Nokia 770 Internet Tablet
Manufacturer: Nokia Part number: 0279324
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CNET editors' review
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- Reviewed by: Rick Broida
- Edited by: Bonnie Cha
- Reviewed on: 01/17/2006
The good: The Nokia 770 boasts a gorgeous, high-resolution screen that makes stunning Web pages. It has a full-featured Web browser and an e-mail client, plus it supports Internet radio and RSS newsfeeds. The 770 is attractive, easy to use, and great at detecting Wi-Fi hot spots.
The bad: The Nokia 770 suffers from extremely sluggish operation, with most movies and Flash animations too slow to be useful, and it relies only on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for connectivity. Unfortunately, VoIP and instant-messaging features have not yet been implemented, and the device accepts only RS-MMC memory cards.
The bottom line: The reasonably priced Nokia 770 is a neat idea and a slick device, but slow performance and a few missing features keep it from realizing its potential.
It's not a PDA or an all-in-one device, and that's a good thing
by theanticrust on May 27, 2005
Pros: Big screen, Linux
Cons: No IM, or VoIP support... yet
Summary: This is the device I've been waiting for after I sold my laptop. I've been wanting a device just to surf the internet. Laptops are too big to ...
Summary: This is the device I've been waiting for after I sold my laptop. I've been wanting a device just to surf the internet. Laptops are too big to easily pull out if you just want to check something on the net, and PDAs have too small of resolutions for normal web browsing and have millions of features that aren't extremely important and just add to the cost.
You could say it's a striped down PDA with a bigger and better screen, but that's exactly what you need if your main focus is simply browsing the internet on the go.
Buy a DS if you want to play games on the go, buy an iPod if you want to listen to music on the go, buy a N770 if you want to browse the internet on the go, cause that's what it's made for.
34 out of 39 users found this user opinion helpful.
Good idea, poor battery life
by bcason on June 17, 2005
Pros: small and compact
Cons: poor battery life
Summary: While the Nokia N770 Internet Tablet sounds like a great idea there is one major flaw of the device. According to the specifications on the Nokia website this thing only ...
Summary: While the Nokia N770 Internet Tablet sounds like a great idea there is one major flaw of the device. According to the specifications on the Nokia website this thing only gets 3.5 hours of battery life before it needs to be recharged. Why buy something that sounds wireless when in fact you will have to be tethered to an outlet to use it?
16 out of 21 users found this user opinion helpful.
Use it as it was intended ...
by Scuba_Steve on April 7, 2006
Pros: great battery life; great screen; connects wirelessly better than my laptop
Cons: there are none
Summary: I tell you what, I have just about had it with Cnet reviews. On more than one occasion you have gotten it wrong after I "reviewed" the same product myself. ...
Summary: I tell you what, I have just about had it with Cnet reviews. On more than one occasion you have gotten it wrong after I "reviewed" the same product myself. This device is the best thing to come down the pipe in a long time. IF you use it as it was intended to be used. C'mon ... if you want a phone, buy something else, if you want to scroll back and forth to read text, buy a Windows PDA. I'm extremely happy with my 770 and you would have a hard time convincing me some Windows PDA could do better. Your review is a BIG injustice to this product. I no longer will be using Cnet to obtain an opinion about another product - you all are on crack! You owe Nokia a big, big apology. They had the guts to produce a cutting edge device and you diss it because you can't call from it, or hook a stupid ethernet cable into it? Thats not how it was intended to be used. And battery life, your reviewer must have had full screen lumination on and surfing constantly to get anything less than 3 hours. Mine stays on 24/7, never turn it off. Plug it in every couple/three days "like" my phone. And I'm using it all day at the office to carry around with me (yeah, I'm an IT guy). I'm rambling now, but just so everyone knows, Cnet has lost my respect - totally - with this review.
PS - If you don't think Cnet got it wrong (again) look at all the user reviews praising this device. Cnet reviewers are noobs!
13 out of 14 users found this user opinion helpful.
Runs Great - Just remember its not a PC!
by myet01 on January 18, 2006
Cons: Not application friendly - Linux!
Summary: I have to disagree with CNET. This device does run fairly fast. You just have to remember, it is not a PC. It does not have 1 gb memory, 3 ...
Summary: I have to disagree with CNET. This device does run fairly fast. You just have to remember, it is not a PC. It does not have 1 gb memory, 3 gig processor, seperate video card, etc...
It was designed for portability and that is what it does great! I have taken it on trips and to resturants and it has worked everytime without a hitch!
