Arstechnica recently took an in depth look at the Nokia 770. I was disappointed to hear that the stylus didn’t compliment the 770’s sleek and slender styling (they found it the worst stylus they had ever used), but hey its just a small part of the package. Although Arstechnica found it to be the best “Internet browsing experience of any handheld device? they were frustrated with the poor hand writing recognition software – even after training it for 30 minutes. I was hoping that Nokia would have some sort of slide out keyboard (wishful thinking) from either side of the device. Artechnica did note that the screen was beautiful and the device itself is pretty sexy. According to them the processor speed could have been beefed up a bit (resulted in slow page loads), but for the most part they were able to navigate the net relatively seamlessly. Arstechnica concluded in conflict, but ultimately decided a version 2 of the 770 is necessary, as there are a number of “short comings that need to be addressed.?

Menu navigation can be tedious as well, as you have to meander through cascading menus to find what you’re looking for. I realize that with limited screen real estate, there’s not a ton of room for icons. However, some of Nokia’s choices with the 770 are mystifying, especially the lack of a delete button when viewing e-mail. The e-mail client in general is a sore spot with the 770. It needs more refinement in order to be anything more than a nuisance to use. I found myself using the web-based clients to check my e-mail accounts after awhile.
The 770 could also use some beefier hardware. One of the attractive things about the 770 for me is the price—US$359. In order to hit that price point, I imagine Nokia had to make some hardware tradeoffs. Unfortunately, those make themselves glaringly apparent at times. 128MB of shared memory isn’t enough; neither is a 250MHz ARM

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Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."