Nokia can't hold the phone
Noises famous for making phones, so when it came out with a handheld computer, the Nokia 770 tablet, that eyebrows raised in the tech world. But apparently old habits are hard to break: Nokia is turning the tablet into a phone, Techworld reports. An updated version of the 770's operating system includes support for VOIP, allowing users to make calls over the tablet's Wi-Fi connection. It has Google Talk instant-messaging software built in, and will soon add support for the Gizmo Project VOIP software. The Smart Home Blog points out a major downside to the upgrade: For current 770 owners, installing the VOIP upgrade will wipe out all of their current applications. But for new buyers, the 770 could be a smart way to make calls anywhere there's a Wi-Fi connection.
This sounds intriguing, though I have some reservations, especially with the WiFi connection. I dislike the convergence of gadgets these days - it seems like everyone wants to put everything together. I for one like my phone to be my phone and my iPod to be my iPod.
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