Thursday, January 05, 2006

Nokia 770 -- Getting Closer to What We Need

I read today that the Nokia 770 web-surfing tablet has sold well online and is going to go on sale at electronics retailers soon. This is a device that sells for $359 retail and is a cool little instant-on device for doing one thing well--surfing the web at hotspots. You can't beat the price, but I can't help thinking it would get frustrating after a while. I mean, with no keyboard you can read e-mail, but sending a reply would be a royal pain. Filling out a form on a web site would be more than tedious. And from what I can tell from the features, you can open a PDF file but not a Microsoft document.

For now, you can't use it as a VoIP device either, though that is reportedly coming in the next software release. That would make it more useful, as you could then use it as your defacto phone if you have an account through Skype, Vonage, Lingo, etc.

If we could just get something portable like this, with a simple word processing program, some kind of keyboard, a USB port, and the ability to open Office docs, I'd be at the store tomorrow...

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