Nokia 770 Review
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We recently received one of the first
Nokia 770 Internet Tablets to be released by Nokia -
after giving it a thorough going over for a week, we
decided it was type to share our findings with you!
What's in the box?
The Nokia 770 Box contains: the Nokia
770 Internet Tablet, a hard protective cover (which
is reversible), two styluses, one 64Mb RS-MMC card and
and MMC adapter, a soft carry case, USB cable, three
manuals ("Connect to the Internet", "Quick
Start Guide" and the main manual), a stand
so that you can use the Nokia 770 on the desk plus a
charger (not pictured) and a battery (not pictured).
a 45 second bootup sequence, the Nokia 770's main screen
appears, showing the RSS news reader, web shortcut time
and some other basic functions. There's a degree of
personalisation here, but strangely you can't boot straight
into the Nokia 770's email client.
The on-screen controls are fairly simple
- down the left hand site are three large icons allowing
access to the web browser, email client and a third
icon for all the other applications. Underneath that
a set of smaller icons act as a task bar. On the top
right are controls for connected to a wireless LAN,
mobile phone, plus a control for screen brightness,
speaker volume and a battery indication. On the very
top, the main screen title (here it's "Home")
is also a drop-down context-sensitive menu.
The screen is actually quite bright
(that doesn't come out too well in these pictures) and
it's an incredibly sharp, high-resolution display. Although
it's only a 65,000 colour panel, pages appear to
be bright and clear.
Connecting to the Internet
first power on, the Nokia 770 goes through some basic
questions about your Internet connection. You can connect
up either via an 802.11b/g wireless network or using
a Bluetooth phone via GPRS/UMTS (3G) or a plain old
CSD dial-up connection.
Our first choice was to connect up to
the web via a Sharp 902 3G phone on the Vodafone network.
The Nokia 770 detected this without problem and added
an entry to the phone in the tablet's memory. Unfortunately,
the Nokia 770's setup wizard chose an invalid dial-up
number, but this was quickly rectified after some Googling.
Out second test ran into a rather more
serious problem. Using a fairly standard Netgear WGR614
v5 wireless router we tried to make a connection. This
is an 802.11b/g router in an environment with plenty
of other nearby networks, DECT phones and other electronic
gadgets. However, all other devices connect to the Netgear
router with no problems, including a Nokia 9500 Communicator.
We eventually found that the Nokia 770 would only make
a reliable connection to the router when held within
about 2 feet of the device.
Although this wasn't an ideal test environment,
it must be stressed that no other device has problems
connecting to the router, including the 9500 and two
laptops. The network is WPA-PSK protected, but in fact
it did not matter what type of protection was in use,
the 770 needed to be physically very close to the Netgear
device in order to connect.
The third test was to connect to another
wireless 802.11b router in a much cleaner environment
with no other nearby networks, in this case one designed
for office and factory use. The Nokia 770 connected
flawlessly and had no difficulties with range.
Subsequently we tried the Nokia 770
on some other domestic WLAN routers with pretty disappointing
results, so it seems not to be an isolated problem with
our Netgear router.
The Nokia 770 supports WEP, WPA-PSK
and WPA-EAP encryption, plus 802.11b and 802.11g wireless
Our conclusion: connectivity to home-based
routers appears to be very poor, to the extent that
this may well be a physical fault with this device.
We will pursue this issue with Nokia.
you have established a connection, the web browser is
probably the first thing that you'll use. The browser
can use all 800 pixels on the screen easily by using
the "full screen" button at the top of the
unit. Most sites work well with the 800 pixel wide display,
and the Nokia 770 has an inbuilt "optimise"
function to help with sites that are designed for different
size screens. It's also easy to zoom in and out of the
page, using another dedicated button on the top of the
There are also some additional navigation
buttons on the front, including (from top to bottom)
a standard four-way selector, an escape key, menu key
and home key. Navigation is actually a little fiddly
- scrolling up and down is done with either the scroll
bars, dragging the stylus or using the navigation key.
There's no easy way to scroll down a page at a time.
browser operates very quickly and is extremely easy
to use in general. It also comes Flash built in, which
There's no password management function
built in to the 770 as far as we can tell. This is something
you get used to with modern web browsers.
Generally the browser is very stable,
although we did crash randomly once or twice and on
one occasion the Nokia 770 reset itself in use. Still,
the software can be upgraded, so perhaps these issues
will be fixed. The browser is also fast, indeed much
faster than any other mobile device we've seen.
embedded email client is fairly simple and can access
multiple mailboxes using POP3 or IMAP4. It's a simple
but fairly flexible client, however it lacks any inbound
rule functions which can make life difficult. And as
you can see from our screenshot, there's no spam filtering
The layout is a bit inflexible. Although
you can change the font of the displayed messages,
you can't change the size. Even in full screen
mode, the Nokia 770 struggles to fit everything in.
The email client comes with a contact
manager, signatures, optional encryption and a search
Of course, if you have a web-based email
client you can use that too, and that's probably a better
option in many cases as it saves a lot of tedious downloading.
RSS client is given prominence in the Nokia 770's startup
screen which is slightly unusual. The RSS reader takes
a little getting use to, and again it seems to have
quite a large font size which limits the amount of information
We added several feeds without a problem
though.. except for our own! Yes, although Mobile Gazette's
RSS feed passes every validation test we've tried, it
seems to require some manual tweaking for the Nokia
770's RSS reader to view it properly.
The Nokia 770 also comes with a PDF
file reader, calculator, clock, notepad, sketch program,
chess, mahjong and marbles.
There's an audio player that can play
back MP3, AAC, RealAudio and other formats. On the bottom
of the 770 is a standard headphone jack. There's also
a video player that can play back AVI, MPEG4 and H.263
formats, but we actually found it a bit limited. There's
a trailer for Ice Age 2 on the RS-MMC card though,
and this showcases just how good the Nokia 770's multimedia
This is a Linux device, and that means
that there's more software available for it than comes
in the box. Maemo has an application
catalogue of what has already been ported to this
platform, plus information about development tools for
this particular Linux platform. Also, Nokia promise
a major update to the operating system in 2006 which
will include nice things like Voice Over IP (VOIP).
Nokia say that the 770 has three hours
browse time, and we feel that's about right. The 770
includes a charger, but it's not the traditional Nokia
charger that most people are used to - it uses the newer
Nokia AC-4X charger found on the very latest Nokia handsets.
There's also a standard mini USB connection on the bottom,
so the 770 can be connected to a PC using a pretty common
USB peripheral cable.
Nokia 770 comes with a clever reversible protective
cover - turn it one way round and it protects the
screen, the other way around it allows for normal use
of the 770. This all fits into the carry case, and the
770 slips easily into a jacket pocket (although at 230
grams it is rather heavy).
is pretty slim but adequate for most of the software.
It's fairly easy to learn how applications work after
a short period using it, so really the manuals are aimed
at getting you started.
One crucial thing missing from
the documentation is a guide to assembling the two-piece
stand. We think it clips together as shown in the picture
on the right enabling you to put the Nokia 770 on a
desk and have it angled up towards you.
The poor wireless LAN connectivity in
our Nokia 770 is a very serious flaw, which is either
a design issue or hardware fault. Otherwise, this is
an excellent device with good inbuilt software. It works
well with Bluetooth phones, and it is especially useful
with a 3G handset. The inbuilt software still has a
few rough edges and could do with some enhancements,
but remember this platform is continually developing.
We will pursue Nokia about the poor
WLAN connectivity. If that can be resolved, then we
would recommend this device wholeheartedly.
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