Hands On with HAVA Mobile (N810)


While many probably think of me as a Slingbox homer, I’m also a HAVA owner. However, while employed by Sling, you might not have trusted me to objectively cover competitor Monsoon Multimedia – so I largely steered clear. (Like the Slingbox, HAVA boxes ($100 – $250) stream content from a variety of set-top boxes over a local network or beyond via the Internet.)

At CTIA last spring the HAVA team combined two of my favorite geek technologies by bringing placeshifting to Nokia’s N810 WiFi-enabled Internet tablet (<$400). A device that I doubt we’ll see Sling tackle. And while the N810 is a niche product, this software allows HAVA to differentiate themselves (and their mobile clients are free). Plus, they’ve proven they can produce a Linux client – which should open doors to additional mobile and desktop platforms.

As you can see from the pics, the N810 makes for a nice portable television. (Love that integrated kickstand.) I had great results streaming my TiVo Series3 both within and outside of the home – relatively high download rates and consistently decent picture quality… despite HAVA not taking advantage of Nokia’s QVGA resolution when full-screen. HAVA made an interesting design choice when it comes to control – instead of squeezing everything into a lone virtual remote, they provide four different remote screens divvied up by function. The benefit being that buttons are large enough to hit with a finger tip, no stylus needed. It’s a fine idea but, for us DVR owners, they should really find a way to display transport controls on all screens.

Sadly, the N810 is a loaner I’ll be returning. While I recognize the market for this product is limited, I’ve been a fan of Nokia’s Maemo initiative since the 770 days.

4 thoughts on “Hands On with HAVA Mobile (N810)”

  1. Ahh… Nokia tablets. I still have 770 that I got on sale while back, but haven’t used in a year or so because I found internet browsing lacking. Maybe I’ll take a look at the new hardware when it comes out in 2009.

  2. I started using a hosted TV service ( http://parkmytv.com ) that gives me MUCh faster upload speeds ie bandwidth than I can get from home so MUCH better quality video PLUS I don’t bother users at home by switching channels on them. THey are limiting sign-ups but I got in as an early adopter and it works like a charm…

  3. If one wants a HAVA, the HD model can be had now for about 119$. They are really cheap at the moment, I hope they aren’t about to go under.

    DAVE, show us whats on page 1 and 2 of your iphone apps. :-)

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