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macrob69
29th June 2007, 05:37 PM
Nokia N800

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OK, before I overdose on iPhone chatter with absolutely no buying gratification, I decided to purchase a treat – the Nokia N800 – and so far I love it.

Nokia's focus on good design is apparent with the N800, and it's a sexy-looking little gadget.

Inside, the N800 is a slightly different beast than its predecessor. The 250MHz TI 1710 OMAP CPU has been replaced with another ARM processor, the TI OMAP 2420, which is clocked at 330MHz. There's now 128MB of SDRAM included along with an additional 4 gigabytes of Flash storage. Expandability has more than doubled over the 770 with the addition of a second memory card slot capable of handling SD, MicroSD, MiniSD, MMC, and the RS-MMC cards used in the 770.


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The N800 runs the Debian-based Internet Tablet OS, in this case, Internet Tablet OS 2007.

The screen is breathtaking, the operation quite simple and VoIP calls are cheap ☺ I have invested in a Stowaway bluetooth keyboard and this really feels like a great computing experience. The whole package weighs in at 7.5oz. Nice until the iPhone appears in Oz.

Some great Linux software is available – and I rather think the N800 performs rather well in comparison to the iPhone specs. Here’s some I have found. I’ll update as I gather more links.


Skype on the Nokia N800: it's alive, it's ALIVE!
http://jkontherun.blogs.com/jkontherun/2007/06/skype-on-the-no.html

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The N800 and Google Docs
http://flickr.com/photos/mconnick/464980120/

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N800 Navkit
http://www.maemoapps.com/2007/05/03/n800-navkit-unboxing-and-initial-walkthrough/

The Nokia N800 and Its GUI Shortcomings From a Newton Developer's Perspective
http://cs.gmu.edu/~sean/stuff/n800/ (http://cs.gmu.edu/%7Esean/stuff/n800/)

Gizmo - the latest in Mobile VoIP & Intstant Messaging
http://gizmoproject.com/learnmore-nokia800.html

Two very Apple-like media players:

UKMP
http://konttoristhoughts.blogspot.com/2007/05/ukmp-10-outhttpwwwbloggercomimggllinkgi.html

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Canola
http://www.mobilepodcast.org/2007/06/new-canola-beta-brings-podcasting-to.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_v0Mu-LlZ84&mode=related&search=

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A lot of other software – all free!
http://maemo.org/downloads/

Internet on the Go
http://riplinton.blogspot.com/2007/04/internet-on-go-with-nokias-n800-part-1.html



Tech specs

Display: 800x480 touch screen, 16-bit color

CPU: 330MHz TI OMAP 2420 CPU

Memory: 128MB SDRAM, 256MB Flash

Operating system: Internet Tablet OS 2007 Edition

Connectivity: 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 , USB, memory card expansion (SD, MicroSD, MiniSD, MMC, and RS-MMC), audio out, AC power adapter

Size : 5.67" x 2.95" x 0.51"

Battery: 3.5 hours of browsing time, 12 days of standby time

Supported file formats:
• Audio: AAC, AMR, MP2, MP3, RA, WAV, WMA, M3U and PLS for Internet radio playlists
• Video: 3GP, AVI, H.263, MPEG-1, MPEG-4, RV
• Images: BMP, GIF, ICO, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, SVG-Tiny

Access the Web on a portable internet tablet
* High-resolution widescreen display
* Opera 8
* Flash 7

Internet communications
* Internet calling with integrated webcamera
* Instant Messaging
* E-mail client
* Full screen finger keyboard

Access to internet media at home and on-the-go
* High quality stereo speakers
* Media player
* UPnP architecture
* Expandable mass memory

Display
* High-resolution (800x480) touch screen with up to 65,536 colours

Memory and Storage
* RAM 128 MB
* Flash 256MB, 128 MiniSD with extender included in sales package
* Two internal memory card slots, compatible with SD, MicroSD, MiniSD, MMC, and RS-MMC. Compatible with cards up to 2GB. Configurable up to 4GB.

Connectivity
* Auto-connection to saved Wi-Fi hotspots or through Bluetooth compatible phone

iSlayer
29th June 2007, 05:49 PM
Looks like a good little device but the one thing that stands out is the low battery life.
How much did it cost anyway ?

macrob69
29th June 2007, 06:09 PM
Looks like a good little device but the one thing that stands out is the low battery life.
How much did it cost anyway ?


Battery life could be better iSlayer - but I have two batteries which helps. I'm averaging 3.5-4 hours internet use on each battery. Around 7 hours intense surfing time total. :)

Cost AU$390 :thumbup:

sunrisesister
29th June 2007, 06:13 PM
What a fantastic looking little gadget! And, a good price. I'd be tempted, especially with Skype..

Great review :) Thanks!

lavo
29th June 2007, 06:14 PM
Where did you get it in Australia? I emailled Nokia Asia/Pacific a few months back when the N800 was first released and they said there were no plans to sell it here.

mac_man_luke
29th June 2007, 06:14 PM
pretty ugly UI imo

Tiprya
29th June 2007, 06:20 PM
Yeah let us know how you're getting this for $390 - I'll take one at that price

macrob69
29th June 2007, 06:21 PM
Where did you get it in Australia? I emailled Nokia Asia/Pacific a few months back when the N800 was first released and they said there were no plans to sell it here.

I picked mine up in the US - I think it's a worthy successor to my Newton :)

Erwin
29th June 2007, 06:45 PM
Wow, that's cheap!

macrob69
29th June 2007, 06:58 PM
I didn't mention that the N800 has an in-built webcam and FM radio :)

Here's an idea of how well the Nokia N800 Video Internet Calling works:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE2fhlh3hJs

grimmy
29th June 2007, 08:20 PM
Have a look on the ebay us site, often they appear. I purchased and landed a 770 for about 210 AUD, however I sold it as the processor was quite slow I would be interested to see how much of a speed improvement the 800 has over the 770.
Quite a nice device however, I enjoyed the internet radio streaming capability as well