There is a design issue concerning the slide-out keyboard. A flip-out stand lets you prop-up the N810 Internet Tablet on a table at a neat angle for viewing the screen. But do this and then try to hit the keyboard with a fingertip and you just end up pushing the device away from you. There’s just not enough grip or weight to hold it in place as you tap.
Web browsing is one of the most satisfactory activities you can undertake with the N810. A button on the top edge of the device will pull the browser into full screen so you can make the most of the available space; even complex pages like the TR home page loaded quickly over Wi-Fi and were easy to get around. You can subscribe to RSS feeds, open multiple web pages at once, and take advantage of video and audio streaming. Yes, I did look at some YouTube vids and they streamed nicely.
Another potential use of the N810 Internet Tablet is VoIP. There is a version of Skype on board as well as one from Gizmo Project for this purpose. A VGA camera nestles to the left of the screen for video calling. Now, I rather liked the pop-out swivel camera in the N800. It was both cooler looking and more flexible than the fixed position camera used here. Still, the camera works, and the abovementioned applications also cater for IM. There is an email client for POP3 accounts too.
Meanwhile a media player caters for music (MP3, WMA, AAC, AMR, AWB, M4A, MP2, RealAudio, WAV), video (3GP, AVI, WMV, MP4, H263, H.264, MPEG-1, MPEG-4, RealVideo), and Internet radio, together with an image viewer for a range of formats including BMP, GIF, ICI, JPE, JPEG, PNG and TIF/TIFF, which can also deliver slide shows. Nokia provides a stereo headset and is to be praised for fitting a standard 3.5mm headset jack. Well done!
Programs-wise, there is a PDF reader, note taker, calendar, calculator, drawing application and four games including chess for those cerebral moments, and a Tetris clone for the brainless ones.
And as for the GPS antenna, maps of UK and Ireland are included and as well as tracking your route the maps include POIs. But if you want to use the N810 Internet Tablet for point-to-point sat-nav you’ll have to fork out for the Wayfinder software, but at least Nokia provides a vehicle mount.
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