Nokia's various Internet Tablets have to date had something of a mixed reception, so I certainly wasn't expecting this...
Out of the blue today comes the 'N810', a truly stunning piece of design which looks to have taken the very best style tips from HTC and then surpassed them.
Obviously the big addition here is the beautiful Qwerty keyboard which will finally make text entry on the line a breeze, but also causing a storm is a stonking 4.13in WVGA (800 x 480) screen which claims to have 20 per cent improved brightness compared to its predecessor (the N800). GPS, Wireless b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, DUN connectivity to 3G capable mobile phones and 2GB of internal storage are also major features while there is support for a monstrous number of media formats.
For video 3GP, AVI, H.263, H.264, MP4, ASF, Real Video, WMV and MPEG-1/4 are all on the list while audio accepts MP3, WMA, AAC, AMR, AWB, M4A, MP2, Real audio and WAV. Frightening.
Battery life isn't bad either lasting up to two weeks on standby and giving up to 10 hours of continuous music playback or four hours with video. On the downside a 400MHz OMAP 2420 CPU isn't perhaps quite as quick as I was expecting.
That said, at 127 x 71 x 13.9mm and 225g the N810 isn't that much larger than some of today's more chunky smartphones and with integrated Skype there's VoIP calling. In fact, if Nokia had stuffed actual phone functionality into the N810 it could've actually had handset appeal for the power user.
The N810 will ship next month for $479 (approx £240) and if the Fins can use it as a reference point for its next smartphones I may finally start feeling the love for my one-time nemesis...