Combining a mobile computer, cell phone, high-quality camera and portable media player into a single device, the Nokia N900 unlocked cell phone offers fast 3G connectivity, global roaming capabilities, and a wealth of messaging capabilities to keep you in touch with family, friends and business associates wherever you roam. It runs the new Linux-based Maemo operating system, which brings the benefits of your PC to your mobile world. Enjoy fast application processing and multitasking on the N900′s live dashboard–a panoramic home screen that can be fully personalized with favorite shortcuts, widgets and applications–and experience the full web with the Maemo browser and high-speed wireless broadband connectivity. It’s all accessed via the N900′s 3.5-inch high-resolution touchscreen as well as the device’s slide-out full QWERTY keyboard.
*The N900 is a pretty beefy phone, and rightfully so. While having some heft to it, the n900 is solid and well-built. The black metal rim is a nice touch without being too gaudy. The slide is not spring-assisted but gives a nice click upon opening and closing. The n900 is of comparable size to the G1, albeit being slightly thicker.
*The n900′s screen is gorgeous and is incredibly brilliant. There is a little ‘give’ to the screen, but I’ve yet to have problems with it. The screen is quite responsive and supports kinetic scrolling. Small links in the browser can be hardto click but that’s because your index finger isn’t exactly the most accurate pointing device. This is easily solved by zooming in.
*The keyboard is pretty good. The keys have a grippy rubberized texture feel to them, and although the buttons are smooshed next to each other, (like a real keyboard) they have good response.
*The placement of the speakers are on the sides of the phone, as opposed to the back on the G1. Talking on speakerphone your not forced to flip it upside down during a call. Sound quality is good and the speakers are decent.
*This is the ultimate customization OS. The 4 desktops make things a lot easier to navigate. For example, one page is devoted to common phone contacts, another utility apps, the third has bookmarks to frequent sites, and so forth.
*The way Maemo multitasks is ingenious. The “overview” page where you see all your actively running programs makes navigating between windows and programs very easy and efficient. One thing to note is that you have the ability to close out any of those windows upon your choosing.
*SMS (called conversations in Maemo) is pretty similar to the G1, but has one added step – conversations either in text or IM by the same person are displayed in the same window. The ability to have the other person’s contact image in the text box is a nice touch.
*The email client is pretty decent, you can set up a gmail account with a few simple steps.
*Browsing experience is comparable to a PC, and is nothing short of awesome. Full flash means you can access full youtube pages, and among others.
*Applications-wise, there are not many out there, yet. You can also access the Maemo repositories for more. Noteworthy apps include Hermes (connects your social sites, like facebook to your contacts so you get contact phones, birthdates, etc) and Qik (live streaming recording).
*Fast, fast, fast. Need we say more?
*No hang ups since you can close apps at any time.
*The camera is good, that is for a 5mp phone camera.
*The FM transmitter is a great add-on. Now you can share songs without having to look for an aux cable.
*Battery life seems to last a little over a day with some text and internet.
Of course, no phone/mobile device is perfect. Here are some things that came to our attention:
*The volume rocker is on the right side (in portrait), meaning it is nearly impossible to use as a zoom when the screen is up. Same goes for the lock switch, which is on the bottom (in landscape). Would have been much better on the sides, as it would be easier to lock after a phone call, for example.
*Copy and paste is kinda sporadic.
*The stand is nice, but it swings out way too deep and feels a bit too weak.
*Little portrait support.
* 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, e-mail 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