Last update: 19 January 2010
Review by LaptopMag
Nokia has shipped the new Nokia N900 Maemo 5-powered touchscreen. The N900 features a 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen display, a 5.0 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, and 32GB of internal storage.
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Nokia N900 Reviews
LaptopMag reviews the Nokia N900 and writes;
“The N900 is sort of an odd creature. Owing to its Internet tablet heritage, it’s more like a MID that makes calls than a smart phone. The Maemo 5 operating system is unique (if somewhat challenging), and this device has all the right stuff under the hood….”
Video unboxing of Nokia N900 “Hackerbox” PR pack by Tracyandmatt
CNET reviews the Nokia N900 and writes;
“The bottom line: While it has yet to reach its full potential, the Nokia N900 is a powerful mobile device with excellent browsing capabilities and vast customization options. However, its unintuitive interface and other limitations make this a smartphone for tech enthusiasts and early adopters only.”
Pocket Lint reviews the Nokia N900 and writes;
“The N900 operating system gives you several layers. The top layer is a neat desktop which slides from side-to-side, giving you effectively four pages to customize. These can be filled with shortcuts, bookmarks, contacts and various widgets. So you get the usual offering of weather, Ovi shortcuts, media player, RSS and calendar widgets, with a neat mapping “where am I?” widget. They are live and seem to run well enough”
Video review of Nokia N900 by stuff magazine
PhoneArena reviews the Nokia N900 and writes;
“The 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss Tessar optics and double LED flash is on the back and covered with a small, sliding flap. The stand to prop up the device located next to the camera module (just like on the N86 8MP) makes for an interesting extra feature, although it’s of much smaller size than the jamb the N800 and N810 sport”
Brighthand previews the Nokia N900 and writes;
“The N900 will have a WVGA screen and a landscape-oriented sliding keyboard, like most of its predecessors. However, this Touchscreen will be considerably smaller: 3.5 inches vs. 4.1 inches. The reason for this is obvious: the N810 was a somewhat large device, larger than most people want to hold up to the ear to make a phone call. So Nokia had to shrink the new version a bit.”
ubergizmo reviews the Nokia N900 and writes;
“The WVGA (800×480) touch display is superb and it is surprisingly accurate (it uses resistive technology, so you can use your nails), it’s practical to put the cursor wherever I want. Despite its resistive technology, it is very reactive and doesn’t require a lot of pressure to operate.”
Cellphoneanswers reviews the Nokia N900 and writes;
“The operating system that should govern is called Maemo, while browsing the network is guaranteed by the protocol HSDPA and WiFi. The internal memory of 32 MB is expandable through microSD cards. Among other features bear a OMAP 3430 processor at 500 MHz, 1 GB of RAM, GPS and accelerometer.”
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Video first impression of the Nokia N900
Nokia N900 User Manual (PDF)
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Nokia N900 Specifications
# Up to 32 GB internal storage
# Total available application memory up to 1 GB (256 MB RAM, 768 MB virtual memory)
# Supported protocols: Mail for Exchange, IMAP, POP3, SMTP
# SMS and instant messages organized as conversations
# Support for Nokia Messaging service
# Instant messaging and Presence-enhanced contacts
# Multiple number, email and Instant Messaging details per contact, contacts with images
# Integrated hands-free stereo speakers
# Logging of dialed, received and missed calls
# Speed dialing via contact widget
# Ring tones: .wav, .mp3, .AAC, .eAAC, .wma
# Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g) with WEP, WPA, WPA2 security; designed for continuous TCP/IP connectivity
# Capability to serve as data modem via USB connection
# Music playback file formats: .mp3, .wma, .aac, .m4a, .wav
# Video playback file formats: .mp4, .avi, .wmv, .3gp; codecs: H.264, MPEG-4, Xvid, WMV, H.263
# Video streaming: H.264, MPEG-4, Xvid, WMV, H.263 in .avi, .mp4, .wmv, .asf and .3gp containers
# TV out (NTSC/PAL) with Nokia Video Connectivity Cable (CA-75U, included)
# FM radio (requires headset to be attached) and FM transmitter
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Nokia N900 Press Release
Maemo 5 injects speed and power into mobile computing
The new Nokia N900: Computer-grade performance in a handset
Espoo, Finland – August 27, 2009 -Nokia today marked the next phase in the evolution of Maemo software with the new Nokia N900. Taking its cues from the world of desktop computing, the open source, Linux-based Maemo software delivers a PC-like experience on a handset-sized device.
The Nokia N900 has evolved from Nokia’s previous generation of Internet Tablets and broadens the choice for technology enthusiasts who appreciate the ability to multitask and browse the internet like they would on their desktop computer.
Running on the new Maemo 5 software, the Nokia N900 empowers users to have dozens of application windows open and running simultaneously while taking full advantage of the cellular features, touch screen and QWERTY keyboard.
“With Linux software, Mozilla-based browser technology and now also with cellular connectivity, the Nokia N900 delivers a powerful mobile experience,” says Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President, Markets, Nokia. “The Nokia N900 shows where we are going with Maemo and we’ll continue to work with the community to push the software forward. What we have with Maemo is something that is fusing the power of the computer, the internet and the mobile phone, and it is great to see that it is evolving in exciting ways.”
Designed for computer-grade performance in a compact size, Maemo complements Nokia’s other software platforms, such as Symbian, which powers Nokia’s smartphones.
“Just as Nokia continues to expand and diversify its device portfolio, so it is deploying multiple platforms to allow it to serve different purposes and address different markets. While we have seen continued growth in Symbian as a smartphone platform, Maemo enables Nokia to deliver new mobile computing experiences based on open-source technology that has strong ties with desktop platforms,” says Jonathan Arber, Senior Research Analyst in Consumer Mobile at IDC.
More multitasking with Maemo
The Nokia N900 packs a powerful ARM Cortex-A8 processor, up to 1GB of application memory and OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration. The result is PC-like multitasking, allowing many applications to run simultaneously. Switching between applications is simple, as all running content is constantly available through the dashboard. The panoramic homescreen can be fully personalized with favorite shortcuts, widgets and applications.
To make web browsing more enjoyable, the Nokia N900 features a high-resolution WVGA touch screen and fast internet connectivity with 10/2 HSPA and WLAN. Thanks to the browser powered by Mozilla technology, websites look the way they would on any computer. Online videos and interactive applications are vivid with full Adobe Flash(TM) 9.4 support. Maemo software updates happen automatically over the internet.
Messaging on the N900 is easy and convenient thanks to the full physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Setting up email happens with only a few touches and the Nokia Messaging service mobilizes up to 10 personal email accounts. Text message or IM exchanges with friends are shown in one view and all conversations are organized as separate windows.
The Nokia N900 has 32GB of storage, which is expandable up to 48GB via a microSD card. For photography, the Maemo software and the N900 come with a new tag cloud user interface that will help users get the most out of the 5MP camera and Carl Zeiss optics.
The Nokia N900 will be available in select markets from October 2009 with an estimated retail price of EUR 500 excluding sales taxes and subsidies. The Nokia N900 will be displayed at Nokia World, Stuttgart, on September 2. More information on Maemo is available at http://maemo.nokia.com.
Nokia is a pioneer in mobile telecommunications and the world’s leading maker of mobile devices. Today, we are connecting people in new and different ways – fusing advanced mobile technology with personalized services to enable people to stay close to what matters to them. We also provide comprehensive digital map information through NAVTEQ; and equipment, solutions and services for communications networks through Nokia Siemens Networks.