Nokia N810 is here

The Nokia N810 arrived yesterday, and I will be writing a review for it at OSNews soon. It’s a nice device, but my hands are too small to comfortably write on its hardware keyboard (the device is still too wide for me). Also, I didn’t like that they changed the mini-USB to a micro-USB port. Everything else is good. Update: Review here.

N800 vs N810

Oh, and its webcam makes me look fatter than I am. Ho-ho…

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memsom wrote on March 20th, 2008 at 5:45 PM PST:

Thumb board. Whether Nojia intended it to be or not. It is a thumb board.

The N800 is actually superior. Weird, eh? The N800 has 2 full sized SD slots, the wecam is directional and it doesn’t have shoddy GPS and a fairly unusable form factor. Why is the D pad hidden when the keyboard is shut? You *have* to have it open to use it. That’s insane. How do you get the large on screen keyboard up? Since Nokia messed with the OS, it only really comes up if you use the D pad on the N800. Opening the hardware keyboard disables the on screen ones.

It looks cool, but I gave up on my Zaurus SL5500 because the keyboard was so bad for practical use. I can’t see that this one is any better. How does it fare?


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Eugenia wrote on March 20th, 2008 at 5:59 PM PST:

In your hands, which are bigger than mine, you will be able to type better than on the Zaurus.

I agree with some of the things you write, but not about the camera. The old camera was so far away from the center of the screen, that only 1/3 of your face was in frame. It was a disaster. Thankfully, the new camera, albeit not rotateable, it’s closer to one’s face.


William Eggington wrote on March 24th, 2008 at 7:06 AM PST:

Eugenia, I hope you get a chance to review the Pandora when it comes out. From the specs and how active the community is around it. . . it could be pretty damn cool.


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Eugenia wrote on March 24th, 2008 at 1:02 PM PST:

Given how much wider to the N810 the Pandora is, there is no way my small hands can type on its keyboard. And as this device is also a gaming device, many kids will buy it. And small kids have even smaller hands than I do.

Which means that the guys who designed that hardware have never made any significant market research. Which means that they are not serious. Which means that they will be blasted.


William Eggington wrote on March 25th, 2008 at 9:59 AM PST:

You mean thumb type? Like. . . the ability to hold the unit with your forefingers and peck away at the keys with your thumbs?

Huh.

How bloody small ARE your hands!?!

Pandora is going to cost around $320 so I don’t really see it as something kids will be getting in their Christmas stockings. Its intended user base is more in line with the N810’s only sliding more towards the retro/geek gamer.

I don’t really see it as a “mass market” product. Which is why I’m really digging it. 🙂 Its a toy made for true geeks wanting to play games, mess with opensource software and get involved in the creation of home brew games.


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Eugenia wrote on March 25th, 2008 at 10:15 AM PST:

>How bloody small ARE your hands!?!

Did you read the blog post? The N810 is TOO WIDE for my hands to comfortably do what you said, to use my forefingers for the character keys especially towards the middle. Looking at the Pandora, it’s considerably WIDER than the N810. Which means that there’s no way I can even type on this thing.

Yes, they are that small. I am only 1.52m.


William Eggington wrote on March 25th, 2008 at 10:00 PM PST:

Too wide? As in width? As in. . . the distance from the esc key to the Delete key. So what kind of keyboard is narrower than the N810’s? A Palm Centro? Is that what you use to type? Really confused. . . obviously.


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