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I have had loads of phones over the years from the origonal motorola flip to slider touchscreen and so on
and they all without exception have pro,s and con,s,recently had an i phone 4 and im aware that they are very popular but expensive in reality.
so i decided to treat myself myself to the nokia n900 smartphone just before christmas sim free,I was amazed at the design first of all with its slide out keyboard and brilliant graphics it is a pretty thing,i also noticed thats its somewhat bulky in your hand but i like that although some wont it feels very well made and of high quality.
It came with the usual headphones,tv leads chargers and usb cables,ok so time to charge her up and see whats what,its more than a mobile phone its a very powerful small computer with mobile phone capabilities,the best parts are firstly the storage which is a whopping 32 gigabytes,i also enhanced this with the purchase of a 16g micro sd card so 48g in total,also you can customise it to whatever you like with loads of ringtones wallpapers and themes already installed.
It also came with an app catalogue with loads ready for download which will keep you busy and is really easy to do,one thing that the n900 does not support is multi media messaging which is somewhat bizarre there is however an app for this available online but its not that easy to install and run its called fmms and can be found at maemo.org.
the other thing is this is the only phone anywhere that runs maemo software as opposed to the usual symbian that most nokia,s run,in my opinion its all the better for that with very fast and slick multi tasking capabilities i really cannot fault it in this area,the touch screen itself comes with a stylus to use which is easier than using your finger.
On the move i found it brillant i had to take a long bus journey because of weather conditions in december and i decided to tether my n900 to my laptop using the usb lead,i was surfing the internet on my journey at very near broadband speeds,i also used it when we had a 2 hour powercut and it was faultless.
it also has wifi,infared although i havent used these im told the phone can be used as a remote control by downloading an app but its not something i need or appeals too me, the camera at 5mp has all the options you could want and takes better than average pics and also hd video editing is onboard but i havent really made any video,s of not yet.
On a slight downside if all you do is make calls and text this probably is not the phone for you,its seems
its aimed at the tech freaks more than the average mobile user.the other thing is its a couple of years old now but if you think they were £600 then and you can get a new one for around £250 i think its a bargain and superior to an i phone.
i also found getting used to it took longer than other phones due to the bewildering options.
one thing for sure you wont get bored i really recommend it.
I have had my Nokia for over a year now and do not love it any less than i did when I first got it! The look and the feel of the phone are both amazing, described as a "mini computer" people may be put off with the thought that it is difficult to use, but i can assure everybody it is very simple to use. The qwerty keyboard is also an essential as both texts and email can be sent easily and quickly, especially for those who do not like the touch screen. I think this is the huge feature that makes it so much better than the iPhone, not everybody wants to be using touch screen full time as its simply not practical! The layout of texts is also helpful as you can always read the full conversation. This phone is brilliant for browsing the web and also for things like social networking sights i.e facebook, its just like being on your own laptop, without the hassle of carrying it around! With 32gb memory, you can store soo much on one thing and the camera/video quality is perfect. This saves you carry around a laptop, an ipod, a camera etc, everything is rolled into one, so you can excuse the somewhat bulky style of this phone! Would definitely recommend it to anyone of any age!
I was eagerly awaiting the nokia n900 as I used to own the previously released nokia n97. When I finally received one I was nothing short of impressed. Straight away I could feel the benfits of the new linux based operating system that the nokia n900 uses. A huge improvement from the older symbian operating system which always seemed to be the achilles heel for previous nokia N-series smartphones. This new operating system combined with a new, more powerful phone specification results in a whole new impressive user experience. It takes a little while to get used to, but once your familiar with all the basic functions you will dicover a whole world of powerful and exiting features with a huge range of software and apps that you can download. Nokia have also left the phone unrestricted so you can do what you want to the phone. This is not recommended for novice users but for nerds like me its great because you can do things like installing a whole new operating system and overclocking the phone's CPU to make it faster! How cool is that?! Overall I beleive nokia have finally cracked it and have produced the ultimate N-series smartphone.
When i first got the phone, I felt that it was quite bulky. I didn't think it was all that user friendly at all. But after using it for about a month, the Nokia N900 is starting to grow on me. The more i use it the more features i discovered. I just love how much control it gives you that I'm beginning to think i might have purchased a mini PC instead of a phone.
First off, this machine is a multi-tasking monster. It was born to do just that!
A 600 MHz ARM Cortex - A8 microprocessor with 256MB dedicated high end RAM (Didn't computers use to come with this much RAM?) running multiple apps on this device is such a breeze sometimes you just can't believe it's a phone! You could be running 6 different apps and barely notice any lags.
