School is out, finals are over, and Christmas is just a couple of weeks away, and I’m drooling with anticipation over my soon-to-be latest toy. Recently, I started thinking about buying a new Pocket PC to replace my 6 year old Toshiba e330. The Toshiba still works great- I use it to take notes in class with a portable keyboard, but it has neither Bluetooth nor WiFi, and I’d really like to be able to surf the net and check my email on the go.
The Nokia N810
The Nokia N810 is what’s called an internet tablet. It is not a phone, but it has Bluetooth and WiFi. It’s about the size of a large cell phone, and is intended, as its name suggests, as a portable internet device. You can use it to access the internet at a WiFi hotspot, or tether it to your cell phone if you have a data plan. Although it is not a phone, you can use Skype with it. Additionally, it has a built-in GPS and mapping software.
Here’s a video from TigerDirect.com that shows what the device looks like and a few of its features:
Why do I want it?
- I want to check my email on the go, but I don’t like things I have to pay for month after month. Ergo, buying a data plan for my phone is not an optimal solution.
- Besides email, I rely heavily on the internet for real-time traffic and other information, as well as entertainment. I’ve wanted for a long time to have a portable browsing device. The N810 has received stellar reviews of its web browsing capability. Apparently, you can view regular web pages instead of the stripped down portable versions that some devices require.
- I already use a PDA and portable keyboard to take notes in my classes. I upload all my notes to a Google document so I can share them with my colleagues. My university has WiFi internet, so having a WiFi device like the N810 would allow me to directly edit the Google document and save the time I now spend uploading files.
- As a freelance musician, I perform in a lot of unfamiliar places. The N810’s GPS capability, while not essential, would be helpful for finding gigs.
- Skype capability is a big selling point for me. One of my sisters lives in Europe, and 2.1 cents per minute to call her from any WiFi hotspot is a pretty good deal in my opinion. Try getting international rates like that from a cell provider.
Anyway, like I said, I don’t have the device yet. I ordered it from Amazon and had it sent to my parent’s house where I’ll be spending Christmas. After I’ve had a chance to try it out, I’ll post my observations.
In the mean time, here are some reviews from people who actually have one, as well as a link to the Amazon sales page.
- Nokia N810 Portable Internet Tablet (Amazon sales page)
- Comprehensive review at CNET.com
- Review at Pocketables.net
Do you have a Nokia N810 or similar device? Share your opinion by commenting.