Nanonote End of life

R Paxton mrrhq1 at
Mon Mar 31 16:00:02 EDT 2014

The most unique feature that I like about the Nanonote is the
non-brickable, Ingenic XBurst MIPS CPU. It's so easy to flash the chip over
USB and not be afraid that you're bricking it. I mean, sure, you have the
GCW-Zero which has a slightly faster CPU than the Nanonote, but there's no
freaking keyboard, and there's no replaceable battery!

I will still keep my NanoNote, even though it's end of life. You know why?
One day I bought mine off of Amazon and the battery was pretty much gone.
It was dead in less than 3 months. I was able to replace the battery. If I
can't do that with other devices, it becomes unusable entirely as a good
portable device, period. Just try doing that when the GCW-Zero has its
battery soldered in! Also, keyboard navigation makes more software on the
device more usable. I can use vim to take notes more easily. Try doing that
when all you have is a D-pad. I can just run [some] Dingoo A320 games with
the appropriate libraries. It's a good replacement for even that handheld.

And it's a real same to see this device go, and I hope there will be a good
successor. Maybe I should look forward to the Neo900. I mean, it is ARM
based, which is technically, in some objective ways better than MIPS, but
I'll still keep my Nanonote as long as I can....

On Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 10:43 AM, lee jones <slothpuck at> wrote:

> Quite sad btw to hear about the nanonote's end of life btw. Really
> quite a useful device for something so small! Though I guess now
> really instead of looking to the past it is time to look to the
> future. If there is to be any sort of nanonote successor - or even
> something completely different what could that be? What device is it?
> What does it look like?
> I read through the individual posts in feburary ("Nanonote End of
> life"). I think one thing that struck me and I apologise as I'm about
> to go off topic is something that I went through a little while ago,
> namely with trying to buy a new 'phone.
> It's really hard (if not impossible) to find a open/free phone to use!
> Can discount microsoft and apple straight away as they are totally
> closed. Android is partly closed. The hardware in android's case more
> than likely needs binary blobs as well.
> That leaves a few others -- firefox os, ubuntu touch, Neo900 and
> soforth. Though even these have their problems. Neo900 looks good but
> I can't see it selling much with a price tag in the order of E500-700
> (That's what about $600-800?). That then leaves firefox and ubuntu --
> though who knows how open and free their hardware is? And if the
> hardware is, the software might not be -- Firefox OS if you try to
> root it you loose your warranty on your phone (
> ) . Plus firefox os
> supports advertising (*yuk*) and "in-app" advertising (*double-yuk*).
> Not sure about ubuntu touch though what if they do the same? Where
> does it end? Spyware in ubuntu touch and Firefox OS because of ad$?
> I apologise about that mini rant. But I guess what I'm trying to say
> is maybe there's a possibility there. Maybe there are people out there
> who what a phone, don't want to be spied on, want it open and don't
> want to bank raid fort knox to own one. If firefox os can run on
> slower older hardware why can't some sort of (for example) nanonote
> successor?  Prof. eben moglen launched the freedombox a few years
> back, maybe now we need a freedomphone? Could that be an idea?
> Just a thought though. Was just thinking aloud --  maybe the successor
> of nanonote dosen't have to be a clamshell type device.
> Incentally FYI in the end I *downgraded* my phone to an older
> non-smartphone!
> ljones
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