The keyboard is just WRONG. Hard to use for any shell activities at all due to the itsy bitsy tiny space button.
Don't plan to type anything on it - notetaking will be a pain. See for yourself :
The keyboard layout was my main gripe, so I proposed a fix more than 2 years ago: http://en.blog.guylhem.net/post/5587284432/the-idea-nanonote... (I moved my blog from wordpress, hence the 2011 year tag)
On the mailing list where the keyboard issue were discussed, IIRC basically it was said the keyboard had not been optimized at all - just made to work, but that it would soon be remade etc. Still hasn't changed though.
I had a nanonote. Did some OSX stuff for it (including compiling a reflasher), some hardware hacking (including adding a bluetooth module because THERE IS NO WIRELESS OF ANY KIND ON IT) but the keyboard limitation were just too strong.
After waiting for ANY improvement such as making and selling new keyboard layouts, I ended up selling it. Or giving it away, just can't remember what I did with it, except feeling is was a missed opportunity :-(
My advice: don't get one. Looks cool, but you need to hack your own wireless in. Then the keyboard sucks, and you will understand it can't be put to any use. And you'll cry, because it had so much potential.
Meanwhile I got myself a N900 and it's far more interesting to tinker with. There's even a community project for making replacement cases made of aluminum and exposing a new USB port - now that's serious hacking :-)
It won't compare too favourably to a modern smartphone, but I keep to think of it more as an open hardware platform/devboard than a consumer product. BTW for hardware hacking you can easily connect 6 I/Os (3.3V TTL) via the UBB (http://en.qi-hardware.com/wiki/UBB).
It still looks like a fantastic product though. I'm really looking forward to seeing a future Nanonote with Wi-Fi built-in.
I look forward to a v2, but haven't seen/heard of any developments.
Anyone know any good resources for larger screens? I'm curious if you can get 7" + screens with slightly better refresh rates than eInk, but not as power-hungry as a full-color backlit display. The perfect screen would be something like the TI-86, except 8 times as large. Does anyone make 1000-2000 character displays in a 7-14 inch form factor?
I feel like you ought to be able to make something like with 30-40 hours battery life (if not better) for around $200-$300.
Here's a tweet I wrote a few weeks ago about it:
> I'd really love to see a laptop running a linux command line environment with an e-ink screen. Programming on the beach, anybody?
(More at http://chainxor.org/openwrt-zipit/ http://mozzwald.com/ http://anarsoul.blogspot.com )
- Has Wifi
- Currently clearing last of their stock. $20 for one, less in bulk.
- No open source hardware/chipset. :(.
- No proper USB port (USB host/client on dock connector.)
- Has hacking community (#zipit on irc.freenode.net)
- Fiddly keyboard (haven't used a Nanonote but wouldn't recommend notetaking on a ZipIt.)
We group bought 21 Zipits recently at my local Hackerspace. I just designed a breakout board for the rear connector (GPIOs, SPI, 1 ADC channel & the USB 1.1 client/host port) which will should be available at some point soon I hope.
I'm also one of the maintainers for the OpenWRT for ZipIt port, people have ported all kinds of bits and pieces. Some folks also run Debian and I think there are some bitbake-based distributions as well.
 Although so far nearly all of those are sitting on shelves largely unused. Geek impulse buying strikes again! :(
But they've really come a looong way, those guys are nothing if not persevering. Truly amazed, but a bit sad that the wait turned out to be so fantastically long, of course. Hardware like this doesn't age too well.
There are plenty of crappy similar devices running Android for < $100: http://www.ebay.com/sch/Laptops-Netbooks-/175672/i.html?LH_B...
In any case you're probably better off using a cheap Android phone with Swype or a stylus.
This is about as far as "perfect" for notetaking as I could imagine. The screen is too small, the keyboard is too small. Syncing is a big kludge. The software isn't particularly stable (by the team;s own admission).
Don't get me wrong, it's a neat little computer but the submission title is just plain wrong.
The keyboard on this device looks to be about half the size of the EEE PC 901, so I don't think it would be very effective without a full size keyboard connected to it.