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June 23, 2005

Nokia N770 Internet Tablet

Is it a phone? A PDA?

As wireless hot spots spring up like toadstools, Internet devices designed to take advantage of this trend are sprouting up as well. Enter the Nokia N770 Internet Tablet (5.5 by 3.1 by 0.7 inches; 8.1 ounces). Not necessarily a smart phone or a traditional handheld, the N770 is designed to provide a mobile user with Internet access either via Wi-Fi or by connecting to a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone. Packed to the gills with a host of productivity applications and multimedia features, the N770 is a promising device. That said, while it works with a myriad of multimedia, its lack of support for native Microsoft file formats such as WMA and WMV will limit its appeal. Also, as more robust smart phones appear on the mobile landscape, it remains to be seen how many users are willing to carry two devices when, in many instances, one will suffice. The price should be $350, and we should see it by the second half of this year.

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06:38 AM in Cell Phones, Gadgets | Permalink