After having spent last three days with OS2008 on Godot (my N800:-) ) it’s time to draw some conclusions.
For sure OS2008 is hella fast! Using it on N800 is a pleasure. CPU speed management’s improvements are there, and you can feel it. Opening menus and launching apps is a pleasure, well even more thant what it was before! :D
Talking about menus, first time I saw new larger OS2008 menus I wasn’t sure I was going to like them but after getting used to the new look I have to confess that, after all, they are not as bad as I thought. Perhaps it would have been a little better being able to freely choice your size, you know: size matters! :D
In one word (and a half): it works! On OS2007 it was a pain using it. Everyone remembers having continuously to scroll application list after every install/remove action. I mean, that sort of things that make you ask if people really use the program they write.
Now, at last once an application has been installed/removed, AppMan will remember our position. Ins’t it great? :)
And again: speed! Browsing applications is very easy and comfortable.
Web browser and Flash Player
MicroB is wonderful, rendering is pretty fine, even on complex pages. Flash videos are overall absolutely ok. I tried over a WiFi link and using an UMTS connection, and in both cases result was more than fine.
Skype, Gizmo and Pidgin
Spending almost all my day chatting with my friends (shhh… don’t tell it to my boss! :-) ), I basically need a wide range of IM protocols. Being able to use Skype, Gizmo and Pidgin is a must! And I just discovered that pidgin perfectly integrates in Maemo’s “tray” area. Sweet! :)
Despite still being a beta, OS2008 looks wonderful. It’s amazing how a simple software upgrade can change so much a device! If you are looking for a great device with a high price:performances ratio, well N800 with actual reduced price and OS2008 upgrade could be a nice choice. Also remember that, beside a different look, the integrated keyboard and other design differences N800 and N810 share basically the same hardware (this also proves how good N800 was).
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