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Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review

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The unit name itself – Internet tablet – gives a clue as to its orientation. Not having a phone module, the device relies on a separate phone or a wireless LAN network, which is the better alternative. The tablet is designed for home usage – it enables us to quickly review an Internet item without having to stand up from the cozy sofa. It can be used out as well - at a public place where you do not feel like carrying about (or it is not convenient to take with you) a full-sized laptop.

The Linux-based Internet tablet takes the niche between the 12-15 inch (and still bulky) notebooks or ‘tablets’ and the pocket computers (smartphones) whose screens normally do not exceed 3 inches and hardly ever offer a resolution, sufficient for the Internet at that.
The objective of the device is to be used for viewing Internet pages (and RSS news), reading and writing e-mails, chatting (including voice and video conferences), and multimedia entertainment.

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Google Pages - Internet Browsing - Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review
Google Pages - Internet Browsing - Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review

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Internet Browsing

Let us start with the Internet browser of Nokia N800. It is Opera 8, which is a standard full HTML browser running on a 800 pixel-wide device display. It means that (in a full-screen mode) you only need a limited horizontal scroll with most modern pages, whereas with 800 pixel wide pages (a standard for sites made some years ago) there is no need to that at all. With wider pages (for example phoneArena.com is optimized at 1024 pixel width, which is the most frequently used resolution) you can rely on an extra, called ‘optimized view’, that preserves the original page vision by flattening the images and the text in a slightly different ratio. This is another option to avoid horizontal scroll. While dwelling on the topic, we would like to mention once again that hardware sliders could be a very enjoyable extra, yet those visualized on the screen are rather convenient to use as well, even by hand. In case they are not to your liking you can use the five-direction button. If you rule out this option either, then use the zoom-in and zoom-out (there are hardware buttons to that end) where the possible size varies from 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, 240 to 300 % of the real size. This allows for a closer look at small detail otherwise unseen on the 4 inch display. It is a rarity for a 100% optimized site.


Flash 7 is supported, but for instance viewing clips from sites like YouTube is not perfect yet. The new newer version of Flash is expected to sort out these problems in future.

RSS reader - Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review
RSS reader - Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review

RSS reader

You dispose of an RSS reader that you can add sites to, meanwhile surveying them in a way that does not necessarily require download, and after viewing only the publications of interest, open them if you wish. The in-built ‘reader’ can visualize the most recent news on your home-screen.




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E-mail client - Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review

E-mail client

By a few clicks and entering a little information the e-mail client of the tablet is configured for work with your electronic e-mail (regardless of the protocol type – IMAP or POP3), after which you will be able to read and write letters. Connecting thru WiFi, N800 will automatically update and report new messages, meanwhile enabling you to send what has been written thru the same connection.



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Fullscreen Keyboard

Entering a text can be done thru two types of screen keyboards – a small one, optimized for stylus – and a big one, taking up the whole screen. We enjoy the second option very much utilizing it with pleasure, and doing so while holding the tablet with both hands is very fast and convenient at that. It can even be compared to a big QWERTY keyboard! The unhandiness here is caused by the considerable width that makes your hands ‘do the splits’ while trying to reach the keys in the middle.


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Stylus Keyboard

The small keyboard is well designed and does a good job for stylus writing. The language for entering is easily changed as well in case you do not write on the Latin keyboard (for English and other languages). Entering a text can also be done thru a ‘handwriting recognition’ system or a hardware Bluetooth keyboard.

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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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