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Nokia N810 Internet Tablet

 Nokia N810 Discontinued
17th October 2007

Nokia's third generation Internet tablet, the Nokia N810 adds a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, GPS and a new operating system to the excellent 800-pixel wide touchscreen display and WiFi connectivity found in the previous N800 and 770 devices.

As with the N800 and 770, it's important to remember that the N810 isn't a phone - it connects to the Internet using either WiFi or a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. Our experience with previous models tells us that it can be just about any type of handset, not just a Nokia.

 Nokia N810 Internet Tablet It's a big device - coming in at 226 grams, it weighs about the same as the original 770, or slightly more than the later N800 or roughly comparable Nokia E90. Physically, the N810 measures 72 x 128 x 14mm and the tablet is dominated by the very large 4.1" 800 x 480 pixel display. If you haven't seen this type of high resolution screen before, then you'll be blown away.. remember that most similar devices are stuck with 320 x 240 pixels, and at 800 pixels across most web pages will display exactly as they do on a PC.

One key advantage in having the big screen in a separate device to your phone is that you can have a normal size device as a mobile, and you only need to take the N810 out with you when you need it.

It's a Linux device, running a brand new OS2008 version of the Maemo operating system. This adds a Mozilla-based web browser, enhanced Adobe Flash support, Windows Media Player compatibility, the Nokia Maps application, VOIP SIP call support and a new user interface. Owners of the N800 will be able to upgrade their software to the OS2008 version, although sadly the old 770 cannot be updated. There are plenty of free applications available for download for the Maemo platform, so the N810 should have a wide range of software add-ons available.

The overall design of the N810 is a bit sleeker than the N800 - the video calling camera is now more traditionally mounted on the front, the seldom used navigation pad has been moved to the QWERTY keyboard and the other controls are mounted on the edge of the device so that they can be reached easily. As with the N800, the N810 Internet Tablet comes with a built-in stand. You don't have to use the physical keyboard as text can be entered directly onto the N810's screen with a finger or stylus.

Internal memory is 128MB of DDR RAM plus 256MB Flash. Up to 2GB of Flash storage is available for data, and the Nokia N810 supports SD cards up to 2GB and SDHC cards up to 8GB. The processor is a TI OMAP 2420 running at 400 MHz. The battery should be good for about 4 hours web browsing over the LAN, 10 hours of music playback or 14 days standby time.

 N810 Internet Tablet

Nokia are touting the N810 as a "Web 2.0" device, capable of accessing YouTube, Skype, Facebook and other popular destinations. Older versions of Nokia's Internet Tablets did struggle with these, so this is certainly an improvement.

At the moment Nokia have given US pricing and availability only, the N810 will cost around $479 plus tax (so perhaps £250 / €350 in Europe) and will be available from mid-November 2007.

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Nokia N810 Internet Tablet at a glance

Available:

Q4 2007

Network:

None

Data:

WiFi

Screen:

800 x 480 pixels, 65k colours

Camera:

0.3 megapixels

Size:

Large PDA-style device
72 x 128 x 14mm / 226 grams

Bluetooth:

Yes

Memory card:

microSD / SDHC

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

N/A

Java:

N/A

Battery life:

4 hours continuous use, 14 days standby

 

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