Pros nice screen, good battery life, Linux OS, price, build quality
Cons RS MMC memory, slow CPU
Summary giving the device a 4.9/10 is not justified. The price is great and the functionality can be extended by installing free linux programs. I always hated spending $25 for small POS programs on Pocket PC. Now i can have my favorite Linux application in a small package. I have GAIM, VNC and IRC running on this device and it works great. The device is the perfect thin client and its mission is not to replace a full blown notebook. The performance is not as bad as it seems. I can listen to streaming media, chat on GAIM and browse the web with no problems. The User Interface is great and nicely integrated with the input hardware(Zoom buttons are really handy). I'm sorry cnet but your review shows that you have no clue about innovative products. You mentioned missing Instant Messenger but have forgoten to mention a growing library of popular FREE linux programs.
Pros Great screen, RS-MMC, wi-fi, bluetooth, battery life
Cons E-mail client is worthless, unneccessarily limited use of the USB port
Summary The reviewer obviously did not understand what he was reviewing. This device is not a PDA, nor is it a laptop replacement. It is designed to do one thing well, which is to surf the net. For what it is meant to be, it excels. The screen is great. My battery life is far more than the reported three hours. Of course, I don't use this device as my primary machine. I use it for getting quick access to the net at coffee shops and in public spaces where wi-fi is readily available. I also use it for some other, more basic pda functions via a 3rd party open source suite of pda apps. Add a 1GB RS-MMC card (about $50 online), and you have a nice place to store files, and you can transfer them to and from the unit via USB, bluetooth, or wi-fi.
The only negatives I've found is that I can't get the email client to function at all with any of my e-mail accounts. I use webmail on the device instead, so that problem is avoided. My only real gripe is that I have a great idea that no one has caught on to yet, and that is if this thing could talk to other devices either via bluetooth or wi-fi, this combined with something like an iPod with a bluetooth adapter would be a great combination.
Pros Lightweight, Compact, Great screen, Linux programs
Cons Fonts can be small, audio not loud enough at times
Summary Reviews con be frustrating when reviewers just miss the point of the device. I've had my device for about a month now, and I find it the best portable mobile device I've had among the four I have tried (two Casseopias, one Dana wireless and one Palm Zire). This is NOT a PDA nor cellphone; it is a compact web-browsing tablet with some good additional features such as audio, image and video viewing. The screen is brilliant, but the Opera-based browser (which is otherwise superb) uses a very small font which can be difficult for people wearing glasses or bifocals to read. I wish they had a 125% zoom instead of going directly from 100-150%. The device is quite fast for what it is designed to do, and can't be compared to the speed of a laptop. Many of us do not want or need to access the web from everywhere at every second, so finding a wi-fi hotspot is perfect, because it's generally free, as opposed to additional charges for mobile web. As a college professor, I can tote this tablet across campus, have access to the web and email almost everywhere, write quick Word-compatible notes with Abiword during meeting (it has handwriting recognition, which I have not tried yet), use GAIM for IM, listen to a podcast with the audioplayer, and check my calendar and appointments with DejaPIM or my Yahoo calendar (all the above are FREE add-on Debian-based programs; there are many other programs available and open source should give us many more). A Bluetooth keyboard driver is available should you want to add keyboard capability. I have a 512MB RS-MMC card ($50) for additional storage. I am seldom anywhere for more than 3 hours where I use the complete charge (and if I am I'm probably using my laptop, which has not much more battery life itself). Engadget named it one if its top gadgets for the year; perhaps people interested in a site which really understands mobile gadgets should check out engadget.com for better information than CNET offers.
Pros portable, wireless, pen input
Cons linux os, not yet availble
Summary I disagree with the reviewer who said there is no use for this device. This is exactly the type of the device I'm looking for. A tablet pc would be overkill for the average person. This device is perfect for someone who is just interested in surfing the web. This device could become a hit if priced right.
Pros Excellent screen, zoom feature, good browser (Opera)
Cons Far too little memory, CPU is a little slow, no USB keyboard
Summary If you bothered to watch the flash intro on the Nokia site, you'd know exactly what this is for: browsing/email/etc. when you don't want to lug a laptop, or wait for it to boot. For that, it's excellent. I use mine at home, take it on trips, use it in the car (borrowing a little connectivity when we're stopped), and at local WiFi cafes. I can browse the web *and* answer email *and* listen to web radio for hours.
I can't say enough about the screen. It's large enough (resolution, not physical dimensions, which are a tad small) to show web pages at full size without scrolling - no wap trade-offs, or Sidekick-like reformatting. Add to that the quality of the image - it's bright, clear, with excellent color - and the innovative zoom key, the ability to scroll vertically around overly-large pages, etc., and you have a great browsing experience.
Also, there's a robust community developing s/w - I have a choice of several browsers, have all the *nix utilities I need to work remotely, and even an interesting port of Doom if I want to take out some aggression.
On the down side, sometimes even one browser window will cause the dreaded "Low on memory" message (it seems to be almost always related to the amount of Flash on the page), and if you do have several applications open, switching between them is terribly slow.
If Nokia fixed the memory/processor problem (even if that meant upping the price $50) this product would be a 10.