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Daniel Gentleman domain for sale

2010-01-07 18:40 UTC  by  Daniel Gentleman
This domain name is for sale. Contact tabletblog (at) thoughtfix dot com.
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Retiring from TabletBlog

2009-10-12 17:52 UTC  by  Daniel Gentleman
First, I want to congratulate Nokia and the Maemo team on the excellent progression of Maemo over the years. It looks amazing.

Maemo has taken on a totally different direction with the recent release. What started as a hacker-friendly, reasonably priced mobile computer has grown into a high-performance, luxury phone. Maemo tablets have gone from "having no competition in the class" to "taking on the big smartphone market." The Maemo team is proud of what they have created and they should be. From what I have seen and read, the N900 looks like a fantastic phone.

With that, I am retiring from I don't have the time, energy, or money to keep up with the world of luxury smartphone competition. I am seeking new ownership for the domain name and will find some way to archive and mirror the content as it is under the Creative Commons Attribution License.
Categories: maemo 5
Daniel Gentleman

N900 and bundled apps

2009-09-10 19:19 UTC  by  Daniel Gentleman
I haven't played with the N900 yet so I do not know this answer - but will the N900 come with any community-created apps? What's bundled inside?
Categories: N900
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N900 - Sticker shock (updated by readers)

2009-09-02 18:42 UTC  by  Daniel Gentleman
**UPDATE** Read the comments for better perspective!

All the posts about the N900 are swirling around. It is indeed a VERY sexy device and I am proud maemo development team for producing such an amazing piece of technology.

The price ... What can I say? 500 British pounds = 812.5 U.S. dollars

What's the target market for the N900 at that rate? This may be status quo for luxury devices in some parts of the world, but Nseries phones never took off in the US. My guess: Wealthy hackers who aren't already fascinated by iPhones or Android phones. I am sure both of them will be thrilled to buy it. For perspective, here is some more stuff you can buy for US $800:

Electronics: (prices as of today from
A Dell Studio Core2Duo T6500, 4GB, DVDRW, 17" Widescreen, 320GB HDD.
An LG 42" 1080p LCD HDTV
Three Asus Eee 900 netbooks

I suppose cutting-edge technology deserves a cutting-edge price, but the US consumer luxury device is lower than it has been in a long time. It's a good thing for Nokia that they don't focus on the US for their success.
Categories: buying
Daniel Gentleman

Nokia N900 - Beyond the Specs

2009-08-27 17:26 UTC  by  Daniel Gentleman

In this first impression post, I'll be talking about the hardware changes only. I have yet to use Maemo 5, so I cannot really comment on it yet.
Click to read 944 more words
Categories: reviews
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TabletBlog content licensing opened

2009-08-24 21:09 UTC  by  Daniel Gentleman
In addition to removing all ads from -

Except where specifically noted, all content created for and are now covered by the Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0. This includes all videos hosted under the ThoughtFix YouTube channel and all images hosted under ThoughtFix accounts on Picasa and Flickr linked from these blogs.
Categories: blogging
Daniel Gentleman

All advertising removed from

2009-08-24 20:02 UTC  by  Daniel Gentleman
Since this blog isn't even passing payout thresholds for AdSense and Chitika anymore, I've decided to simply remove both advertising elements from the site. The future of the actual TabletBlog content will be determined by mid-September.
Categories: blogging
Daniel Gentleman
Early September. That's when all the cards hit the table.

Nokia is the #1 global smartphone provider, but Apple's chipping away at them. Nokia makes superior hardware, technological leaps ahead, and open software platforms. Apple makes "pretty" hardware and an all-in-one solution for hardware, software, music/video management, and applications.

iPhone users have a hard time using Nokia products due to the lack of a cohesive management interface. Users feel like the Nokia PC Suite and Ovi suite apps are far behind iTunes in music/video management, music/media store, app store, and interface cohesion. In my personal experience, the N97 software is about as stable as an egg. On a flag pole. During an earthquake.

Nokia users have a hard time using Apple products because the hardware is inferior, has fewer features, and has no opportunity for homebrew applications. Nokia users are accustomed to using any application they can find and download instead of just those approved by the application store. They're used to 5 megapixel images with video and flash. They have options for keyboards, touchscreens, candybar phones, sliders, and more.

Maemo is cut from a different cloth than Symbian. It started out as a proof-of-concept project for Nokia on the 770 Internet Tablet and grew into a global collaboration of some of the brightest people on the planet. From this "fresh start," the Maemo 5 tablet (phone!) has to capitalize on all the strengths of other Nokia devices, compensate for all shortcomings, and smack Apple head-on. If it were just up to the developers, I'd have no doubt that it would carve up the iPhone fans. However, a successful smartphone/media phone/Internet device relies on developers as well as business partnerships, lifestyle integration, and finding the right key points for market penetration.

What happens now?

Two things will happen in early September:
Nokia World 2009. Given how many "leaked" shots of the Maemo 5 tablet have already surfaced, the sensible press date for official release will be at this September 2-3 event. That gives the media and developers plenty of time past the NDA to properly discuss the tablet openly before the 2009 Maemo Summit a month later. Announcing at the Maemo summit will be too late as developers would have no time to properly present their latest attractions on the new platform.

Apple's special event on Sept 9. If there's an Apple tablet incoming (as often rumored) the Sept 9 event may be just in time to get the thing out by Christmas. It seems a little late to announce such a thing, but it's certainly possible. At the very least, it will give the competition something to play against during the upcoming holiday season.

