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Dear Lazyweb

I've been sick and tired of the HTC Universal for a long time now. I'm up for a change: a cheap and cheerful candybar cameraphone like the K800i (with the most important feature being it's lack of cost), and a Nokia internet tablet (N770 or N800) running off the phone via Bluetooth. I've looked online and I've not found a simple comparison[0] between the two tablets.

So, inform me. What're the fundamental differences between the N770 and the N800? Just speed and software support (Skype, which I tend not to use), or is it something more noticeable, like the N770 not supporting sensible-sized (1GB+) SD cards?

[0]: I need a simple comparison; while T-Mob's free internet price plan is all well and good, dealing with their staff or stores is an experience I never want to go through again.



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Jul. 8th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
The difference: lots.

N800 = N770 plus double the memory, double the FLASH storage, support for two SD cards (including SDHC -- yes, you can stick 16Gb in one) instead of stupid mini-SD up to 2Gb each. Also, a newer version of the OS with loads of extras and software such as Skype and the FM radio tuner that won't run on the N770. Also has a HID for bluetooth keyboards, whereas BT KB support on the 770 was a kluge you had to install the hard way.

The N770 is nice hardware ergonomics but feels very slow. The N800 is reasonably fast at what it does. There's no comparison in terms of functionality, basically: the N800 blows its predecessor out of the water.

However ...

If I were in your shoes, I'd wait a bit and look at a Palm Foleo. Only about fifty quid more (it's not out yet and the price isn't finalized but it's US $600 plus a $100 mail-in refund) and it has a full! sized! keyboard! plus the same web browser and a workable office suite (Documents to Go).
Jul. 9th, 2007 12:16 pm (UTC)
I've looked at the Foleo, and it's a tasty enough piece of kit.

The form factor, however, bugs the hell out of me. One of the advantages of the Nokia web tablets is that they're still pocket-sized (FSVO pocket). The Foleo, with its 10" screen, breaks out of the pocket and straight to satchel-size. Thing is, if I were taking something satchel-size, I'd take my macbook.

I don't know. This could just be me being odd, but leaving the N800 in a pocket seems an easier way to make something portable.
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