What comes with the nokia n810 and how to replace anything broken or lost

The N810 internet tablet comes with various bits and bobs in its sales package. The exact makeup of the sales package may vary from country to country, but they're usually very similar.

This tutorial is going to take a look at the N810 sales package for the United Kingdom. The point of this tutorial is to help people who've lost or broken something that came with the N810, or are buying one second hand that doesn't come with all the accessories.

[edit] Contents of typical N810 Sales Package

  • Nokia BP-4L Battery: This is very easy to replace, it's the same battery used by the Nokia E61i and E90 smartphones, and should be available from any Nokia dealer. Please please please try to buy the genuine Nokia batteries, not unofficial third party or counterfeit ones, because the unofficial batteries sometimes have a habit of exploding. Sites such as Ebay are NOT a good source of genuine batteries.
  • A Spare Stylus: If you lose both the original stylus (plastic pen) AND the replacement stylus, you have a couple of options. You could use the N810 with your fingers, or you could use the stylus from another device. Bear in mind though that other devices' styli are unlikely to fit neatly into the N810's stylus storage slot.
  • Nokia Charger: VERY easy to replace, this is simply a completely standard Nokia charger sold with all their phones and smartphones. You can use any standard Nokia charger with the N810, as long as it has the 2mm thin round plug used on their current models. If you're travelling in another country, you can use local Nokia chargers.
  • Soft Carrying Case: Thin carrying cases designed for the pocket are still quite hard to get for the N810 as it's such a new model. However, if you don't mind a bit of bulk it's very easy to find thick padded cases that suit it. For example padded cases intended for the Nintendo DS Lite or Sony PSP more or less fit the N810, and can be bought extremely cheaply on eBay.
  • 3.5mm Stereo Headset: These aren't just headphones, they're headphones with a built-in microphone and call control button. They can be used for making private internet calls if you want to keep the tablet in your pocket and just wear the headset. However, you can also use normal 3.5mm (walkman/ipod) headphones if you're willing to speak into the tablet's built-in microphone. If you just want to make calls in private, you can replace it with a wireless Bluetooth headset, which has good enouch sound quality for calls but (at the moment) not good enough for music etc.
  • MicroUSB cable: If you need to replace this, you can use any standard microUSB cable, BUT DO NOT BUY A MINIUSB BY ACCIDENT! MiniUSB cables use a much larger plug than microUSB, so they will not fit into the N810's USB socket. MicroUSBs are a fairly new standard so you will find miniUSB cables are more common at the moment, but that situation will probably change over time. Note that the N800 tablet uses miniUSB, but the N810 uses microUSB.
  • Microfibre Cloth: This is very easily replaced if required, simply go down to your local opticians or glasses shop and buy the kind of cloth you use to clean a pair of glasses. Microfibre cloths are much less likely to scratch a surface than normal cloths, that's why they're recommended for use on delicate things like screens or lenses.
  • Nokia CR-89 Car Holder: Perhaps the trickiest thing to replace, as in theory the N810 can only be fixed to a car using this particular kit and it doesn't seem to be available separately yet. However, you may be able to find a third party universal car holder which can cope with a wide range of devices.

[edit] A word about memory cards on the N810

The UK sales package didn't include one, but the N810 has a miniSD memory card slot so if the 2 gigabytes of on-board storage aren't enough you can add any miniSD card (officially the N810 can use cards up to 8 gigabytes, but unofficially larger cards may work too). MicroSD cards can also be used if you have a miniSD-sized adaptor.

You do NOT need to buy Nokia-brand memory cards, in fact they're usually overpriced so we recommend you avoid them for that reason. The most trusted brand is probably SanDisk, and the best place to buy them is in a reputable electronics store. Try to avoid buying memory cards on eBay, because of the risk of buying counterfeits that stop working after a short while.