The touch screen is also very responsive and you can expect it to react almost immediately to any poke or sliding of the screen. This phone also comes with multi-screen function where you can setup up to 4 different home screens, each fully customizable.
The internal memory that came with the phone is a whooping 32GB and if this is not enough for you, there is a micro-SD slot for you to add more space.
Browsing with the N900 is a real pleasure. It comes with the Maemo browser which features built-in Flash support (Most other smartphones are using Flash Lite support but the N900 comes with full Adobe Flash 9.4 support), full AJAX support, a password manager, automatic form filling, and download manager. You can also save a web link on your home screen - kinda like saving a web link on your PC desktop.
The phone's screen displays webpages at a resolution of 800 x 480 pixel and a 267 ppi(pixel per inch) making every page looking crisp, sharp and clear.
The QWERTY keyboard that come with the phone really enhances the web browsing experience greatly. Apart from the obvious convenience, the matted texture on the keys has a nice feeling to it when typing unlike most other glossy buttons on most other phones.
The N900 has a Contacts app which serves to consolidate all your social networking, VOIP and instant messenger all in one place. It also arranges your SMS messages into a chat format.
But the most beautiful thing about the N900 is it's open source platform and the amount of control and freedom this immediate gives you. There are tons and tons of applications out there and best of all they are FREE! Installing and upgrading applications is also a piece of cake.
On top of that, it is also possible to overclock the N900. Yes you heard me right....overclocking your phone. Just google it and you will find alot of guides out there to do this. A friend of mine told me it is possible to tweak the voltage of the phone so that it uses less power during idle time which increases the battery lifespan. i haven't tried it myself so I can't comment on it but google might have the answer.
The only problem with this powerhouse phone as you might have already guessed.....the battery life. On average, while doing activities like surfing the net, chatting via IM, listening to songs, taking pictures, a fully
charged battery would last about 7 to 8 hours.
Well what can i say, this phone for me in particular is way ahead of its time! infact i would go as far as saying that this is more like a mini laptop rather than a phone :)
The way it handles internet browsing is outstanding! It has 256mb of Ram ( i remember when computers used to have this!) a whopping 32gb of internal memory! which you can adapt to 48gb using a 16gb miro sd card. I love using the internet on this phone as it is exactly like using the internet on my laptop! You can access wifi which makes the internet a whole lot faster. You can download music, watch videos, use facebook like real facebook rather than the mobile version! the list is endless! All the websites are exactly the same as a normal computer, this is thanks the the firefox browser, and you can have lots of different windows open at the same time, which is great for multi tasking! There is also a button you can press to zoom into the websites, as you can imagine the size of the screen is tiny compared to a pc, so this option is absolutely great! The little stylus that fits perfect in the phone is great for clicking on different links on the websites and works great with the phones actual touch screen.
Emailing is super easy as you just simply use your email account ie. Aol, Hotmail etc and then everytime you get an email your phone alerts you! This does get quite annoying for me as i do get a ton of junk mail! the qwerty keyboard also enable you to send emails much easier and faster.
There is so much you can download for this phone i recently downloaded panarama for my camera and it is absolutely brilliant! The camera itself is very impressive it hosts a 5mp lens, which doesn't sound like much but the picture quality is truely extraordinary! You can also video capture on this phone, the picture quality is not same as the snap shots, but is really good all the same.
For a business and work from home phone this phone is an absloute must you can download apps for reading Microsoft offiice documents and also PDF's it works out extremeley ideal for people who are always on the go. It even holds a notes section to even take notes while on the go, i honestly think the things you can do with this phone is endless.
It also hosts a version of Ovi Maps, unfotunately and disappointingly it does not host a turn by turn navigation which means if you take a wrong turn it does not try to recalculate your route, which can be very frustrating at times. Hopefully though they will be bringing out a turn by turn navigation very soon.
As a phone it works perfectly the sound is very clear and text messaging is so mush easier with the slide out qwerty keyboard, i do not think i will ever revert back to normal number keypad!
It is fair to say that i have not used this phone to its true potential as there is soo much it can do that nearly everyday i come across something new.
The only disappointment i have with the phone is there is not many apps you can download but from judging by the nokia website this is soon to turn around!
Also catching Louis Walsh with one on the X Factor it is fair to say that this phone is completely extraordinary and a very definate alternative to the Iphone.
The Nokia N900 is Nokia's first phone running its new Maemo operating system (shortly to be rebranded Meego after starting a collaboration with Intel).
