Nokia is usually known for their rather plain-jane looking phones. They’re the Toyotas of the phone industry. Reliable and strong products but very weak in the fashion element. Surprisingly enough, the designers have been given a raise. There are just 2 shiny new gadgets that the ninja really wants real bad aside from the Super Phone aka the Nokia N95 and one of them happens to be the completely kick-ass maemo linux-based Nokia N810 “Internet Tablet OS2008.”
The successor to the much hailed N800 is out in stores for mass consumption and for the average internet user, it does it with great style. First of all, you will notice that the N810 looks a lot sleeker and comes complete with built-in GPS and free mapping software. It’s physical dimensions are smaller overall and the screen’s 20% brighter but manages to maintain the 4.1-inch screen size.
Some of the advantages aside from the cosmetics are the in-built GPS unit, a 60MHz bump in the TI OMAP processor to 400MHz, and a standard internal storage memory of 2GB instead of none (OS stored on default 128 shared memory) as in the previous iteration.
Unfortunately with all that good news, there are a few nagging issues with this Nokia. The N800 had 2 memory card storage slots while the new toy only comes with 1 and it only supports miniSD instead of the dual miniSD/SD support of the former. Then you can’t use T-Mobile/AT&T or Verizon/Sprint GSM or CDMA cellphone bands for cellular communication.
But fear not. The N810 comes with the same WiFi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, and USB 2.0 components. The screen resolution stays the same at 800×480 pixels. Also, you can still use the VoIP voice call features. Then you’ll notice it actually has a physical keyboard which slides-out while the size dimensions actually decreased. How cool is that? You can still use the on-board touchscreen virtual keyboard as is present on the iPhone but that just covers up a sizable chunk so tactile feedback keyboards FTW (ie. for you non-doofuses, it’s For The Win)!
This would be the perfect replacement for my aging Palm Zire 71 pda (personal digital assistant). The processor is almost 4 times as fast, same poor resolution but the camera’s better on the Nokia. Cant even compare the internal memory. The Zire 71 came with 16MB and the N810 comes with – 2GB. WiFi and Bluetooth. I think my Zire 71 has a 3″ screen (unconfirmed) compared to the Nokia 4.1 incher but in the end, all I want is a newer sleeker, faster device with some form of wireless connectivity other than the lame infrared crap as evident on my Zire 71. Don’t really care for the GPS part of it but hey that’s a plus.
The price tag for the Nokia N810 is $479. For $20 more, you can get the new 40GB Sony Playstation 3 but that’s not a portable device. Microsoft is sweating buckets and Google’s looking for ways to find ways to get their new upcoming and rumored Google OS onto a similar platform. They (the Googly bros) already have Taiwan-based and world famous HTC committed to making devices running their new OS. While Google and MS ponder on, I’m looking for a miracle to include the purchase of an N810 in my already tightened budget.š¦