Nokia 770 Platform Won’t be Successful

Today at the LinuxWorld Summit in New York, Nokia announced its new tablet PC platform, the Nokia 770. It’s a pocket-sized handheld tablet computer, with WiFi and Bluetooth support, running on Linux. There are several things about it that aren’t quite right.

Today at the LinuxWorld Summit in New York, Nokia announced its new tablet PC platform, the Nokia 770. It's a pocket-sized handheld tablet computer, with WiFi and Bluetooth support, running on Linux. Here's a photo.

There are several things about it that aren't quite right:

  • There's no cellular modem. It relies on an additional Bluetooth mobile phone.
  • Historically, Nokia hasn't been successful selling devices with no carrier relationship. Nokia operates best when the purchase price of its devices are being subsidised by a phone contract.
  • It's being positioned as a device for the home, but it's surprisingly small for a home device. It's not much bigger than a remote control. A home device ought to be bigger, say 10"/25cm diagonal.
  • Conversely, it's not being positioned as a nomadic device. Its size implies that it's much more suited to being a highly-featured laptop replacement.
  • The performance is very poor. The demo devices were extremely slow.

It's a shame. Much of the industrial design is very compelling. It's been let down by the execution.

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