What do you guys think?
I was originally gunning for an Eee 8G, but the price keeps creeping up and it looks like it'll retail here on average for just over £300; This is high enough that I could spend another 70-odd and get a much more powerful laptop with a bigger screen that's still a 7" form factor. (Albeit with probably worse battery life, but the Eee's battery life is a bit crap anyway at only 3.5hrs... (Unless that is 3.5 hours at full burn as opposed to idle!))
OTOH, the Nokia N800 has 2 SDHC slots over the Eee's one, the same resolution screen (Albeit physically smaller) and is cheaper too, and comes with Opera instead of FF (Opera pwns FF for small screen rendering. And everything else IMHO
There's also the PalmOS emulator, which is nifty.
Most of the Eee's advantages for me are in terms of mobility and OS openness, while having a decent keyboard. The Nokia doesn't have a keyboard, but since it's Linux and has BT I'm sure I could hack in support for my BT Stowaway (Eee doesn't have BT, 'tho I've seen a HW mod hack for it.). This makes it a bit less useful, since then its just treading on the toes of my TH55. Battery life is supposedly okay - Similar to Palm PDAs: I've been quoted 3 hours at full burn and days on conservative use which is what I got with my TH55.
So the N800 feels like it fits in somewhere between my TH55/Zodiac, and the Eee...
So now I'm wavering... both will be on general release here about mid December, and while I'd love to get both I can't really afford it.
Oh to be a reviewer with access to both!
Primary intended uses will involve:
WiFi site survey
Mobile VNC and RDP terminal
Network info and authentication database
Fast-fetch PIM stuff
I currently do ALL of those things on my TH55, and am very happy, except for the WiFi site surveying, VNC (no RDP) terminal and web surfing.
The document drafting I do in Wordsmith with my Stowaway BT keyboard.