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300 came out today and I was right there. Best Buy bundled it with Gladiator at a special price.



Movie purchase


Best Buy had Hills 2 and Perfect Creature on sale for $25 for the pair. Red Dawn is an 80's classic. Finally the two Star Trek flicks were on sale for $7.50 each.



Nokia 770 Internet Tablet


Internet tablets are web surfing devices that are smaller and simpler than a full-size notebook. I've wanted one for a long time but their high prices have put me off. The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet came out in 2005 for a cool $350 and was still selling at that lofty price last summer. A couple of weeks ago I saw had lowered the price of the 770 to a very affordable $140 (likely a closeout sale as the new N800 is now available) and promptly ordered one.

The 770 is about the same size and weight as a PDA, measuring 5.5 x 3.1 x 0.70 inches and weighing 8.1 ounces. The highlight of the diminutive device is its 4" touchscreen LCD that offers 800x480 resolution and support of up to 65,536 colors. The processor is an ARM9-based Texas Instruments OMAP 1710 that runs at 220 MHz. It has 64MB of DDR RAM and 128MB of onboard flash memory (approximately 64MB is used by the OS and pre-installed apps). Additional storage is available via a Reduced-Size MultiMedia Card (RS-MMC) slot which handles cards up to 2GB in capacity. All or a portion of the RS-MMC card's memory can also be set up as additional RAM.

The 770 features 802.11b/g and  Bluetooth connectivity and supports WEP, WPA and WPA2 encryption. It connected without issue to my Linksys WRT54GS wireless router using WPA2. It also found plenty of my neighbor's wireless networks.

The unit runs the open-source Internet Tablet 2006 Software Edition operating system, which is a form of Debian Linux. OS updates, applications and utilities can be found at I've yet to try any of the numerous programs offered, but it's great to know the developer community is alive & active.

What's included in the box? The 770 itself, a silver plastic cover, 2 styli, rechargeable battery, fabric pouch, AC adapter and desk stand.

I got the 770 to read news articles and for general web surfing and it performs adequately in those roles. Don't expect it to excel as a portable media player or communications device. It's not going to replace my iPod or cell phone.









July 2007

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