News by Luke Jones on Tuesday November 18, 2014.
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Just a few days ago Nokia said it would no longer make smartphones in an era of the company post Microsoft buyout of the company's devices division. However, the Finnish company did say it would license the Nokia name for other companies to use on products, and the first of those devices arrives today in the surprising form of the Nokia N1 tablet.The fact that this slate is licensed out to a company to use the Nokia name and not built by Nokia says a lot. There is no getting away from the fact that this is an iPad Mini clone to the smallest detail, off from Nokia as it is a company known for being an original trailblazer. So what gives? Nokia has teamed up with Foxconn to build the device, so perhaps the iPad supplier had some components lying around and Nokia thought what the heck. It really is staggering the lengths Nokia has gone to in a bid to make this an iPad Mini clone, which at the end of it will annoy Jony Ive and co, but does mean that we at least get an admittedly good slate. The design is high end and premium, but it apes the iPad Mini almost to a level of pastiche. The N1 comes with an anodized aluminium design, a rear plate that features the same camera, buttons, and headphone jack placement as the iPad, and even the same dual speaker grills at the bottom of the device. Nokia has even had a stab at copying the look of the Lightning connector, but actually this is for a reason and it is a welcome addition. The Nokia N1 is one of the first products with a reversible USB, meaning you can plug it in either way. While the similarities from every angle are uncanny, the Nokia N1 is actually thinner and lighter than Apple's slate. There are some other differences, albeit minor. For example, there are no chamfered edges, no Home Button, and oddly no Apple logo. For some reason Nokia seems to have taken inspiration from Apple wholesale because the company offers the same color options, has a new case that looks suspiciously like the Smart Case, and to top it off the webpage for the N1 looks like Apple's own webpage. Yes, it is hard to move away from the Apple comparisons, which is kind of sad because the N1 should stand on its own as a fantastic tablet. However, even the 2048 x 1536 resolution is the same as the Mini, while other specs include 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. Nokia's N1 also has an 8-megapixel camera at the rear, and a 5-megapixel version at the front. An Apple iPad Mini rip off then, almost certainly, but the Nokia N1 is certainly worth a look. For a start, it comes with Nokia's frankly awesome Z Launcher on board, and in fact is merely a vehicle to push that software.
We started looking around, we just didn't find any good Android tablets out there," says Brook Eaton, director for Nokia's Z Launcher. "We have such a beautiful, simple, and elegant Z Launcher. Why not build a device that is also built on the same principles as being super simple and easy to use and elegant?The Nokia N1 also gets Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, so is one of the first devices to come with the new software. If that was not enough, this good looking, well spec'd. premium tablet will cost just $249 when it arrives in China this month before rolling out to Asia and Europe later.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.