Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Many a geek was excited when Nokia announced the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet in late 2005. Its form factor, functionality, and price indicated to me that my dream device had arrived. When I finally purchased one and reviewed it, my dreams were dashed. While attractive, the Nokia 770 was underpowered, leading to sluggish performance. The menu navigation was not thought out well, and some of the applications felt unfinished.
Nokia released an OS update—Internet Tablet OS 2006—in mid-2006 that addressed some of the 770's problems while adding a new on-screen thumb keyboard. Unfortunately, no amount of code optimization was able to cover up the slow CPU and meager RAM.
With little advance notice, Nokia released the 770's successor at the beginning of 2007, the Nokia N800. Is it powerful enough to rekindle the fires of gadget lust or will it be another heartbreaker?