Nokia N900 to launch in Ocotober for €500, is Maemo 5 the way to go?

nokia_n900 

Nokia is on a roll this month, there’s no sign of them slowing as they have just officially announced their first Maemo 5 running device, the N900 which is said to be launched in October for €500. This time Nokia didn’t hold back on the CPU power, the N900 is Packing an ARM Cortex-A8 processor (OpenGL ES 2.0) with 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage space expendable to 46GB with a MicroSD and all the connectivity options you could expect for such a beast (Wifi, BT, GPS etc) is sports a 3.5″ WVGA resistive touch screen, 1320mAh battery, and 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual-LED flash. Oh and it also has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard!.
Other than the resistive screen (why the hell didn’t they go for a capacitive panel !?) which in my opinion sucks big time the N900 looks like a winner. Now the most interesting part is that instead of running Symbian S60 it’s the first Nokia phone to have the Maemo 5 linux distro. HOw will this work on a “smartphone” device remains to be seen. The questions is, Is it a good idea to have to different smartphone OSes in your catalog Nokia? What’s up with Symbian ^4 ?
Looking at the videos below the UI does look really slick (doesn’t seem to have V-sync enabled thought)

Source: Nokia via Engadget

The Samsung Omnia II has a Digital Compass

Now here’s some goods news for the day. Samsung’s latest and greatest, the Omnia II, does have a digital compass even thought this hardware feature isn’t advertised or official exposed by Samsung. Windows Mobile can now finally get some real augmented reality apps. This is what the boys at Pocketnow found:

Source: Pocketnow

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Resco Photo Viewer Alpha for windows mobile Preview

Resco’s award winning Windows Mobile Photo Viewer is finally about to get a finger friendly update after many years. An Alpha version is available for download on Resco’s forums. After playing with it for a bit I took those screenshots to show you the new finger friendly menu system (with kinetic scrolling). Icons are big enough even on 2.8″ screens and everything is runs smoothly.
The only downside is the thumbnails loading which takes time (but might be faster on new Windows Mobile phones as I was using a old HTC Trinity). Photo editing,which is one of the main features of the application (it let’s you crop/resize/draw etc), isn’t available in the Alpha and the only real bug I found was that panning through a picture when zoomed-in didn’t work correctly.

 

some new features:
G-sensor support
Touch friendlyness
The folder shows the preview of the pictures inside it
100% zoom in and out using double clicking (zoom the double clicked area)
Thumbnail and list view and multiselection operations
Direct access to the camera
Upload to Facebook, Flickr

Try it for yourself here

Post in the comments section if you find any bugs.

UPDATE: The Beta is out

Source: Resco via PPCGeeks

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