Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Nov 2010 12:48 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It's no secret that the webOS is no speed demon. Sure, it has the most elegant multitasking interface (the fact that it multitasks at all means it bests both Android and iOS), but it's not exactly fast. This is all going to change. Palm held its Developer Day in New York this weekend, and unveiled its new application development framework, set to replace the current Mojo framework. Not only will this new framework, named Enyo, be a lot faster than Mojo, it will also be designed around multiple display resolutions.
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RE: Comment by hendi
by Morgan on Tue 23rd Nov 2010 17:30 UTC in reply to "Comment by hendi"
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Well, I guess neither Android nor iOS would be a speed demon when running on a device with 500MHz.

Indeed, I am often disappointed with the lack of speed and responsiveness of my Android phone (Motorola Cliq). The phone itself is a nice design but I think the HTC G2 is what I'd prefer in this form factor. That said, I'm still lusting after the Nokia N900 and if they are still available after the first of the year, when my budget allows for it, I may get one. Android is nice, and it's almost the best smartphone platform I've owned but it's not what I thought it would be.

And no, I don't believe I should have to root my phone to get an approximation of full functionality. My first smartphone, a Treo 650, is still my favorite out of the ones I've owned and never required rooting to bend it to my needs. For that matter, neither did the Blackberries I've had over the years, though they all left me wanting greatly regarding processing power. My brief stint with an iPhone, jailbroken or not, left me unimpressed and feeling like I was talking on an iPod with a phone slapped on at the last second.

I'm definitely interested in the N900 as a phone with no boundaries. I'm only apprehensive about two things: Battery life and the resistive touchscreen.

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RE[2]: Comment by hendi
by spiderman on Wed 24th Nov 2010 08:49 in reply to "RE: Comment by hendi"
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I'm definitely interested in the N900 as a phone with no boundaries. I'm only apprehensive about two things: Battery life and the resistive touchscreen.

The battery life is not that bad since PR1.3. Actually if you are used to Android, it is not worse. The battery life sucks when you compare it with Symbian phones and feature phones but it is in line with other Android and iPhones. It lasts about 1-2 days in normal usage.
The resistive touch screen sucks though if you are used to Android. In my opinion it is not bad, I actually prefer resistive over capacitive but if you are used to Android you may be disappointed. The advantage is that is is more precise. You can use it to write stuff in Xournal with the stylus. Some applications are not possible without it. The drawback is that you can't pinch. you have to use buttons to zoom in and out. There is a button for that on top of the phone.
Other than, that the software is just awesome.

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RE[3]: Comment by hendi
by Morgan on Wed 24th Nov 2010 09:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by hendi"
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Thank you for your observations. Interestingly, the two Symbian phones I've used most recently (an N73 and a Nuron) had battery life as bad as my Moto Cliq. With all three I had to charge at least once a day, sometimes twice daily. These days, using my Cliq as a tethered modem via USB, it stays charged though.

That's another concern I forgot about with the N900; if I switch, will I still be able to tether, and as easily? I'm using Easytether right now and it's great. I think I could set up an internet sharing link using Ubuntu on the netbook fairly easily, but I dual boot Windows too and I've had issues with using shared links in that OS in the past. Perhaps if there is a built-in or third party solution that just turns the phone into a wifi hotspot, I'd be all set.

I do have a spare line on my account which has no monthly fee for the next year (LOVE that promotion), and to my knowledge the N900 qualifies for T-mobile's $15/month featurephone unlimited internet plan. I may just put it on that line and use it in conjunction with the Android phone for a while, to have a side-by-side comparison.

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