Life with the Nokia N800, Day 1. Out of the box the N800 required very little tweaking to setup.One thing I will need to mention to WOM is that it didn’t have the corrected charger in the box, which is no problem as it takes the same charger as the N95. The connectivity applet quickly found my wireless network and prompted me to enter the WPA key. This was the first test of usability, I entered the wrong key to see what loop it got into and see how easily it was to correct it.
The N800 kept just saying authentication error and asked if I’d like to try again. It gave two options try again or cancel, no option to check settings. So it got caught in this loop, try again, fail, try again, ok cancel. To fix the incorrect WPA key I had to simply go into the control panel, connectivity and then edit the settings which took no time at all. So it was no easier or harder than other devices for setting up the wireless networking.
However, it doesn’t playing nicely with my Orange broadband router, it takes a while to load pages for the first time and sometimes just fails totally. I’m not the first to encounter problems with WPA protected networks infosync did too.
However, when it did play nice it loaded quickly and even worked with ajax pages such as google calendar. I was able to log into gmail, reader all without problems and the browser was quick, showed a real PC style browsing experience, nothing cut down or sqweezered here.
Having had a play with the browser I had a look around within the menu structure to see what was there and the answer ,isn’t a great deal which is great. This is a device that focuses on connectivity and mobility i.e. getting online quickly and from anywhere. There are a four games, chess was one of them, which was nice, I haven’t played chess since Uni so lost badly and very quickly.
The little demo applet on the home screen prompted me to try skype which I did. I required a download which took no time at all and was installed within seconds. Entering my password via the on-screen keyboard took no time and I was quickly online, I did a test call and it worked great.
The text entry system needs a little bit more practice, but I’d really like to try it with a bluetooth keyboard. I think I might bite the bullet and just order one from Expansys now as it’ll work with my N95 too. I think it’d provide a great mobile email and blogging solution with the keyboard.
The next thing I did was connect it via bluetooth to my N95. I have an unlimited data plan with my Orange contract (long story) so not worried about the data use. It connected first time and was exceptionally quick at loading pages, it appeared faster than my wireless network (the WPA key problem having an impact maybe?). So I was well impressed with that method of getting connected, it was fast, easy and required very little setup.
So that was Day 1, tomorrow will be day 2, and these are some of the things I intend to try over the coming days, connecting to a public hotspot, making an international call via Skype, checking my email, a bit of blogging, tuning into my music and maybe watching an episode of Spooks via Orb. Now if you’d like me to try something out (within reason) then drop me an email; dr dot rob dot evans at gmail dot com.
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