Just got my newest gadget, Nokia N800, over the Labor day weekend. So excited.
I’ve always wanted to have a portable internet surfing device that can let me browse the web from anywhere in the house, in any position (i.e., while walking, standing, lying in bed/sofa). Reason is simple, sitting upright in front of a desk for 8 hours a day in the office does wondrous things to your belly (if you haven’t found out by now), I don’t want to add another couple of hours to the “exercise”.
One night about a week ago, hubby called me over and showed me a picture on the screen. It is the newest Internet Tablet from Nokia, the N800. After reading some reviews and some researching, I grew more and more intrigued. This is almost exactly what I’m looking for, except for the lack of a Blackberry like thumb keyboard (instead it has a big on-screen finger keyboard which doesn’t seem too bad).
If all the reviews are correct, this is the best pocket-sized web browsing experience on the market right now. 800×480 gorgeous color touch screen (iPhone’s is 480×320 and much smaller size), Opera browser w/ Adobe Flash 9 support (which iPhone doesn’t support), RSS Reader, Skype, Linux based OS (which means lots of free applications), WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity and expansion memory slot. It’s almost like a Linux iPhone with better resolution/browser, cheaper price ($358 on amazon), without the cellular plan bundle (you can use a bluetooth phone with your carrier if there is no WiFi in sight), and without hype.
From what I’ve seen so far, N800 is everything they said it to be. Excellent WiFi reception, love the screen (it makes you not wanting to move your eyes away). The pictures don’t do the screen justice. It looks alot better in real.
If I have to summarize about N800 in comparison with iPhone:
1. N800 is an Internet Tablet, with a focus on the web browsing experience; iPhone is more of a multimedia device with a focus on, well, Cingular/AT&T customers ;-)
2. iPhone is designed for average Joes, everything out of box is all you get, it’s more of gadget than a PC or even a PDA. You don’t need to know anything and even if you do, you can’t install anything to expand it. N800 is like iPhone for geeks. It’s not to replace your phones, your PDA, or your desktop, but it’s closer to a mini PC and because it’s Linux-based, there’s a community out there that builds all sorts of applications that you can just download and install right from your device, like eBook reader, FM Radio applet (yes it has FM built in!), office apps, even Chinese language support, and tons of others.
Here are some online articles and reviews:
If you happen to be looking for an affordable mobile web surfer that will free you from the gigantic, ugly thing that we call desktop, be sure to check this one out.
I will post more about this beautiful little device after I’ve used it for a while longer.
(update: in light of Apple’s latest announcement of iPod Touch, which is even more similiar to N800, here’s the sequel: Nokia N800 – The Geek’s iPod Touch ; )