10 Ways the Nokia N800 Is Better Than Apple’s iPhone January 18, 2007Posted by Mads Foli Bjerre in : Mobile, Gadgets, Nokia, iphone, N800 , trackback
Jim Mendenhall of Starry Hope has a post about why he thinks the N800 is better than Apple’s iPhone. Not a totally fair comparison, given that the N800 is an internet tablet, not a phone, but I still think he has some valid points:
2. Open Source
The Nokia N800 is a Linux device based on a modified version of Debian GNU/Linux that they call “Internet Tablet OS 2007 edition”. Nokia created the open source Maemo development platform for the 770 and N800. They’ve worked hard to encourage developers to port applications to this platform. You can find more info at maemo.org.
The iPhone is far from open. We’re still not sure what Steve Jobs meant when he said that the iPhone runs “OS X”, but it’s most certainly not the full-blown “Mac OS X” that comes on a new Macbook. While the core of the phone’s OS may someday be open sourced (like Darwin), it’s highly unlikely that Apple will ever open source the entire OS or even share the iPhone APIs that would allow developers to make new iPhone apps.
I could definately swap my PSP for the N800.
Just for the fun of it, a little size comparison: