Ever since Nokia announced the N1 tablet in November 2014, we had been dying for a dekko. And the opportunity came knocking at Mobile Workd Congress, early March.
Ever since Nokia and Microsoft parted ways, we were very interested to see what direction Nokia would take with regards to their consumer devices division. As device after device by Nokia with Windows inside kept bombing, we wondered about the alternate universe where Nokia phones would rock Android software...
This is that universe...
Grey aluminium unibody design with rounded edges and the main camera on the top edge reminded us of another manufacturer who is known for this design: Apple. The N1 is available in Lava Grey or Natural Aluminium and we would forgive you for thinking it was an iPad mini 3 you were looking at first glance.
Thankfully the back is not of the shiny variety- it is matt, more sandblasted than grainy and has a very nice premium feel to it.
It is stock Android 5.0 Lollipop but with Nokia's Z Launcher UI overlay. A fabulous piece of intuitive technology, Z Launcher places apps on the home screen of the tablet based on what it 'thinks' you will need most. You can also scribble a letter on the screen for it to launch a search. Writing 'P' on the screen brought up a host of apps with the letter 'P' in them including Photos that I was after.
Also available from Google Play store todownload and use on other smartphones.
Nokia's slate packs a 5,300mAH battery that should be able to see you through a couple of days usage
Screen, display and other specs
With the same resolution as the iPad mini 3 at 2048X1536 pixels, the 8-inch tablet is powered by a 2.3GHz 64-bit Intel Atom processor with 2GB of RAM. The screen was bright and clear although it didnt quite have the same viewing angles that the Apple iPad mini 3 has.
For peace of mind, the glass is Gorilla Glass 3.
Currently the Nokia N1 is only sold in China but we were told there are chances it will come into UK markets. It retails for $249 (£160) there and if it does retain the same price tag for British markets, it will give Tesco Hudl 2 and other value tablets a run for their money.
Here's hoping it makes it to the UK.