The only real issue I see is that it was built using Linux and therefore not that user friendly when it comes to window acclimated people. However, I have no doubt that the Linux techies and Nokia will be working on a way to change that.
I recommend, BUY IT and leave the laptop at home or better yet, in the store!
7 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
In the home is where it will be used the most.
by jhennes2 on June 19, 2005
Pros: Portability, good screen size.
Cons: Should have an attachable mini keyboard.
Summary: Hot spots are great, but really how often are you sitting in Starbucks or Borders, and, when you are, for how long are you there?
This is a home device, ...
Summary: Hot spots are great, but really how often are you sitting in Starbucks or Borders, and, when you are, for how long are you there?
This is a home device, to be used in the Family Room, Kitchen, anywhere you don't want a desktop PC or even a laptop. Surf alittle, e-mail alittle, IM alittle. You're going to use it much more than you think.
Battery life is important, and 3.5 hours is barely adequate. A mini keyboard would be great.
7 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
innovative device for a great price
by janwill on January 19, 2006
Pros: nice screen, good battery life, Linux OS, price, build quality
Cons: RS MMC memory, slow CPU
Summary: giving the device a 4.9/10 is not justified. The price is great and the functionality can be extended by installing free linux programs. I always hated spending $25 ...
Summary: giving the device a 4.9/10 is not justified. The price is great and the functionality can be extended by installing free linux programs. I always hated spending $25 for small POS programs on Pocket PC. Now i can have my favorite Linux application in a small package. I have GAIM, VNC and IRC running on this device and it works great. The device is the perfect thin client and its mission is not to replace a full blown notebook. The performance is not as bad as it seems. I can listen to streaming media, chat on GAIM and browse the web with no problems. The User Interface is great and nicely integrated with the input hardware(Zoom buttons are really handy). I'm sorry cnet but your review shows that you have no clue about innovative products. You mentioned missing Instant Messenger but have forgoten to mention a growing library of popular FREE linux programs.
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Use it for what it is meant to be, you idiot reviewer!
by gaspero1 on May 16, 2006
Pros: Great screen, RS-MMC, wi-fi, bluetooth, battery life
Cons: E-mail client is worthless, unneccessarily limited use of the USB port
Summary: The reviewer obviously did not understand what he was reviewing. This device is not a PDA, nor is it a laptop replacement. It is designed to do one thing well, ...
Summary: The reviewer obviously did not understand what he was reviewing. This device is not a PDA, nor is it a laptop replacement. It is designed to do one thing well, which is to surf the net. For what it is meant to be, it excels. The screen is great. My battery life is far more than the reported three hours. Of course, I don't use this device as my primary machine. I use it for getting quick access to the net at coffee shops and in public spaces where wi-fi is readily available. I also use it for some other, more basic pda functions via a 3rd party open source suite of pda apps. Add a 1GB RS-MMC card (about $50 online), and you have a nice place to store files, and you can transfer them to and from the unit via USB, bluetooth, or wi-fi.
The only negatives I've found is that I can't get the email client to function at all with any of my e-mail accounts. I use webmail on the device instead, so that problem is avoided. My only real gripe is that I have a great idea that no one has caught on to yet, and that is if this thing could talk to other devices either via bluetooth or wi-fi, this combined with something like an iPod with a bluetooth adapter would be a great combination.
6 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
CNET Missed the Boat
by twloughlin on February 22, 2006
Pros: Lightweight, Compact, Great screen, Linux programs
Cons: Fonts can be small, audio not loud enough at times
Summary: Reviews con be frustrating when reviewers just miss the point of the device. I've had my device for about a month now, and I find it the best portable ...
Summary: Reviews con be frustrating when reviewers just miss the point of the device. I've had my device for about a month now, and I find it the best portable mobile device I've had among the four I have tried (two Casseopias, one Dana wireless and one Palm Zire). This is NOT a PDA nor cellphone; it is a compact web-browsing tablet with some good additional features such as audio, image and video viewing. The screen is brilliant, but the Opera-based browser (which is otherwise superb) uses a very small font which can be difficult for people wearing glasses or bifocals to read. I wish they had a 125% zoom instead of going directly from 100-150%. The device is quite fast for what it is designed to do, and can't be compared to the speed of a laptop. Many of us do not want or need to access the web from everywhere at every second, so finding a wi-fi hotspot is perfect, because it's generally free, as opposed to additional charges for mobile web. As a college professor, I can tote this tablet across campus, have access to the web and email almost everywhere, write quick Word-compatible notes with Abiword during meeting (it has handwriting recognition, which I have not tried yet), use GAIM for IM, listen to a podcast with the audioplayer, and check my calendar and appointments with DejaPIM or my Yahoo calendar (all the above are FREE add-on Debian-based programs; there are many other programs available and open source should give us many more). A Bluetooth keyboard driver is available should you want to add keyboard capability. I have a 512MB RS-MMC card ($50) for additional storage. I am seldom anywhere for more than 3 hours where I use the complete charge (and if I am I'm probably using my laptop, which has not much more battery life itself). Engadget named it one if its top gadgets for the year; perhaps people interested in a site which really understands mobile gadgets should check out engadget.com for better information than CNET offers.
