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June 19th, 2009

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03:52 pm - Personal Electronics & Me
I just mailed my lovely Nokia n82 phone to the service center – it's only 6 months old and has a lentil-sized dead spot on the display. I should have it back in under 2 weeks, but having to deal with an old and dinosaurianly dumb phone in the meantime has definitely caused me to consider how I use my portable electronics. These days, that consists of the n82, and my Nokia n810 internet tablet.

The phone is my constant companion and (in rough order) is a
  • Calender
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • GPS
  • Backup note-pad
The n810 is primarily a
  • Notepad
  • Ebook reader
  • Media player
  • Full keyboard for SMS, via bluetooth to my phone
While the n810 is also a moderately good web-tablet, I find that I rarely use it for that purpose, the screen is small and the loading times are long.

This makes me consider what I want next. After reading about the improvements on the iphone 3GS and the new 3.0 software, I am definitely getting an ipod Touch when the 3rd generation units come out in September – at this point it's a better media player, a good ebook reader, as well as being an excellent notepad and calendar (with the new sync capability), and the new bluetooth capability may even allow me to use it as a SMS keyboard for my phone. It also has a faster processor which will likely greatly reduce waiting for web pages to load.

In any case, I'll have to see how good an ebook reader it is, the screen is slightly smaller and the resolution slightly less than the n810, but the actual ereader software looks to be considerably better. I have been thinking that a larger screen would be wonderful for a pocket web browser and ebook reader – an ipod touch with a 5-6" VGA screen would be utterly ideal for me.

Although it's somewhat clunky, I am tempted by the SmartQ 7 web tablet, which has a 7" screen and a faster processor than the n810. It's clearly clunky, but the firmware has been improving and so I'll see how well the new ipod Touch works and if I want a larger screen for semi-portability, then I'll likely get one, since they are fairly inexpensive.
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Date:June 20th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
I was one of the people helping you out in comments with the eventual Nokia tablet purchase (still have my N800!), so I can feel empathy for your new direction towards the Touch. As it happens, I transitioned from the N800 to the 2nd generation Touch not long after it came out, and can give it five stars out of five. I got it primarily to read ebooks, watch videos and listen to podcasts. A+ on all fronts, especially with the Eucalyptus and Stanza ebook readers.

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