Nokia N810 Internet Tablet
Manufacturer: Nokia Part number: 02703R1
- Bottom Line:
- Though not necessarily worth the price for an upgrade, the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet brings some nice additions to the mobile Web browsing device, including a full QWERTY keyboard and integrated GPS.
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- Reviewed by: Bonnie Cha
- Reviewed on: 01/28/2008
- Released on: 11/05/2007
The good: The Nokia N810 Internet Tablet features a sleeker design with a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The mobile Internet device now has integrated GPS and Rhapsody and Skype support. It also offers an excellent Web browsing experience and decent multimedia performance.
The bad: The Nokia N810 can be sluggish in performance, and the navigation controls and keyboard are a bit cramped. There are no included PIM tools, and you have to pay extra to get driving directions for use with GPS.
The bottom line: Though not necessarily worth the price for an upgrade, the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet brings some nice additions to the mobile Web browsing device, including a full QWERTY keyboard and integrated GPS.
Loved it, but one big problem
by squeekyfoot on March 11, 2008
Pros: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, open source OS with all kinds of 3rd party apps
Cons: Didn't like to turn on
Summary: First the good, then the bad.
I purchased the N810 online and loved it the second I got it. I like the GPS feature, but I believe it is $130 ...
Summary: First the good, then the bad.
I purchased the N810 online and loved it the second I got it. I like the GPS feature, but I believe it is $130 for 3yrs of use. I also had to update the OS to activate the GPS point to point directions. No big deal. Connected to my cell phone via bluetooth which allowed me to use my cell as an internet connection as well as stream audio and video files off it. Also no issue connecting to WiFi. Installed a 3rd party video player with codecs and it played everything I wanted without issue. I loved this thing.
So why the 3 in my rating?
One was at times it was slow. Didn't handle multitasking too well. That wasn't a big deal. The problem I had was if I used it for more than 3 minutes and turned it off, it wouldn't turn back on. I would have to pull out the battery (which is held in place by a cheap metal backing) and put it back in. Then hope it would turn back on. Sometimes it worked the first time and sometimes it didn't. Looked online for this issue and it seemed I wasn't the only one with it. Also, there was no known fix. I got it on a Friday and as much as I liked it, it was on its way back to the retailer Monday morning. I got the feeling this was a bigger problem or known issue because the online retailer wanted to do a refund instead on an exchange.
13 out of 15 users found this user opinion helpful.
A full computer beyond an internet tablet
by Ghillo on January 30, 2008
Pros: Web browsing, versatility, 3rd party apps, full keyboard
Cons: GPS performance sluggish, keyboard feedback
Summary: I received the N810 for Christmas (I know, how lucky!) and it impressed me since I opened the box. This is a sexy device, metal and glass in a small ...
Summary: I received the N810 for Christmas (I know, how lucky!) and it impressed me since I opened the box. This is a sexy device, metal and glass in a small footprint. It is phenomenal to browse the Internet with Flash (YouTube full-blown not the i.Phone limited one) to the point that I'm not using my laptop or desktop anymore at home, but its strengths go far beyond.
It is a mini laptop and when using it you almost forget it is such a tiny device. Document and e-books reading, video viewing (several media players are available), Skype, GPS, powerful email clients (like Claws Mail). Even a remote desktop application is available for (free) download and in minutes I was able to access my desktop Vista Ultimate computer while on vacation, wow!
The main cons is that it is not yet perfectly smooth software-wise. But it is getting there and the community is very active (visit maemo.org and garage.maemo.org).
Summarizing it is a new sub-laptop device and you feel you are never done with experiencing what you can do
11 out of 11 users found this user opinion helpful.
Lovely, but limited
by angelodp on February 8, 2008
Pros: Gorgeous design, great screen, fast
Cons: no software!
Summary: Nokia scored a real technologic triumph with the n810. The device is sleek, attractive, powerful, with a gorgeous screen. It's much faster, and theoretically much more powerful than most ...
Summary: Nokia scored a real technologic triumph with the n810. The device is sleek, attractive, powerful, with a gorgeous screen. It's much faster, and theoretically much more powerful than most PDAs. Your heart leaps for joy just holding this device in your hand and turning it on.
Unfortunately, Nokia has hamstrung the n810 by shipping it with the Maemo operating system, a seriously stripped down version of Linux.
There are currently only a few dozen applications available for the n810, primarily from third-party developers. Unfortunately most are for playing media, which is nice if you're 20 years old and have nothing on your mind and can get $450 from your parents, but not sufficient justification for an adult to purchase the n810.
