Today two really interesting gadgets arrived at FON offices: a Nokia N810 Internet Tablet and an ASUS Eee PC. They’re both WiFi enabled ultra-portable devices.

Asus managed to pack a complete PC in a super small form factor, a device weighting just 900 grams. It’s on sale in Taiwan for about 250 euros in its full featured version, with a 7″ screen, 4 GB flash drive, 512 MB ram, SD card slot, a great webcam, three USB ports and running a customized Linux OS booting up in less then 20 seconds. Soon it’s going to come in a Windows version and some people were also able to install Mac Os X on it.

asus-eee-pc-701.jpgThe system runs Firefox, Skype, OpenOffice and some great multimedia apps like Amarok and other media players for videos and photos. It’s a device built for Internet surfing and Firefox runs great on it, as do all the most popular web applications. The screen is very small but still usable and you can attach an external monitor and mouse to use it more comfortably.

People are going crazy for this device all around the world and it’s already at the top of the wish list on Amazon and CNET. In two weeks since its launch in the US, Asus has already run out of stock, same thing in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Germany. They plan to sell 3 to 5 millions in 2008. The most interesting thing about this little PC is its incredible price which combined with its small weight and ease of use makes it a great device for kids and students and a perfect gift for Christmas (everybody here at FON seem to want one). FON is in talks with ASUS to make accessing FONspots with an Eee PC really quick and easy.

nokiatablet.jpgThe Nokia N810 is the successor to the geek’s favorite N800 Internet Tablet. It’s a thin and light mobile device with a huge touchscreen and a sliding keyboard. It’s built to fit nicely in your pocket and has almost all you’d ask to such a device: WiFi, webcam, integrated GPS, 2GB internal storage and a SD slot. It’s a great device, no doubts about it, although its sale price makes it a lot less interesting and groundbreaking when compared to the Eee PC. It runs the new Internet Tablet OS 2008 Linux distribution, based on Maemo, and runs a great Mozilla browser with Flash and Ajax, a mapping application, a media player and will ship with Skype and other Internet telephony applications preinstalled.

It’s an open source platform and there’s a community already at work developing great applications for it. Anyway I think there’s still some work to do for Nokia: installing applications on these devices is something a geek could do quite easily, but not the same can be said for common people. Applications take some time to launch and don’t run smoothly as on the iPhone: it’s a computer-like experience which we are familiar with, but I don’t think this is how a mobile device should work. Nokia also keeps leaving these devices without 3G connectivity, nonetheless they are competing with Apple and RIM for the same limited space in my pockets. My iPhone and BlackBerry keep me always connected, Nokia instead asks me to bring two 500 euros devices with me to get Internet everywhere I go (the N810 and N95).

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Marc on November 23, 2007  · 

We want a video about ASUS Eee!! It’s interesting your opinion.

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peter on November 24, 2007  · a ressourcve of eeePC (french lamg.)

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tristram on November 24, 2007  · 

Asus Eee PC is indeed a great gadget, thanks to your post I immediately ordered one in Taiwan.

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Panayotis Vryonis on November 25, 2007  · 

Martin, I don’t thing the quest for the ultimate device is the way to go. I think about gadgets the way I think about tools.

My N95, is the little swiss army knife I cary around everywhere. It does everything, but not in the best way or quality. The thing is, I can be sure I can always shoot a video, or take a photo, or use google to look up something.

On the other hand, if I know I’m going somewhere I will be taking photos, I’ll cary my camera with me. If I intend to shoot a long video, I’ll get my video camera. If I want to do live blogging at a conference, where I know that I won’t have much space, I’ll be walking a lot, or that there will be no power plugs, my N800 is great -long battery file, great wifi, skype, easier to blog with. Of course, if we are talking about a place where I know I will have a desk to put on my laptop, a way to recharge it after a couple of hours, etc, my MacBook Pro is the best tool for the job.

N810 fits perfectly in this scheme by making it easier to write long emails, a blog post, etc. Can’t wait to get my hands on it! 🙂

Oh, one more thing: N800 and N810 would be MUCH more useful if the came with an application that turns them into a bluetooth mobile headset for my N95 (or any other mobile phone). I would be able to leave the phone in my bag or coat and use the N8xx to make and receive calls…

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keanu on November 26, 2007  · 

hey, Martin, would you like to tell us why you choose Eee PC not OLPC to talk about FONspots? it will be very interesting:-)

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Martin Varsavsky on November 27, 2007  · 


Well, at Fon we have not decided to seell the Eee, I just liked it myself and I love the OLPC project and of course would love for the OLPC to easily connect to fon without need of opening up the browser

I ordered a OLPC will get it soon.

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