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Nokia N900 Review

Posted by Rene C Schutte on July 23, 2010 at 10:35 AM

 So being at the bottom end of the globe at the southern tip of Africa I waited patiently for my Nokia N900 which was back-ordered in Dec 2009 and finally was launched in June 2010 here in South Africa. Being a long-time Nokia fan like so many of you I couldn't wait to get my hands on this new baby. If course there is the inevitable transitional period of "where did this feature go" or "how do I get to do this or that or the next thing" and this is obviously part of the fun of getting to know your new smartphone. This baby (or should I say monster) is a very powerful piece of equipment; that much is fact.

Main Reasons For Waiting For The N900:

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Reply pieto
11:00 AM on July 23, 2010 
Well, yes, clearly you have a bit of a problem with touch technology, which is fine. Personally, I love it because it enables me to have a phone with a big screen that is also thin and light.

I overcome the typing accuracy in a number of ways. (1) the predictive thing is actually quite good. (2) the Nuance voice recognition has been available for some time, and it is excellent. (3) The fastest input methodology today is swiping (see http://www.swypeinc.com/) and recently set a new speed record for texting -- it is actually faster than speaking and also does not require any great accuracy.

I agree with you about the contacts exchange thing on the iPhone. It is just stupid. Amazingly, I haven't seen many (or even any) complaints about it (up to now.) Fortunately it does not affect me much, since I don't have any friends with iPhones.
Reply Brendon Hausberger
2:26 PM on July 23, 2010 
Interesting to see a contrary view to the typcial apple fanatacism. like yourself beign a longtime nokia E90 fan, which sadly needs to be replaced now i have been looking around, and besides the Cool appeal of the iphone and the always in contactability (which is a debatable benefit) of the blackberry there just wasnt a decent nokia option here. Fortunately many of the bugs (keyboard aside) that you highlight can and surely will be rectified in software updates. I will definitely be giving it a closer look.
Reply Rene C Schutte
5:17 PM on July 25, 2010 
Thanks for the comments Piet. Especially interesting about swyping :-)

I reckon i would work fine on the N900 as well (once developed). In any event, thanks for sharing, and reading ;-)

pieto says...
Well, yes, clearly you have a bit of a problem with touch technology, which is fine. Personally, I love it because it enables me to have a phone with a big screen that is also thin and light.

I overcome the typing accuracy in a number of ways. (1) the predictive thing is actually quite good. (2) the Nuance voice recognition has been available for some time, and it is excellent. (3) The fastest input methodology today is swiping (see http://www.swypeinc.com/) and recently set a new speed record for texting -- it is actually faster than speaking and also does not require any great accuracy.

I agree with you about the contacts exchange thing on the iPhone. It is just stupid. Amazingly, I haven't seen many (or even any) complaints about it (up to now.) Fortunately it does not affect me much, since I don't have any friends with iPhones.
Reply Rene C Schutte
5:25 PM on July 25, 2010 
Hey Brendon,

Good to find another person that's not completely Apple crazy ;-) ... It is a good product of course. In fact there are many good products out there. A pity in a way is that Nokia's move to another platform has meant they are in certain ways starting from scratch. Still very "few" apps available on the new OS which would likely improve over time, but for me the major setback is that the interface that made most of us loyal to Nokia, allowing for ease of migration from one phone to the other has not been completely wiped clean. Working on the N900 is not like working on a "Nokia". This leads me to think that a lot of users might move to other phones/platforms, and certainly it would seem that Android is the new mobile OS of choice.

N900 has already been made to run (unofficially) on the N900, but I guess we will also have to see what Intel/Nokia's combined OS "Meego) will result in.

In the meantime I am enjoying the N900 quite a bit, so *whew* for that ;-)

Hope you are well, wherever you find yourself in the world!


Brendon Hausberger says...
Interesting to see a contrary view to the typcial apple fanatacism. like yourself beign a longtime nokia E90 fan, which sadly needs to be replaced now i have been looking around, and besides the Cool appeal of the iphone and the always in contactability (which is a debatable benefit) of the blackberry there just wasnt a decent nokia option here. Fortunately many of the bugs (keyboard aside) that you highlight can and surely will be rectified in software updates. I will definitely be giving it a closer look.
Reply Wynand
3:12 PM on July 26, 2010 
Thanks for the great review Rene! Serious thought will be given to your findings!

I've been a Nokia Communicator fan since the 1st Nokia Communicator the 9000 followed by the 9210 / 9300 / 9500 / E90 and the only mistake I made was with the Samsung Omnia - followed quickly with a return to my trusty E90 which is geting a bit long in the tooth and frankly embarrassing due to the cracked front plastic screen and peeling paint from the body (hey 4 years is looooong!)

I have been keeping a VERY close eye on Nokia for the next Communicator to take over the crown from what IMHO is (was) one of the best business phones namely the E90.

Along comes the N900 from the Nokia internet tablet range (N700 / N800) with a smart new OS (Maemo) which apparently seems D.O.A. and tons of specifications resulting in copious and somewhat unhealthy drooling sessions over the past few months.

