Pros Great Wifi to Surf, Decent E-mail and Google Talk, Great Resolution, Removable Media, Linux Based
Cons Lacks Power to Play Divx Properly, Doesn't Natively Support Divx
Summary I have been looking for a small handheld to do a bunch of things while I'm away from my computer. Check e-mail, surf the web and watch videos while I am going through an airport and such. This does 2 of the 3 things I wanted really well. E-mail and internet was stellar. I'm not to the point of buying a PDA and this had a great resolution. Unfortunately, the slow processor and lack of supported formats for video makes most videos unwatchable. I even downloaded a different player to play divx but the processor just can't handle it. I didn't even try the webcam. I returned it right after I found out it can't do video.
Pros Light, bluetooth, open source programs, cheap
Cons Video sometimes need conversion
Summary In short, the N800 is awesome. The community is lively (for example, there is a nice forum over at Internet Tablet Talk), the programs do what programs on regular PC:s do, it can be used to run my regular computer remotely, e-mail and browsing works perfectly, etc.
Nokia has recently upgraded the operating system OS2008 and made the N800 run at a faster clock speed (400 MHz). So it not only looks better, it is also more likely that applications such as video playback will run smoothly. Sometimes video require conversion, but this is not a rule. For example, I had to convert Superbad before watching it, but Simpsons the movie ran without conversion.
It is interesting that Nokia's tablet ranks among the three best selling electronic devices on Amazon.com this Holiday considering that CNET thinks it is too difficult.
Although I am incredibly happy with my N800, the Nokia N810 ($419 on buy.com) might be slightly better. The problem is that the N810 costs twice as much the N800 ($200). Hence, when the price comes down for the N810 it will probably be a better choice. Note, however, that there are some features in the N800 that are missing in the N810.
Anyone buying the N800 should probably consider buying extra memory and and a bluetooth keyboard. The on-screen keyboard works fine, but it becomes tedious to use if you need to write longer texts. These factors might be thought of as cons, but since they so easily can be overcome, I hesitate to call them problems.
"Beyond the iPhone?"on by Wild Eep
Pros Webcam, Open source, Voip/sip, widespread
Cons Typical Internet tablet sluggishness; Does it beat the iPhone?
Summary This is the most reasonable spot to put this that I can find, my question/comment is, "By the time the iPhone is released, will it still be next gen". I say no, but this thing is truly amazing, and should be the model for bug fixes in the iPhone. This is impossible to beat by any low power handheld (excluding UMPCs). If the iPhone doesnt get an open source app, a webcam and a few other things (voip), this will be my first choice.
Pros Functionality, Functionality, Functionality! I have an iPod Touch and love it but I still sometimes prefer my N800 for just a few things it does quite well.
Cons I wish the battery life was better. I have a few batteries and rotate them in use but I still only get about a days worth use out of them.
Summary When you want something to wirelessly brows the internet, play a few games, make calls on Skype if your phone ever dies, and a few other various functions, this thing really gives you something that enjoyable to play with.
"Its very good"on by TBRMInsanity
Pros * Easy to use
* Lots of open source applications available for download
* Works great with Skype and Pidgin
* Can connect to any operating system
* Amazing battery life (8-10 hours continuous usage)
* Great multimedia support
Cons * Slow when online
* Poor list of locations outside of Europe (had to program my location and timezone in)
* No hard reset available (had to take out the battery to hard reset)
* Some apps don't work properly
* No IP support
Summary I keep being impressed by the new features I find in this device. I've used PDAs since the days of the Palm III but never has there been a device that impresses me day after day after day (and I've owned the device for over a year now). This device is a must for people that find current PDAs to be lacking but are not willing to get a smartphone.