I just bought a Nokia N810 "Internet tablet," a very cool under $500 device that I'm hoping will replace my HP PDA and my Sprint multimedia phone. The device uses OS2008, an operating system that's essentially Maemo, which in turn is based on the Debian flavor of Linux. Among the software offered is a software-defined FM radio. Great, I thought before I learned it works only on the older N800.
The software offer on the Nokia site carries the headline I used for this post plus this description (ouch!):
Before the internet and the digital revolution, music was analog and most of us listened to FM radio. You might remember fixing the antenna in the most perfect position, and the noise when tuning the channels. If you don't remember or you want re-experience it, download the FM radio application now!
For its size (smaller than the HP PDA), the N810 has a great screen and ditto for its stereo speakers -- the first really listenable ones I've seen in a portable device -- and comes with its own "Internet radio" pre-programmed with a bunch of stations. More and more I think we broadcasters need to figure out how to get on these lists. The N810 connects to the 'Net by a user-friendly WiFi implementation and also has Bluetooth so you can connect through your phone. Oh, and it has GPS, too. --Dennis