Nokia N810 Internet Tablet Review
Maemo OS (Linux) but has the latest 2008 edition, unlike the N800, which has 2007, and 770 with 2006. Current N800 owners would be happy that they can upgrade to the new version for free. It improves both the functionality and the look, with more modern translucent menus.
The standby screen can be personalized with applications, visualized directly on it. For example, we added our RSS feeds, a shortcut to the site, Internet radio, and an internet search. On the top is the service line with shortcuts to the sound, display brightness, network, battery and other settings, while on the left is the “main menu” bar.
It consists of three links: to the internet browser, Contacts/Email/Chat, and the real menu where all the functions are at the same place. The latter is well organized, but now the menus are not “stylus friendly” – they are designed to be used mainly with fingers, having large fields. This is rather inconvenient, as the stylus is needed often in the overall usage of the device. Another missing feature (compared to the previous OS version) is the on-screen small QWERTY keyboard that appears in the bottom part of the display. It was an easy way to input short text with the stylus, while still seeing the selected field.
Although the position of the applications can be changed, we will preview the functionality in the order it is organized in the menu. We’ve installed Skype and Gizmo on it, through the direct links that are preloaded straight out of the box.
RSS reader is very handy for following the news for example. It visualizes the feeds with images and link to the whole page. The settings allow to set the cache size in MB and considering it requires Internet connection, options allow you to limit it to WLAN only or to any connection available. If data traffic is not a problem, you can set it to refresh automatically, through an optional interval. The feeds can also be shown in the standby screen, for fast access.
The Internet call will allow you to talk with your Google contacts. It utilizes the VoIP protocol and when an account is set, you can dial any number. The Chat applications also uses Gmail contacts, but for text chat only.
Gizmo and Skype are two additional programs that can be used for VoIP calling, but only the first one allows video conference. When you are in a quiet environment, the microphone will be good enough, even if you leave the tablet on a table and talk from a small distance. The speakers on the other hand, deliver pretty low volume and if the other party has weak strength of the microphone, you will hardly hear them.
1. chris (unregistered)
this phone is sick and i think the linux os is amazing...wish it was cdma
2. Ponting (Posts: 19; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)
It's really a good N Series phone. The Nokia N810 is powered by maemo Linux-based OS2008, which offers a highly customizable user interface and contains various features such as a Mozilla based browser with Ajax, Adobe Flash 9 and RSS feed reader, Blue-tooth headset support as well as enhanced video and audio features.