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 Nokia N810 Internet Tablet review

First Looks: Nokia N810 Internet Tablet

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Say bonjour to the new Internet Tablet from Nokia, the N810. As mentioned in our previous article on the Nokia N800, this device is essentially an upgraded version that draws from previous models, the N770 and the N800. The focus on being a true internet and mobile companion remains, but the new N810 packs more juice than ever.

What's New

Announced at the Web 2.0 summit at San Francisco on 17 October 2007, the N810 - the third model in Nokia's Internet Tablet portfolio - impressed us with its additional features. The first to include a QWERTY keypad and GPS capabilities, this Linux-based handheld allows consumers to connect to the internet with minimal hassle.

A few cosmetic changes are made in comparison to the predecessor, such as having the metal stand tilted at a more comfortable angle for consumers to read off the screen.

The N810's battery casing is made up of very thin metal and finished in an attractive, bluish hue. Equipped with an ambient light sensor as well, it's a thoughtful touch that users, especially the ladies may appreciate. To top off the differences between its predecessors and the N810, the newcomer sports a transflective display which allows consumers to read even under bright sunlight.

Connectivity Galore


Despite the obvious lack of telephony features, which is a major drawback for some consumers, the N810 nevertheless works well as a VoIP phone with some help from Skype. In this era of free Wi-Fi, Internet telephony enables consumers to perform audio and video conferencing at almost no cost at all.

This is aided by the installed 0.3-megapixel camera on the N810. This embedded web camera is not hidden; neither can it pop out and rotate like on the N800. It is fully exposed to the eyes of the consumer and located at the top left hand corner.

This device is the first to utilize the new Nokia Internet Tablet OS 2008 which offers the interface a significant face lift and will no doubt be one of the core highlights of the N810. The new operating system has a Mozilla Gecko based browser, a mapping application and a new media player, among others.

Within the N810 is 2GB worth of internal storage and a MiniSDHC card slot for all your storage needs and these are much welcomed upgrades to the N800. Nokia has also streamlined the N810, removing the SD card slots and FM radio tuner found on the Nokia N800. Gone too are the cluttered physical buttons found on the left hand side of the device, which has been replaced by two buttons instead. Overall, this device looks cleaner and more sleek than the N800.

Our Verdict

The Nokia N810 Internet Tablet should appeal to a niche group of consumers who do not mind two mobile devices. With a relatively small footprint and excellent functionality, the N810 is useful to have around as an internet device. With a reasonable price tag, the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet is a complement to smart phones which lacks some of the features required for serious browsing.