SYNCING!