The N900 feels solid and has a 800x400 resistive touch screen, wifi and GPS. Because the screen is resistive it requires a more pressure than some other phones but allows the use of a simple stylus for doing precise things (like drawing).
The phone has a slide out physical keyboard. Now that I've owned a phone with a hardware keyboard, I'd be loathe to go back to using a virtual one. The physical keys give feedback which seems to make typing e-mails etc. much faster.
Some more specs about the phone: It comes with 256Mb RAM and 32Gb
of internal storage (with a slot for a microSD card that can add another 32Gb).
The phone has two cameras; a 5MP camera for photos/videos and a low-res front camera for video chat. It's processor is based on an ARM Cortex-A8 which feels fast and responsive.
The browser is based on the rendering engine used by Firefox (Gecko) so the phone renders webpages just like your desktop computer (aside from the lower screen resolution).
The Maemo operating system is based on Linux and there is a community creating free software for the phone (at maemo.org) but there are fewer commercial apps for the phone than are available for the iPhone/Android. Maemo is very slick, allowing multiple screens of icons (analogous to the Desktop on your PC) that can be swiped between as well as a "start menu" type user interface that allows access to all the installed software.
Maemo is currently more aimed at power users (the interface described above seems to confuse people who aren't familiar with PCs). Power users will be in their element: You can multi-task between multiple apps and you have root access to your phone out of the box (so you don't need to jail-break it). It even has an X-terminal out of the box to make hardcore Linux users feel right at home. I've set my phone up to automatically record all incoming/outgoing calls and if I text it to say it has been stolen it will periodically report its GPS position to the phone I texted it from and if anyone starts to use it, it will email me a photo from the front camera. It's these sort of geeky touches that have really made the phone for me.
It comes with a version of Ovi Maps but it doesn't include voice navigation so in order to use it as a sat nav. I've bought some 3rd party software (Sygic Mobile Maps 10) which I'm very happy with.
Finally, I should mention using it as a phone! It works fine, it has a simple no-frills interface: Phone calls and text messaging are just another app. In fact text messages are integrated into the Conversations app which allows handles instant messaging so your conversations with your contacts are all together whether you use GoogleTalk, MSN, (any of the other IM protocols it supports) or Text. It also comes with an inbuilt Skype client so that (when on wifi) you can make free video calls to Skype users.
Luckly Nokia has given this phone to me to test for them. I have always had Nokia Phones, the latest was the E71, which was great.
The Phone is amazing compared to their other phones, it's made very well and it's very solid. The fold-out keyboard is very good, it's response and the keys feel very solid too there's just enough room for you to type comfortably. The Phones camera is pretty good - 5 mega pixel and the video is good.
The OS is Maemo Software which is linux based and very easy to use. Its very fast, 1GB ram inside, you can have lots of applications running and it still fells quick. At the moment the Applications that are available via OVi and Mameo is quite minimal, but it's early stages. There is however a way to get the apps that are being developed which brings the list to a huge list - around 600 different things.
The different home screens, are useful, even through you might not think so - I thought that too, but I use them all the time have got different shortcuts on different screens - one dedicated to email,messaging etc.
The web browser is the best browser, that's becuase it has full flash support, Version 9 and Version 10 later - it can open web pages that rely on flash and java easily. It also has a huge memory with 32GB built in and around 3GB for applications, expandable via a memory card.
The touch screen is very responsive, works just as you would want it to, the stylus is very good and very useful for the web and applications.
Overall the Phone is amazing and well worth it - a definite alternative to the iPhone.
The N900 is by far one of the most advanced handheld gadgets Nokia has created. It boasts a 32GB memory plus a 1GB of application memory, making it one of the most powerful mobile gadgets on the market. Despite its somewhat bulky size, the N900 delivers in a number of other ways, one of which is the Linux operating system which it runs on, allowing you to open and run multiple applications simultaneously. This phone also has Flash capability which means you could open a web page in the same way it looks and acts on a PC,something the iphone has not delivered on. Its not only for a tech savvy person-the N900s touch screen means making and managing calls is very easy and it has one of the most responsive touch pads I have come across. Also with its ability to synchronize contacts from facebook or other networking sites, you will be saved the hassle of inputting each and every contact and their details separately.
The downside of the N900 is its bulkiness and is a bit tricky to use as it is not the normal layout and usability, which means loyal Nokia fans might find it just as tough as a new user. Due to the vast number of applications, Nokia has not included a booklet on each and every aspect of the phone, which means the user will have to play around and experiment with it-something which orderly Nokia users would probably find annoying.
