Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Nov 2010 16:44 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless ...and finally it pays off for OSNews to have a Dutch editor. Yes, I knew this glorious day would one day be upon us, the day upon which the rest of the technology world would be struggling with Google Translate to decipher a Dutch article with news in it. But not for OSNews, oh no! Anyway, Steve Wozniak, Apple founder and still technically an employee, gave an interview to a Dutch newspaper (the worst we have, but still) in which he made some interesting remarks. Update: Told you it's the worst newspaper we have.
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RE[6]: MeeGo - not on the N900
by ricegf on Fri 19th Nov 2010 13:20 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: MeeGo - not on the N900"
ricegf
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Its not a serious option for someone looking for a new phone & platform to develop with.


I'm sorry, you'll have to turn in your geek card now. Despite any other shortcomings, N900 is simply light-years ahead in development options.

Use QT and target all recent and future Nokia smartphones. Or use SDL for games. Or gtk+, if that's your cup of tea.

Use Python (with PyGame, PyQT, PySide, *or* PyGTK+). Or Ruby. Or Perl. Or C, C++, Java, and most other compiled languages. Heck, you can probably use FORTRAN if you must. This is not an "Objective C / Java or die" phone.

N900 is simply unmatched in development options, bar none.

Even if you mean commercial development opportunity, the Ovi store is seeing 3 million downloads a day and growing rapidly. Not the largest by any means, but quite respectable nonetheless. Quite a few developers have sold over a million copies of their apps.

And the N900's hardware still compares quite nicely to more recent Androids and iPhones, despite its remarkable age. (Since my family also has a Cliq and a Vibrant - we've compared! :-D) 32 gig flash (*plus* SD), 1 gig RAM / VM, FM transmitter, great keyboard and camera, and the kickstand still draws envious comments to this day. Sure, the 600 MHz CPU is a bit dated, but responsiveness is comparable to recent Androids.

Besides, *WE* had Angry Birds *FIRST*! ;-)

It's not the next great thing, but it's still a perfectly reasonable option - *particularly* if you want a great development platform.

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