Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Apr 2007 15:47 UTC, submitted by george
Intel Intel is developing its own take on the mini-tablet, with a new ultra-mobile PC platform to be announced at this week's Intel Developer Forum in Beijing. The big surprise? It's based on Linux. In the meantime, Intel announced new details of its forthcoming Santa Rosa PC platform, including a significant revision of the Core 2 Duo chip.
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RE[2]: Don't Understand Tablets
by segedunum on Mon 16th Apr 2007 19:38 UTC in reply to "RE: Don't Understand Tablets"
segedunum
Member since:
2005-07-06

Except Nokia tablets are in fact commercially successful

No they're not, and there are no sales figures to support that in any way, shape or form.

I also don't know why you say that Nokia Tablets are selling well (plural), because Nokia don't have many tablets to sell at all. What they do sell are the Nokia 770, and the N800, which is just an evolution of the same thing. They're just unstable beta test pieces of kit for Linux, with some open source software on them, for the open source Linux enthusiast crowd to lap up. That's not commercially successful.

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fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

Except Nokia tablets are in fact commercially successful

No they're not, and there are no sales figures to support that in any way, shape or form.


Actually, you haven't given any figures to show they are not commercially successfule, just as the previous poster had not demonstrated that they were.

Anyone have any facts on this?

So far, in my not-very-humble opinion, sub/micro/nano/etc devices like this have not been very successful. I would like somebody to succeed. How successful was the Toshiba Libretto?

BTW, how's that Microsoft micro-notebook going? I haven't heard much about it in a long time.

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Actually, you haven't given any figures to show they are not commercially successfule, just as the previous poster had not demonstrated that they were.

I have. The last estimate was around 25,000 units sold (see the link), and there has been no word on it since. If you have some spectacular sales figures for Nokia's tablets, again, I'm all ears. You ain't going to find any though.

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RE[3]: Don't Understand Tablets
by benlr on Mon 16th Apr 2007 21:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Don't Understand Tablets"
benlr Member since:
2007-04-16

Nokia have not pushed the device particularly hard commercially; they seem to have been pretty clear from the outset that the strategic aim is to create a viable Linux mobile platform. In that sense the project seems to have been fairly successful. There is a chicken and egg situation here: without there being a viable device for linux development there will be no successful open platform. Contrast with this the Motorola approach: writing their own interface to sit on top of Linux with virtually no Linux community around it.

By the way, from what I can tell the N770/N800 are far from being unusable pieces of beta kit. I assume that segedunum you are basing this on actually trying the device and not just on rumour and speculation?

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

they seem to have been pretty clear from the outset that the strategic aim is to create a viable Linux mobile platform.

Depends what you mean by viable.

By the way, from what I can tell the N770/N800 are far from being unusable pieces of beta kit.

Then you just haven't used one, or you have a lot of emotion invested in it as several people seem to have ;-).

I assume that segedunum you are basing this on actually trying the device and not just on rumour and speculation?

Yes. Also, read the reviews that OSNews had once:

http://www.osnews.com/story.php/15079/Review-Nokia-770-Internet-Tab...

That sums up all my gripes having tried to use one for a day:

http://blogbeebe.blogspot.com/2006/03/using-nokia-770-internet-tabl...
http://blogbeebe.blogspot.com/2006/07/nokia-770-internet-tablet-os-...

It's a toy for tinkerers and those who want to spend an inordinate amount of time on it. It is by no means an acceptable product for normal people.

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