Nokia 770 Hands-On


Just got the 770 here at the ranch and I'm tooling around a bit with it. At first glance, it's a bit bigger than I expected, about 5 inches across. It's very thin and light and very austere—not too many buttons, not too many ports. There's a power port on the bottom, a mini-USB port, a headphone jack and a tiny reset button/hole thing. There are a few face and top buttons and a directional pad. The rest is done through the highly sensitive screen.

Nokia 770 Hands-On

The screen on this thing is excellent. Quite bright and crisp. The UI is simple, if a little bleak. The icons and design is reminiscent of Nokia's earlier super-smart phones. As this is apparently running Linux, I'd very much like to figure out if I can install a terminal client, but that's for you h/\x0rs to discover.

Nokia 770 Hands-On


The on-screen keyboard was very responsive and easy to use. When I've used on-screen keyboards in the past, even on a full-fledged Tablet PC, it's felt haphazard. Instead, what you type is what you get, even if the keys are relatively small. One issue is the handwriting recognition. As you can see from this image, I wrote "I hate monkeys." It didn't quite work.

Nokia 770 Hands-On


I'm going to test the email client to see if I can stop opening the old Powerbook and treat this as my in-home email checkin' device. We shall see.

UPDATE - Getting some pushback from 770 fans about availability and NokiaUSA failing to ship pre-orders. That kind of sucks.

Nokia 770 Hands-On

Side view. It's about half an inch thick.

UPDATE - Austere? WTF's wrong with austere?