"Awesome and Open"on by Jmiahman
Pros It's open sourced so applications are free. Constantly improving with software developement. Meets Basic computer internet needs.
Cons No Still Image capture yet from webcam. Calendar Application not included, but can be installed.
Summary This is a great little Appliance/PDA/Internet Tablet. It's based off of Debian Linux which is all open sourced. This may not matter to some but when it comes to getting applications and games for free it's a huge deal.
A Few Things I don't Like:
I didn't like how by default there wasn't a calendar application installed. I know this is a internet tablet and not necessarily a PDA device, but the application exists and has been ported already. Why not include it. Also as of right now there's no easy way to capture still images from the WebCam. Also playing youtube is dog slow. However, there are work arounds by using orb2. Also it's rumored that they are working on internet video play back to be smoother.
Some of What I do Like:
I Like how it's based on Linux and Gnome but doesn't feel like Linux. It feels like a Internet tablet. It's funny how "techs" review it and mention nothing about it being Linux, Why? Because you can't really tell. Now I like Linux don't get me wrong but at times Linux can get confusing to a non-tech person, that's where Nokia has excelled Linux in this instance. I also like the resolution of 800x480. You can place your web pages in full screen mode and see the whole page. If the text is to small for you there's an option to zoom in. By accident I dropped mine on the concrete the 3rd day I had it and I picked it back up and all was well. It's light but seems durable. It's also kinda cool that it fits in cases made for the Nintendo DS and the PSP. The N800 isn't really meant to be a PDA and can't sync, but there's application's available to use it as a PDA and with it's two SD slots you can easily transfer files to and from your computer. This device is still a mystery. There's a USB-to-Go chip on it's main board that hasn't been utilized in any way yet along with a FM Radio that Nokia just released a application for. I comes with great innovations like the option to be able to use one of your SD or MMC cards as extra system memory. If this is a route Nokia plans to go with there Mobile devices I can't wait to see what's next!
"Perfect for me"on by mbowell
Pros Great screen, web browser and wifi range.
Cons No accessories yet
Summary I finally found exactly what I have been looking for. The wifi will pick up my neighbors link 2 houses away!(not that I use
theirs) The web browser is fast and the look
is just like my PC. The key board is easy to use, although I find the touch screen a little touchy. I like the fact that they ship the unit with 2 stylists. I do not need
all the functions of a pda. I purchased a Palm TX 6 months ago for its wifi and portability but the N800 is way way better.
Pros small, has a built in web cam, beautiful screen, bluetooth and wireless support, stand
Cons doesn't have a hardware keyboard (just a touchscreen one like in the picture), not a very good wi-fi antenna, usb slave mode only
Summary overall a very good product. it is very nice that it's operating system is open source, so you can download many useful applications for free. it is very sleek and light, and a good travel replacement for a laptop or even a pda.
Pros Portability, cost, WiFi, Bluetooth, dual card slots, and the RSS reader.
Cons The multimedia quality is not the best and there is no calendar.
Summary I love my N800. I had been longing for the device for a while but when I was able to get it for under $230 from Buy.com, I could not resist and I am very impressed.
The N800 is perfect for on the go web browsing and saves me so much time as I no longer have to unplug the six cables connected to my laptop if I am going to need access the internet when I am away from home, outside with the dog, in the kitchen and needing a recipe, or just to lazy to roll out of bed and walk six feet to my desk.
The N800 seems a little smaller to me than in Bonnie Cha's review but she is a lady and I do have large hands. The device is slim enough to slip into your back pocket if you had to but I would not risk it; it's a perfect fit for a small bag or a jacket/coat pocket.
The N800 found my wireless network and the media on my network in no time at all in addition to several others within range of my home. While running errands the N800 was equally as fast when it came to finding wireless networks; even while driving (I was not at the wheel). The Bluetooth worked flawlessly when transferring files from my laptop and phone.
The dual card slots was a great idea as the N800 has limited memory. You can even use the internal card(under the batter cover) as addition virtual memory. If you update to the most recent firmware, you can use SDHC cards and expand your total memory up to 16GB using two 8GB cards.
The RSS reader is wonderful and works really well. I am really fond of this function as the information that I want online is fed to the device at specified intervals.
The only issues that I have are the quality of the multimedia playback and the lack of an installed calendar. Video played on the N800 is a bit jerky but by no means as unbearable as some reviews lead me to believe and there are several open source programs which will allow you to improve the quality of and convert video for the N800. The speakers are not the best but then again not as bad I some reviews would have you believe; the sound improves greatly with a a decent pair of ear buds or PC speakers. There is also no calendar installed but then again the N800 was never billed as a PDA. You can find PIM tools that can be easily installed on the N800.
Overall, I love the N800 and I hate that I waited so long to get it. The screen is gorgeous, the device is a head turner, the are plenty of free applications on maemo.org, the battery life is really good, Nokia seems to have plans to continue supporting the device for some time as the OS will be upgradeable with the release of the N810, the bundles applications all work without issue, and the device is so easy to use even if you know nothing about Linux which I do not.
Pros New OS, Excellent WiFi, memory can be expanded up to 16GB, Skype, Flash 9, FM, Excellent screen, free applications
Cons Need PC to download OS upgrades (Mac OS won't work)
Summary Amazon is now shipping N800 with new OS (4.2007.26-8) pre-installed. (This is very nice for Mac people who do not have access to a PC which is required for downloading the N800 wizard and OS upgrades. Applications can be downloaded directly to the N800 with no PC required.) Also comes with FREE 3 months of unlimited Skype calls within US and Canada. (That's to any land line or cell phone number. After 3 months you may purchase credits to extend this capability if you like it. Skype-to-Skype calls are always free.) Also new OS has Flash 9 for smoother video.