Convergence between the ‘puter and the mobile ‘phone is coming. My existing phone (E71) is a step along the way, and arguably skype on the laptop is approaching from the other direction.
Now Nokia have released the N900, and I’m thinking this looks interesting. Have they bridged the gap to the point of being worth buying as a converged device, or is this still no more than an interesting device that nearly makes it?
On the plus side, it’s a Linux box, with builtin display but also the capability of plugging in to a monitor, keyboard and mouse when at a desk, all in a unit that’ll fit in a pocket, and can be used in a smaller space than a conventional laptop/netbook. And with a SIM card it offers builtin connectivity.
As against that, it’s on the bulky side for a mobile ‘phone, and lacks the battery life of the E71 or a simpler device. One wouldn’t want it to replace the phone.
And the crux of the matter: is Maemo really Linux as we know it, or am I going to find it a waste of time to attach that keyboard and monitor and try to use it as a porta-‘puter?
I guess a good proxy for that question is, does it run X11 natively / without fuss? If it does, I think enough follows from that to make it a real ‘puter. If not, what I want may still be vaporware.
Anyone using the device as I envisage? Or tried but found it problematic?