Regular visitors to this very (if I may be so bold) internet-based web site will know that we love to be review stuff. We especially like reviewing stuff we didn't pay for too. This time the thing we are taking a look at is the Nokia N800 internet tablet.
What is it and what does it do?
Good one. Well, like Ronseal Woodstain, it does exactly what it says on the tin only in this case there is no tin, it's more of a shiny metal and plastic shell. Also there isn't much written on the shell...
O.K. It's not much like Ronseal at all. I'm sorry.
The N800 basically allows you to use the internet on the move in much the same way as a PDA (or Pocket PC). All you need to get on-line is a wi-fi connection in the area or, if people are being tight and securing their air based networks, a Bluetooth phone to which you can pair and use as a modem.
The GUI is nice and simple (I never read the instructions on how to use it.) and comes with a browser, pdf reader and a whole slew of other internet apps. One nice feature is the fact that you are presented with a search box right on the desktop for Wikipedia and Google from the moment the N800 boots up. A real boon for those of you who are not as good at pub quizes as I am. It's sad that you feel the need to cheat though. The OS itself is apparently based on Linux
if you care about that sort of thing. I suspect that the geek contingent will be rather miffed about this since that can't now be the first to port Linux to it. Well played Nokia.
You can use the buttons on the side of the amazingly clear and surprising high resolution screen to navigate or use the touch screen itself to get about. On the touchy, touchy front you can use your fingers quite happily or the little plastic pointer that is stashed away in the side of the case. Given the niceness of the screen it is a shame to touch it with your filthy fingers so DON'T DO IT!
Honestly you make me so angry some times. Oh and just licking your fingers doesn't count as cleaning them. Not in my book.What else does this gadget do then?
Well you can play some games on it. There's a Tetris clone, chess and a few others pre-loaded. It's the usual stuff for when you're really bored on a bus. It also has a web cam hidden away, James Bond style, in the side. Give the little recessed circle of plastic a push and out it pops. You can swivel it around a bit too so you can either film yourself grimacing at a picture of the Popes bum that your mate just emailed you or twist it around and film the Pope scratching his arse to email to your mate.
I say email because unless they also have an N800 ot have installed the PC versions of said chat client then you can't really use the web cam features in a live way. Thankfully this should change soon as Skype is coming to the system midway through the year. That also means you'll be able to use it for VOIP calls too since this gadget is not a mobile phone as well as a browsing device.
So there you have it. The N800 is quite good fun to play with for sure. It's does most things you need from a web browser as long as you can connect. It plays videos (full-screen too which looks so much better than on the iPod since the screen is huge (I mean comparatively huge. We're not talking 22” here)) and MP3s nicely as well as RSS streams for internet radio and such like. The built in speakers are pretty good but lacking in bass so the headphone socket is useful. Can I get some sort of concluding paragraph from you?
Sure. If you've got the cash to splash around, want a device that does the internet, plays tunes, video and so forth, doesn't make proper phone calls but is less bulky that a UMPC then it's pretty fly. However I have to give this one back so that's a few points off right there. Damn you Nokia you teases!
They've got a fancy pants website all about it here: www.theinternetwalk.com
Oddly enough it's actually quite informative and you can even win one.