Another in-depth Nokia N900 Maemo 5 hadware and software preview

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Wow this must be the longest phone preview I’ve read in a while. Michal over at My-Symbian took an in-depth look at Nokia‘s latest and greatest a slapped a 4 pages long preview of the device and the Maemo 5 OS filled with screenshots, video samples, picutres etc. There’s so much info in there I don’t even know what to say. Just read it! Here’s his pros and cons:

What’s hot:

- VERY high performance: powerful OMAP3430 processor, hardware gfx and video acceleration, lots of operating memory
- rock stable
- great, high quality WVGA screen (I wouldn’t mind it being capacitive, but it’s responsive enough for it not to be an issue)
- fully functional as a mobile phone, well integrated with the rest of the system
- all connectivity options one could think of
- fast and stable 3G/HSDPA connectivity
- great, fully integrated support for VoIP, e.g. Skype
- BEAUTIFUL user interface, powerful, intuitive, easy to use
- advanced home screen: four separate desktops, support for widgets, fully customizable
- both stylus and finger friendly control
- Calendar, Contacts, Office suite finally present on Maemo (compared to previous Tablets) and more advanced than on S60 phones
- GPS receiver is very fast and sensitive, much faster than on S60 phones (except for the Omnia HD)
- high quality camera and video recording
- hardware keyboard
- good and fast web browser, compatible with virtually all websites I tested it with, fully supporting Flash (and all kinds of Flash videos), Ajax, Javascript, etc.
- fantastic video playback, crisp and smooth.

What’s not: (maybe just on the tested prototype?)

- no handwriting recognition
- storage memory for installable applications limited to ridiculous 256 MB, all the remaining gigabytes available for documents and data files only WTH??
- lack of d-pad (it’s an Nseries device, so some people would like to play games on it!)
- the keyboard is nice, but could be even better (to attract Communicator users)
- the display seems to be easily scratchable; screen protector or carrying case are recommended to protect it
- lens cover does not scratch the lens (like on the N97) but it does scratch the part of the casing it slides over
- since the memory card is hot swappable, why there’s no access to it from the outside?
- some sort of hardware “Home” button quickly switching to the Desktop would be really useful
- no audio equalizer
- Nokia, PLEASE, add voice dialing!
- no Java support, even just Java MIDP
- very limited support for Profiles, only “General” and “Silent”, no possibility to create own profiles, no timed Profiles, etc.
- the touch display “de-calibrating” from time to time on the tested unit, probably due to early, pre-release firmware.
- no MMS support.

What hasn’t been tested on the current proto and will be updated when I get hold of a newer firmware:

-synchronization
- voice navigation
- Bluetooth
- FM transmitter
- power consumption / battery life
- FM radio (if it’s there, which is unclear).

Source: My-Symbian thanks for the tip ceroberts75

  • http://ravii.nl/ ravii

    Sad about the profiles.
    On my N95, I have a profile for sleeping (only important people can wake me) , I Have a profile for school, and and for public transport.
    I hope any app can fix this!

  • http://ravii.nl ravii

    Sad about the profiles.
    On my N95, I have a profile for sleeping (only important people can wake me) , I Have a profile for school, and and for public transport.
    I hope any app can fix this!

  • admin

    Well, let’s hope that Nokia fix this themselfs with a updated firmware so user won’t need an app to fix this IMO.

  • admin

    Well, let’s hope that Nokia fix this themselfs with a updated firmware so user won’t need an app to fix this IMO.

  • Henrik

    What the hell where they thinking about the profiles?

  • Henrik

    What the hell where they thinking about the profiles?

  • Henrik

    “Were”. Glitch.

  • Henrik

    “Were”. Glitch.

  • Sebastian Mason

    To be honest, I’m probably one of the few that is glad about the lack of Profile support. All I need is either Silent (vibrate) or LOUD.
    If I’m at work Its silent, when I leave Its Loud.

    Everyone has personal needs and requirements, And There will definatly be “An app for that” LOL. I just wonder how many people will develop for this device. Hope there will be lots of Apps, Ovi’s store is getting a lot better these days.

  • Sebastian Mason

    To be honest, I’m probably one of the few that is glad about the lack of Profile support. All I need is either Silent (vibrate) or LOUD.
    If I’m at work Its silent, when I leave Its Loud.

    Everyone has personal needs and requirements, And There will definatly be “An app for that” LOL. I just wonder how many people will develop for this device. Hope there will be lots of Apps, Ovi’s store is getting a lot better these days.

  • admin

    It’s kinda strange tha Nokia’s top-end device doesn’t have profiles given that nealry all of their phones have profile support. I never used this feature though,but I know a couple of business guys who can’t live without it. It would be nice to have this feature back on N900 IMO.

  • admin

    It’s kinda strange tha Nokia’s top-end device doesn’t have profiles given that nealry all of their phones have profile support. I never used this feature though,but I know a couple of business guys who can’t live without it. It would be nice to have this feature back on N900 IMO.

  • Nick

    I think this thing looks incredible. It’s pretty much the most full featured pocket internet device i’ve seen, and it looks totally usable without a data plan, making the internet experience affordable (because lets face it, most of the time you’re in some sort of WiFi network somewhere. Anywhere where you’d need the internet, you can’t use internet while driving, that’s dangerous)

    I think i’ve found my next toy

  • Nick

    I think this thing looks incredible. It’s pretty much the most full featured pocket internet device i’ve seen, and it looks totally usable without a data plan, making the internet experience affordable (because lets face it, most of the time you’re in some sort of WiFi network somewhere. Anywhere where you’d need the internet, you can’t use internet while driving, that’s dangerous)

    I think i’ve found my next toy

  • Mustafataj11

    Using Nokia N900 Mobile can able to make voice calls, internet calls, instant messages and SMS. Send quick emails on the move with its rich HTML and full QWERTY keyboard.