One should be able to open and edit Word documents with the n810 but you can't because no application exists for this purpose. No spreadsheet either, or calendar, or database. If you're a chess fan like I am, forget it. The system comes with a barely functional chess game with no data capabilities. Most of the installable games are ones I've never even heard of.
In short, the functions you expect to see with a computer this powerful are nowhere to be found, and unlikely ever to become available.
The Maemo developer community, bless their souls, are great people, extremely helpful and supportive. But like 99% of programmer-afficionados they have their heads in the clouds and are clueless about the real world. They gush over a new tweak for the Maemo social networking application and happilly debate the pros and cons of various compilers, but when it comes to what ordinary users want and need they might as well be speaking Urdu.
Nokia has sold this product short by leaving serious users out in the cold and catering to the purple-hair nose-ringed crowd. Why do innovative companies like Nokia do such stupid things?
For incremental cost it could have provided a more generic version of Linux and/or invested in basic applications which would have broadened the appeal of this beautiful device ten-fold.
To Nokia: How about a $10,000 prize for the best Maemo word processor, spreadsheet, and contact manager?
Nokia had a PDA-killer in its hand, but instead has delivered a glorified, $450 MP3 player.
If the n810 ran most Linux programs it would easily be worth $700 or $800. At the current price I'd have given it an 11 out of 10 (!), but under the circumstances the Nokia n810 is a very poor value.
11 out of 14 users found this user opinion helpful.
Excellent concept but some room for improvement
by ostaylor on November 11, 2008
Pros: Good battery life
Very good screen
Web browser is better than other small devices
Linux platform provides excellent community of developers and good application selection
Cons: Maemo Linux is specifc to the n810
The web browser is very good but the memory limitations on the n810, mean that some website are sluggish or do not format correctly
No office suite available for the device, except Google Docs which is online only
Summary: I debated for quite a while between the n810 and a Netbook - likely the Acer Aspire One. I decided to go with the n810 and I am generally very ...
Summary: I debated for quite a while between the n810 and a Netbook - likely the Acer Aspire One. I decided to go with the n810 and I am generally very pleased with the device. However, the lack of an available MS Office compatible office suite (Google Docs works fine, but can not be used offline) and the web browser limitations have led me towards thinking I may be better off trying a netbook.
I think there are trade offs between the two form factors. However, many device manufacturers and software developers are working on the netbook platform. Nokia and the Maemo community are on their own with 3 Nokia devices and a decent but not incredible suite of software.
Buy a n810 if:
- a touchscreen experience is important to you
- you want the smallest possible form factor, that provides a robust web browsing experience
- you want bluetooth connectivity built in
- long battery life is important
- your budget is at the low end of devices in this price range (~$400)
Buy a netbook if:
- you need a full featured web browsing experience i.e. no compromises at all
- you need to touch type (n810 is efficient, but still thumb typing)
- you need an MS Office compatible office suite
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
does everything you want it to
by Saint9121 on December 27, 2007
Pros: very small, does alot of what you want
Cons: slow at times, crowded keys, poor video chat quality
Summary: i am writting this review from my nokia n810. it is very useful. i check and write emails. imake voipcalls using skype with chrystal clear conversations for both parties. music ...
Summary: i am writting this review from my nokia n810. it is very useful. i check and write emails. imake voipcalls using skype with chrystal clear conversations for both parties. music playback is great quality. video calls are awful and i can't stand that there isnt keys dedicated to numbers. you need to click the fn button before you can click each number. over all i love this device and as soon as they put a cell modem in it i will only need this. right now i need a cell phone as well.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
great mobile internet device
by andy1142 on June 13, 2008
Pros: great size, design, mobile browsing
Cons: calendar, word processing, spreadsheet deficiency
Summary: The N810 works great for what I bought it for, mobile internet in a small package. I can slip it in my backpack or briefcase and not notice the weight ...
Summary: The N810 works great for what I bought it for, mobile internet in a small package. I can slip it in my backpack or briefcase and not notice the weight and use it whenever I get to a coffee shop, airport, etc.. works great for traveling. When on a business trip I can quickly look up directions on google maps without having to boot up my work computer and deal with all the security logins and such. I don't like to browse my myspace or facebook on a work computer and this gives me an easy way to keep in touch with social networking sites without worrying about accidentally corrupting my work computer.
