Apparently Nokia is now out with the N800, the successor to the 770.
I don't have techno-lust details yet - look for yourself at http://
www.nseries.com/products/n800/#l=products,n800, but friends tell me
it fixes the weaknesses of the 770, and is the preferred "Linux
hacking" platform (cool open source stuff coming out for it) for
portable Internet-connected devices.
One of the funnier... cooler... things I've seen of late is Bluetooth
GPS devices. One I saw REALLY impressed me - it was deep inside a
restaurant, but was still able to get a fix from the windows more
than 20' away.
On Jan 22, 2007, at Jan 22 10:49 AM, Travis Johnson wrote:
It's funny you posted this message today.... I just picked up a new
"test" phone I am trying to replace my Treo 650. I grabbed an HP
iPaq 6945 from Cingular for $189 (with two year contract) and have
been playing with it on an off for the last couple of days.
The biggest advantage to this phone is the built-in GPS, along with
WiFi and Bluetooth. There are some neat functions that are already
built-in to the main OS... such as the camera showing GPS
coordinates on the picture when you take it (if you enable that
option). Also, many commercial map programs (TomTom 6, etc.) work
on this phone with the GPS. With a simple car mount and car
adapter, you have a full-fledged GPS device built into your phone.
There are also programs that will connect to WiFi and update GPS
coordinates to a website... so you could have real-time locations
for your installers with no monthly fee. ;)
It's running Windows Mobile 5, which is better than any other
Windows phone OS I have used, but still not as easy to navigate as
the Palm OS. The biggest feature on the Treo 650 for me is the SMS
messaging. It's easy to access (single button) and it keeps a chat
dialog going with each person you have talked to. I send and
receive over 100 messages per day, sometimes 200-300. It's quick,
easy, and can be done with one hand. If there was just a simple
program that would function the same, the iPaq could be a great
phone for me.
I should also mention I purchased a Nokia 770 Internet Tablet. This
is a pretty cool device as well.... built in WiFi and Bluetooth,
running Linux with a nice GUI. Nice wide, bright screen too. It
just doesn't have a phone or GPS, just WiFi. Still pretty cool for
that type of a device.
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