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Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review

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Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review
Nokia N800 is a slim but wide device with a large touch screen on the front panel and is entirely meant to be used with both hands. Its size is scary compared to that of a modern phone, but a unit of this type can hardly be smaller and still usable. Seeking for space, Nokia made the upper part a little thicker, which can be felt on the outside as a bulge at the back, contributing even more to the convenient two-hand hold of the tablet. On both sides and under the display there are openings for the loudspeakers, which are located on the front panel together with the navigation buttons. The latter are: a five-direction D-pad and three more keys (‘escape’, ‘menu’, and ‘swap’), placed on the left. There is not a single one on the right, which would lead to faster two-hand navigation. The available buttons are convenient and their work – trouble-free. We would appreciate something more extraordinary, for instance hardware sliders in both directions.

Upper panel - Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review

Upper panel

The remaining four buttons are small and are located on the upper panel. They are also accessible by the left hand, in our case – by the index finger. Their functions are: ‘Zoom out”, ‘Fullscreen’, ‘Zoom in’, and ‘Power Key’. For those whose hands are smaller it is quite likely not to be able to reach the right (+) button with ease and therefore to need moving the entire hand or rotating the tablet in hands. Fortunately the right-hand side positioning of ‘Power’ will not let its involuntary pressing.

The microphone is also located on the upper side, which is a novelty with regard to 770, where it was on the lower side. Thanks to the new location it is usable even when the tablet is placed on a table.


N800 and 770 displays - Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review

N800 and 770 displays



Dimensions of Nokia 770 vs. Nokia N800

Model

Dimension (Inches)

Dimension (MM)

Weight (OZ)

Weight (Gramms)

Nokia 770

5.31" x 3.07" x 0.55"

135 x 78 x 14

6.52

185

Nokia N800

5.66" x 2.95" x 0.51"

144 x 75 x 13

7.26

206


Within a size, which is far from enormous, Nokia have fitted a 4.2 inch display with an immodest, even self-asserting resolution of 800 x 480 pixels securing 220 dpi. This is really a superb resolution not only for Internet use and text reading, but for picture and video viewing as well. The image quality has drastically increased in comparison with 770 and the former offers a high-quality picture whereas the previous model’s high resolution was more suitable for text reading. The display of the N800 has more saturated colors and clearer image, while the colors of the 770 are "colder" and an unpleasent thing are some red dot, similar to noise, appearing all over the display. This is easily noticable on lighter images (white background for example). However, there is one shortcoming of the N800's display, and it is that even at maximum brightness you will have trouble when trying to use it in a direct daylight.
left-Nokia 770, right-N800 - Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review
left-Nokia 770, right-N800 - Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review
left-Nokia 770, right-N800 - Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review
left-Nokia 770, right-N800 - Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review

left-Nokia 770, right-N800

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up-Nokia 770, down-N800 - Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review
up-Nokia 770, down-N800 - Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review
up-Nokia 770, down-N800 - Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review

up-Nokia 770, down-N800



N800 next to Nokia 770 with protective lid - N800 on the table - Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review
N800 on the table - Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review
N800 on the table - Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review

N800 next to Nokia 770 with protective lid

  

N800 on the table

N800 has lost its protective metal lid, but nevertheless features quite a few improvements compared to its predecessor. On its lower part there is a rotating ‘clamp’ intended to support the tablet on table or other smooth surface. It opens in two positions fixing the respective tilt of the device. This is a very convenient extra when used for watching video clips or conferences, thus eliminating the necessity to hold it in your hand. For 770 one had to attach additional props from the set, which would hardly be carried by anybody at all times.

Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review
Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review
Another novelty is the in-built camera of the N800 on its left side. It is a rotating and hiding module, not visible when not in use. You have to press it in order to spring out and then rotate it forward (to yourself) or back. Thanks to it video conference talks on the Internet have now been made feasible. About the only problem with this phone is that when holding the tablet in hands the cam visualizes slightly more than half of your face.

Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review
The opening for the stylus is on the right side. The latter is more convenient than the one of the previous model and is medium-sized. The pointer’s triangular section allows for its easy holding and usage but in most cases we preferred to use our own hands.

Under the stylus compartment there is the 3.5 mm stereo jack, a connector for battery charging, and a mini-USB slot for computer connection. We were glad to find out that the standard 3.5 mm mini-USB had been used, which allows for the use of common standard cables and all types (including Hi-Fi) headphones.



Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review
Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review
The N800 Nokia disposes of two memory card slots, both full-sized SD or MMC, which means one can also use the following types of cards thru an adapter: micro SD, mini SD, SD, (DV) – RS – MMC, MMC(+) and other compatible ones. This is a great improvement in comparison with the single RS – MMC slot of 770. At present SD cards of up to 8 gigabytes are available so using both ports one can go up to 16 Gb of disposable memory! One slot is under the battery lid (but not under the battery) and the other – under the ‘prop’, which must be opened to reach the plastic protector and respectively – the card. So long it is inserted deeply and there is no spring mechanism to release it at pressing, one might have trouble with extracting it – done by ‘pulling’ out. The other card will not make any trouble of the sort but one must bear in mind the battery lid should be back in its place so that the card can be read by the tablet.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. TToa (unregistered)


Thanks for the great article! I really wanted to get the N800, but I was not sure what its capabilities are. Now i know!

posted on 01 Mar 2007, 10:32

2. jjkevin (unregistered)


this one looks better den tha previous tablet because it had too litle memory!

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 04:24

4. testing (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Oct 2011)


yeah!

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