The cons- lacks a calendar. This seems like a no brainer to me. A calendar and a simple to-do list app would make this device much more useful. Although google calendar works great when there is wi-fi it doesn't help me when I'm in the car. All in all a great device...for what I bought it for.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Promising Device... Iphone killer, perhaps, however...
by wzamor on November 5, 2007
Pros: N/A until I have thoroughly used it.
Cons: N/A until I have thoroughly used it.
Summary: We must remember that, in essence, this is not a phone. It can function as one via VoIP, however this is not a cellphone replacement. For one, you will need ...
Summary: We must remember that, in essence, this is not a phone. It can function as one via VoIP, however this is not a cellphone replacement. For one, you will need an internet connection via wifi(hotspots) or bluetooth with another cellphone/internet device with a viable internet connection to use VoIP. Secondly, the majority of VoIP providers do not allow for the user to dial 911. This SHOULD be taken into consideration. This is the main reason why the Nokia n810 is not exactly the cell phone replacement.
Needless to say, I will be purchasing the n810. I will not carry another cell phone with me most of the time because I live in a "wired" city hence I will be "pirating" wifi networks; a little Starbucks here, Barnes and Noble there, then back to no internet connection until I get home. The strong media capabilities of the n810 should hold me over. Oh, and Skype has voicemail... never miss a call.
Thank you Nokia for an alternative. And alas, thank you Apple for the wonderful 12 inch G4 laptop that has faithfully achieved the unachievable throughout my grueling semester studies... However, I repeat, HOWEVER, I will not purchase the overrated, over anticipated, blog saturating Iphone.
(My rating is subject to change as I have never handled the n810 as of yet, I rated based on specs)
4 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
Very good, but could be great.
by wdtarver on February 3, 2008
Pros: Beautifully made web 2.0 and media device.
Cons: Not quite ready for prime time.
Summary: I got this device in late November and started using it Christmas day. Nokia has crafted a beautiful web 2.0 and multimedia device. It does a very good job ...
Summary: I got this device in late November and started using it Christmas day. Nokia has crafted a beautiful web 2.0 and multimedia device. It does a very good job surfing the web, playing music, and playing movies. Here is my take on the device:
Does a good job when options are set correctly. Renders the vast majority of pages very well. Would be nice if it had finger zoom and scroll ala iPhone.
I use TMPGEnc to convert movies for the device. Music files sound great. Movies look and sound great. Media software could be slicker and utilize finger interface. Downloadable 3rd party programs still rough around the edges.
Basically not usable. Takes too long (several minutes) for the unit to acquire satellites. Just about any obstruction (car roof, house) blocks signal. Sticking with my Nuvi 660 for this, unfortunately.
Basically non-existent. I don't need a full suite of these, but the ability to view, edit, and creat Microsoft Office compatible files would be great. Don't want to depend on Google docs because I'm not always at a hot spot.
I was counting on this device being able to access the internet via Bluetooth dial up networking with my Blackberry Curve. Alas, this feature does not work!!! Hopefully Nokia and/or Blackberry will address this in a future software release.
This is a device that I will use to watch movies and surf the web when I travel, and occasionally around the house. The device would be absolutely great if Bluetooth DUN worked with my phone, and if the GPS guidance was usable and FREE. Also, a usable finger interface would be great.
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Very promising device.
by Eragon229 on November 12, 2007
Pros: Flash 9, opens-source, big resolution, expandable memory, multimedia capabilities, web browsing, need I say more?
Cons: Keyboard is a little slow, only 1 memory slot which I'd prefer to be SD, webcam is placed to the side.
Summary: Die iPhone, Die! This tiny, little machine is perfect, for well, anything! It has great web browsing capabilities, I touchscreen PLUS a pull out fully functional QWERTY keyboard that is ...
Summary: Die iPhone, Die! This tiny, little machine is perfect, for well, anything! It has great web browsing capabilities, I touchscreen PLUS a pull out fully functional QWERTY keyboard that is light sensitive, it supports Flash 9 (YouTube, oh joy!), you can put movies onto it (a movie can be shrunken to 500 megs do to it's screen size), expandable storage, it's Linux, so there's open source software and minimal chance, if any, of viruses. There's Skype, the broswer is Firefox (YES!), there's Skype and IM, word software. The things you can do with these things, the possibilities, are endless! I could play Mario on the road, hehe. Definitely getting it.Updated
When I first got it, I was amazed on how small and slim it was. The screen is very bright and clear. The video and music playback is very good, though not quite as good as the Toshiba Gigabeat.
The browser renders everything nicely. Sites like YouTube and Gmail work great. Well, YouTube does get hiccups sometimes, but it's much better than the OS2007. The device is great at finding Wi-Fi hotspots. At the Internation Plaza (a mall) outside CPK, I got around 7.
