Gadget Geeks - I need your opinions (in Off-topic)

QBsutekh137 November 17 2005 3:35 PM EST

Nokia 770
Playstation Portable (no link, since I figure lots of you have one)

I would love to have a little gadget to browse the web with while sitting around at home. I have a house mate now, and rather than always kick him off the Mac when I need it (usually just for email or CB), I could use a smaller device.

The Nokia 770 looks damn cool. A bit pricey for what it does, but a nice piece of kit. It hasn't been out long, but I am wondering if anyone case one or has heard anything.

The PSP is cheaper, plays games, and readily available. But I am worried about the wireless connectivity and the browser experience (no touchscreen). Also, I am figuring the Nokia has a better browser overall since it is essentially built atop Linux, etc. Quicker upgrades, quicker fixes. But the PSP also allows the playback of those little movies, etc.

Also, what about the CB experience on a device like this? C-Enter is out the window (no keyboard on either), but are there equivalent quick keypad strokes that end up working the same way?

Any thoughts? I am waiting a while regardless, probably till after the holidays. But it has been a while since I treated myself to a gizmo, and wanted to get all the feedback I can...


AdminJonathan November 17 2005 3:50 PM EST

If you mainly want to sit at home and browse, get a used laptop.

Not as sexy but a whole lot more functional...

AdminQBVerifex [Serenity In Chaos] November 17 2005 4:19 PM EST

Or if you are a bachelor, get a spare desktop, and just plop it in the living room somewhere. out of the way and get a wireless keyboard and a little sidetable for the mouse, and either use the TV with associated cables, or get a little lcd screen.

YOU November 17 2005 4:27 PM EST

for 300$ you can already put up a nice linux box to do whatever you need instead of paying for That and THAT. (remember memory could add $100)

Stephen November 17 2005 5:23 PM EST

Using my PSP for browsing has been an underwhelming experience. Most sites cannot render properly within the screen width, and start overlapping and trying to scale down the page, and anything with more than a few images quickly runs out of memory.

QBsutekh137 November 17 2005 5:38 PM EST

Thanks for the info, all...

Some comments:

Nope, not getting another PC or Mac. Played that game before, was up to 4 computers and a laptop (linux, Windows, headless, name it I messed with it). Life is too short to be frittering around with all that crap. I am down to a Mac and an ancient laptop. If the laptop dies, I might get another, but not before then.

Yes, the laptop (or a newer one) could work, but there is still lug factor there. I want something I don't have to bag up if I want to head to w Wi-Fi coffee shop down the street. I don't want to have to do OS updates -- zero maintenance is my goal, or maybe the occasional firmware patch (think iPod or cell phone when considering my maintenance threshold). I know the upside and downside of that, and I like appliances (where they work). That is why I have a video game console instead of playing computer games. It is the same type of thing to me.

Stephen, thanks for your PSP comments. I assume the Nokia would have issues too, even at 800x480 resolution. What is the effective browser resolution on the PSP?

I know very well that with the requirements I elaborate on above, I may end up getting nothing. I'm OK with that. I'm just intrigued by this Nokia thingy because it can do for me in the palm of my hand what I do on the computer 60-70% of the time, with near-zero maintenance.

Thanks again to one and all.

Maelstrom November 17 2005 5:46 PM EST

You know Sut, I've been thinking of exactly the same thing. I'd like some small device I can easily carry, instead of sitting in front of a desktop indoors all the time. I haven't looked into it very much yet, but as Xmas approaches...

I've considered getting one of the nice small laptops that are out there - the 12" or less ones. Of course, the small ones are quite expensive: usually over $1500.

What about a Treo? Doesn't Ranger use one to access CB? Have the the problems with the new sidebar features been resolved?

QBsutekh137 November 17 2005 5:54 PM EST

Well, Treo is almost more expensive (than the 770), and I don't need a phone/PDA. Also, browsing on the Treo overall seems like it would be more limited (smaller screen). But you are right, there are other alternatives. Heck, I could get a used iBook for well under $1000 and stick with OS X...

QBsutekh137 November 17 2005 5:55 PM EST

Oh, and Maelstrom, the 770 is already out in the UK...why don't you go buy one and tell me how you like it? *smile*

Maelstrom November 17 2005 6:28 PM EST

I'm in Canada, not the UK...

G Beee, you're a gadget geek, right? Want to get a new toy to tell us about?
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