NCIX.com held its pseudo-Black Friday sale on Wednesday night and after seeing the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet on sale for <$250, I decided to take a look at some reviews. Truth be told, I hadn't strongly considered buying something like it in the past; reading articles about it on sites like Gizmodo or Engadget would incite little more than a "that's cool" reaction. But with a price like this, I started to do some serious reading about the device.
And the internet, with its cunning ways, convinced me that I should purchase one.
The more I read about it, the more enticing it became. The extremely open Linux platform is runs on is well supported and upgrades to the OS are offered by Nokia. The developer community is also quite active with many high quality applications being developed for the Maemo OS, such as Kagu and Canola. The amount of available software is just spectacular. With the N810 having been released recently, the price of the N800 has dropped significantly. However, the N800 won’t be completely obsolete – the new version of Maemo shipping with the N810, OS2008, will be made available to the N800 as well. Since the price of the N810 is about twice that of the N800, I decided to go for the N800. The improved aesthetic appeal, GPS functionality (which I have no intention of using) and keyboard didn’t win be over. At <$250, such a device is worth it - at $500? I can't come close to justifying it. I can't wait to get my hands on it and give it a whirl. You can be sure that I'll write about it after I get a chance to use it and get a feel for the platform. Perhaps it's not such a good time of the year (exams just around the corner) to be buying gadgets.