Nokia 770, the new Internet tablet has elicited a very mixed reaction from those who care for such things. Before I get ahead of myself, Nokia 770 is like a mini-tablet PC, which has no cellular connectivity, runs on a TI processor, and uses Linux OS. […]

Nokia 770, the new Internet tablet has elicited a very mixed reaction from those who care for such things. Before I get ahead of myself, Nokia 770 is like a mini-tablet PC, which has no cellular connectivity, runs on a TI processor, and uses Linux OS. It has a nice screen that can display 800 X 480 web pages on an Opera browser, can do email via a digital pen, instant messaging, and even perhaps streaming audio and video. It connects to the Internet using a WiFi connection and also has bluetooth connectivity.

The most common reaction to Nokia 770 is that of slight confusion, as expressed by Russell Beattie. Beattie, is known for his Nokia bias, as I am for my preference for iPod. So his comments cannot be taken lightly. Admittedly, my initial reaction was: people have we not learnt from the colossal disasters like Audrey and SmartTablet? Then thinking over it, and reading a lot about the device, and going back and reading Russell’s free-flowing piece, it became clear that he was looking at these device from a mobile phone perspective.

This thing sure looks like a PDA. I mean, a pen!?!? You’ve got to be kidding me. The most popular devices lately are those with little keyboards. Pens are so mid-90s. Why no cellular connectivity?

A couple of observations: read-write web and the tiny keyboards he talks about, are a North American phenomenon. Blackberry, Treo and other stuff put together still doesn’t add-up to 5 million units total. Most countries outside of NA region tend to have a lot more “pen” based computing. Secondly, from what I understand, this is a device that is more of a peripheral of a PC than a laptop replacement or a mobile phone. It is targeted at broadband enabled, wifi homes. Its primary job is to provide instant-on access to do four or five basic Internet related tasks anywhere inside the house.

It is a device which has the right idea at the right moment. Research shows that WiFi usage inside homes is only going to increase. There will be 160 million broadband enabled, networked homes by 2010, according to The Diffusion Group. This trend offers opportunities to sell devices specially designed for this type of environment.

Russell, and others have bemoaned that Nokia is going to have to support yet another OS. Given the track record, you could put me in that camp. However, the linux under pinnings make it more extensible. I think there will be more hacks for this device very quickly. With WiFi becoming common place, at least on school and college campuses, this one has a potential with the next generation.

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  1. Atul Chitnis Friday, May 27, 2005

    The wording in the description about next year’s upgrade of the OS sounds suspiciously like they are going to replace the Linux underpinnings with Symbian at that time.

  2. Telepocalypse Friday, May 27, 2005

    People connected

    I don’t normally rave about new products, particularly ones I’ve never even used, but the new Nokia tablet just leaves me gobsmacked. Yes, it’s just a cheap little computer in a pretty wrapper. But it seems to be almost exactly…

  3. Michael Parekh Friday, May 27, 2005

    Good run down…my biggest issue continues to be no cellular support, narrow-band or otherwise, on the thing.

  4. *michael parekh on IT* Friday, May 27, 2005


    A TOE IN THE WATER In a post entitled

  5. Personally, I really like this device for around-the-home use. It’s not as big as the average laptop, and it has a good screen resolution for reading web pages and RSS feeds — which I have to do at my desktop, because I never had the cash to switch to a laptop.

    This will let me read feeds from the sofa, look up recipes in the kitchen, send quick emails out to friends from the backyard, etc. Put MediaTuner in the browser, and it can play podcasts. Plus, it will let me do all those things and more without forcing me to put up with that annoying hum from my PC’s fan.

    I wouldn’t buy it in place of the Treo, but at $350, I see a lot of value in this…

  6. For the love of god people, turn this device into a GOOD ebook reader!

    1. I sure as heck intend to, in this day and age way past. :)

  7. *scottstuff* Friday, May 27, 2005

    Nokia 770 wireless internet mini-tablet

    According to a number of sources, Nokia has just announced a new tablet-like wireless internet device, the Nokia 770. No one really seems to know what to do with it—it’s slightly larger then a PDA with a 4.13 inch 800×480 LCD, 802.11 and Bl…

  8. Connected Internet – Broadband, Mobile and Gaming News Blog Friday, May 27, 2005

    Nokia 770 – its not a phone so what would you use it for?

    Nokia have just launched the 770 which is a tablet like device with Linux. It will cost £200 which is lot for a device which isn’t actually a phone and looks like a brick. Silicon Valley has posted a scathing review of the device and I have to agree…

  9. Many are missing the point here, I think given the Linux underpinnings, this is a device which can be morphed into many different things. Skype over Linux is already there – cheap phone service anyone? This in my mind is the ultimate de-centralized content display device. Imagine what the chinese can do with this device? They use pen-computing, they use linux, and they are buying broadband faster than anyone else.

  10. Look at Kathy Sierra’s post here: http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/2005/04/why_i_want_a_ta.html

    for an example of why I too think this is a cool thing. As others have pointed out, the connectivity (cellular, WiFoo, whatever) is an easy add-on).

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