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If the next Internet Tablet indeed shrinks its screen size, how will it compare to the 3.5" 960x480 Toshiba Biblio? It's a
cell phone with integrated e-book reader, a 3.5-inch LCD screen featuring a 960x480 resolution, 7GB internal memory, QWERTY keyboard and Opera Mobile 9.5 including AJAX support

For a long time, the NIT's stood out for having a bigger, higher-resolution screen while still being pocketsized. Now the Biblio will hold the title of best-resolution screen. In fact, the more I hear about the N900 and the longer it takes to arrive, I wonder what features it will have that even stand out against the increasingly more capable cellphones.

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Well, as discussed before, Nokia will be issuing a netbook. But as Architengi incisively asks,

Will Maemo OS be used in the new netbook? (most probably, yes I don't think Symbian OS will go that far).
Will there be a need for an NIT if pocket internet is capably delivered on a cellphone and Maemo moves to the next bigger-sized device?
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Yes. Yes. Yes.
 

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Originally Posted by RogerS View Post
Well, as discussed before, Nokia will be issuing a netbook. But as Architengi incisively asks,

Will there be a need for an NIT if pocket internet is capably delivered on a cellphone and Maemo moves to the next bigger-sized device?
As someone pointed out, if it makes sense for Archos to have 4-5-6-7 inch devices, it can make sense for Nokia, too. The gap between a netbook and a phone is certainly large, so the question is 'just' what target audience are they envisioning (IF they are envisioning anything above 3.5").
 
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As someone pointed out, if it makes sense for Archos to have 4-5-6-7 inch devices, it can make sense for Nokia, too. The gap between a netbook and a phone is certainly large, so the question is 'just' what target audience are they envisioning (IF they are envisioning anything above 3.5").
Archos revenue was ~ $180M dollar last year, Nokia's ~ $70B. For all we know Nokia could have sold more NIT's than all of Archos' line put together with one device with a 4.1" screen.
 
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Originally Posted by RogerS View Post
Well, as discussed before, Nokia will be issuing a netbook. But as Architengi incisively asks,

Will there be a need for an NIT if pocket internet is capably delivered on a cellphone and Maemo moves to the next bigger-sized device?
Likely yes. I'm one of those individuals who prefer to have two seperate devices then one combined device. I can easily kill the battery on my tablet with usage. I don't want that happening to my phone so I'm screwed when I need it the most.

Not to mention there aren't many phones out there that can do what I want it to do easily. The iPhone requires hacking (only to have said hacks erased with an Apple update). Android (it's getting there). Though both need slightly bigger screens.
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Archos revenue was ~ $180M dollar last year, Nokia's ~ $70B. For all we know Nokia could have sold more NIT's than all of Archos' line put together with one device with a 4.1" screen.
Has anybody really found/stated the real numbers for the NIT sales?

I keep hearing "it's better than you think" or something as vague, but nothing exact.
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Not the first. The Archos5 has the same resolution, same with some Sony phone. In fact, I believe the new sidekick has a higher res screen! And screen resolution is nothing compared to usability and apps. So unless this is running Symbian or WinMo or Android, why bother.
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Likely yes. I'm one of those individuals who prefer to have two seperate devices then one combined device. I can easily kill the battery on my tablet with usage. I don't want that happening to my phone so I'm screwed when I need it the most.
Yes, as long as battery capacity of smartphones is as poor as today, there's no benefit from cramming all functionality into one device. Yesterday my G1 phone died during the day because some 3rd party app behaved badly and drained battery while running in the background.
I think Apple did the right thing when disallowing multitasking for 3rd party apps. Although not having multitasking sucks.
 
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Originally Posted by RogerS View Post
Will there be a need for an NIT if pocket internet is capably delivered on a cellphone and Maemo moves to the next bigger-sized device?
Yes. I can't walk down the street holding using a netbook, and a phone is (generally) too small to be very useful when browsing the news while lying on the sofa. 4-5" can be the best of both worlds.
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