First Impression (4/5)
I was really excited about the release of the new Linux based OS2008 for Nokia Internet Tablets (N800 and N810) and after getting my hands on the tools to upgrade my old N800 to OS2008 I was both impressed by the improvements but also depressed by the missing polish of the user experience.
Reading about the release before trying it out raised my expectations even higher, as early bird discussion boards give you the impression that the OS2008 release was clearly faster than previous versions, even increasing the clock speed of the N800. Also, using your clumsy fingers instead of a stylus with the touch screen was highlighted as one of the many aims to make it much more user friendly. An expanded portfolio of cool and useful applications like maps and navigation was also on the shortlist of improvements. The Nokia team and open source community now had my very high expectations to manage.
Firing up the newly flashed Nokia N800 Internet Tablet went well and the new look and feel, showing off the now so trendy glassy UI made me feel like I had a new device in my hands. Playing around with the new, simplified menu structure optimized for fingertip usage reinforced the early discussion board comments about better usability. So the first impression was great, I give full credit to the development team for these great enhancements.
Unfortunately, this is where the much of the fun ended!