One of the worst-kept secrets of CTIA is officially official, and we’ll cut right to what’s new with this Internet tablet—and throw in some important details gleaned from an early hands-on briefing. Obviously, support for Mobile WiMAX/Sprint’s Xohm network is why this device exists, so we’ll start there. When you open the connection manager it will sniff for both WiMAX and Wi-Fi devices and list them together so you can connect to your broadband pipe of choice. One minor cosmetic difference is the bump on the back of this N810 to accommodate the WiMAX antenna. It’s noticeable but not a big deal.
A much bigger deal is what you can’t do with Bluetooth. Not only is stereo Bluetooth support missing, you can’t even pair the device with a mono headset. That’s a major buzzkill in our book for an Internet tablet that rocks Skype, but at least you can go the wired route. One definite plus is the addition of Intellisync e-mail, which is nice if you don’t want to get all your messages through a Web client. There’s not much more to say about the N810 until we can test drive it on Mobile WiMAX, which we hope to do shortly. Check back soon.