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Linux alternative to iPod touch (Download Squad)

Sep 14th 2007 12:03PM After using the n800 for a little while now, while a great little machine, I definitely have a few grievances with it:

1) The battery life is what kills me. It HAS to be charged almost everyday or its useless, and (in my belief) the indicator LIES. It say it's good for an hour or two in active use then suddenly drop down to less than an hour. A percentage based battery life would have been much more helpful as I really have no idea how long the battery will last. I typically bring the charger around with me in my bag (even if it's had a full nights charge).

2) I so wish there was an easier way to mute the device. It's fairly embarrassing when you accidentally unplug your headphones and "A Flock of Seagulls" begins blaring out of the built in stereo speakers. Either the automatic pause feature of the ipods or separate audio levels for headphones vs speakers (like in my Macbook). A mute toggle switch would have been a wonderful feature (like on the Iphone or Palm Treo). An unlock plus two stylus taps seems like an eternity when your trying to mute something in a public place.

3) For skype/gizmo calling it really needs a headset that works unless your in a super quiet environment. With the headset Nokia provides it's better for the recipient of the call, but it's difficult to hear them (even with max volume). If you use your own earbuds (personally ER6i isolator) and the built in mic, they can't hear you worth a crapshoot in a noisy environment. And here I have a wonderful working bluetooth headset that simply goes unused. (Does anyone know of single earbud, wired headset that will work with the n800?. Remember it has to be a 1/8 inch jack, not 1/16th like most cell headsets.)

That said, it is a great little machine. Rhapsody is a wonderful alternative to the wifi itunes music store. The screen is gorgeous. It's wonderful to read ebooks on using FBReader. MaemoMapper works great, even when your offline.

My opinion is if your expecting ipod functionality, you best get an ipod. n800 is bigger, less interface friendly and won't happily sync with itunes. However, if you want a really small linux computer with loads of functionality then you will happily enjoy the n800.

Giveaway: have an iPhone on us! (Engadget)

Jun 30th 2007 2:14PM "The fingers you have used to dial are too fat. To obtain a special dialing wand, please mash the keypad with your palm now."

Win yourself some Shure headphones! (Engadget)

May 25th 2007 5:23PM Hmmm....probably would whip out my archived lossless collection slap some of that on my computer and ipod again. beginning with david bowie's 'heathen'.

Want to learn a language? Try out FriendsAbroad (Download Squad)

Nov 15th 2006 11:25AM A similar service has already been implemented. I haven't tried it personally though. Try out my language exchange (http://www.mylanguageexchange.com/).