From what I've been hearing and reading so far about the new Nokia N800, this Linux-based gadget seems to be a quite nice mobile internet solution.

Starry Hope counts 10 reasons why the N800 is better than the iPhone


Open Source

Third Party Applications

No Service Contract with Cingular Needed

Removable Storage

Better Audio and Video Codec Support

Its Not a Cell Phone

It is a VoIP Phone

Webcam for Video Conferencing

Its Available Now

Adam Curry is also very excited about the internet tablet, because it gives you a mobile device that's really good to do blogging and podcasting on.

Other than the iPhone, the N800 already has a lot of different applications available, as Read/Write Web tells us:

The list of applications on Maemo is already long, so this looks like just the beginning of a fruitful open source software initiative from Nokia.

Oliver from MobileCrunch can already look back on a few weeks' experience, he's been testing the N800 exclusively and under NDA. He really digs it:

All in all I love this device. I love the convenience, I love the size, I love the instant on/off capability. I think it does many things well and the excitement that I feel when engaged with the development community that has gravitated to this platform has convinced me that the best is certainly yet to come and dramatic innovations in software are on the horizon.

Judging from close-ups of the Nokia internet tablet on MobileCrunch sister website Crunchgear, the device really looks nice and easy to use.

But there are critical voices, too:

Otherwise, the N800 should appeal to heavy internet users and VoIP junkies with $400 burning a hole in their pockets, but don't expect to replace your laptop, PDA or cellphone just yet.

You'll find that quote, together with additional links to other reviews of the N800, on Engadget