Nokia N810 Internet Tablet WiMAX Edition - 02700T6

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Not quite my dream UMPC... but not bad for the pri

by Gerald on 12/14/2008

Before I get into "how" I like my Nokia N810 WiMAX edition, I'll like to share with you "why" I finally selected it. I had been scouring the web for the past year looking for that "perfect UMPC" (i.e. comfortably pocketable, WinXP Tablet OS, Atom processor, 1024x768, keyboard, GPS, stereo bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and 3G or WiMAX). Although I liked the regular Nokia N810 last year, it is indeed a MID and not an UMPC, and I was really hoping to find a Win-based machine with 3G. After reading many reviews and long waits for that "next best thing" to go into production, my top choices for the "perfect UMPC", in order of preference, are the: OQO Model 2, Gigabyte 528, and WiBrain i1. Although I loved their specs/form facter, they were all way to expensive to justify when compared to the Atom powered mini-laptops. The Gigabyte and WiBrain are much more affordable than the OQO, but is still twice the cost of the Nokia, is barely pocketable and is not yet available in the US. The HTC/T-Mobile G1 is an affordable smart phone option, but the screen resolution was too low/VGA to comfortably surf. Since the N810 had many of the traits I was looking for and now offered WiMAX, it was by far the best value option... and I was tired of waiting. Now for the product review... After having used it for a little over a month now, I would say my original pre-purchase assessment for it hasn't changed... excellent form factor, but wish it had 3G and a more powerful processor capable of running Win apps. WiMAX won't be in my city until next year and would require me to switch cell plans to the more expensive Sprint, but Wi-Fi works great and you'll be surprise where you find public Wi-Fi. Although the Maemo OS website does offer a diverse mix of free software, the selections are not very deep within each category and quality/functionality is hit or miss. Thank goodness there are at least 1 or 2 very decent PIM, spreadsheet, document writing and multimedia apps. The 800x600 screen is gorgeous and bright enough to very comfortably view outdoors. When in full-screen mode, many webpages fit without horizontal scrolling and the text, although small, is easily readable. With a strong connection, typical webpages come-up fairly quickly (like on an older PC). QVGA, like YouTube, streams fine, but processor can't keep-up with full VGA like on Hulu (audio is fine, but video is very jerky). Besides, QVGA looks fine for that screen size even when displayed full-screen. As validated by the many complaints, GPS acquire time is 10-20 minutes, but there is a free program you can download off the Maemo site (Assisted-GPS) that gives the GPS algorithm a hint as to where you are resulting in a substantial reduction in acquisition time to around 1-2 min (I usually acquire within a block). The biggest complaint is that the pre-loaded GPS software requires you to pay a substantial annual fee to enable the routing capability. I wouldn't mind paying a substantial one-time fee, but not an annual fee for a so-so mapping software/interface. There is a free GPS software, Maemo Mapper, but you have to down load the routes while connected. I guess this wouldn't be a problem if you have Wi-MAX. This GPS software is okay, but IMHO, not as good as the pre-loaded. The backlit keyboard works great... special keys well placed. Also has a stylus virtual keyboard which I find just as quick and comfortable to use. There is also a finger keyboard which is not as convenient because it takes up the whole screen and sometimes you forget which data field you're filling-in. Can also interpret stylus "hand-written" text which is probably the least effective/accurate data entry method. Built-in speakers sound okay, but is only audible in low noise/office environments. Headphones could also be a tad louder for noiser environments (i.e. on the subway), but is more than adequate. The included in-the-ear buds has a phone answer button with mic, but I can't get them to stay in my ear. Battery can easily last a full day with a balanced use of Wi-Fi, music, PIM and games. Not sure how much WiMAX draws. The only user interface issue I have is that with all the special buttons, cursor pad, and full-keyboard, you would think you would be able to navigate the entire device and apps without having to use the stylus or finger, like with a Blackberry, but I haven't figured the secret yet. The device easily fits in a shirt pocket, but the weight makes it more comfortable to carry in either your front pants or coat breast pocket. To summarize, it's not an UMPC, but it can do the other 80% of what you need, and with the money you save, you can get a mini-laptop to do the other 20% of hard core computing even better.

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Most Excellent!

on 11/18/2008

Have had absolutely no problems with my 810 WIMAX. Since I don't live in Baltimore, I haven't tested the WIMAX itself, but all the other functions, moving thru WiFi, have been quite successful. The Maemo community has a variety of applets available for free, and the screen is a joy to read on. Very Highly Recommended!

