Nokia N900 in Review: Maemo 5 comes alive!
What can we say about the Nokia N900, it is easily the most anticipated Nokia handset in quite some time. The Nokia N900 came out, officially, last week – November 2009 – and has so far been widely received as one of ‘The’ devices of 2009. Obviously, we’ve been covering the Nokia N900 extensively since we first got wind of it at Nokia World 2009 – and rightly so, it is one hell of a device, and completely different direction for Nokia. Read on after the jump to find out more about the device, its capabilities, and why it was so highly anticipated.
Perhaps the most obvious thing about the Nokia N900’s appeal is that it is powered by the Linux-based Maemo 5 operating system – an OS which, so far, seems to have had no problems meeting both Android, Apple, and RIM head-on in the marketplace.
Because of the open-source nature of Maemo 5 it means that developers have more freedom creating applications and widgets for it. So, while apps are little sparse at the moment, Nokia N900 users should be expecting to be inundated with a plethora of applications and widgets in the very near future.
The Nokia N900 also has gigantic storage capabilities of 32GB on board storage, which means you’ll have enough room for everything, from movies to music, to videos and images. Couple this with the high-res 3.5-inch touchscreen display and you can rest assured that you’ll be watching, viewing, and browsing in the clearest possible detail at all times.
One of the things we really liked about the N900 is the fact that it incorporates a full QWERTY keypad – something many phone manufacturers now neglect after the rise of the touchscreen, which gives you complete versatility, and also choice, which we think is extremely important, especially for users who are a little unsure about whether or not a touchscreen device is really for them.
In addition to massive storage, amazing processing power, and a powerful 5-megapixel Carl Zeiss camera, the Nokia N900 also has a fully customisable desktop, with four home screens, so you can organise all your apps, programmes, RSS feeds, and web links in a manner which suits you.
As flagship devices go, they don’t get much better than the Nokia N900. It has everything you could want from a device – massive storage, an amazing OS, powerful camera and video capabilities, enough on board apps and features to keep you interested for days on end, and loads of additional cool features and hacks, like the SNES emulator – the list, literally, goes on and on…
In short, the Nokia N900 is everything you’d expect from a flagship device, and more. It also represents a clear change in Nokia’s direction – you only have to look at the marketing behind the N900 to see that Nokia has clearly attempted to get away from its “safe” image with this device – and in this sense, we think it is the perfect smartphone, maybe even the best one to come out in 2009…
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