Pardon me. I'm going to go hold my breath for a few weeks.
Categories: maemo 5
Daniel Gentleman
As usual, the FCC knows about Internet Tablets first. The only thing interesting in the filing articles are requests for confidentiality (filed Jul 14) and a silhouette of the device. It was initially submitted for testing on Jun 8.

It is a phone - showing tests on GSM 850, GSM 1900, and WCDMA 1700 ranges. The published documents show "Slide closed" indicating that it may have a similar form factor to the current N810.

Tested modes were:
2-slot GPRS50
WCDMA 1700/2100
3-slot GPRS1900
WLAN 2450
2-slot GPRS850+WLAN2450
WCDMA 1700/2100 + WLAN2450
3-slot GPRS1900 + WLAN2450

The 1700/2100 band confirms T-Mobile as the target US market.

Of course the designation of LJPRX-51 is not news to the maemo community: they've been talking about it since December.
Categories: maemo 5
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On Qt, Android, Maemo, and Symbian

2009-07-06 18:08 UTC  by  Daniel Gentleman

By now, all readers of this blog have heard that Nokia announced that Qt (instead of GTK+) will be the base of the next development platform for Maemo Harmattan. What does this mean to the non-developer? First: the next generation of Maemo WILL NOT have this change yet. Fremantle is still on track to be more GTK+ based than Qt based. Second: Qt has a long history of attracting developers to make coding life easier across platforms. Qt based apps will be easier to port across tablets, phones, and PCs. While it's not exactly "Code once, run everywhere" it will be much closer than it has ever been before. To the consumer - it means more available apps.

For a more in-depth look, check out Quim Gil's presentation (slides and audio) as he goes into great detail on the subject.

Also in the news: There are rampaging rumors that Nokia will be turning to Android for phones. Nokia officially denied this. I can see why, too. Nokia spent a lot of time and money first creating the Maemo platform, then buying Trolltech for the Qt experience and finally buying Symbian to reformulate it as open-source. In each of those platforms, they have a far more mature code base and developer reach.

The problem, however, is that Nokia has some catching up to do. The N810 is in the 21st month and the interface has not changed much since release. While it was exceptional at the time, competitors like Palm, Apple, and Google have cropped up. Each of those competitors have worked hard to make their OS intuitive, fast-responding, and pretty. The demonstrations I've seen of Fremantle and Harmattan are far closer, but those are not in a product yet. The longer we wait for them, the less traction Nokia has on competition.

On a related note: The Nokia N97 is the finest piece of mobile hardware I've used - but the software needs some serious help. Old dogs in Symbian make the phone less intuitive (thus less desirable) to use. Examples:
  • The system defines every potential Internet connection as an "access point" and applications ask which one to use. It should be improved to have applications automatically use WiFi when recognized hotspots are available and fail back to the carrier's data network.
  • The 32GB of storage is fantastic, but the "phone memory" (of which there is only 74MB) is segmented from the 32GB "Mass Storage" memory. Applications store data in the 74MB "drive" and it fills fast. The phone should instead present itself as one large 32GB volume and save the confusion.
  • There just aren't enough applications for S60v5 yet. The "touch" version of Symbian needs more supported applications to be desirable in face of competition.
Nokia is aware of ALL of these. They just need to accept that they have the best hardware and focus more time and money on code.
Categories: fremantle
Daniel Gentleman

Survey: Mobile device usage

2009-07-01 20:43 UTC  by  Daniel Gentleman
I am going to collect data for the idea I had for a maemo summit presentation even if it is not presented in Amsterdam. My first step is a generic survey posted here. Please help me understand tablet users more by taking this survey.
Daniel Gentleman


2009-07-01 17:09 UTC  by  Daniel Gentleman
The presentation that I had hoped to show at the maemo summit has been declined. I hope someone can take the idea and make something better out of it - so here's the abstract:

Attracting the Masses

  • Intended audience: Developers - but other parties may be interested
  • Abstract/description
Tablets have hundreds of applications now - but who are they for? If the Internet Tablets are intended to attract a more mainstream mobile market, the maemo community needs to get in touch with the needs of the target market.
The first part of this presentation will give an overview of the most popular applications on competing platforms. This information will be collected through app store sales/download counts, direct communication with a sampling of mobile consumers, and communication with some other high-profile mobile technology journalists. This will include actual applications, connectivity options, peripherals, interface (touch/keyboard/icon/etc) preferences, and related consumer desires.
The second part of this presentation will give an overview of the state of the existing maemoplatform including commercial partners, independent contributors, and ports of more popular Linux software.
The conclusion will analyze mobile consumer desires compared to maemo offerings and, hopefully, give developers ideas on what they can write to make the platform more appealing.
The feedback from the Dave, Jamie, and Valerio is (in part) as follows:
Thanks for your submission for the Maemo summit, we appreciate the effort.
However, we don't think the content is compelling enough for the summit
as is. And certainly "reaching the masses" will be covered by Nokia
during the Nokia day. So we are sorry to inform you that we are not
accepting the presentation.
Since I'm more of a "put the tablets in others' hands and get a reaction" type and not a "developer" type, I figured that's the only topic on which I am qualified to talk. I'm open to ideas, though. I'm still looking forward to seeing what comes out of the summit.
Categories: events