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
Member since:
2007-04-25

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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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Yes, I meant commercial development possibilities. One of the companies I consult for is developing mobile apps for their service. Iphone app: absolutely needed. Android: Yes, obviously. Black berry: Of course. Mameo/Meego/Ovi: Nobody knows what it is ( including the Euro branch).

I won't argue the hardware side again. You either understand why its not good, or your don't. Nothing I can say can convince die hard n900 ers otherwise.

For software dev choices, yes its awesome. But that's not enough to make up for every thing else. Even if you really like the platform, you'd be stupid to buy it now with new ( good) hardware coming out soon. I think everyone who would buy a n900 already has one. I can't think of a sensible reason for anyone to buy one right now, other than a developer to replace a broken one if money isn't a n object.

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spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

There are about 1-2 million Maemo devices around, which is a pretty small market but the competition is low. If you release yet another fart app for the iPhone, chances are people won't even notice another app was available. If you release it for Maemo, every single consumer who is looking for a fart app will reach your app.

I bought one one month ago and I have a friend who bought it last week. Are we stupid? I don't think so. We needed an awesome mobile computer and the N900 is the only awesome mobile computer that is easily available. Waiting for the N9 would be stupid since I have to change phone every year (because of stupid carrier)

Edited 2010-11-19 14:33 UTC

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