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Nokia N810 and Maemo Developer Program

N810

Nokia has announced an updated version of their Internet Tablet with the new N810.  This is a huge upgrade to an already solid device and platform.  Highlights of the N810 include:

  • Slide out keyboard
  • Faster CPU, faster boot times
  • Built-in wi-fi and GPS
  • 2 GB internal memory, expandable with Micro-SD cards
  • Built-in Opera browser, email, media player
  • Compatible with Skype, YouTube, Facebook etc
  • Updated Linux Maemo user interface
  • 4 hour battery life
  • 800 x 480 display
  • 5 x 2.83 x 0.55-inches, 7.97 ounces

The N810 looks like a great device and a great open source platform for developers.  Existing Maemo apps for the N800 likely need to be recompiled in order to fully use the new capabilities of the N810, but this should be pretty straightforward. 

Nokia has also announced a limited developer program with pricing for 99€, which makes it a no-brainer for anyone thinking of porting an app to the Maemo platform. This is way more interesting for developers than Palm's since-cancelled Foleo and arguably as good as the iPhone.  Though to be clear: the N810 does not offer cellular connectivity --which is admittedly ironic considering it's from Nokia. 

While I haven't got my hands on a N810 yet, at least on paper this looks like the ultimate in portable internet connectivity and may be powerful enough to leave behind the laptop, at least for use at conferences and meetings away from the office. The N810 will be available in November for a list price of $479.  You can read more about it at the links below.

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