Nokia's N800 Internet Tablet has been many things, but it's not normally a platform for running VMware. Just because nobody does, though, it doesn't mean they couldn't: at the VMworld Europe 2009 expo, the N800 was demonstrated running Google's Android platform in VMware.
Nokia announces its plan to introduce a WiMAX capable N800 Internet tablet by early next year. Intel has a hand in this plan by contributing its “Baxter Peak” WiMAX chip that will be implemented into the device.
According to Sprint, they will launch a Mobile WiMAX-enabled version of the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet in North America starting next year. This is will be one of the few UMPCs to feature support for the 4G network.
Well, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and it does not get old especially in modding and hacking world. iPhone is the hottest thing right now and some modders have developed a utility for the Nokia N800 internet tablet to emulate iPhone virtual keyboard.
For a device so busy courting contrary opinions, it seems a tad strange that Nokia's N800 isn't excitedly boasting all its features. Andrew Barr over at Internet Tablet Talk has discovered a hitherto unknown FM radio secreted inside the device, with no mention of it in any of the documentation Nokia provide nor functionality enabled in the software.
Jonathan Greene promptly got to work putting together instructions for it, together with a link to the necessary download (as you can see in the photo above); he also took the time to shoot a video of it in action (after the cut).
Okay, so it was only earlier on today that I wrote an article on Nokia's N800 internet tablet, but the information comes thick and fast and we're already due for an update. In that post I pondered something a lot of people were asking - can the device handle YouTube streaming video? Well, John Tokash has gone all-out on exploring the limits of the N800's capabilities, and it turns out that when it comes to online videos it's a disappointment.
As you can see, playback is stuttering out at 1 or 2 frames a second, which is painful to watch. Audio is generally unmangled, however. John also looks at the usability and design updates in comparison with the 770, which makes his articles equally interesting to the first-time potential buyer and the upgrade-considerer.
After the rumour and gossip (with no small amount of wishful thinking mixed in) there seems to be a flurry of Nokia N800 information hitting the web. Successor to the admired-but-flawed 770 Web Tablet that both impressed some and was dismissed by others, the N800 continues the theme of a large touchscreen-led device that connects either via WiFi or through your cellphone over a Bluetooth link.
- VGA (640×480) webcam
- Integrated Stand
- 4.13 inch screen (same as the 770)
- Stereo Speakers (770 has mono)
- Microphone has moved to the top.
- Audio jack and mini usb port have moved to the right side.
- Requires mobile phone (with Bluetooth) for cell connection.
- Wifi and Bluetooth
RAM or CPU, a source of some frustration among 770 owners, are reported to be 128MB and 320MHz. The nubbin on the top left hand side is the webcam, which is retractable to prevent it from catching on clothes or braces. Previous information also points to the N800 having dual miniSD slots, although the built-in GPS some were hoping for is conspicuous by its absence.
If you want to see a contentious gadget, take a quick look at Nokia's N800 internet tablet. Some love it - for its easy net surfing, handy size and crisp screen - while others would like to see it burn in a fiery grave. There's no denying that the pre-loaded Opera browser has a mixed track record in terms of stability and performance; now Nokia are giving users an alternative and likely hoping that basing the new browser on Mozilla (i.e. that behind the ever-popular Firefox) will salve a few ills (and ill-wills).
Something tells me that uber-grouch Mike Canestill won't be impressed, but Nokia's Navigation Kit for the N800 internet tablet gets a reasonable write-up by Henry Kingman over at LinuxDevices. The add-on kit brings simple GPS navigation (with what sounds like a streak of humour running through it) to the portable device, including a Bluetooth satellite receiver, in-car mount and a 2GB SD card containing either European or North America maps for the Navicore software.
Nokia's tablet ambitions may see the company slotting a so-called "tweener" device in-between smartphone and the currently available slates, according to Nokia EVP Tero Ojanperä. Speaking at SXSW this week with Rovio CEO Peter Vesterbacka, the Nokia exec suggested that the existing crop of tablets wouldn't be the last word in innovation, and predicted something somewhat larger than a smartphone could find a niche.