At this moment with my phone upgrade due end of August 2010 I'm troubled that no recent top-of-the-line phones have a decent keyboard and, but for this lack, the recent surge in the Android market with phones like the HTC Desire or the Samsung Galaxy-S has me focussed quite seriously at jumping ship (Nokia I sincerely hope you pull a bunny out of the hat before I leap!)

Anyway recently life has brought me many big changes and perhaps this will be another comfort-zone shift! We shall see :D

I log off with a few key requirements in my personal cellphone wish-list. In no particular order-:
1. Large screen with decent resolution (eBooks / Movies / Internet browsing) preferably in the 4" (10.1 cm) range
2. Software support for a DECENT eBook reader (like Mobipocket) as well as a well developed and mature on-line Application store (is it just me or does Ovi produce a vacuum...)
3. Assisted GPS with turn-by-turn voice instructions as standard (preferably no licence required!)
4. Office compliant Word processor / Spreadsheet onboard as standard
5. A decent functional keyboard (preferably like the E90) with a separate numerical key row though if the touchscreen thing works (swipe etc.) I might be tempted to forgo this extremely important aspect
6. 5MP or better camera (HD would be nice but not a deal breaker)
7. Blazing Fast CPU
8. Stereo speakers and a 3.5mm jack
9. Standard USB port (mini or micro) (no proprietary cables please!)
10. Onboard memory of at least 8GB+ with micro-SD (HCSD) support to 32Gb (or higher)
11. Wifi-n spec
12. Voice calling / commands / reading of text / finding contacts etc.
13. Mutitasking applications / Multitouch screen
Reply Rene C Schutte
3:31 PM on August 1, 2010 
Hey Wynand,

Glad you enjoyed my little report ... Your response is almost longer than my report. I LIKE your enthusiasm ;-)

In terms of where the N900 and your requirements you might be better off with the N97 .... It still runs Symbian at least i.e. access to a mature OS.

As for N900 matching your requirements using the same numbering you did here you go:
1. Check
2. Check (FBreader is not drag-and-drop- like Mobi, but works VERY well)
3. Semi-check (turn by turn is there, but no voice ... as yet)
4. Check (that is MS office, ironically on this Linux phone Open Office format is not supported ...weird!)
5. Semi-check. ('nough said on the small N900 keyboard). The touch screen keyboard works very well though and would be fine for swyping as well
6. Check
7. Check (800MHz) not too shabby), though Droid just released a 1GHz)
8. Check
9. Check
10. Check
11. Check
12. Check (Though I haven't tested it yet)
13. Super-Check for multi-task, though non-check for multi touch due to capacitive. Having said that, Fujitsu have just developed resistive multi-touch technology where you can use stylus, finger AND have multi-touch. Check it out at http://www.gizmag.com/fujitsu-resistive-multi-touch-panel/15790/?
utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=37c73749f1-UA-2235360-
4&utm_medium=email

Bye4now
:-))



Wynand says...
Thanks for the great review Rene! Serious thought will be given to your findings!

I've been a Nokia Communicator fan since the 1st Nokia Communicator the 9000 followed by the 9210 / 9300 / 9500 / E90 and the only mistake I made was with the Samsung Omnia - followed quickly with a return to my trusty E90 which is geting a bit long in the tooth and frankly embarrassing due to the cracked front plastic screen and peeling paint from the body (hey 4 years is looooong!)

I have been keeping a VERY close eye on Nokia for the next Communicator to take over the crown from what IMHO is (was) one of the best business phones namely the E90.

Along comes the N900 from the Nokia internet tablet range (N700 / N800) with a smart new OS (Maemo) which apparently seems D.O.A. and tons of specifications resulting in copious and somewhat unhealthy drooling sessions over the past few months.

At this moment with my phone upgrade due end of August 2010 I'm troubled that no recent top-of-the-line phones have a decent keyboard and, but for this lack, the recent surge in the Android market with phones like the HTC Desire or the Samsung Galaxy-S has me focussed quite seriously at jumping ship (Nokia I sincerely hope you pull a bunny out of the hat before I leap!)

Anyway recently life has brought me many big changes and perhaps this will be another comfort-zone shift! We shall see :big grin:

I log off with a few key requirements in my personal cellphone wish-list. In no particular order-:
1. Large screen with decent resolution (eBooks / Movies / Internet browsing) preferably in the 4" (10.1 cm) range
2. Software support for a DECENT eBook reader (like Mobipocket) as well as a well developed and mature on-line Application store (is it just me or does Ovi produce a vacuum...)
3. Assisted GPS with turn-by-turn voice instructions as standard (preferably no licence required!)
4. Office compliant Word processor / Spreadsheet onboard as standard
5. A decent functional keyboard (preferably like the E90) with a separate numerical key row though if the touchscreen thing works (swipe etc.) I might be tempted to forgo this extremely important aspect
6. 5MP or better camera (HD would be nice but not a deal breaker)
7. Blazing Fast CPU
8. Stereo speakers and a 3.5mm jack
9. Standard USB port (mini or micro) (no proprietary cables please!)
10. Onboard memory of at least 8GB+ with micro-SD (HCSD) support to 32Gb (or higher)
11. Wifi-n spec
12. Voice calling / commands / reading of text / finding contacts etc.
13. Mutitasking applications / Multitouch screen