I think in part to my tweets of N900 lust and desire, Nokia contacted me to see if I was interested in a demo unit. After validating the email was NOT from Nigeria I quickly responded with a “YES PLZ SEND MEZ FONE!”
Why the gadget lust when I have a top-of-the-line iPhone? Easy, I am a geek. While I enjoy the hell out of having nice and easy to use devices, deep down I want to tinker. My original move to Mac was because I didn’t trust myself to have a Linux or BSD machine with me on the road. Every waking moment would be spent tweaking the kernel or compiler options for just a little bit more speed. Bleeding Edge, you betcha.
Linux though has become a lot easier to use as of late. My days of Debian 1.3 are long gone and it has evolved to grandma levels. Can the same happen on a phone? The n700/800/810 I once owned were not able to.
The geeky things I care about:
- SDK that allows for quick-n-easy cross compiling of code
- Active user community
- nmap/kismet/libpcap based tools available
- IM client with encryption
- Multiplatform support
The shiny-side things I care about:
- Skype support
- Syncable media player
- Browser that can surf standard web
- Google Voice Support
- App support
- Sync with the cloud
Things that annoy me:
- Steve Jobs
- No published spec
When the device arrives I plan on walking through the device with each of those areas. I will pop the SIM card from my iPhone and turn it off for the period of time I have the demo unit. Results to follow in the coming weeks.