Editor's Note: This article has been clarified to indicate the handwriting recognition capability of the Nokia tablet device.
File this article under "interesting, but questionable." Today, giant mobile phone manufacturer Nokia
The Nokia tablet has almost all the requisite features you'd expect from a device geared toward Web surfing and e-mail checking. I say almost all because an easy way to input text is noticeably lacking, and you'll probably want to do that eventually. Nokia's tablet has an on-screen keyboard that you can tap away at with a stylus, and handwriting recognition, but no tiny thumb-keyboard like you'll find on a palmOne
As you can probably tell, I'm not wild on this device from a technical perspective, but I will give Nokia a little rule-breaker credit. While Microsoft
To date, no one has attempted to push a scaled-down tablet device to supplement a PC instead of replacing it. I might be wrong, but I think there's a good reason for that. Laptops have become cheap. A stripped-down laptop from Dell
This is where Nokia kills me as an investor. For reasons that elude me, Nokia keeps trying to find another niche outside of its very profitable core handset business. The most notable attempt being the hybrid phone/gaming device dubbed the N-Gage, which is a catchy name, but still failed to draw people away from their Nintendo
If I were a Nokia shareholder, I'd be scratching my head at these attempts. Yes, the line between computer, phone, PDA, and to a certain extent, MP3 player, continues to get more and more blurred, and that's a good thing. However, this tablet seems like a step backward. If you have a laptop and a phone, it offers nothing you can't do already.
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