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Review of Nokia's Linux Based 770 Internet Tablet

Review by Michael Oryl on Tuesday November 29, 2005.

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Nokia's 770 is a bit of an anomaly when it comes to the company's device line-up. The 770 simply is not a phone (though it can connect to one). And while it offers a lot of PDA-like functionality, it isn't a PDA (though you could install the needed apps). Nor does it run a Series XX user interface on top of the Symbian OS, which Nokia owns a large portion of, instead relying on the new open-source Maemo platform, which itself uses Debian Linux for its operating system needs.

So if it isn't a phone, and it isn't a PDA, what exactly is it? It is what Nokia hopes to establish as a new category of home electronics device: the Internet Tablet. Basically, the 770 is a device meant to sit on the coffee table next to the couch or on the night stand next to the bed. A device that lets you get convenient access to the core applications used on the internet without having to boot up a traditional personal computer.

To that end, the 770 currently has applications for email, RSS news feeds, web browsing, and internet radio playback. The device can connect to the internet through your home WiFi network, or use Bluetooth to connect to your mobile phone so that it can make use of your mobile carrier's data network. When a user-installable software upgrade becomes available in Q1 of 2006, users will be able to use the 770 for VOIP voice calls and instant messaging as well.

So now that we know what it does, let's get into the details of how and how well it does those things.


About the author

Michael Oryl
Michael is the Philadelphia based owner and former editor-in-chief of MobileBurn.com. You can follow him on Twitter as @MichaelOryl

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