A few stores are now offering the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet, and more are expected to begin carrying this device in the next few days.
This traditional handheld offers an impressive feature set, including a WVGA touchscreen, Wi-Fi, keyboard, GPS, and 2 GB of internal storage.
The N810 can be purchased now from DataVision (an Amazon.com partner) for $470. It is also reportedly available at the Nokia Flagship stores in Chicago and New York, where it is selling for $480.
Update: DataVision has dropped the price to $453, and it can be purchased from Tiger Direct for $450.
According to Nokia, this device will soon go on sale at Amazon, Best Buy, Buy.com, Circuit City, CompUSA, Micro Center, and PC Mall.
An Overview of the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet
The N810 is the latest model in Nokia’s latest model in its Internet Tablet series. It is the first in this series with integrated GPS capabilities and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
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Unlike the vast majority of Nokia products, this is not a smartphone. However, it does have Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), and users can connect via Bluetooth to a mobile phone. This allows users to access the Web, check email, watch videos on YouTube, and more.
It runs Nokia’s Linux Maemo operating system on a 400 MHz OMAP 2420 processor. In addition to software written specifically for it, the N810 can run a large percentage of Palm OS applications thanks to software from Access Co. Ltd.
This device has 2 GB of internal storage and a miniSD card slot.
The N810 keeps the same 4.13-inch WVGA (800 by 480 pixel) touchscreen as its sister model, the N800, but has increased brightness settings.
It weighs in around 7.9 ounces and is 5.0 inches wide, 2.83, tall, and 0.55 inches thick.
Nokia says it has a battery life of 4 hours under “typical use”, meaning playing movies or surfing the Web, or 10 hours when playing music only.
The N810 also has an integrated camera, mini USB 2.0, hardware lock switch, and included maps for use with the GPS.
N800 vs. N810
Potential customers should be aware that the N810 will not replace the N800. Both will be sold simultaneously, as they offer different hardware options.
For example, as mentioned earlier, the N810 has a built-in keyboard and GPS. The N800, on the other hand, has two SD card slots.
The major difference, at least for the time being, is price; the N800 can be found for about $200 less than the N810.
One of the differences isn’t software. Nokia will soon release a major system software upgrade for the N800 that will bring the two devices into parity.