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Soon, the Hotspot Will Come with You on XOHM’s WiMAX Network

XOHM is next generation mobile broadband that’s designed to let you connect in more places, more often, anywhere there’s coverage. Powered by WiMAX, you get broadband speeds that let you do the same things you do at home, while on the go. And because XOHM covers a wide area, you don’t have to find a hotspot for broadband internet – the hotspot comes with you, anywhere XOHM has coverage. Learn more at

With WiMAX, whole cities can become giant hotspots. That makes it simple to share your thoughts, your feelings – in fact, your whole life. It’s like having a laptop in your pocket you can take almost anywhere.

Share Online

High speed internet in your hand makes sharing great moments, as they happen, much easier. With an integrated QWERTY keyboard, high resolution widescreen display and a browser powered by Mozilla, you can blog on the spot, or upload images to let your on-line networks know what you’ve been up to.

Keep Talking

It’s easier to chat when you’re out and about, as well. With the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet WiMAX Edition, you have a choice of instant messaging, email or VoIP. That means you can stay in touch through text, through speech, or even – if you use the built in web camera – face to face on-screen.

Find Your Way

And the world around you is only a touch away. Built in GPS, pre-installed maps and – if you go for the upgrade – turn-by-turn voice guided navigation help you get to where you want to be, and see more of what’s there once you’ve arrived. Knowing where you’re at just got a whole lot easier.

Play It Back

The Nokia N810 Internet Tablet WiMAX Edition puts entertainment at your fingertips. You can stream video, music or radio from the internet, or transfer your favorite content from your PC to enjoy on the go. The big screen and integrated, high quality stereo speakers let you share it, too.

HAVA Mobile Player for Nokia Internet Tablets

Watch and control your home TV on your Internet Tablet from anywhere in the world.

If you like to watch your home TV shows whenever you can, you will want HAVA Mobile Player!

HAVA Mobile Player lets you watch and control your home TV on your Internet Tablet, from anywhere around the house or around the world. All of the channels, features and services you have at home are now available wherever you have broadband internet connectivity ; over WiFi, WiMAX or Bluetooth through your 3.5G phone connection.

HAVA Mobile Player works with the NTSC, PAL and SECAM video standards.

Enjoy your home TV:

  • at home in any room or in your backyard
  • in your hotel room around the world
  • on vacation, at work, at a Starbucks cafe
  • at the airport
  • basically anywhere you have access to high-speed internet on your Internet Tablet.

    Quick tour of HAVA Mobile Player for Nokia Internet Tablets

    As you will see and experience, the user interface gives you convenient access to the key buttons of your TV set top box remote. All the buttons are large enough to be operated with your fingers (or the stylus, of course).

    As soon as you have tuned to the show you want to watch, tap once on your screen for a stunning fullscreen playback of your TV show on your Internet Tablet:

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    The amazing audio quality of the built-in speakers or the headset will make for a most delightful TV experience far away from your sofa.

    One-tap again on the screen and you are back to our friendly user interface to control your TV source. Choose one of the four modes at the bottom to bring up the corresponding remote: CHAN (for Channel control), FAV (for your Favorite channels), STB (for Set Top Box functions) and PVR (for Personal Video Recorder functions):

    The CHAN mode allows you to enter the channel number you want to change to, onscreen, to go Channel Up or Channel Down with the arrows, or call on the Previous or Favorite commands of your set top box. The onscreen digit buttons come in handy if you don't want to expand your N810 keyboard, or if you have an N800 which has no keyboard
    CHAN Mode
    The FAV mode allows you to assign your favorite channels to the 12 onscreen buttons. You can enter a text label or channel number to identify each of your favorite channels, or you can use channel logo buttons that you would create yourself or get from other users. Then, to switch to one of your favorite channels, just press the corresponding onscreen button.
    FAV Mode
    The STB mode gives you access to the main functions to control a set top box: Menu, Guide, Info, Record, Page Up, Page Down, Last, Exit, List. In case, your set top box uses non conventional IR commands, you can specify them to enable them on your device. The 4 colored buttons can be also assigned any command of your choice.
    STB Mode
    The PVR mode provides access to all the commands for Personal Video Recorder (PVR) if your set top box includes PVR functionality: Pause, Play, Stop, Skip Back, Skip Forward, Fast Rewind, Fast Forward, Info, Exit, Live TV, Record. In addition, you can also assign other favorite commands to the 4 colored buttons of this onscreen remote.
    PVR Mode

    Another great feature is the Mute On/Off button in the top right corner of each onscreen remote. Someone barging in the room and you don't want them to know that you're watching TV? Press on that Mute Off button quickly...!