The QWERTY keyboard is very responsive and useful, but may need a bit of getting used to as the spacebar and some other keys are not located in the usual positions as in a PC or laptop. While the N900 was introduced as the iphone killer, despite its ability to handle applications similar to those of the iphone, the app catalogue doesn't have as much variety as for the iphone.
Overall, the pros far outweigh the cons and it sure is an iphone killer.
This is the baby of the 'Mobile Internet Tablet' line by Nokia with added mobile phone functions, and comes with the new Maemo 5 platform fully installed. I started using the tablet in January along with the new Blackberry Bold (my previous devices were the so-very-stable Nokia E71 the disappointing Blackberry storm); one cannot find the slightest fault in both its functionality and design. Each and every 'software update' made the N900 more powerful and user-friendly than ever.
Functional inputs can be made either by pressing directly onto the 3.5 inch resistive touchscreen, using the 'stylus' (a little plastic rod similar to the DSi ones) or by using the slide out full QWERTY keyboard. The N900 is capable of displaying up to 16 million colors, showing every pleasing colour imaginable and bright, sharp images. Multi-tasking is definitely not a problem, one can load some youtube clips, play games, listen to music all at once easily enough.
Some features I personally found very useful/ interesting:
-Mozilla-based web browser called MicroB (Adobe Flash Player 9.4 and FireFox supported)
-Autonomous GPS with optional A-GPS functionality +Free Ovi Maps
-Supports video-chat for Google Talk & Skype
-Amazing 3D gaming experience makes full use of the 3-axis accelerometer
-32 GB eMMC and 256 MB NAND non-removable storage w/ microSDHC card socket which supports up to 16 GB of additional storage
-'Push' Email generally good (slight lagging when compared to BlackBerry)
-Connectivity (Wifi, WLAN, 3.5G, Bluetooth, FM, IR... You name it)
-eBook capability (only Emma by Jane Austen at the moment)
However (and this is a BIG however), the N900 is relatively heavy, mine is about 183g and the keyboard layout isn't quite as good as the BlackBerrys or even the E71, but one could get used to just as well. Another thing is since Maemo 5 is new there is a lack of 3rd party apps available, the number should grow but at the moment it is no where near the ocean of symbian apps. Battery life is always a problem with powerful devices and this is no exception, a full charge might last between 6hrs to a day at most depending on how heavy your use is. A final note is that Nokia has confirmed there will be no MeeGo upgrade for N900 (MeeGo operating system is available but it is not officially supported by Nokia), while it should not bother the average user and one would find it hard to be disappointed with this truly powerful device, you might miss the chance to be in the bloody front line of the techie war. ;)
I have had my Nokia N900 for over 4 months now since it came out and I can safely say I have mixed feelings about this phone, or as Nokia like to call it, a "mobile computer".
Talking about the built in features:
Web Browser - Very fast, with built in flash, best mobile browser I've seen.
Communications - The talk feature works like any other phone, however the texting and Instant Messaging has been implemented really well, meaning you can communicate with somebody through many different networks through one window.
Performance - N900 By far is the most powerful handheld device I've seen, I managed to run 40 applications varying from video, music, games, gps, all at once and the phone did not show any fatigue.
Navigation - The built in ovi maps application is currently poor, it doesn't run at good speeds and has a problem with mapping routes, however third party community navigation apps work really well.
About the phones diversification:
First of all I was misled into thinking this would be an easy to use device, such as an apple iphone which I has previously had. For e.g. on the iphone I would open the appstore find and app and do a one click download; However on the Nokia N900 it is not as simple as the phone is "open source". You have to go through many small procedures, like adding repositories. This is a good and a bad thing. If you are a simple user and like to just get up and running with a phone, this phone is not for you. However with time, patience and some knowledge in this area the N900 is a far greater device than any other.
Within 2 weeks of me reading tutorials and getting to know how the phone works I had all my old retro console games working and innovative useful apps and even now the open source developers are coming out with new and exciting features for this phone. This is all because the phone relies on community development. It means that applications and features for the phone can be unordinary and tailored to your liking. Also applications can be made which would not usually be allowed on other handsets. Community development also means applications are released at any time, and the quality of them can be inconsistent.
My final rating for this device would be 4.5/5.
Loosing 0.5 only because it is not a simple phone to use.
Nokia prefer the N900 to be called a mobile computer rather than mobile phone. This is in part because it is a lot closer in functionality to a computer than the average phone, but also because the phone functions it does have are slightly more basic than you may expect at this price. It is quite large and thicker than I would like, but packs a lot of features in.
