Product Type: Nokia Smartphone
Newest Review: ... 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... more
A great phone for power users
Member Name: jonquark
Advantages: Hi-res screen, physical keyboard, multi-tasking, lots of free apps
Disadvantages: Lack of voice navigation, fewer commercial apps
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.
Summary: If it's a smartphone for your Gran, pick an iPhone but power users may love it - I do!
More reviews in the field of Smartphone
- Worst phone I've ever owned!
- An amazing phone!
- Phone that stood the test of time, but did Apple?
- HTC Touch Diamond: average phone with a novel navigation overlay
- Too big to be practical.
- Good - but no app for horse's hoofs!!
- Dell Streak - Destroys the Iphone
- The ultimate compromise between phone and tablet!
- Samsung Galaxy Ace.....at malfunctioning!
- Never Judge A Phone By It's Cover!