Nokia has unveiled something of a hybrid with its latest product, but will it fall between two stools or find a dedicated audience?
The Nokia 770 is a Linux based Internet Tablet which surprised me immediately by not choosing the Symbian operating system the company normally adopts with its Smartphones. Optimised for WiFi and featuring a widescreen display (800x480) with zoom and on-screen keyboard, this is a curious device designed for convenient Internet browsing and email communications, but without the bulk of even the thinnest and lightest laptop.
Highlighted applications include an Internet Radio, RSS News reader, image viewer and media player. Being a tablet, control is primarily via the touch screen, though a phone-esque four way direction pad and select button can also be used. There are buttons to bring up a context menu, or jump to a homepage and a pair of headphones can be connected if needed.
Strangely (given the emphasis on mobility), there is no word on what battery life Nokia expects users to get from the 770 and this factor will decide whether the tablet is used solely in the house or carried on person for use with Wi-Fi hotspots. The measurements and weight also remain a mystery.
The 770 is a curious product to bring to market. At this stage I’m undecided whether it’s inspired or just plain odd. It’s like a PDA and notebook fell in love and had a fairly peculiar child.
You’ll get the chance to make up your own minds when this (currently price-less) device hits stores in the third quarter.
In flood the details:
*Battery life seven days on standby, three hours browsing
*Dimensions 141 x 79 x 19mm
*DDR RAM 64MB
*Flash Memory 128MB (64MB for user)
*Suppoted media formats: MP3, Real Audio, MPEG4, AAC, WAV, AMR, MP2, JPEG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, PNG, Animated GIF format, SVG-tiny, ICO, MPEG1, MPEG4, Real Video, H.263, AVI, 3GP
Somehow I'm still undecided, but the specs are better than I would have expected, so it may have made a few of your minds up?