Entries Tagged as 'WiMax'

Review: Nokia n810 Wimax Internet Tablet


I got this lovely little thing a last week, and have had to chance to play with it enough to get a good feel for it. Here, you’ll see all of the fun things it comes with. Retailing around $493USD, but if you shop around you can find it cheaper like here at Amazon.
For those that are in a frantic frothy state, the pictures of the unboxing are after the review. For the rest, this little weighs 1.6 pounds and has a 4.1 inch screen. No different from the original n810 except for the fact that there’s been a 2.5Ghz radio shoved into it to support Wimax. Everything else is the same.
The beauty of this little guy is that from my perspective, it does way more than your usual Asus EEE or Dell Mini9s. This is due to the fact that although a 9inch LCD does beat out a 4.1 inch screen, this comes with a keyboard. Thus, it allows me to access things that are otherwise somewhat annoying from a device like an iPhone. It also gives me access due to the fact that the entire maemo OS is a derivative of linux and that gives me a lot more power to tweak and change the way this works.
So far, the connectivity and application support for this device is fantastic. Compiling anything for this device is as easy as compiling any application for ARM devices, as long as you’ve done a little bit of development work. Most of the interface type applications are done in GTK+ so no problems there either.
Also, there’s a GPS integrated inside and I have to say that the satellite acquisition is a little slower than your usual GPS devices, but this actually does work very well with both the Wayfinder GPS application and the open source ones. Bluetooth syncs seem to work just fine and both streaming audio and regular audio/video plays well as long as you have enough ram. One thing that it could do with more of is actual ram. 128MB and the option to push for another 128MB in virtual is kind of piddly.
Overall, this is a great portable device with impressive battery life and the ability for me to keep in touch with some of things going on with work that I would not be able to do on a phone but still keep the portability. It’s basically better than a netbook on a smaller scale and about the same price and Wimax thrown in. I’ll be curious if someone will figure out a way to tether this to a laptop to run Wimax at some point, but it’s not a high priority for me right now.
In any case, the only thing right now I’d love to do is to not have to go into CLI to actually optimize the memory. Probably at some point will have to do that since the GUI only offers so much in saving space on internal RAM, but that’s just part of the openness of linux.
So for those of you looking for the pictures of the unboxing? Here you go. Go nuts and drool to your heart’s content.

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XOHM has differences in fixed and mobile WiMax

xohm.jpg For those that don’t know what XOHM is, it began as the brand for WiMax helmed by SprintPCS. They eventually merged with Nextel, and then later on partnered with Clearwire.
Now here’s the interesting part of the whole thing. Clearwire’s main competition has not been in the mobile industry, although they were actually using pre-WiMax equipment and eventually shifting over to WiMax equipment. Theirs were purely a fixed broadband product, which is no wonder that InfoWorld’s test didn’t work in a mobile situation. I thought this was pretty clear cut case here, but I suppose it’s not if you’re not paying attention to the telecommunications industry.
So the partnership between the two actually combines two different sides of WiMax. One is a fixed perspective, and the other is a mobile perspective. I’m unsure as far as if they would be shifting from a fixed to mobile network when the device started to move and how they would be detecting that scenario, but I do know that there are two different networks up in place as far as currently today. Eventually? Perhaps they’ll combine it all into the mobile side and drop out of the fixed. But as of right now, there are two different distinct differences in how they interact and even the infrastructure equipment.
Don’t forget, Clearwire’s been in the hands of consumers for a while now, while XOHM has yet to be actually truly tested by consumers. So we’ll see where the actual technology goes.