Apple iPhone vs. Internet Tablets

iPhone sv. Internet Tablets

Sure, the iPhone is a sweet phone (even at $600), but how does it compare to the less definable internet tablet category?

I’ve actually used a Pepper Pad and held an OLPC in my hands (yes, they exist), but what I know about the Nokia n800 (the successor to the n770) is limited to what I’ve been told.

All four devices have feature-complete browsers and can take advantage of the rich web 2.0 applications their larger cousins can. And each offers some local applications, including media players. But these aren’t general purpose PCs, and they’re not trying to replace PCs. These are information age devices that deliver the network in places we generally don’t bring our laptops.

The iPhone is the smallest and lightest of the bunch, though it also has the smallest screen (counting both pixels and inches). Still, it’s claimed battery life bests everything but the famously power-efficient OLPC. Yet even the 8GB iPhone isn’t the most expensive of the bunch, and the 4GB model is just a bit more than the least expensive publicly available tablet.

Mix the mainstreaming of social software over the past couple years with a device like this and step back. Twitter was just the start. Still, the iPhone might also find use among ebook users (though what we really need is a browser-based book reader) and for other purposes.

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6 thoughts on “Apple iPhone vs. Internet Tablets

  1. Thanks, Casey! I’ve got an old Samsung SPH-i500 that is showing its age, but with all of the choices out there today I’m not sure which way to jump. Your chart is a helpful start…

  2. some corrections:

    The Nokia N800 has an Opera browser

    The iPhone has Bluetooth

    The N770 has an USB Host port (non-powered)

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  4. @Colin

    Thanks for the correction about the N800 browser.

    The iPhone has Bluetooth, but it can’t be used to connect to an upstream network as with the N800. Though, when you’ve got a built-in cell phone, Bluetooth-tethering to another isn’t quite as important.

    My understanding is that the N770 can be hacked to operate as a USB host, though similar hacks for the N800, haven’t worked as well yet. Still, the chart isn’t so much about what can be hacked as what works for the average consumer.

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