n810: random rants

9:22 am hardware, maemo

The browser in OS2008 is a huge disappointment. It hangs after every couple of pages, only “kill process” helps. Is it me? Is it about adblock and greazemonkey extensions? I do not know… But at the moment my n810 can not be used for browsing at all 🙁

Regarding the built-in GPS – according to what I hear from various people, there are 2 sorts of devices – “good ones” and “bad ones”. The “bad ones” (like mine) take ages to establish the fix.

And the last (but not least) – the hardware keyboard does not allow to switch between Russian and English layouts. You can have either – but not both (welcome to the Control Panel if you want to change layout). What kind of usability is it? For the company located a couple of hundred kilometers from Russia, it is odd;) The on-screen keyboard is more usable for me ATM.

14 Responses

  1. Jussi Kukkonen Says:

    I’m guessing it’s the extensions (adblock probably): the new browser has been a mostly positive experience for me, less problems than with opera — and I use the browser a lot.

  2. Xav Says:


    I don’t own a n810, but I know a thing or two about GPS. Some models can be preset to a specific geographic region (often a country) to speedup initial fix. If badly set, it will slow down much that fix. Did you verify your GPS is set to the correct country (if applicable on the n810) ?

  3. Sergey Udaltsov Says:

    Jussi: thanks, I’ll try to get rid of the extensions and see whether it improves things.

  4. Sergey Udaltsov Says:

    Xav: I’ll check. But IIRC there is no such setting here.

  5. Imrahil Says:

    Maybe you should think about Privoxy insted AdBlock, to kill banners and ads?

  6. Sergey Udaltsov Says:

    It seems disabling extensions does not really help:(

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  8. Michael R. Head Says:

    I just got my 810 yesterday. It came with v. 1.2007.42-19 of OS2008 and I haven’t installed any extra browser plugins. So far, I haven’t seen a crash, which is very pleasant, because the OS2007HE version I was running on my 770 would crash like crazy.

    I wonder if it’s worth doing a backup and installing the latest (or one level back) OS image?

    WRT GPS, I can’t get a fix inside my house, but if I go a few blocks away, it seems OK.

    Now a question for you: which Map software have you chosen? Maemo-mapper is nice and free, but Map seems a bit more complete in some respects.

  9. Sergey Udaltsov Says:

    Michael: I am already thinking about downgrade. It seems the previous version was somewhat more stable.

    I am using both apps. Mostly Map – since it has cool 3D view and some database of useful objects.

  10. Tomas Says:

    You can quick switch between Russian and English layouts for the keyboard.

    In the control panel, first select the Russian keyboard layout. Then hit – while you’re typing to toggle between the Latin/Cyrillic modes of the keyboard. You can also insert single Latin/Cyrillic characters by holding and pressing the key you want.

  11. Sergey Udaltsov Says:

    Thomas: sorry, I did not quite get your advice. I am choosing Russian layout – but pressing ‘-‘ (the second key on the left from Return) does not change anything. Also, pressing and holding the button just creates a line of Russian characters;)

  12. Tomas Says:

    Hmm, I used angle brackets to specify the keys and it seems the blog ate them.

    Anyway, the post is supposed to read:
    “Then hit Ctrl-Chr while you’re typing”.

  13. Sergey Udaltsov Says:


    Thank you very much! It works! You really made my day;)

  14. AlphaLux Says:

    Honestly, my experience with the browser has been wonderful. It runs flawlessly. I only started to have problems like lag, after I installed some extensions. Even after “uninstalling” them, the problems were not fixed.

    I had to completely rm -rf .mozilla in my home directory and then everything was perfect again. Give it a try, you might be surprised.

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