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November 23, 2007

BACK WHEN I REVIEWED THE NOKIA N800 INTERNET TABLET, I thought it was nice, but not quite there, adding: "This device is a generation or two away from being what it really wants to be. Give it a slide-out keyboard, more stable software, a slightly bigger screen, and WWAN capability and you'd have a go-anywhere Web device that would let me leave my laptop behind. The N800 isn't there yet."

Well, the Nokia N810 is looking a lot closer. More here. And a further review here. Still no EVDO, just wi-fi, but otherwise it's pretty much a go-anywhere surfing and blogging tool. And it has GPS.

The iPhone kind of meets my description, too, but with no actual keyboard. I haven't heard much about its use as a go-anywhere blogging tool -- I know when Brendan Loy tried that, he found it very awkward.

UPDATE: Stephen Green emails:

Don't worry about the keyboard on the iPhone. After a couple weeks of use it does what any well-designed input device does--it just disappears into a cloud of habit and muscle memory. But that doesn't make the iPhone a blogging tool. Until Apple figures out how to add cut'n'paste to the multi-touch screen, then the iPhone isn't for blogging. Period.

Not that you need new ways and places to blog, of course.

Well, no. Seems like adding cut and paste would be easy, though. And reader B.P. Monaco emails: "I own an iPhone (first version) and spend a lot of time blogging. It's a great tech device, wonderful if you're just surfing the net. However, when it comes to blogging on it, I found it to be an absolute nightmare."

And a customer review -- posted via the N810 -- says that the N810 is an "iPhone killer." Well, possibly. I think they're different devices, with some overlap.

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