Product Type: Nokia Smartphone
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N900 Mobile Computer
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Advantages: Open Source, Great Browser, good free apps
Disadvantages: Basic as a phone, rather thick
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.
Summary: Great for tech fans but not for everyone