    For the power-users or keyboard-mongers among you, many of the most used commands also have convenient keyboard equivalents like the digits, channel up and down, menu navigation, page up, page down, play, pause, stop, skip back, skip forward, fast rewind, fast forward, mute on/off, menu, guide, etc.

  • Specifications

    Manufacturer Nokia - N Series - Multimedia
    Mfg Part# 02700T6
    SKU 207929561
    UPC 758478014455
    UPC 14 00758478014455
    Sales Rank 26279
    Tech Specs
    High-resolution 4.13" WVGA touch screen display (800 x 480 pixels) with up to 65,536 colors
    TI HS OMAP 2420, 400Mhz
    DDR RAM 128MB
    Flash 256MB
    2GB internal memory
    Support for compatible miniSD and microSD memory cards (with extender). Supports cards up to 8GB. (SD cards over 2GB must be SDHC compatible.)
    Operating times*
    Battery: Nokia Battery BP-4L
    Music playback: up to 10 hours
    Standby time: up to 14 days
    WiMAX operation times*
    Standby, always online: up to 4 days
    Internet browsing time: up to 3 hours
    Wi-Fi operation times*
    Standby, always online: up to 5 days
    Internet browsing time: up to 4 hours
    Other characteristics
    Smooth slide with integrated QWERTY keyboard
    Built-in GPS receiver
    High quality stereo speakers and sensitive microphone
    High-resolution widescreen touch display
    Integrated desk stand
    Integrated VGA web camera
    HW key to lock touch screen and keys
    Ambient light sensor
    WiMAX 802.16e / 2.5GHz
    WLAN standard: IEEE 802.11b/g
    Bluetooth specification v.2.0 +EDR (profiles supported: HID, FTP, DUN, GAP, SPP, SAP and OPP)
    USB 2.0 high speed
    3.5 mm stereo headphone plug (Nokia AV Connector)
    Language support
    QWERTY keyboard: English
    User interface languages: American English, Canadian French, Latin American Spanish, Danish, Dutch, English British, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
    User guide languages: British English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, American English, Brazilian Portuguese, Canadian French, Latin American Spanish, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese, Arabic
    Internet Tablet OS: maemo Linux based OS2008
    Seamless software update. Seamless update functionality allows software updates over-the-air.
    Web Browsing
    Browser powered by Mozilla with state-of-the-art web standard support including AJAX
    Page navigation with scrolling, panning or using hardware buttons, zooming in and out of web sites.
    Full desktop Adobe Flash 9 plugin, including video and audio streaming
    In-built media player for viewing and listening to downloaded, transfered or streamed media content and easy-on-device management of media library
    Direct access to shared media over Universal Plug and Play (UPnP)
    Supported video formats: 3GP, AVI, WMV, MP4, H.263, H.264, MPEG-1, MPEG-4, RV (RealVideo)
    Supported audio formats: MP3, VMA, AAC, AMR, AWB, M4A, MP2, RA (RealAudio), WAV
    Supported playlist formats: M3U, PLS, ASX, WAX, WVX, WPL
    Internet messaging and calling with video
    Effortless and automated presence and contacts application for centralizing communication tasks
    SIP support and interoperability with industry standard services
    Integrated GPS with pre-installed US and Canadian maps.
    Wayfinder turn-by-turn car navigation available on purchase.
    Car holder included in the sales pack
    Browser access to familiar webmail services
    E-mail application with easy setup for personal e-mail usage with IMAP, STMP, and POP3 support
    Full-screen image viewing and slideshow functionality
    Supported Image formats: BMP, GIF, ICO, JPE, JPEG, PNG, TIF/TIFF, SVG, Tiny, WBMP
    RSS Reader
    Reader for subscribing, managing and keeping up-to date with web feeds
    Support for RSS 1.0/2.0 and Atom 1.0
    File manager
    PDF reader
    Games: chess, blocks, mahjong and marbles
    Backup and restore
    Volume: 128 cc
    Weight: 229 g
    Length: 72 mm
    Width: 128 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
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