Nokia N800 is an orange, not an apple

N800_gtalkGetting some attention on Digg right now is Starry Hope‘s self-explanatory "10 Ways The Nokia N800 Is Better Than Apple’s iPhone" post. The author makes it clear from the beginning that his list is personal, reflecting the reasons the N800 Internet Tablet is a better buy than the iPhone for him. Fine.

His arguments against the iPhone echo most of what’s going around as part of the backlash (closed system, pricing and availability, limited storage capacity and codec support, etc.), but what grabbed my attention in the first place was the comparison itself. It’s odd. To each his own, of course, but isn’t the iPhone’s competition the Treo, Blackberry, or Sidekick? 

With so many devices trying to do it all these days, pinpointing their primary features and assigning them into a single category is certainly becoming more and more difficult, but at its core (or least a third of its core), the iPhone is a phone. The N800 is, at most, a VoIP phone. Starry Hope knows this, too, which makes the comparison all the more perplexing to me (and perhaps only me).

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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