Last summer my N810 was stolen during a library visit. Since I praised Nokia when it first released the Internet Tablet for ruthlessly paring away the inessentials — the 770′s absence of a phone, hard drive and keyboard stunned most mobile-device observers — I didn’t replace it, but instead relied solely on my N800′s* for my tablet needs.
Besides I already had a Bluetooth keyboard and GPS. I didn’t have to have the newer Internet Tablet if I wanted those features.
Then last Thursday, I ordered an N810 from Buy.com, paying $227.86** for the little treasure that arrived this morning. (It’s sitting next to me on the computer desk, charging now.)
I’ve been pondering that. Maybe subconsciously I think I’ll use the built-in GPS (even though I rarely use the external GPS I own). I don’t really type faster with the N810′s slide-out keyboard, though I know having it simplifies using some programs. Does losing display real estate to an on-screen keyboard interfere with my thinking processes more than I’ve been aware? Could be. I know that my tap-drags to get an upper-case letter succeeds only about 60-80 percent of the time, so entering some characters is way slower than is good***.
And, trivial as they may seem, I know I’ve missed the screen-lock button and the cover-that-doesn’t-fall-off.
These are little things, and I’m struggling to find any bigger reasons for using an N810 instead of an N800. OK, “little things mean a lot,” but two hundred-plus dollars’ worth?
Still, I’m content with my purchase. Something in me knows this is a good deal, even if I can’t consciously say why. Even though logic says to preserve my cash for some forthcoming, more dazzling new tablet. Not sure why, but definitely sure it’s a good thing.
Like I said, I’m content. And that’s a good measure.
* Um, yes, I’ve acquired three used N800′s, intending to gift them to family in California, Texas and Georgia, but I’m like Scrooge McDuck in his private vault when I’m cooing over my tablets and I can’t seem to let them go . . .
** Including taxes, shipping and handling
*** Years ago, IBM released a study showing that any interruption in typing that was longer than a tenth of a second drastically reduced your efficiency.