As it happens this was mentioned by people who have done mobile
development in the past ;)
> Flexibility costs. It costs in terms of storage, processing
> requirements, and battery life. I've yet to see a full Linux/GNU
> installation on a phone sized device that can run for 24 hours without
> a charge, and I doubt that it would be possible, but hey, I'm always
> willing to be proven wrong if you can provide me with an example....
Well, it's news to me that my G1 can go for 24 hours without a charge.
Guess if I go to GSM, deactivate anything in the background, and don't
touch the phone it might manage that.
But then, all my cars have an USB charger. I've got a mobile USB charger
that works from batteries.
Hmm, interesting, for my former smartphone I had to buy the car-charger
when I needed it, because between uses it got just lost. With the G1 I
continuously keep in mind where the next power-up opportunity is.
> (and before anyone says N900, even Nokia don't try to call it a
> smartphone, they call it a Mobile Computer).
Well, actually the hardware seems quite similar to the N97 Symbian
It's probably being called a "mobile computer", because it came from the
department that has been doing the internet tablet stuff. Actually
Symbian devices are the smartphone offering of Nokia.
And so what if it's a "mobile computer", if that subsumes the
functionality of a mobile phone, which it seems for the N900.
The size of the N900 seems quite like mobile phone.
Just for a comparison:
G1 => 117x55.7x17.1mm == 111.42 cm^3 volume and 158g weight
N900 => 110.9x59.8x18mm == 119.35 cm^3 volume and 181g weight
the battery life time that is officially claimed (up to 5 hours talk
with UMTS and 9 hours with GSM) sounds similar to my G1 too, and it's
quite possible that they are utter irrelevant projections as for the G1
So what if Nokia claims it's a mobile computer. Actually my favorite
price comparison site lists it under UMTS mobile.
It has the size, the battery life, the weight and usability of a mobile.