No; this is not the review yet – a top-specified device like the N900 cannot be objectively reviewed under 24 hours or even a week. It has to be thoroughly used, so you’ll all have to be patient about that review.
But while waiting, we have titbits for you to digest, and some of these info will help portray the N900 accurately when the review is published.
First off, here’s what is in the Box:
- Nokia N900
- Nokia Battery (BL-5J)
- Nokia High Efficiency Charger (AC-10)
- Nokia Stereo Headset (WH-205)
- Video out cable (CA-75U)
- Nokia charger adaptor (CA-146C)
- Cleaning cloth
And here is the long list of specifications
- Dimensions: 110.9 × 59.8 × 18 (19.55 at thickest part) mm
- Weight: 181g
- OS: Maemo 5 software on Linux
- 3.5 inch touch-sensitive widescreen display; 800 × 480 pixel resolution
- 3.5mm AV connector
- TV out (PAL/NTSC) with Nokia Video Connectivity Cable
- Micro-USB connector, High-Speed USB 2.0
- Bluetooth v2.1 including support for stereo headsets
- Integrated FM transmitter
- Integrated GPS with A-GPS
- BL-5J 1320mAh
- TI OMAP 3430: ARM Cortex-A8 600 MHz, PowerVR SGX with OpenGL ES 2.0 support
- Up to 1GB of application memory (256 MB RAM – almost 150 MB available after booting, plus 768 MB virtual memory)
- 32 GB internal storage (Store up to 7000 MP3 songs or 40 hours of high-quality video)
- Up to 16 GB of additional storage with an external microSD card
- Full QWERTY tactile keyboard
- Full QWERTY onscreen keyboard
- MicroB browser with Adobe Flash™ 9.4 support
- MP4 Video recording at up to 848 × 480 pixels (WVGA) and up to 25frames per sec
- Video playback file formats: .mp4, .avi, .wmv, .3gp; codecs: H.264, MPEG-4, Xvid, WMV, H.263
- 5 megapixel camera (2584 × 1938 pixels); 3 × digital zoom; Dual LED flashCMOS sensor, Carl Zeiss optics, Tessar lens
- Photo editor on device
- Integrated GPS, Assisted-GPS, and Cell-based receivers
- Documents viewer (upgradable to full editing suite)
- Ovi Maps application
That is a very long specifications sheet, but the question is, Does the N900 deliver? While drooling over the specs and the hardware, it occured to us that we were not going to find out if we didn’t power on the phone; would we? So, we reached for the power button after slotting in a SIM card.
Power On and Firmware Update
A few minutes after powering on the phone, a system update notification balloon indicated that a frirmware update was available for the device. A quick check showed that the firmware on the device was version 2.2009.51-1.002.
The system notification further indicated that the size of the update was 16.2mb. The device also automatically checks for updates of installed applications and notifies the user the same way.
Everything was done Over-the-Air. No PC. No cables. No hitches. After the update was completed, the “About Device” info showed that the new firmware was version 3.2010.02-8.002.
So, there we were with the latest firmware on our N900 and we were ready to go!
Tomorrow, we will upload a video of how well the TV-out functionality works on the N900. Why TV-out first? Well, its an apt way to show you the user interface of the device – all on a big screen. You don’t want to miss it.