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Nokia N810, it’s not a phone, but can I have ten please

At a management training session on Friday I was discussing various GPS devices with the Head of School who has a responsibility for Geography.

After discussing various options, we eliminated the Acer C530 as it comes with routing software, we decided against the Nokia N95 as without a contract it costs too much and with a contract is too much hassle and decided on the Nokia N810 (it’s not a phone you know). So we are going to get ten of these devices and see how they go.

The Nokia N810 which has a wireless capability does come with GPS and mapping software, however does not come with routing software (this is an €99 extra). The Head of School specifically did not want routing software, but wants to use GPS, so the N810 is ideal.

Nokia N810, it\'s not a phone, but can I have ten please

We are also going to subscribe to Digimap which will allow us as a college to utilise digitised ordnance survey maps within the college to design learning scenarios with the Nokia N810. The Nokia N810 does come with maps, but Digimap will allow us to use Ordnance Survey maps to create learning resources to use with the Nokia N810.

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April 6, 2008 Posted by | acer c530, digimap, gps, n810, n95, nokia | Comments Off on Nokia N810, it’s not a phone, but can I have ten please

Glossy in the Blogosphere

The Glossy MoLeNET Blog is very much a project blog, in providing news and views
form the Glossy project. I think it will also be useful when it comes to writing the final report as a diary or journal of the project.

As it is a public blog (purposely so) of course now and again it will be read by others outside the Glossy project institutions and the MoLeNET programme.

Recently a couple of mentions in the Blogosphere have raised the profile of the Glossy blog.

Ryan Collins mentioned Glossy following seeing a link in Twitter.

This is a very interesting project, to utilize mobile devices that students already have. I plan on following their blog and am very interested in their findings.

Read the full blog entry.

Whilst my entry on the Nokia N810 caught the attention of a blog on the Nokia N series of devices.

James Clay over at the Glossy – MoLeNET blog has been testing the N810 as part of the Glossy project that aims to support development of mobile learning at Gloucestershire FE College in the UK (you can read more about it on the blog).

Read that blog entry. What was useful for me about this was the comment on the blog about improving flash video performance on the Nokia N810. For me this is why blogging about the project is useful as there are lots of other people out there that are using these devices and we can learn a lot from them.

March 25, 2008 Posted by | blog, blogosphere, n810, nokia | 1 Comment

Nokia N810 – it’s not a phone!

A week or so back I managed to get my hands on a Nokia N810 as part of our MoLeNET project, one of many mobile devices we have got to support the project. These devices are for two main reasons, firstly from a learner support perspective, if they have them, how do they work and how does our mobile content play on them? Secondly to evaluate them from a college perspective so that if and when we get more mobile devices for our learners we can go with a device we have used, checked and know works. We can also use that information to advise and recommend devices to learners.

So what do I think of the Nokia n810?

Nokia N810 - it's not a phone!

So far I have been quite impressed with the Nokia N810, it is a neat smart device, which works as you expect it to work.

Browsing is good, as are other internet applications. It either uses wi-fi or you use a Bluetooth connection to your phone and use your phone’s 3G data connection. Thing to remember is that it is not a phone!

I found the keyboard though small, much easier and better than any mobile phone keypad for typing in text and the predictive text entry means you can go quite fast.

Haven’t yet tried video on the device as in an actual video file, tried it with an online video, BBC’s iPlayer, and the Flash video playback was very poor, jerky and unwatchable. I am guessing that is a similar reason why Apple have not implemented Flash on the iPhone and the iPod touch – though I have also heard it was more down to PDF reading and implementation!

Battery life is good and much better than a lot of UMPCs out there, so it has that going for it.

The Register has a really detailed and good review of the Nokia n810 on their website.

Nokia’s approach for the N810 is pretty simple: phone screens are too small for decent web browsing, so surely a separate portable device that has a bigger screen and Wi-Fi connectivity is needed for serious portable web access.

Their verdict?

Taken at face value, Nokia’s N810 not a bad box of tricks. For surfing the web, email and as an internet communication device it is a handy little gadget, while the operating system is easy to use, feature rich and robust. The relative abundance of software is another plus. But that lack of a SIM slot does niggle just a bit.

I believe that the Nokia n810 is a great portable internet device for learning and I really like it.

I don’t believe it is suitable as a device to give to learners, for two main reasons, number one it is expensive for what it does, two, it is too “delicate” and “stylish” and I don’t think it is robust enough to be given out to students in the way that a PSP or even an iPod touch could be given out.

Post originally appeared on e-Learning Stuff.

March 17, 2008 Posted by | 3g, flash, gps, n810, nokia, review, wi-fi | 2 Comments