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WIRELESS: Nokia to launche the Nokia 770 - a new Linux based Internet Tablet product category
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 26.05.05 - 17:12:35 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 15494x
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Yesterday, Nokia introduced its first device in the new Internet Tablet category, the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, at the LinuxWorld Summit in New York. The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet is a dedicated device optimized for convenient Internet browsing and E-Mail communications in a sleek pocketsize format. The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet features an impressive high-resolution (800x480) widescreen display with zoom and on-screen keyboard, ideal for viewing online content over Wi-Fi. Aside from Wi-Fi, the device can also connect to the Internet utilizing Bluetooth wireless technology via a compatible mobile phone.

"We are very excited to introduce our first Nokia Internet Tablet device to the market. With the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet consumers can access broadband Internet services away from their desktop, for example in the backyard or at a café within a Wi-Fi hotspot", says Janne Jormalainen, Vice President of Convergence Products, Multimedia, Nokia.

The device runs on Linux based Nokia Internet Tablet 2005 software edition which includes widely deployed desktop Linux and Open Source technologies. The maemo development platform (www.maemo.org) will provide Open Source developers and innovation houses with the tools and opportunities to collaborate with Nokia on future devices and OS releases in the Internet Tablet category.

"Linux is a logical choice for the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet as Linux and the Open Source development platform provide us with fast and efficient solutions to build products for this new, Nokia product category. This is the first step in creating an Open Source product for broadband and Internet services. We will be launching regularly updates of the software. The next software release planned for the first half of next year will support more presence based functionalities such as VoIP and Instant Messaging", continues Janne Jormalainen.

Additional highlighted applications of the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet with the 2005 software include an Internet Radio, RSS News reader, Image viewer and Media players for selected types of media. The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet is planned to start shipping in the third quarter of 2005 in selected countries in the Americas and Europe.

Michael Oryl, over at MobileBurn got his hands on the Nokia 770 while he joined the LinuxWorld and has published his on-hand impressions together with some live pictures there.

It seems to be an impressive device for home and couch use but for sure not for mobile use since it miss the WAN functionality (GPRS, EDGE or UMTS/3G). Nevertheless I like the screen size and I'm sure the used browser works as good as on the Nokia 7710.

While the Nokia 770 isn't anything for me (at home I have enough Notebooks I can use for surfing), it's definitely something for users who have a Desktop PC only and IMHO this product seems to be a great addition to O2's Surf@home product (see my preview here).

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by smeg6 on 26.05.05 - 18:01:16

That is certainly an interesting branch out for Nokia to make.

Posted by jomni on 27.05.05 - 02:43:10

It's not a PDA but short of a PDA because all it lacks are calendar, tasks and contacts apps.  And since it's linux, someone might just program one for it.  But on the other hand, I heard that it uses the OMAP processor.  Bad choice as the two devices that use it are plagued with stability problems (HP 6300 and Motorola MPx) because its underpowered. 

But I have to admit that the screen size and resolution is very nice and very appropriate for it's purpose (web browsing).  This can also become a VOIP phone eventually.

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