Feedback re NanoNote from Santa Barbara Liux Users Group

Michael Shiloh michaelshiloh1010 at
Fri Sep 11 14:08:00 EDT 2009

great feedback ron - thanks.

one comment: many usb to serial port adapters exist (some with excellent 
linux support) so is a serial port really needed? sure, nice to have, 
but given alternate uses for pins, space, resources, i'd give this up first.

otherwise i like and agree with everything your group observed.

thanks for the excellent writeup and thanks to your group for the 
excellent analysis


Ron K. Jeffries wrote:
> (I apologize for the length of this. Maybe I should have put it on my blog.
> I am obviously responsible for any errors .).
> Thursday Sept. 10, 2009 I shared the proto Nanonote (Chinese version)
> with a dozen members of the Santa Barbara Linux Users Group. Feedback:
> 1. USB Host capability is required. Period.
> 2 Bigger battery required. (USB host drives this)
>>> Aside: a member replaced NN battery with battery from his Nokia 2555
>     (or was it 3555?) it works! ;) People appreciate NN uses a widely available
>      and inexpensive battery.
> 3. 2nd micro SD slot would be very useful, one slot is used for memory,
>     the other for add-on gadgets e.g. wifi (until it is built in) or GPS or ?
> 4. 64 MB RAM will greatly expand what NN can be used for
> 5. built-in WiFi highly desirable (but see notes below about apps without WiFi)
> 6. Lots of discussion about possible uses cases. Considerable discussion
> about how smart phones can be used for same apps (and more). However,
> in favor of NN is no requirement for service plan.
> 7. Also discussion of netbook as competing device, since netbook
> prices are inevitably headed down. (Already under $200 USD for
> early 9-in ASUS models (clearance) and the MIPS book variants
> from China.
> However... NN slips into a pocket or a woman's purse. The smallness
> makes it unique for some apps. Just as many geeks own a notebook
> PLUS a netbook, there was discussion that at $99 (prefer lower price)
> a significant number of geeks would buy NN just to play around. Note
> WiFi is taken for granted in that scenario.
> 8. Use case for NN WITHOUT WiFi:
> 8a Graphing Calculator. A statistics prof from local college said that
>      purpose built graphing calculators cost over $100. NN can be
>      a first class replacement plus do other appps.
> 8b one member reported that an elementary school REQUIRES
>       kids to purchase (unknown model) of  Franklin spelling/dictionary
>  that was a shocker to me. I will investigate
>       to get details.
> 8c Lack of WiFi is an ADVANTAGE for classroom use. wireless
>      can be a way to cheat during a test, etc.
> 8d Language learning app, with audible pronunciation
> 8e Language Translation aid
> 8f Open Street Map as portable atlas. does not require GPS
> 8g Wikipedia and Wikitravel were considered interesting.
>       "Hitchikers Guide to the Universe"
> 8h Use of NN in engineering classes, so students can take lab to dorm
>       with totally open hardware
> 9. Serial port would be very useful.
> 10. JTAG connection (internal) was suggested by hardware hackers
> 11. I briefly mentioned adding touchscreen. feedback was mixed.
>       There was concern it would diminish video clarity, that cost might
>        be excessive, and that having two UI methods may be bad idea.
>        Having said that, Palm sold a lot of Treos with keyboard + Touch.;)
> 12. A negative: the LCD on this proto seemed to show
>       a checkerboard effect. This was shown while looking at built-in
>       English/Chinese dictionary.
> SUMMARY: a majority of people were very intrigued by Nanonote
> Stephanie Lockwood-Childs, leader of the SBLUG group,
> said she hopes NanoNote will be available in time for Christmas.
> Fortunately, her husband was in the room.;)
> ---
> Ron K. Jeffries
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