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
exactly what i need
by guyforget on June 11, 2005
Pros: portable, wireless, pen input
Cons: linux os, not yet availble
Summary: I disagree with the reviewer who said there is no use for this device. This is exactly the type of the device I'm looking for. A tablet pc would ...
Summary: I disagree with the reviewer who said there is no use for this device. This is exactly the type of the device I'm looking for. A tablet pc would be overkill for the average person. This device is perfect for someone who is just interested in surfing the web. This device could become a hit if priced right.
7 out of 11 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great as a browser & you don't want to lug around a laptop
by MrGeekyMan on January 18, 2006
Pros: Excellent screen, zoom feature, good browser (Opera)
Cons: Far too little memory, CPU is a little slow, no USB keyboard
Summary: If you bothered to watch the flash intro on the Nokia site, you'd know exactly what this is for: browsing/email/etc. when you don't want to lug ...
Summary: If you bothered to watch the flash intro on the Nokia site, you'd know exactly what this is for: browsing/email/etc. when you don't want to lug a laptop, or wait for it to boot. For that, it's excellent. I use mine at home, take it on trips, use it in the car (borrowing a little connectivity when we're stopped), and at local WiFi cafes. I can browse the web *and* answer email *and* listen to web radio for hours.
I can't say enough about the screen. It's large enough (resolution, not physical dimensions, which are a tad small) to show web pages at full size without scrolling - no wap trade-offs, or Sidekick-like reformatting. Add to that the quality of the image - it's bright, clear, with excellent color - and the innovative zoom key, the ability to scroll vertically around overly-large pages, etc., and you have a great browsing experience.
Also, there's a robust community developing s/w - I have a choice of several browsers, have all the *nix utilities I need to work remotely, and even an interesting port of Doom if I want to take out some aggression.
On the down side, sometimes even one browser window will cause the dreaded "Low on memory" message (it seems to be almost always related to the amount of Flash on the page), and if you do have several applications open, switching between them is terribly slow.
If Nokia fixed the memory/processor problem (even if that meant upping the price $50) this product would be a 10.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Nokia
- Part number: 0279324
- Description: Go ahead - move the Web! With the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet you can browse your favorite sites and catch up on your email - from right where you are. Whether you're relaxing on the sofa or enjoying the moment at your favorite cafe, if you have broadband access over WI-FI the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet gives you instant wireless access to the Web. You can also stream files, tune in to Internet radio, News Reader, or play your favorite videos and music. The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet is easy to use, and easy on your eyes too, with a truly portable design, fashionably discrete brushed metal cover, and an ultra sharp widescreen display that's optimized for viewing online content.
- Type 4.13 in TFT active matrix
- Display Resolution 800 x 480
- Color Depth 16-bit (64K colors)
- Operating System Internet Tablet OS 2006
- Processor Texas Instruments OMAP1710
- Flash Memory 64 MB RS-MMC
- RAM 64 MB - DDR SDRAM
- ROM 128 MB - Flash
- Supported Flash Memory Cards RS-MMC
- Wireless Connectivity 802.11b/g,
- GPS Navigation None
- Audio Speaker
- Supported Digital Audio Formats AAC,
- Type Stylus
- Preloaded Software File Manager,
Macromedia Flash Player 6,
Expansion and Connectivity
- Expansion Slot(s) 1 x RS-MMC
- Interfaces 1 x USB,
- Capacity 1500 mAh
- Run Time 3 hour(s)
- Standby Time Up to 168 h
- Color Black,
- Features Full USB
- Included Accessories Power adapter , 2 styluses,
- Cables Included 1 x USB cable
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 5.6 in
- Depth 0.7 in
- Height 3.1 in
- Weight 8.1 oz
- Min Operating Temperature 14 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 131 °F
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