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Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review

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What characterizes this Internet tablet as part of a new system, is its operating system. It is not based, for example, on any well-known Microsoft product, but uses an open-source Linux core instead, in order to provide a cheap but nevertheless reliable and working operating system. It runs on Maemo OS 2007 Edition, which is the newest system version, whereas 770 is based on 2006 and, unfortunately, cannot be upgraded to the new one.

The Maemo system installed on N800 is a graphic interface that is easy to work with via the touch-sensitive display, the 2007 version being optimized for stylus, as well as direct finger-touch work. The device registers (almost unmistakably) whether you press with an index or other finger (by the pressing surface) and so provides the respective menu. In this way the menus (the main navigation ones) and the text-entering keyboard dispose of two different vision sizes – larger and smaller. This was much to our liking so most of the time we used our fingers – in the words of Mr. Steve Jobs (Apple Inc) ‘the best possible stylus’ - rather than the stylus in the set.

Home Screen - Interface - Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review
Home Screen - Interface - Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review

Home Screen

Themes - Interface - Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review
Themes - Interface - Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review


Reordering Content - Interface - Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review
Reordering Content - Interface - Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review

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On turning the tablet on you are welcomed by the active home-screen, which can be personalized so as to visualize various applications. By default it shows the Google search, news, downloaded in the RSS reader, and an on-line radio. After a little personalization we altered the RSS content, added an FM radio and a big clock.

The system information is visualized at the top – the levels of screen brightness, sound, battery as well as information about Bluetooth and Wireless LAN. The latter are the N800 means of exchange with surrounding world – by Bluetooth you can get through to a device (a mobile phone) that can provide Internet connection or, in case you are in an area, covered by a wireless network – use the Wireless LAN, the main and fastest way to connect. Getting access to networks, either protected or free unlocked, is trouble-free, and one can immediately start surfing at top speed.

There are three shortcuts located on the left: the first leading to the Internet browser and the rest two are menus for respectively ‘messaging’ (chats, audio/video conversations and e-mails) and for everything else on the device (multimedia players, file browsers, Internet, games, tools, utilities, etc). These are the menus that have two alternative visualizations (with or without a stylus); we must note here the sufficient size of everything at finger ‘mode’ and at the same time – the need to scroll a lot because of the length of the list. This inconvenience could be avoided by displaying the menu in two columns instead of one.

The interface can be personalized by changing the color schemes or the background image, as well as by moving, removing or adding objects in the home screen.

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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)


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