Interesting story on Nokia’s web gameplan from Business Week:
Nokia’s Newest Is No Cell Phone: Called the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, it’s about the size of a paperback book and designed specifically for browsing the Web and checking e-mail via a home or hot-spot Wi-Fi network. And where Wi-Fi isn’t available, it can still access the Web by using a cell phone equipped with Bluetooth wireless technology.
NEW TERRITORY. The new product is the first Nokia (NOK ) personal communications device that doesn’t contain a cellular radio. It’s part of a major strategy shift that began in 2004 when Nokia rejiggered its product organizations into four groups to attack new markets %u2014- an effort that’s just starting to bear fruit.
The Internet Tablet, which weighs about 8 ounces, includes a 4.13-inch-wide touch screen and can recognize handwriting. A virtual keyboard appears on the screen, and users navigate with a stylus. Nokia says it will be available during the third quarter.
The thing about these new forms of device is that they either bomb (Newton) or explode (iPod). There doesn’t seem to be much of a middle ground. Personally, I think this could explode. Combine it with some kind of photo viewer and ebook reader, and it could really explode. Maybe we should think of it as a “server control and viewer for the household.” I get to see what’s on my server (or on a Web server, if I’m connected to the Web) without firing up a laptop.