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Another Linux PDA to Challenge the Nokia 770 92

vhogemann writes "It seems that the number of Linux PDA devices just keeps growing, the German based phone maker Road just announced an Qtopia based Linux Cellphone/PDA. The original article gives more details: 'Opening the clamshell device reveals a QWERTY keyboard and a 640 x 240 display — closed, the unit presents a 102 x 65 monochrome phone screen. The HandyPC contains the usual array of PIM and messaging apps, along with a viewer to read Microsoft Office files. It will ship with PC synchronisation tools, media player software and a web browser. It can even be used as a voice recorder.'" Rather than Nokia's 770, to me Road's phone more closely resembles Nokia's 9XXX series.
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Another Linux PDA to Challenge the Nokia 770

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  • by disc-chord ( 232893 ) on Thursday August 17, 2006 @10:42AM (#15926625)
    I've played with all of the data carriers and EDGE is just not what it was cracked up to be. Verizon may suck for voice quality, but their EVDO is tops. I'm able to listen to 160kbit streams all day long no matter where I go in Chicagoland on my XV6700.
  • by Colin Smith ( 2679 ) on Thursday August 17, 2006 @10:54AM (#15926720)
    Have they learned that screen real estate is vital on these small displays yet? I can't tell much from the screenshot. The bar along the bottom suggests they haven't. The Linux/qtopia Zaurus I had was absolutely dreadful for wasting the screen. Menus, buttons, status lines, large scrollbars all over the place. Damned near unusable...looks at supplier web site... Nope they haven't fixed it, they're still taking the windows desktop metaphor and trying to squeeze it onto a tiny screen. Well maybe they've improved the keyboard shortcuts.

    The Epoc based Nokia Communicator though does make good use of screen space. It should it came from a company who understood how to make a usable PDA.

  • Not in Germany (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Silver Sloth ( 770927 ) on Thursday August 17, 2006 @11:07AM (#15926825)
    This is one way to kill a product real quick!
    This is a German company selling a phone in Germany. I'm not sure that it's a product killer to use a German keyboard layout.

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