Nokia unveil the N1, their first Android Powered Tablet!

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If you were wondering what Nokia were up to now that their entire phone division is now part of Microsoft with Microsoft Mobile, and that they only really have less known solutions left? Well, whilst the Nokia that’s left has kept rather quiet since the deal, they’ve randomly decided to unveil a very iPad mini inspired Android tablet.

The tablet has been created in partnership with Chinese manufacturing company Foxconn, which is likely why it’s very difficult to see any Nokia presence around the device, and why it’s going to go on sale for a rather attractive price. But, the big question is though, what do you get for that price?

Nokia N1 Android Tablet

The quick answer? A surprisingly decent Android tablet. Not only will the Nokia N1 come straight out of the box with the latest version of Android 5.0 Lollipop (with Nokia Z skin), but it’s also packed to the guilds, from a decent Quad-Core Processor from Intel, to decent RAM and more! Whilst you’d expect short comings to come from the materials used, Nokia have surprised again by providing a rather decent aluminium body with Gorilla-Glass up front.

The display on the Nokia N1 follows suit with the recently announced Nexus 9 tablet, in that it takes the iPad route using a 4:3 aspect-ratio display, which, as we mentioned in our Nexus 9 coverage, is both good and bad in many regards. The display itself is a decent resolution 7.9inch affair (resolution not confirmed) with IPS technology to improve on those viewing angles.

FIRST RETAIL DEVICE WITH REVERSIBLE USB PORT
Nokia N1 bottom
Nokia N1 Tablet with the new reversible USB port.

One interesting feature found on the N1 also reminds us of the iPad, is the choice of charge and sync options at the bottom. When Apple replaced their 30-pin connector with Lightning with the iPhone 5 onwards, one of the biggest plus’ was that, yes it was smaller but, it was reversible, plus that thing in either way it’ll just work. With the Nokia N1, Nokia have gone for the same approach with USB by being one of the first to adopt the USB Type-C standard.

USB Type-C has a ton of advantages by itself other than the reversible functionality, including the ability to perform (speed/data speeds) identically than the current most used Type-A standard ports you’re likely using daily with your Desktop or Notebooks. In essence, the same speed and power of USB3 compressed to the size of microUSB, then made reversible for added convenience.

WHO’S IT FOR???

The big question surrounding the Nokia N1 Tablet of course, is who would buy it? Whilst the price of $249USD is rather good for a tablet of it’s kind, that’s iPad mini price territory now! Whilst tablet sales may have slowed recently, the competition sure hasn’t. Of course that’s great for us consumers as we’ve got the choice, but it does of course mean we’re much more critical on any uncertainties, of which we’ve a fair few with the N1.

If you’re looking for a decently powered Android tablet, maybe switching from an iPad or even if this would be your first tablet, we’d certainly recommend it for you, but with the Nexus 9 coming to Stores really soon, it’s really hard not to suggest to wait for that more for that more simpler pure Android experience.

TECH SPECS
  • 2.3GHz Quad-Core Intel Atom Processor with PowerVR Graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 7.9inch display
  • 32GB (fixed) storage for either “Lava Grey” or “Natural Aluminum” options
  • 8MP Rear / 5MP Front Camera(s)
  • 802.11AC WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0LE
  • Google Android 5.0 Lollipop with Nokia Z Launcher

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