Pros great size, design, mobile browsing
Cons calendar, word processing, spreadsheet deficiency
Summary The N810 works great for what I bought it for, mobile internet in a small package. I can slip it in my backpack or briefcase and not notice the weight and use it whenever I get to a coffee shop, airport, etc.. works great for traveling. When on a business trip I can quickly look up directions on google maps without having to boot up my work computer and deal with all the security logins and such. I don't like to browse my myspace or facebook on a work computer and this gives me an easy way to keep in touch with social networking sites without worrying about accidentally corrupting my work computer.
The cons- lacks a calendar. This seems like a no brainer to me. A calendar and a simple to-do list app would make this device much more useful. Although google calendar works great when there is wi-fi it doesn't help me when I'm in the car. All in all a great device...for what I bought it for.
Pros N/A until I have thoroughly used it.
Cons N/A until I have thoroughly used it.
Summary We must remember that, in essence, this is not a phone. It can function as one via VoIP, however this is not a cellphone replacement. For one, you will need an internet connection via wifi(hotspots) or bluetooth with another cellphone/internet device with a viable internet connection to use VoIP. Secondly, the majority of VoIP providers do not allow for the user to dial 911. This SHOULD be taken into consideration. This is the main reason why the Nokia n810 is not exactly the cell phone replacement.
Needless to say, I will be purchasing the n810. I will not carry another cell phone with me most of the time because I live in a "wired" city hence I will be "pirating" wifi networks; a little Starbucks here, Barnes and Noble there, then back to no internet connection until I get home. The strong media capabilities of the n810 should hold me over. Oh, and Skype has voicemail... never miss a call.
Thank you Nokia for an alternative. And alas, thank you Apple for the wonderful 12 inch G4 laptop that has faithfully achieved the unachievable throughout my grueling semester studies... However, I repeat, HOWEVER, I will not purchase the overrated, over anticipated, blog saturating Iphone.
(My rating is subject to change as I have never handled the n810 as of yet, I rated based on specs)
Pros Beautifully made web 2.0 and media device.
Cons Not quite ready for prime time.
Summary I got this device in late November and started using it Christmas day. Nokia has crafted a beautiful web 2.0 and multimedia device. It does a very good job surfing the web, playing music, and playing movies. Here is my take on the device:
Does a good job when options are set correctly. Renders the vast majority of pages very well. Would be nice if it had finger zoom and scroll ala iPhone.
I use TMPGEnc to convert movies for the device. Music files sound great. Movies look and sound great. Media software could be slicker and utilize finger interface. Downloadable 3rd party programs still rough around the edges.
Basically not usable. Takes too long (several minutes) for the unit to acquire satellites. Just about any obstruction (car roof, house) blocks signal. Sticking with my Nuvi 660 for this, unfortunately.
Basically non-existent. I don't need a full suite of these, but the ability to view, edit, and creat Microsoft Office compatible files would be great. Don't want to depend on Google docs because I'm not always at a hot spot.
I was counting on this device being able to access the internet via Bluetooth dial up networking with my Blackberry Curve. Alas, this feature does not work!!! Hopefully Nokia and/or Blackberry will address this in a future software release.
This is a device that I will use to watch movies and surf the web when I travel, and occasionally around the house. The device would be absolutely great if Bluetooth DUN worked with my phone, and if the GPS guidance was usable and FREE. Also, a usable finger interface would be great.
Pros Flash 9, opens-source, big resolution, expandable memory, multimedia capabilities, web browsing, need I say more?
Cons Keyboard is a little slow, only 1 memory slot which I'd prefer to be SD, webcam is placed to the side.
Summary Die iPhone, Die! This tiny, little machine is perfect, for well, anything! It has great web browsing capabilities, I touchscreen PLUS a pull out fully functional QWERTY keyboard that is light sensitive, it supports Flash 9 (YouTube, oh joy!), you can put movies onto it (a movie can be shrunken to 500 megs do to it's screen size), expandable storage, it's Linux, so there's open source software and minimal chance, if any, of viruses. There's Skype, the broswer is Firefox (YES!), there's Skype and IM, word software. The things you can do with these things, the possibilities, are endless! I could play Mario on the road, hehe. Definitely getting it.Updated
When I first got it, I was amazed on how small and slim it was. The screen is very bright and clear. The video and music playback is very good, though not quite as good as the Toshiba Gigabeat.
The browser renders everything nicely. Sites like YouTube and Gmail work great. Well, YouTube does get hiccups sometimes, but it's much better than the OS2007. The device is great at finding Wi-Fi hotspots. At the Internation Plaza (a mall) outside CPK, I got around 7.
The touch screen is sensitive and responsive.
The keyboard works great, and the keys are backlit, making it 100% usable in the dark.
Downloading apps has never been simpler. All of them download quickly, and seamlessly.
The device might say 7 hours of battery life left just after charging, but you're most likely to get 3-4 hours depending on how many apps you use at a time.
The N810 is almost a substitute to a laptop. It can't do everything that a laptop does, but it comes pretty close and it delivers it all in a sleek package. I recommend this to anyone who needs...well...what I said.
Pros With expandable memory (miniSDHC / microSDHC) up to 16Gb (+2Gb on board) I can bring a ton of movies and music with me anywhere. Probably the easiest Linux device setup anywhere and connectivity options galore, this is more than a toy for me.
Cons The only complaint I have is main memory being 256Mb. After installing a few large apps, storing files on the main memory is not reasonable if you want to have memory left for running many apps at once.
Summary The N810 has become the device people know me from. I usually get caught using it some place and someone will ask, is that a phone? My answer... "no, but I can make free calls from it" (having a grandcentral account and dialcentral installed is crucial for this). Trying to explain it to iPhone users is simple, I just say "mine's better, MUCH better". I use my free 3G phone from AT&T (add $15/mo for unlimited internet) and it's bluetooth DUN connection to connect to the net and call people on my gizmo account (integrated into the osso-accounts, which logs in any time I connect to the net and start placing calls using the dial central app). Also being able to multi-task by downloading podcasts while posting to twitter makes iPhone users a little jealous. Plus the best thing is whipping out the apple wireless keyboard and using a full sized keyboard with the n810, and being connected to 3 bluetooth devices at once is fun (keyboard, bluetooth stereo headset (although a2dp is not available yet), and cell phone, for my 'net connection). I've even been able to use a battery powered usb 120Gb hard drive with it. besides my previous "CONS" I have one small other one... The built in webcam is less than desirable, but still very usable for video chats. If you're deciding on upgrading your old phone to an iphone or another "smart phone", don't. Get the N810 instead. being a truly open platform this takes the cake. Although I wouldn't mind getting an android phone (with a better design than the HTC G1)