Mike Evans at MobileMentalism got his hands on a pre-release unit of the Maemo-powered tablet phone, the Nokia N900, and comes off with the verdict that the N900 is the best Nokia smartphone yet.
Mike also narrates how it seems that Nokia has put itself in a tough spot by producing a niche product that beats their official flagship hands-down. His summary:
Nokia’s best attempt at a touchscreen smartphone yet, and better than the N97 by a country mile!
The N900 has an expected release date of October 2009. That’s this month! I am already interested, as I have found Symbian not quite up my alley of recent. Yet, I am an avid Nokia fan. Perhaps Maemo is just what the doctor ordered and I’ll find myself using a Nokia smartphone as my primary mobile device soon.
Here’s a checklist of the N900’s features:
- Maemo 5 operating system
- 600MHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor + Graphics Acceleration
- 32GB internal storage
- 5 megapixel camera + Carl Zeiss optics + Dual LED Flash
- Video recording: WVGA (848 x 480)@25fps + video light
- 800 x 480 display, TFT resistive touchscreen, 800 x 480 pixels, 3.5 inches
- A-GPS + Ovi Maps
- Wi-Fi + Bluetooth + Infrared
- 3-row QWERTY keyboard
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off + Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
- Web browser with built-in support for Adobe Flash 9.4
- Media player supporting the following formats and codecs: mp4, .avi, .wmv, .3gp, H.264, MPEG-4, Xvid, WMV, H.263
- Music formats supported include .wav, .mp3, .AAC, .eAAC, .wma, .m4a
- FM Radio
Read Mike’s hands-on.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with HDML/WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.