Today I have to return the Nokia N800 I’ve been evaluating for the past 2 weeks, thanks to NSeries WOM World… But I’ve also been playing with my Nokia N810 for about 10 days now!
I used both devices for similar tasks, in similar situations for several days (blogging, web browsing, checking email & RSS, chatting, listening to Internet radio).
I installed the latest (non-beta) firmware and applied the same settings to each tablet. I only personalized and tested the existing applications (home screen, web browser, RSS, email, IM, video call, Skype and media player), although I also tried the GPS (N810 only).
I paired both devices to my Sony Ericsson K850i for heaps of HSDPA goodness via Bluetooth :)
So which one is the winner?
First, I’m not going to review each tablet here – there’s loads of info on the tubes already. Second, let’s take a look at the main differences between both devices.
- Cheaper ($250)
- Half plastic design
- Tablet OS2007
- Opera-based web browser
- Swivel camera
- No built-in GPS
- No hardware keyboard
- Mini USB connector
- One internal SDHC card slot
- One external SDHC card slot
- Pricier ($450)
- Full metal über hotness
- Tablet OS2008
- Mozilla-based web browser
- Front camera
- Built-in GPS
- Sweet hardware keyboard
- Micro USB connector
- 2 GB of internal storage
- One external Mini SDHC card slot
If you’re on a budget, or need lots of storage for your growing
pr0n media collection (up to 32 GB with two 16 GB SDHC cards), the N800 is the winner. You can install a beta version of Tablet OS2008 and the Mozilla-based web browser today (a non-beta version will be available soon). You can use the on-screen keyboard without the stylus. If necessary, you can even pair the N800 with a Bluetooth GPS and a Bluetooth keyboard.
If you’re into the newest and sexiest gadgets, or need a fully integrated tablet in your pocket instead of your bag, the N810 is the winner. You’re already running Tablet OS2008 and the Mozilla-based web browser. You have built-in GPS and a surprisingly decent hardware keyboard. Of course, you can still pair the N810 with a Bluetooth GPS and a Bluetooth keyboard – but why bother?
So there you have it… Regardless of which device you choose, you can’t go wrong!