Thanks to Nokia, I’ve had the 770 for a while, but given the lack of pervasive public wifi in Australia, its housebound use cases have been limited to web browsing… In front of the television, in bed, or (mostly) on the toilet. But the latest firmware — currently in beta, soon to be released — changes everything.
I just spoke to daf for 12 minutes via the 770’s new Telepathy-powered Google Talk / Jabber client. The audio quality isn’t as good as the desktop client, but they’re working on it. I tried it with headphones and without — if you pop the 770 in your top pocket and wander around the house, it’s almost like you’re using a Star Trek communicator (albeit without the voice control).
Contacts and presence are tightly integrated into the user experience — there’s no buddy list in the traditional sense, just a category for contacts who are online. Just the way I like it.
The fresh theme is bright and punchy, the new feed reader is surprisingly good, and there’s a whole bunch of neat fixes and polish throughout. Imagine — a device that improves with age, with meaty, high-value software updates! Rocking.