I’m on a three month kayak journey around the Italian islands of Sardinia and Sicily. Our only computers on this trip are two N800 tablets which we use daily for email, checking weather forecasts and for blogging. They keep us connected and updated wherever we go.
Our blog is at www.kayakislandquest.com.
We’re bringing two N800 tablets and several accessories. I have my own N800 which I got through the N800 device program. My paddling partner, canadian schoolteacher Wendy Killoran, has received a sponsored N800 from Nokia Nseries, which has also supplied us with a foldable keyboard, a gps receiver and a car charger.
We’re currently at the NW tip of Sardinia, having done just over half of the circumnavigation of Sardinia.
So far we haven’t found many usable wifi hotspots, but we have a good deal on EDGE traffic via Telecom Italia Mobile. We use my old worn Nokia 6131 to connect.
The only downside so far is that I have fried the charging circuits on my tablet by connecting it wrongly to a solar panel. It now says its charging but it doesn’t charge the battery at all. We charge batteries in Wendy’s tablet and swap them when mine is depleted.
It is quite fascinating trying out the ‘internet anywhere’ for real. Here’s Wendy writing an Icelandic friend while sitting on an iron-age nuraghe in northern Sardinia 😉
Can you get the Nokias to talk to each other via WiFi or Bluetooth?
Bluetooth is easy for transfering files from one tablet to the other. I didn’t try over wi-fi. If we had to move larger files like photos we swapped SD cards between the two tablets. It was far the easiest.