Nokia may be a company you traditionally associate with phones, but it’s time to change that view of this well loved brands. Their first Android based tablet, the Nokia N1, came out in China at the tail end of 2014 and is still pretty hard to come by in North America, but they’ve already become quite popular among the techies who’ve managed to get their hands on them.
- Z launcher provides speedy interface
- Decent display resolution for most uses
- Lovely exterior design
- No way to increase 32GB of memory and no larger versions
- No cellular version; Wi-Fi only
- It’s extremely hard to get your hands on; the N1 still hasn’t been launched in many countries around the world
The Nokia N1 features a 7.9 inch display, large enough to enjoy watching a show on the road but still quite easy to handle. The physical power button is on the top right of the tablet and the volume keys are on the right side, all within easy reach thanks to this tablet’s compact size. The Nokia N1 also features a 5MP front-facing camera and an 8MP rear-facing camera perfect for making video calls.
This tablet is also only 6.9 mm thick and weighs a mere 318 g, making it incredibly easy to fit in just about any bag. Despite the thinness it features a high quality exterior shell which won’t break easily(although it might not be as durable as your first Nokia phone).
A 2.3GHz Intel Atom processor and Nokia’s own Z launcher—an Android Lollipop overlay that’s actually been available for Android smartphones for quite some time—work together to make the Nokia N1 fast and easy to use.
The Z launcher is actually a pretty incredible addition. It enables you to call up apps and documents you need by scribbling individual letters on the screen and it can actually adapt to where you are and what you’re doing to make sure you find what you need. It also changes your home menu based on where you are, what time of day it is and how frequently you use specific apps. And if you decide you don’t like it you can always disable it and go back to the regular Android experience.
The Nokia N1 comes with 32GB of storage. Unlike many other tablets it doesn’t come with an expandable memory option, but this shouldn’t be an issue for most users.
One of the coolest features of the Nokia N1 is a special Micro-USB port which allows you to plug in the charging cable either way around. This might not seem like a big deal at first, but it means significantly less time fiddling around with cords.
All in all this is potentially the best Android tablet so far, and with the retail value being well under $200, the Nokia N1 is quite worth the investment. Of course, all of this is if you can actually get your hands on one.