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The Nokia N810 is a great, slimline little hand held gadget, allowing you to connect to wifi hotspots on the go. There are quite a few reviews detailing the spec of the item, but few reviews looking at why you should buy one.
The N810 is NOT a phone. With so many of us on contracts, with fancy internet ready mobiles, you would have to wonder who needs an N810?
Travellers, thats who. If you, like me are constantly in and out of the UK, then this may well be the gadget for you. I have an internet ready phone, but many overseas networks can be troublesome when the internet is concerned. I have paid for roaming in the past, only to find myself stranded in foreign parts unable to even make a call. This is where the N810 comes into its own.
No, the connection is not fast. Due to many websites these days using flash powered advertising, it can take a while for the pages to load. However, if your stuck somewhere, you can buy tickets on it, or contact someone on skype. For parents of potential backpackers for example...... this gadget needs to be in their pocket for emergencies. The tablet has an inbuilt webcam for your internet calls, allowing you to really keep in touch on a more personal level. You can download enless programs from the Nokia site and Maemo, including a GPS for when you get lost.
As well as the internet connection, you can listen to music and watch movies during those endless flight delays and long bus journey's. The SD slot allows you to carry a variety of cards filled with different media without filling up the tablets internal memory.
The keyboard is fiddly to use at first, but you have the option to use the touch screen keyboard. The tablet feels sturdy in your hand, and has a look of quality about it. I don't use mine much, I have to admit...... but it has proved its worth on a number of occasions and got me out of a few quite sticky patches. For the price, its well worth a good look.
Nokia's 3rd device in its internet tablet range. The nokia N810 is featured with a qwerty keyboard, bluetooth, a touchscreen, wifi, a webcam, GPS, and a mini SD card reader.
The N810s screen has a high resolution of 800 x 480, this gives the device very sharp picture quality, the N810s screen size is 4.13" this is extremely big for portable devices. The N810 itself is very slim and lightweight making it perfect for carrying around.
The N810 is not perfect though as you may need to find a few work arounds to get it to its full potential. Luckily the N810 runs on Maemo, which has an extremely helpful community that can be found at www.maemo.org, the online community often have help on how to get the best from your device. With their help and a little time you can fix any problems you once had with this device.
Internet browsing on the N810 is not blazing fast but fast for a portable device. Because it supports flash sometimes websites with heavy flash applications can slow it down, but flash support can be turned off to speed up load times, flash support is not supported by most other portable devices.
The GPS in england can take quite a while to lock on but this can be improved by using an application from the Maemo website.
The qwerty keyboard on the N810 is soo much better than using an on screen keyboard like on other devices.
With the help of the Maemo community the N810 can do allot more than expected or was designed to do, for example it can run Debian, Android, KDE and windows 3.1, it can also use usb or bluetooth keyboards.
The N810 is a good all rounder it can play music and videos, view pictures, browse the net and much more, there are many applications available allowing the N810 to do much more.
The Nokia N810 is a well proportioned Internet tablet including inbuilt WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS, 2GB memory and a microSD slot.
The build quality is very good and it feels sturdy in your hands. Sliding the QWERTY keyboard feels a little bit flimsy but not as part as the likes of the O2 XDAs, the keys are very flat and hard though which is a disappointment as it can become frustrating when you want to write a long email.
The N810 screen is very bright and clear but the touchscreen is a little too sensitive for my liking (You can't please everyone can you!).
The Web browser which is almost the main function of the device is a huge disappointment as the web pages take a long time to load and as they are loading you can't scroll or do anything else.
Gesture implementation like the iPhone would have been a huge asset to zoom into the web page but instead a awkwardly placed button to go full screen tries to take care of that.
The GPS is really slow in finding satellites and the software lacks features that even some of the basic SatNavs have. Best to use a dedicated device me thinks.
The miniUSB port also sadly only transfers files and not charge as well which very annoying.