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The N810 is an updated version of the N800, part of Nokia's line of Internet tablets.

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Adds a full QWERTY sliding keyboard

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Tons of flexibility and potential due to hardcore hacking community

12 agree

Still one of the best screens (size/resolution) in the class

10 agree

Integrated GPS is a fantastic addition

9 agree

Built in VoIP support with Skype

8 agree

Expandable storage with microSD and SDHC cards up to 8GB

7 agree

Palm OS Garnet emulation allows use of Palm PDA applications and games

5 agree

Battery life is good & you can in a spare easily

2 agree

Flash support (although video can be choppy)

2 agree

Free opensource community 3rd party applications (

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Sensor automatically adjusts screen brightness

1 agrees

Front facing VGA camera, usable as a webcam.

0 agrees

Expandable storage with miniSD and SDHC cards up to 8GB

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Included storage is lacking (2GB compared to Touch's 16GB)

10 agree

Doesn't work as a cell phone

4 agree

No 3G network support

4 agree

Not enough RAM / Bloated OS

3 agree

Slow web page rendering

3 agree

Still/video camera is nearly useless

3 agree

Way too expensive for what it offers.

3 agree

Low video bandwidth and restricted PowerVR accelerator usage prevent fluent full-resolution video

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Only one microSD storage slot, compared to two full-size SD slots on the N800

1 agrees

Internal GPS is too slow to get a fix - it's almost unusable - even after supposed improvements (diablo update)

1 agrees

No flash support

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Cannot hot-swap battery; battery removal shuts off the device even if external power is connected.

1 agrees

No Sleep mode, only on or off. Around 20 second turn on time.

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Cannot charge through USB cable.

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The N810 is an updated version of the N800, part of Nokia's line of Internet tablets. Nokia markets their Internet tablets as high functioning PDAs that sit somewhere between high-end smart phones and value priced laptops. With the N810's introduction of a full QWERTY keyboard the device comes even closer to the world of laptops. The N810 retains the same size and resolution touch screen with lower power consumption and higher brightness. The other big change the N810 sees over its predecessor is the inclusion of an integrated GPS system with maps built in.

Main Specs
  • 4.13 inch screen at a resolution of 800x480, displaying 65K colors
  • Processor: 400MHz
  • Internal RAM: 128 MB
  • 2GB internal storage, expandable with miniSD cards (maximum 8GB)
  • WiFi: 802. 11b/g
  • Blutooth 2.0
  • USB 2.0
  • Frontal facing camera for video conferencing
  • Battery life: 4 hours video/wifi, 10 hours just music, 2 weeks idle

Running off of a full fledged Linux operating system and giving full access to developers has inspired a cult following of hackers that develop new applications to enhance the device. A suite of software comes prepackaged including a Mozilla based browser with full Flash 9 support, mail applications, and a media player supporting more formats than most dedicated media devices.

Comparisons with the iPhone are natural, however the N-series of tablets don't feature any cell phone capabilities. Instead Nokia encourages users to use the built in Skype software, or GTalk, to handle calls through Voice Over IP, requiring the existence of a WiFi connection.

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08/21/2009 02:33

These are hard to find in Canada; luckily I have a sister in Florida.

I find the best use for the n810 is travelling or when you're on vacation. Assuming you have a wireless internet connection you can check email, chat, browse internet, make phone calls via Skype, listen to music, watch videos, play games, use GPS, or have list of contacts while your out of town or travelling.

To me it came down the iPod touch or n810. n810 has a ton of free applications from the open source community but sometimes they are a bit buggy. Apple has much larger base of applications but at a price.

Other things I've noticed about n810.

It doesn't come with great PIM applications (to-do, calendar/schedule, etc). This can be helped with addition of 3rd party applications.

It's heavy for its size. Still it's about the perfect size for what I was looking for and I'm still able to fit it in my pocket.

For movie playback you really need to add 3rd party media player and play around the get the perfect size, bitrate, codec for movie playback. Check around the message boards for peoples results.

GPS is initially slow to initialize & location satellites. Once it finds them it works great. I threw the n810 in the top of my backpack during a 1 1/2 hike through forest and it kept an accurate track line (using maemomapper application).

