It's less than 10 days from Christmas and many of you who despite the financial crisis might have been thinking on getting yourself or your loved ones a nifty little gadget for a present. Now, since we're all Linux lovers here and since our beloved Tux has undoubtedly enjoyed a great year, here's my top 10 wish list for all ye jolly readers.
Here's more good news. The Freerunner can now run on the Android operating system. Yup, the same OS that runs on the G1. While the default OS is Openmoko Linux, other distributions can run on this phone as well. Some of them are Qt Extended, Gentoo, and Debian.
Here are some of the phone specs:
- Size: 120.7 x 62 x 18.5 mm
- Weight: 133 grams
- Display: Touch screen; 2.8" VGA (480 x 640)
- Memory: 128 MB SDRAM, 256 MB NAND Flash
- Highlights: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, AGPS, GPRS, Bluetooth 2.0, 2 3D accelerometers for automatic screen orientation
Although there are other ebook readers that use the same technology, the Kindle's ability to download ebooks from Amazon through its own wireless delivery system without having to be brought within a hotspot has made it an overwhelming favorite. Just imagine being able to download your favourite magazine before it hits the newstands. How about downloading and reading the current bestseller while waiting for your flight?
If that isn't enough to kindle a burning desire, here are some features that might:
- A 10.3 ounce lightweight that allows you to carry the whole library with you. In fact, it is lighter and thinner than the usual paperback.
- An ergonomic design that gives it the feel of a book.
- Search, compare, choose, and download ebooks from the online store.
- A built-in dictionary with 250,000 entries in case your stumped on a word definition.
- Extremely long battery life. Dig this: when offline, you may read from it for a week without charging.
Although it lags the iPhone (which has constantly been matched-up with it) in the sexy department, it's not behind in terms of features. Check out some of its specs:
- Size: 117.7 x 55.7 x 17.1 mm
- Weight: 158 grams
- Display: Touch-sensitive 3.2" TFT-LCD HVGA (320 x 480)
- Memory: 256 MB ROM 192 MB RAM
- Highlights: 3.2 megapixel camera, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi
- Real web browsing - Web browsing has never been as easy. It's as if you're working in front of your own PC
- Easy access to Google apps - This is one of its main strengths. Google Maps, Gmail, Youtube, Google Calendar, and Google Talk are all available through one-touch access.
- Network flexibility - With 3G, 2G, EDGE, and WiFi capabilities, the chances of staying connected is always high
- Hackability - If you want to create your own apps, you may do so using the Java programming language. The SDK can be downloaded from here.
Motorola MOTOZINE ZN5
Tired of reading about Linux-powered phones? Don't worry, I assure you this will be the last in the list. I just couldn't leave this excellent camera phone out. No less than CNET agrees, having included it in its best of 2008 list (see previous article). Choosing the 3rd and last phone was not that easy for me. I believe the MOTOROKR E8 should have made it here as well but I didn't want you to have the impression that this is just a recycled version of my 8 of 2008's Latest Linux-Powered Mobile Phones post.
So what made me choose this over the E8? Both of them have their own strengths. The E8 rocks in the music department, while the ZN5 lords over among camera phones. It was basically a choice that revolved around what should be most appropriate for this season. Since you'd be spending a lot of time with your loved-ones, many of whom you haven't seen the entire year, I thought that maybe you'd prefer a phone that would capture those rare moments over one that would fill your ears with Christmas carols.
If you want to know more about this phone, you may read about it in a previous post: 8 of 2008's...
Nokia N810 Internet Tablet
The N810 is a handheld computer of sorts that focuses on an Internet experience that closely mimics that of a PC. Despite coming from the Finnish global leader of cell phones, there's nothing phone-ish about the N810.
Asus Eee PC S101
- Intel Atom processor N270
- 802.11 g/b WiFi
- 512 MB onboard SDRAM
- 8.9" WSVGA, TFT LCD, 1024 x 600 resolution
- 8 GB NAND Flash module
- 120 GB HDD