I received a present of a Nokia N810 recently from a client. This was in lieu of payment for some work I did for them.
To say that I am underwhelmed with the device would be putting it mildly!
The N810 is an internet tablet. It has a browser and a radio and GPS built-in. It accesses the internet over wifi or using your phone as a modem over bluetooth. Sounds cool enough, so why am I unimpressed?
A number of reasons. First off the maps for the GPS are terrible. They don’t include many Irish addresses (including Rushbrooke, the townland I live in) and the GPS application doesn’t plot routes either – one of the most useful functions of a GPS device, I would have thought.
Next is the low memory of the device. I was trying it out yesterday when I got a message that it couldn’t open the Welcome program because there wasn’t enough memory! I closed one of the running programs and the Welcome program opened no problem. I only had around 3 applications running at the time so I was surprised that this consumed all the RAM on the device.
The UI is really clunky. I mean really clunky! In this regard I have been spoilt by my iPod Touch experience.
It is slow opening/running applications and the browsing experience is painful compared to Safari on the iPod.
The display doesn’t change orientation if you turn the device through 90 degrees.
It is a brick – big and heavy. Am I likely to carry this and my N95 with me when I am traveling? I don’t think so!
Compare the size of the N810 with the N95 below
to my iPod Touch with the same N95
I have most of the same functionality with the combination of the iPod Touch and the N95 as I do with the N810 and the N95 for a fraction the pocket real estate!
And given that the iPhone Developer Kit is being released in the coming weeks, my iPod Touch is likely to become even more useful!
On the plus side it has an Internet radio!
Is there some useful functionality of the N810 that I am missing?