While the Asus EeePC is a fantastic subnotebook (especially for the
money) it isn't really in the same league as the Nokia Internet Tablet
line. I, for one, have always considered the NITs to be competing
PalmOS and the newer wifi-enabled iPod-based devices, rather than
against notebooks. Even small, inexpensive ones.
Having given the EeePC high praise in the above review, the Nokia Internet Tablets are a far more ambitious project. 2lbs is much heavier than 0.5lbs. The Nokia Internet Tablets are pocketable, while the EeePC is about the size of a student's paper notebook. Having used both, the EeePC is clearly a better general-purpose computer, but the N800 is an order of magnitude smaller and more interesting form-factor and software-wise. (The EeePC is 9x bulkier, according to this post.)
Software wise, the EeePC doesn't have anything like MaemoMapper,
doesn't easily do voice recordings, and doesn't make a very good PDA
replacement. This despite including Kontact on the EeePC.
In the end, the only
similarities that the EeePC shares with the Nokia Internet Tablets is that it is
Linux-based, in the same price range, and has the same screen
This is a 30GB Personal Media Player (PMP) that has built-in WiFi and can be made into a 80x480 web browser for an additional $30 for an optimized version of Opera and Flash.
This device is similar in size to the 770 and would make a better media player. It has a huge drive and can stream music over uPnP like the 770 can. From reviews, the browser is very slow. This isn't an open-ended device like the 770, though. No email, no apps, no text editing unless it all works through the Opera browser.
This is a very cool, media-centric device that probably offers a comparable browsing experience. It is not, however, trying to be a full-blown pocketable PC. It is a closed system and is limited by this.
Like the Archos, if you're primarily looking for a media player, the
iPod Touch is probably a better option than the Nokia Internet Tablet.
However, also like the Archos, the Touch is a closed device with very
limited options. Yes, it has WiFI, yes it has a full browser (Safari
does as least as well as Opera at rendering pages) but it doesn't do
Flash, can't do email, IM, file browse, word process or any of the
other things that the Nokia Internet Tablets do. It also lacks Bluetooth, making an external keyboard impossible.
Microsoft and Intel recently launched an Ultra Mobile PC initiative (UMPC.) These systems are about the same size as the Nokia Internet Tablet and offer full Intel systems. They are real PCs running Windows and MS Office. As a result, they have almost infinite flexibility. However, UMPC sales have been flat. This is primarily because of three things: Price, performance and usability. UMPCs are expensive, as in $900 (Asus) to $3000 (Sony) expensive. Performance is also usually below expectations, as Intel has to use slower CPUs to provide decent battery life and a small form-factor. Having used an Asus UMPC, the Nokia 770 running at 250MHz feels faster for most tasks than the UMPC running Vista. On the usability side, they are machines running rather unoptimized versions of Windows Vista. This sounds great, except the screen resolution is often the same as the Nokia Internet Tablets, 800x480. This makes for a very cramped UI, as the entire system hasn't been built around these small screens. Full desktop Linux would be pretty much useless on a Nokia Internet Tablet. You can draw your own conclusions from here.