Continuing with the N900 reviews, we move on to the crucial bits; the stuff that makes the N900 stand out. As we had mentioned before, the N900 is more a MID with a phone tacked on, than a smartphone. And web browsing is where it excels. It has to be, by far, THE best browsing experience on a mobile phone. And that is made possible due to the connectivity offered by it (apart from the hardware and the software of course!)
The N900 has it all. Quad band GSM, tri band HSPA (900/1700/2100), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP and an FM Transmitter (not really connectivity!). It automatically gets all the settings for GPRS and 3G, but you can manually configure it. Once connected, it stays connected, which is not necessarily a good thing for the battery life. You can enable Wi-Fi/3G as your primary connection, and switch to which ever form of connectivity is available at that time. You can set up the auto-scan for Wi-Fi, and it will switch to any preferred Wi-Fi network available at that time. If you need to be online all the time (and have a spare battery, or a portable charger), this is the phone that you should have.
This is exactly what the N900 was made for! The built in browser, based on Mozilla technology, supports Adobe Flash 9.4. What ever it is you wanted to do on a PC, can be done on the phone! Of course, the drawback is that if you’re not on a fast data connection (Wi-Fi/3G), load times for full websites can be a bit of a pain. It isn’t that bad though, you can browse most sites even on an EDGE connection. Again, the N900 is by far the best browsing experience (currently at least) on a mobile device. The browser by default has a whole lotta popular websites bookmarked. You can set a bookmark as a shortcut on the desktop of course. Each new page launches as a separate window. You can save all your passwords, and that way never have to worry about logging in each time. Even youtube is handled perfectly! In case you want a different browsing experience, Mozilla has Firefox out now for the N900. You can download it here. Firefox has a whole list of add-ons that can be installed, just like the desktop version. Again, its going to be a tough call to say which is better. The zooming, pan and scroll are smoother on the default browser (you can double tap the screen to zoom in/out, or use the volume rocker keys), while firefox is, well Firefox! You can learn more about the Maemo Browser here.
Go through the attached photos below for more screen shots of the N900 doing what it does best – Browsing the web. We will be back with more N900 posts soon. Also, follow us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld.
We received an N900, courtesy WOM World Nokia a week back, and we’ve been putting it through its paces since then. The N900 is the first Nokia Smartphone that uses the Maemo OS, which has been used so far on their tablets. It is still more of a tablet, with a phone thrown in.
In case you didn’t already know, here are some of the specifications of the N900:
Display – 3.5 inch resistive touch-screen,800 × 480 pixel resolution
Processor – TI OMAP 3430: ARM Cortex-A8 600 MHz, PowerVR SGX with OpenGL ES 2.0 support
Memory – Up to 1GB of application memory (256 MB RAM, 768 MB virtual memory), 32 GB internal storage
Positioning – Integrated GPS, Assisted-GPS, and Cell-based receivers, Pre-loaded Ovi Maps application , Automatic geotagging
Imaging – 5 megapixel camera (2584 × 1938 pixels) with Autofocus, CMOS sensor, Carl Zeiss optics, Tessar lens
Video – Video recording at up to 848 × 480 pixels (WVGA) and up to 25fps
The box is a plain, matte black box, with silver inscription, and as such, you wouldn’t expect a high-end device to come with it! It does have all you need though, and comes with the following in the box.
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 (A MUST have!)
The display comes covered, but as soon as you take the screen cover off, you will realize why Nokia bundled the cleaning cloth with the phone. The display is a fingerprint magnet! Another thing that must be said is Nokia has finally upped their game, and the bundled headset is a pretty decent, in ear piece.
Booting up the phone takes very little time. The initial boot-up and set up screens give you an example of the UI and experience that you will have when using the device, it’s pretty brilliant! The time setting involves you moving the hands of the clock, setting the date requires you to flick the scrolling numbers, but the best part is setting the region, all you have to do is point on the world map!
The phone is pretty big, but fits about right in your hand while you’re using it. It does require you to use it with both hands though, and at 181 grams, it’s quite heavy. Then again, you do get a lot of functionality!
The 17th of November, Nokia and WOM World hosted the ‘N900 Meet Up’ in London. An interesting piece of news from the event is that the Maemo Marketing team has announced that Nokia is phasing out Symbian from their top range Nokia N Series phones by 2012, it would be replaced by Maemo.
According to NokiaAddict: “Symbian would (for now) still have a place in the X and E series phones, but the high end N Series would be powered by Maemo. Turns out that the N900 was aimed at developers / enthusiasts rather than ‘the man in the street’. After the platform has matured slightly it would become more ‘mainstream’.”
You can read the full article over at NokiaAddict and from Ben Smith from here.
Amidst speculations running on the internet that Nokia is planning on moving from Symbian to Maemo, they’ve just officially released the N900, a Maemo powered handset.
This handset features a slide out QWERTY keyboard and is powered by a 600Mhz ARM Cortex-A8 processor. It provides 1GB of application memory and 32 GB storage which is expandable to 48GB through a Micro SD card. This should provide enough processing punch and memory to multitask applications on the phone.
The Web browser on this handset is powered by Mozilla technologies, the same technolog which powers Firefox browsers, so you can browse the web as it’s meant to be browsed instead of going though the mobile version of the site. It also supports Flash 9.4 so you can interact with flash applications and videos on the internet without any problems.
“With Linux software, Mozilla-based browser technology and now also with cellular connectivity, the Nokia N900 delivers a powerful mobile experience,” says Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President, Markets, Nokia. “The Nokia N900 shows where we are going with Maemo and we’ll continue to work with the community to push the software forward. What we have with Maemo is something that is fusing the power of the computer, the internet and the mobile phone, and it is great to see that it is evolving in exciting ways.”
This device is slated for market release starting October 2009 and the expected price is a little above 500 euros, that around 35,000 Indian Rupees. We just hope that this device doesn’t go the N97 and dissapoint the masses. From the specs it looks like an impressive one, but we’ll wait and see how the device holds up to the public expectations towards it’s launch.