Bluetooth works. I used it a couple times to transfer photos from LG Dare to n810 and then email them.

I've found the video camera to be virtually useless. I did see a video online of someone using it for chat but it's not available through Skype. You can only use it to take pictures of yourself otherwise your blindly pointing it in a general direction and clicking an onscreen button.

Overall I'm very satisfied with this product. I already knew most of its capabilities & drawbacks when I bought it so I can't really be disappointed on its lack of 3G. A major reason I bought this was so I could access email & browse the internet without an expensive data plan. It's not hard to find free WiFi hotspots at cafes or if you're in a pinch some other open WiFi connection. I also really like the open source community aspect of the Nokia n810.

12/16/2008 04:17

I finally got my hands on one of these, and wrote about it on my blog.

One of the biggest problems I see with it is the lack of RAM, or excessive amounts of shiney UI elements. Flashy does not equal good, it just equals flashy.

02/12/2008 07:31

I'm with Tyrion, too. Put everything into one package and not only does battery life start to suck, but when a thief inevitably hits you, you lose *everything*. You can't just leave the mobile office at home and take your cell phone to the bar if they are in the same chassis, can you?

To go further down that tack ... the 810 has TOO MANY things for me.

Get rid of the camera. Get rid of the GPS. Get rid of the keyboard. Give me a nice 4" screen like the Sony UMPC uses (great resolution), put a thin bezel around it, and go back to the two SDHC slots. If you make one of those slots a SDIO slot ... I can ADD the camera or ADD the GPS at need with expansion cards. In fact, manufacturers are already working on 3G, SDIO USB, and SDIO 10/100 cards as we speak. None of this stuff has to be right in the unit.

Hell, put three SDIO slots on the machine and leave ALL the antennas out. Let us configure them how we wish.

11/13/2007 03:12

I agree with Tyrion. He makes excellent points. I want one, and at this point I would say I'm likely to buy one.. but that's only because it is not a phone. If it were a cell phone too, I definitely would not buy one. I'm happy with my cellphone, but would love to carry this in a bag with me for the time's where packing a laptop would be too much.

A cellphone with its small screen just cannot replace the experience of using the internet with a laptop. Sometimes it would be nice to have a device just for that. As WiFi becomes more ubiquitous, and the prices come down, I can see the demand for these kinds of devices to grow.

10/22/2007 09:42

Actually, you make a very good point that I didn't consider. Instead of throwing everything and the kitchen sink into this guy, pair it up with a cell phone. For the reasons that you stated. That's actually a very compelling proposition. The one reason it'd be nice to have 3G inside the device itself is purely out of convenience, but it's not so clear cut when you think about the trade-offs with battery life.

If they don't price gouge this in Canada I'm definitely going to be looking into this.

10/22/2007 11:00

I don't think this needs GSM capabilities, like the HTC Advantage, I feel it is far too big to replace a typical mobile phone. And, if you're carrying a mobile phone with you anyway then why not tether the 3G capabilities to this device via Bluetooth and you have a 3G connection for the device (how about the the SE W880i?).

I also think that adding more wireless protocols/receivers to this would decrease the battery life needlessly. I don't mind if the device I use to browse the web dies but the device which I receive calls on cannot die (due to a flat battery). If they do add GSM support there will have to be a second physical battery.

I will most likely get one, not to replace a mobile phone, but to replace a Laptop (most of what I use a laptop for is editing Google Docs, checking RSS feeds/podcasts and checking my mail).

10/19/2007 11:57

We're getting so close to the ultimate device. If this had cell phone capabilities and interfaced with a 3G data network then it would be the ultimate device. Of course if the iPhone had GPS then IT would be the ultimate device. If you can get an 8GB SD card for a decent price then this is definitely a serious contender to the iPod Touch. It remains to be seen what kind of capabilities the Touch will receive when the SDK is launched early next year, but I highly doubt it'll get VoIP capabilities.

Personally, if I had access to more ubiquitous WiFi then I'd probably consider this over the Touch. The integrated GPS is VERY compelling, let's hope it works solid out of the box.

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