Nokia 770 Internet Tablet

GCN Lab review


The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet is a $200 paperweight. Nokia was unable to sidestep Sharp Electronics' mistake in making the Zaurus, a Linux-based handheld. Linux is counterintuitive enough as a desktop; as a handheld, it's like trying to solve a Rubik's Cube blindfolded. Figuring out something as simple as how to change the battery settings felt like playing around with a computer in the early days of graphical user interfaces.

The 770 is designed for wireless Internet browsing, which is the only thing it does well. It has limited e-mail functions and includes software such as a Really Simple Syndication news reader, an Internet radio, and an image viewer and media player for some types of media ' the operative word being some.

Nokia boasts that the 770 can make free Wi-Fi phone calls, but it only works with two services, the most popular being Google Talk.

Measuring 5.5 inches by 3.1 inches by 0.7 inches and weighing 8.1 ounces, the 770 is light but bulky, making it a difficult travel companion. It's powered by a 252 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP 1710 CPU backed by 64M of double-data-rate RAM, and 128M of internal Flash memory.

Despite having good performance and decent Web browsing capabilities, its complex navigational construct and limited list of applications, such as only one Internet radio option, place the Nokia 770 at the bottom of the barrel.

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