Why I dumped my Nokia n810 and got a Touch

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by snowmoon, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. snowmoon macrumors 6502a

    snowmoon

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    Fool me once, shame on you.
    Fool me twice, shame on me.

    For the second time in so many years I find myself selling a Nokia internet tablet. I feel like such a rube; falling for the siren song of unlimited expandability and linux support once again. Like someone who thinks they can get their SO to change to be a better person I too though I could "work through" any of the little problem on the platform. I went into it with a good mindset, it's a linux computer and not an Apple device and I should not expect it to work the same. That I should not expect any 3rd party apps to function 100%.

    I set the bar about as low as it could go and still got burned.

    Out of the box the browser was the only major feature to work as advertised. Other built in applications suffered from UI and software issues that I would expect from a beta release, not from the 3rd generation of the OS release and over 3 years of product releases. Needless to say that out-of-the box the device is barely functional. Anyone who really wants to know I can send them the laundry list of broken features in the stock firmware.

    And it basically goes downhill from there.

    The "open" platform is a dumping ground for poorly ported and/or half completed applications ( following Nokia's lead ). Community support was helpful at times, but mostly it was a bunch of linux geeks patting themselves on the back for how much they have accomplished ( it is quite amazing what they have achieved in spite of the default software ). They seem to be unable to even comprehend the ideas of UI design let along implement any of them ( once again following Nokia's lead ). They continually bash the Apple devices as inferior, without acknowledging the advances that Apple has achieved.

    Trying to use these 3rd party apps to "fix" the issues with the default software was going out of the frying pan and into the fire. It was like playing bingo, sometimes you would get the right combination and win, but most of the time you spent uninstalling or reflashing the device when the software turns out to be broken.

    It's not even like the platform is open, Nokia keeps key components of the system closed source to prevent competition.

    ....

    So last night after a month of trying to get this device to live up to the hype I decided that I wanted the "inferior device". Within an hour I was up and running with a 32GB touch stocked with a large selection from my library. I will miss the ability to pair it with my phone and the SIP calling ability ( which the Touch may get ). The Nokia is a wonderful piece of hardware with much more potential that most people give it credit for but it is strangled by an awful software release.

    Music, Photos, Calendars, Bookmarks, Mail, and more "Just work"

    I know there are limitations to the Touch that will bother me, but I know they will bother me much less than software that does not work for love or money.
     
  2. gkarris macrumors 604

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    And with that pwned software coming out, you can run whatever OS you want on it.

    That's if you really want to...

    Funny, the best PDA/"Internet Tablet" out there's an Apple iPod.... :eek:
     
  3. Stratification macrumors regular

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    My experience has been pretty similar. I've got an older Nokia 770 tablet, it has some great promise, and some pretty cool sounding applications. As you noted, though, things never quite seem finished. I'd love for Nokia's platform to really do well, but I don't see much progress for the most part. Looking at a Touch soon.
     
  4. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    I hate Linux or any open source software. I don't care what anyone says, it's crap.
     
  5. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    I would have to agree, Nokia really isn't doing too well with creating software. However, there are some good apps out there that do their jobs well. I find that the Internet tablet OS is more efficent than that on the iPhone, but it is also a lot more difficult to use. I find the internet browsing on the device to be very good, but anything else is pretty bad. I do, though, like some of the multimedia apps such as Canola and Rhapsody. But with the problem being at the core of the OS, the device really has no room for improvement. They tried to cram so much stuff in the N810 and due to this, everything lost some quality, which is currently being seen with the decline of their user base.

    With all of the Apple bashing, it sound like you were reading internettablettalk, eh? I'm sorry, I've grown to dislike those forums so much.

    Linux as an OS isn't meant to be great. It's designed to be free and expandable. Obviously you missed the point.
     
  6. snowmoon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Both are closed applications, not open source. Canola2 is also still very buggy.

    The NIH mentality is so disgusting.

    I didn't miss that point, but there is a tradeoff between what it does do and what it could do that is unacceptable in the NIT's.
     
  7. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    I wasn't quoting you, I was quoting someone else that replied to this thread.
     
  8. snowmoon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My bad. I do linux professionally so I know there are tradeoffs.
     

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