Nokia N810 Internet Tablet in-depth review -

Look and feel

If you’re comparing the N810 with mobile phones, it’s big and heavy, but if you’re comparing it to a laptop, it’s very small and light. The fact is, the Nokia N810 is in a class of its own and it’s beautifully built, with a large display and a very responsive, roomy QWERTY keypad. Sure, it’s heavy, but this is a device you’ll probably carry in your bag rather than your pocket.

 

Features

Aside from the obvious lack of a phone and a camera (the N810 does have a VGA camera for video calling), there’s lots of connectivity on board, with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and you get a great Mozilla internet browser. You’ve also got some old (we’re talking centuries not decades) classic games thrown in like Mahjong and Chess, plus the more modern internet radio channels. It’s very good at what it does.

 

Ease of Use

It’s very simple to use and everything is accessed from the N810’s homepage. The phone marries stylus-operated touch-screen well with the responsive full QWERTY keypad. You may need to revert to the Get Started guide every now and again, but there’s nothing complicated here. Physical zoom keys and a slide-lock key add to the device’s usability.

 

Performance

The N810 Internet Tablet ultimately lives or dies by its web browsing performance and we’ve no complaints here at all. You’ll be connecting via Wi-Fi so you’ll enjoy true broadband speed browsing that’s as quick as you’ll get on your home or office PC. The screen is clear, audio quality is good and the QWERTY keypad is as good as you’ll find on a mobile device.

 

Battery life

It’s perfectly adequate without blowing your socks off.

 Nokia N810 Internet Tablet Review -
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Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:51:34 PM

6

out of 10

Performance

8

out of 5

Look and feel

6

out of 5

Ease of use

6

out of 5

Features

6

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

As a wireless web browser, emailer and sat nav unit it works very well.

Cons:

It?s not phone enabled

Like Marmite and flock wallpaper, Nokia’s new-look N810 Internet Tablet is an acquired taste, or at least, it’s a device that will appeal to a very specific type of gadget user.

 

If you’re looking for a mobile phone, forget the N810, because the only calls you can make are over the internet. If, however, you are happy to consider a Wi-Fi-enabled internet browser with a large 4.13-inch display, GPS-assisted sat nav and maps, 2GB of built-in multimedia storage, and a full QWERTY keypad for email and messaging, then this is your baby.

 

New additions to the Nokia N810

Having owned the Nokia N800 for about a year, we can vouch for the fact that it’s a great device to keep by your bed – or in some other room where reading material may be required from time to time – and connecting to the web to get your hit of breaking news and sports results.

 

Now, by blessing the new N810 with new features like GPS and extra multimedia storage, Nokia has made the device more than just a back-up web browser. Finished in gun-metal grey, it’s more polished looking than the N800. It’s also 1mm thicker and 20g heavier, but that’s because it now possesses a useful slide-out QWERTY keypad in addition to the stylus-operated touch-screen keypad that could also be found on the original.

 

Nokia N810’s slide out keypad

If you’re a heavy emailer, you’ll find the addition of the slide-out keypad a definite plus. It also makes entering web URLs easier; although when open it can impede the browser zoom keys somewhat.

The zoom keys are essential to the N810 Internet Tablet, because without them, the full web pages are a touch too small to read comfortably. Although the display on this device is way bigger than a mobile, it can’t compare to a laptop or PC. We find 120% zoom is about perfect to navigate around a website’s homepage and still be able to read articles.

 

RSS feed reader

We would also recommend the N810’s RSS feed reader for viewing most sites. If you’re unfamiliar with an RSS feed, it’s a pared down version of a website’s top new articles and stories and the perfect way of following live news on a device with a smaller screen. If you’d like to read more of a story, you simply click on the RSS feed link and you’ll be taken to that page on the website.


You’ll know if a website can be read in RSS form because it will generally feature a little square orange and white symbol. Click on the symbol and it will save the site to the device’s RSS feed reader.

 

Sat nav on the Nokia N810

GPS sat nav is easy to set up and use. First, you access maps from the applications menu, then you simply select GPS location from the settings menu and you can plan routes, as well as search for addresses, points of interest and coordinates. It’s simple, it works and the N810 comes with a bracket to attach the device to your car.

 

The N810’s homepage

The simply laid-out homepage gives you access to the N810’s full suite of applications, plus quick links for internet radio and Google search. The web menu icon (a spinning globe), lets you enter any web URL, as well as access pre-stored links to sites like Facebook, Wayfinder and Wikipedia.


The contacts menu icon (three little people) gives you access to internet calling, internet messaging and email, as well as a contacts list of all your stored email and messaging addresses. The N810 also carries a VGA video camera, so you’ll also be able to enjoy video calls with fellow Skypers while online.


Below that you’ll find the applications menu icon (four little blocks) which gives you rapid access to: popular applications Nokia Maps, Skype, the media player and images; internet services like the RSS feed reader; access to utilities like calculator and clock; access to settings like control panel and connection manager; plus extras in the form of four stored games.

 

Our verdict

Nokia’s Internet Tablet is a niche product, but the N810 performs its skills with a flourish and benefits from the additions and improvements made to the N800.