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I've done lots of bits and bobs over the years, and right now I'm mostly working on this.

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new toy, Nokia 770

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So Nokia emailed me asking if I'd like a Nokia 770 internet tablet to play
with, all they'd like in return is my feedback on the device,

I have really been enjoying using it; it's a linux core device, no camera, no phone, no nothing, but wifi b and g capability, opera 8 with flash, and a few onboard apps.

The main thing about this device is that it's completely open source, which is afaik, unique in the mobile internet device world. I'll be reviewing it in a day or two over at
15th Aug 2006, 16:25   | tags:,,,,

nige says:


15th Aug 2006, 16:27

540air says:

nifty :)

How big is it though?

15th Aug 2006, 16:33

Alfie says:

all specs Here - it's big, but with the new thumbdriven keyboard in this software update and the awesomness of the screen and Opera browser, this will totally take the place of my laptop (and it has better battery life to boot) - It fits in my back pocket at least, or easily and comfortably in the inside pocket of a jacket.

15th Aug 2006, 16:35

mat says:

Opera isn't open source, btw. Neither is flash.

/pedant. :)

15th Aug 2006, 16:41

Steve says:

Looks interesting

15th Aug 2006, 16:56

Joe says:

whats the speed like? and more importantly, whats the interface like?

15th Aug 2006, 16:57

Alfie says:

@mat - yeah, but you could have a go at making any sort of application for it, the fact that Firefox isnt on there is a bit of a pisser but at any rate Opera is good, and balls to ya on Flash ;)

Joe, it's fast - multithreading is ok, i.e

2 open browser windows
streaming mp3's from my locker at
accessing filesystem
Gmail talk open with 3 conversations going

You experience a bit of slowdown with all the above running but not as bad as you might expect. The wifi sucks battery (about 3.5 hours constant use), but my laptop doesnt even manage more than that, *and* what I use my laptop for;

mobile internet/email
couch surfing (IMDB/Google)

is now all quite neatly parcelled into a device which fits into my pocket.

The UI is as you might expect from a linux device - clean, fast and intuitive.

15th Aug 2006, 17:05

mat says:

Same goes for Windows and Symbian devices, anyone can develop for them too, but I understand what you mean. :)

can you get a terminal window? if you can, what does typing "uname -a" get you?

15th Aug 2006, 17:08

Alfie says:

Weirdly, no terminal window! But, there are a few apps
that give you command line access.

*worried that "uname-a" will delete everything ;)

15th Aug 2006, 17:10

mat says:

why not try typing "rm -rf /"

* WARNING: that will delete everything. don't do it. really, don't. or at least don't blame me if you do.. :)

15th Aug 2006, 17:17

Alfie says:

hehe, reminds of the old "prank" deltree windows support phonecalls; I actually once heard a comedy radio program where the presenter was pretending to be a windows person and talked the person on the other end of the phone entirely through the deltree process.

15th Aug 2006, 17:19

James says:

Alfie - are you sold on the locker idea at

I've been considering it for a while...

15th Aug 2006, 18:42

Alfie says:

Hi James! - using it on the 770, yes, totally; the 770 has expandable memory, but using wifi to stream music from the locker at mp3tunes is a dream, and hey, Im not using up 2GB of space having my music onboard - I don't need to. Using (how legal it *really* is I don't know) I spent about 2 hours simply adding tunes that are there and available on the net. An unseen benefit being that a lot of these are live versions or bsides of tunes I love but don't have (as well as loads that I do have and want to listen to). The killer functionality to all this is that once they've been 'sideloaded' into your locker, you can then download them from your locker to your hard-drive. And all this with the free Oboe Locker. It's the killer music app/service for the 770, but I don't know how much I'd use it, if at all, if it was just for my home/laptop use...

15th Aug 2006, 18:47

Joe says:

what the hell has it got to do with forklifts!?

15th Aug 2006, 18:58

Alfie says:

haha! How goes Joe?

15th Aug 2006, 18:59

Joe says:

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15th Aug 2006, 19:06

Alfie says:

aaaaaaaaaargh!! Thank for the headsup joe, it's

15th Aug 2006, 19:19

Joe says:


15th Aug 2006, 19:28

kostika says:

I think I may need one of those. What do they run?

15th Aug 2006, 22:09

ViX says:

That looks purdy!

15th Aug 2006, 22:16

ookiine says:

Nice.. Check out my new toy HERE and HERE!

15th Aug 2006, 22:49

puddlepuff says:

Looks nice and shiny, but would rather stick to my Mda Vario (Qtek)

20th Aug 2006, 23:14

Helmholtz says:


22nd Aug 2006, 17:01