The touch screen is sensitive and responsive.
The keyboard works great, and the keys are backlit, making it 100% usable in the dark.
Downloading apps has never been simpler. All of them download quickly, and seamlessly.
The device might say 7 hours of battery life left just after charging, but you're most likely to get 3-4 hours depending on how many apps you use at a time.
The N810 is almost a substitute to a laptop. It can't do everything that a laptop does, but it comes pretty close and it delivers it all in a sleek package. I recommend this to anyone who needs...well...what I said.
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
It replaces a netbook and my laptop!
by ki6amd on October 16, 2008
Pros: With expandable memory (miniSDHC / microSDHC) up to 16Gb (+2Gb on board) I can bring a ton of movies and music with me anywhere. Probably the easiest Linux device setup anywhere and connectivity options galore, this is more than a toy for me.
Cons: The only complaint I have is main memory being 256Mb. After installing a few large apps, storing files on the main memory is not reasonable if you want to have memory left for running many apps at once.
Summary: The N810 has become the device people know me from. I usually get caught using it some place and someone will ask, is that a phone? My answer... "no, but ...
Summary: The N810 has become the device people know me from. I usually get caught using it some place and someone will ask, is that a phone? My answer... "no, but I can make free calls from it" (having a grandcentral account and dialcentral installed is crucial for this). Trying to explain it to iPhone users is simple, I just say "mine's better, MUCH better". I use my free 3G phone from AT&T (add $15/mo for unlimited internet) and it's bluetooth DUN connection to connect to the net and call people on my gizmo account (integrated into the osso-accounts, which logs in any time I connect to the net and start placing calls using the dial central app). Also being able to multi-task by downloading podcasts while posting to twitter makes iPhone users a little jealous. Plus the best thing is whipping out the apple wireless keyboard and using a full sized keyboard with the n810, and being connected to 3 bluetooth devices at once is fun (keyboard, bluetooth stereo headset (although a2dp is not available yet), and cell phone, for my 'net connection). I've even been able to use a battery powered usb 120Gb hard drive with it. besides my previous "CONS" I have one small other one... The built in webcam is less than desirable, but still very usable for video chats. If you're deciding on upgrading your old phone to an iphone or another "smart phone", don't. Get the N810 instead. being a truly open platform this takes the cake. Although I wouldn't mind getting an android phone (with a better design than the HTC G1)
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Nokia
- Part number: 02703R1
- Description: Nokia N810 Internet Tablet, signifying a new phase in portable internet communication. You have ability to connect this pocket-sized device to the nearest Wi-Fi hotspot or over your Bluetooth mobile phone. The Nokia N810 allows you to make internet calls; check your e-mail or watch the latest videos or update your blog using the device's slide-out keyboard along with its stunning touch screen. Its built-in maps and satellite navigation helps you to find your way. Whether you are at home, in the park or in a coffee shop, with the Nokia N810 you will never be far away. With the ability to check emails, read the latest gossip online or IM to your friends, share your moods on your favorite social sites; call via internet, or get closer by the video chat - with the integrated VGA camera - you'll never be far away from those you want to keep in contact with. You may feel lost without it, but with the Nokia N810, you'll never lose your way. The Nokia N810 has an integrated GPS receiver which allows you to pinpoint your position and find a wide variety of points-of-interests.
- Type 4.13 in TFT active matrix
- Display Resolution 800 x 480
- Color Depth 16-bit (64K colors)
- Operating System Linux
- Processor Texas Instruments OMAP2420
- Processor Clock Speed 400 MHz
- Flash Memory 256 MB
- RAM 128 MB - DDR SDRAM
- Supported Flash Memory Cards RS-MMC,
SD Memory Card,
- Wireless Connectivity Bluetooth 2.0 EDR,
- Front-facing Camera Yes
- GPS Navigation GPS receiver
- Audio Microphone , Speaker
- Supported Digital Audio Formats WMA,
- Type Keyboard
- Preloaded Software File Manager,
Expansion and Connectivity
- Expansion Slot(s) 1,
SD Memory Card
- Interfaces 1 x USB 2.0,
- Technology / Form Factor Lithium ion
- Run Time 4 hour(s)
- Standby Time 330 h
- Color Gray
- Features Expandable storage ,
Front camera ,
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Stylus,
- Cables Included 1 x USB cable
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 5 in
- Depth 0.6 in
- Height 2.8 in
- Weight 8 oz
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