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Capn_Fish
post Mar 21 2008, 02:40 PM
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My N810 came today (biggrin.gif), so here are some first thoughts/comparisons to the Zaurus:

-It's smaller
-Its screen doesn't seem quite as nice (seems similar to a ThinkPad LCD, not so much like a touchscreen)
-The keyboard is OK, worse than the Z's. You need to hold your thumbs parallel to the screen's long sides to type on the top row.
-Keymap is NOT set up for standard Linux use (/ is a key combo?!?)
-Poky doesn't work with the touchscreen (sad.gif), Angstrom results with a normal image soon.
-It appears to be difficult to brick (no restore menu, but other detects USB on boot, can flash it from there)
-The battery door feels flimsy when removed from the device, solid otherwise

More to come!
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nilch
post Mar 26 2008, 07:12 AM
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On the software note - from a user perspective and not a hackability perspective, I am actually happier with the OS2008 on N810 than the Zaurus.
The N810 allows me to do more in terms of daily life usage , than the Z in these areas
Skype/Gizmo
Chat online
Connect to Internet by 3G thru BT for constant internet access
Podcast support and listening and downloading - all in one device - on the Z it was a bit more difficult to do all .
Good Video and media player
Very good browser support and flash support - plus support for mobile versions of sites (and iPhone versions)

On hackability and tweaking perspective, the Z did allow more to be done. But again I always want to use my device first and then tweak and hack. The same was true on my Zaurus C1000. In that useage sense, I do like the N810 and what is provides right now.

Of course, I do miss many other aspects of the Zaurus , and do now and again fire up my Z.




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post Mar 26 2008, 03:10 PM
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QUOTE(nilch @ Mar 26 2008, 03:12 PM) *
On the software note - from a user perspective and not a hackability perspective, I am actually happier with the OS2008 on N810 than the Zaurus.
The N810 allows me to do more in terms of daily life usage , than the Z in these areas
Skype/Gizmo
Chat online
Connect to Internet by 3G thru BT for constant internet access
Podcast support and listening and downloading - all in one device - on the Z it was a bit more difficult to do all .
Good Video and media player
Very good browser support and flash support - plus support for mobile versions of sites (and iPhone versions)

On hackability and tweaking perspective, the Z did allow more to be done. But again I always want to use my device first and then tweak and hack. The same was true on my Zaurus C1000. In that useage sense, I do like the N810 and what is provides right now.

Of course, I do miss many other aspects of the Zaurus , and do now and again fire up my Z.


You've highlighted things the Z will probably never have: Skype and Flash.

Skype could be a make or break deal for some; the SIP/VOIP clients on Zaurus, especially for Cacko, have not been magnificent, not sure if latest Ekiga or similar on Angstrom are good.

I've had bluetooth networking via PAN, and also using a 3G phone working just fine, it's just PPP over RFCOMM over BT!

There was a nice shoutcast client for QT; I think Quasar addressed many weaknesses.

The Nokia also has working sat nav, whereas the Z only has it using a hacked-up tomtom application.
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Capn_Fish   N810 Stuff   Mar 21 2008, 02:40 PM
speculatrix   I must admit I was disappointed by reviews of the ...   Mar 21 2008, 04:44 PM
ArchiMark   Hey Capn, just noticed that you got your N810...   Mar 25 2008, 06:04 PM
Capn_Fish   So far I've been pretty disappointed: -Keyboa...   Mar 25 2008, 06:18 PM
ArchiMark   QUOTE(Capn_Fish @ Mar 25 2008, 07:18 PM) ...   Mar 25 2008, 06:39 PM
speculatrix   QUOTE(Capn_Fish @ Mar 26 2008, 02:18 AM) ...   Mar 26 2008, 06:50 AM
Capn_Fish   The hardware: ~90-95% pleased The software: ~30-45...   Mar 26 2008, 03:27 AM
BarryW   I'd like to see some close ups of the sliding ...   Mar 26 2008, 05:54 AM
nilch   On the software note - from a user perspective and...   Mar 26 2008, 07:12 AM
stupkid   A co-worker of mine has a N770 and N800. He loves...   Mar 26 2008, 09:27 AM
speculatrix   QUOTE(nilch @ Mar 26 2008, 03:12 PM) On t...   Mar 26 2008, 03:10 PM
nilch   QUOTE(speculatrix @ Mar 26 2008, 07:10 PM...   Mar 26 2008, 06:20 PM
Capn_Fish   I already have root access, but why do you have to...   Mar 27 2008, 08:33 AM
speculatrix   QUOTE(Capn_Fish @ Mar 27 2008, 04:33 PM) ...   Mar 27 2008, 08:48 AM
Capn_Fish   Or, more to the point: CODEalias su "sudo gai...   Mar 27 2008, 12:20 PM
nilch   QUOTE(Capn_Fish @ Mar 27 2008, 04:20 PM) ...   Mar 27 2008, 06:07 PM
Capn_Fish   I have yet to figure out how to do that (one would...   Mar 27 2008, 06:14 PM
BarryW   QUOTE(Capn_Fish @ Mar 27 2008, 05:14 PM) ...   Mar 27 2008, 09:00 PM
Capn_Fish   I meant add stuff to the sidebar. Sorry for not be...   Mar 28 2008, 03:35 AM
BarryW   QUOTE(Capn_Fish @ Mar 28 2008, 02:35 AM) ...   Mar 28 2008, 06:36 AM
nilch   Go into xTerminal. Select main Menu -> Tools ...   Mar 28 2008, 12:15 PM
Capn_Fish   It appears I have hope yet for a new distro on the...   Apr 25 2008, 02:48 PM
ArchiMark   QUOTE(Capn_Fish @ Apr 25 2008, 03:48 PM) ...   Apr 25 2008, 05:56 PM
Capn_Fish   An update (long delayed): Debian runs quite nicely...   Jul 14 2008, 08:04 PM
speculatrix   QUOTE(Capn_Fish @ Jul 15 2008, 05:04 AM) ...   Jul 16 2008, 02:38 AM
Capn_Fish   I actually flashed Diablo right before doing the n...   Jul 16 2008, 07:17 AM


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