Nokia 770 Internet Tablet gets 2006 OS software update

Nokia 770 Internet Tablet gets 2006 OS software update

Summary: Nokia's Linux-based mobile device gets an important software update that adds VoIP support and new large format on-screen keyboard. Is there a market for the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet and how does it compete with the UMPC devices?


The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet is a device that I seriously considered purchasing before I bought my Samsung Q1 UMPC. It is primarily designed as a device for providing you mobile internet access via WiFi or Bluetooth and Nokia just made it even more powerful with their 2006 OS update that adds Google Talk VoIP and messaging support. The update also includes a new full-screen keyboard for easier text entry. Full retail price of the Internet Tablet is only US$359.99, which seems to be a great deal considering all the features that it has along with the open source Linux support.

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I have been using the Samsung Q1 UMPC for email, internet access, multimedia functions (movie watching and podcast listening), Office document creation and editing, MindManager mapping, GPS navigation, and Skype calls. The Nokia 770 can perform many of these same tasks, but it does lack sizable storage with only 128MB flash and an external RS-MMC slot (only cards with 1GB capacity are currently available). This limits the multimedia and GPS navigation functionality. I think the 770 makes an excellent email and internet browsing device, but I don't think it can replace the UMPC at this time. Do you think the 770 can be used instead of an UMPC priced at 3 times the amount?

Topic: Nokia

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  • UMPC will win over a Linux tablet

    I'm afraid the $399 Nokia device will lose against the the UMPC driven by Microsoft and Intel. Forget about it.

    The Nokia device uses Linux on top of an ARM processor. The ARM processor is the fatal blow. If Nokia would wake up some day and find that cellphone technology is not the right architecture for this and use x86, they might be successfull. At least until they get run over by the PC industry. It depends what Nokia wants to do. Get serious about the category with x86 and come in early <or> a slow death using ARM.
  • Hamachi zero-configuration VPN now working on Nokia 770

    Run Hamachi on your home system and on your 770 and you have a secure VPN connection to your home system's resources everywhere you go!

    Go to to read more about Hamachi and download Windows, Linux, or OSX versions. Then go to and grab the kit for your 770.

    Add VNC and you can have your home XP desktop on the Nokia 770 also!