Linked by Cymro on Thu 21st Jan 2010 22:35 UTC
Apple It's the most hyped device of the moment, a device that nobody has laid eyes on without an NDA death-grip. While rumour and speculation escalate (sometimes giving way to apathy), little has leaked out of Cupertino. But nobody seems to be asking whether this tablet thing will be successful or not.
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RE[6]: How... - hardware limitations
by jabbotts on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 15:52 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: How..."
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A long lingering complaint has been the poor choice of GPU chip int he N810 and previous. This results in poor video quality playback and similar graphics heavy functions. Among it's changes, the N900 has a GPU capable of higher resolution video and 3D rendering.

Maemo 5 is written with a new interface taking advantage of the N900's newer hardware; lots of pretty-shiny and flipping screens with finger swipes. Porting it back to the older hardware with limited GPU chips wouldn't go well.

Since Maemo 5 has some specific hardware requirements, I hope that the developer community continues to update Maemo 4 for the N8x0 folks. There was a recent firmware update so development hasn't sopped with the release of the new version. Maemo 5 seems to be evolving quickly, though it didn't originally include portrait and landscape views, the newest firmware now includes a traditional portrait phone view. Other bits will continue to trickle in also.

I also thought that Nokia had been much more open with Maemo 5 including releasing source for NIC drivers and other bits kept closed in the past.

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