I purchased the Nokia N810 two weeks ago, and already have a lot to say about it. My first impressions of the device were pretty unexpected, I expected the device to be somewhat flimsy with it’s foldable stand and sliding touch screen, when in actual fact the device seemed very enterprise standard. The brushed aluminum and constant look, gave the device a prestigious feel, as it deserves with its rather hefty $427.99 price tag.
My first disappointment with the device came when trying out the built-in QWERT keyboard, the buttons seemed to be too flat and not distinct, and the keys were also rather hard to press down when typing with both thumbs. It was a similar story with the D-pad, the silver surrounding of the selection button was too flat and far too difficult to press down. As for improvements on the keyboard, I would love to see the screen being able to tilt forward to allow the keyboard to be used flat on the table, more so like the HTC advantage.
The large 4.13” touch screen boasts a huge 800*480 pixel resolution for ‘desktop class’ web browsing, and in this field, this device really delivers. I found myself using my laptop far less than before I purchased this device, for Instant messaging, e-mail, and web browsing, this device almost rendered my laptop useless.
The foldable stand on the rear of the device, (shown in the picture above) came in very handy for tasks such as watching movies, witch this device does very nicely on it’s high resolution display. Also located on the front of the device, is a VGA quality webcam that can be used with VOIP programs such as Skype. We also found a free application for the N810 to allow you to take photos and videos using the built in camera. We also found an application that would link your camera to the GPS and mapping capability that this device provides right out of the box, it allowed you to take a picture and automatically attach it to your given position on the map.
Now to talk about the GPS specifically, the GPS receiver to me still felt very low quality, more so like the one included in the Nokia N95. It took a long time to track all of its twelve satellites, and still only provided the accuracy of my $100 4 satellite tracking Garmin GPS. The device includes free maps of the world, and gives the option to upgrade to a navigation service including turn-by-turn services, for a small charge.
On the second day of having the device, I had to upgrade the OS to the newer Diablo version, as most of the applications available for download, including Skype, would only work with the newer OS. The Linux based OS that the device comes pre-installed with, seemed very functional. It was far more responsive than the equivalent Windows Mobile OS, and seemed to have far more apps available.
My only real nag with the device is hat I had to return it. Not because, I didn’t like it, but because there was a fault with the touch screen. What seemed to be a pocket of air formed right under the touch sensitive area of the screen, this if nothing else made me doubt the quality of the device. Whether I will buy the same device of not, is left up to how Best Buy responds to my complaint.
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