I have owned the N900 for a few months now, as a replacement for it's predecessor, the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet. As a tablet/mobile computer it is a great little device. The high resolution screen is clear and very responsive to touch input, and the slide out keyboard makes text input much quicker even if it is a little cramped. The browser which is based on Firefox code is probably the best you will currently find on this size of device, it can cope with pretty much any page displaying it as it would look on a desktop PC. It also runs Flash so you don't miss out on all the web content that requires it these days.
There are plenty of other apps available, almost all of them free. Nokia's Ovi Store should offer paid apps although at present none seem to be available. Due to the operating system being mostly open source, there are a lot of development opportunities, and some people are even working on running alternative operating systems like Android on the N900.
On the phone side you have a decent contacts function and nice sms conversation display, but no mms (picture messages) unless you download a 3rd party app. There is also a problem where the phone dialler does not handle certain codes you may want to enter to check your balance for example, although this is due to be fixed in a future update.
Overall this is a great device for the more tech savvy consumer who wants to be able to access the internet anywhere, and prefers their phone to be like a computer.
I have had this phone for less than a week. I chose it after looking over the specs online and comparing alternatives. For the last five or six years i have been faithful to Sony Ericsson and i feared moving to another brand as i did not want to have to learn a new operating system (you get used to what you know). When my phone came up for renewal i looked long and hard, and i wanted one with more features than i could find on an ericsson (of the options i had).
Other people hav reviewed the detailed specs (thanks) and they are easily checked out so i would just like to mentions the things i like and dislike about the phone so far.
The build quality is very nice, it feels like it is solid.
Screen is a good size, and shows a good clear image. Default text size can be increased, so you can read pages even with crappy eyes like mine.
WiFI - this is brilliant. connection was reasonably simple, and once online you unleash the true power of this machine. It connects to my media server, and so can stream audio, video and pictures from my network easily.
The TV out will be useful i am sure
i discovered that with the KMPlayer app and the tv playlist you can get access to loads of TV channels where you can download programms to watch when you dont have internet access! these sorts of things can keep you entertained when stuck in airports and stations etc.
Multitasking is great, it runs smoothly.
slide out keyboard is god but small, and you can choose to use an onscreen keyboard instead if you like.
creating shortcuts on the desktop are usefull if not essential.
there is an FM transmitter to send music straight to your car radio! have not tried it out yet, but seems good in theory.
32Gb HDD is great, loads of room for your files and music etc. Connects as a mass storage device to your pc easily.
little bit on the heavy side
Rather large, though for the stuff it does i dont see it as to mush of a bad point.
Not an awful lot of apps out at the moment, but i am sure the numbers will increase with time.
my biggest dislike with the phone is the phone! Thats right, to use as a normal phone seems a bit over complicated, and you need to press several keys in order to actually dial out. I will get used to this i am sure, but at the end of the day it is a computer first and a phone second.
The manual was a bit on the slim side, though there is one on the phone i have yet to use.
I did get a piece in the box that pligs into the charger socket, and has a short wire with a rectangular block on the end. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT IS FOR. it is not mentioned in the manual. If anybody knows i would be very interested, it must be there for a reason
Overall i think this is a great piece of kit, but for me will take some getting used to. I think it will be worth the time and effort. I do hope that more apps are released soon but i am sure that they will. If you want this mainly for a phone then it may not be what you are after, but if you are interested in lots of features and want to view medai and play music and games then this is certainly a good choice. I would not want to pay £400 plus for one, but if you get it on a contract for £40 it is virtually free!
hope this review is of some use, please be aware as i mentioned, that i am new to Nokias, so previous users may find the ease of use better than i have to start with.
Nokia N900 is one of those phone where if you look at it you would want buy it without locking at the price-tag. It is one of the first phones ever to have Mobile Computer software.
It is sim free so any sim card can be put in with out the illgeal unlock process. It has a qwerty Keyboard which I absoulty Love.
This device uses has a resistive touchscreen which works very well, although it can be easily scratched by just touching it so, it's best to invest in a good screen protector from ebay.
It has WI-FI so you can connect to the internet for free. There are a few negatives like its a 2g phone and it can be a 3g phone. It turns off WI-FI when you are not using it so then you have to go to setting etc. it also reduces screen brightness and lower volume.
There is a new firmware which Nokia has gone to the bother of doing. If I was you i would upgrade to get improve battery life and more features.
In conclusion it is the best phone on the market today way better than any phone including the iphone.