My Experience with the Nokia 770

February 3, 2006 opensource 2 min read

Nokia 770 Internet TabletFrom the moment I first heard about the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, I wanted one. I don’t remember the last time I was this excited about a gadget. Well, at Christmas I was fortunate enough to get one (thank you mom and wife!).

My experience with it so far has been very positive! My main reason for wanting it is that I read a lot of material online and in PDFs. I have a subscription to Safari, and anytime it’s an option, I buy the PDF version of a book instead of the hard copy. For that, it has been great. I can sit on the couch or lay in bed and read to my heart’s content.

My only real complaint is in line with some of the typical criticisms of it: it’s slow. Some people complain that it’s not worth $350.00 to check your email and read news. First of all, it’s extremely simple to install applications, so you can do a lot more with it than check email and read news (important things, like play games). And second, by saving $20 every time I buy an ebook instead of a hard copy, and taking better advantage of Safari, it will have been worth it in 6 months.

So it’s been a good experience. I haven’t done any hacking on it yet, but sometime soon I hope to find time to install the updates and enable root access.

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avatar of Brandon Keepers I am Brandon Keepers, and I work at GitHub on making Open Source more approachable, effective, and ubiquitous. I tend to think like an engineer, work like an artist, dream like an astronaut, love like a human, and sleep like a baby.