Cell Phone Review – Nokia N900

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Nokia N900, which was released in November 2009, is the first Nokia phone to use Maemo operating system.  The device is 2G and 3G compatible.  It comes with QWERTY slider and touch screen features.  It is more of a mobile computer than a mobile phone.  

About Maemo

Maemo is based on Debian Linux distribution.  Maemo user interface on Nokia N900 enables user to multi task.  You will be very impressed by looking at incoming message alert.  You should see it to believe it.  Real eye candy!

What can you find in Nokia N900 package?

Nokia N900 comes with Nokia battery (BL-5J), Nokia AC-10 charger, Nokia Stereo Headset, Video cable, Nokia charger adapter, user guide and a cleaning cloth.  


Nokia N900 is powered by 600 MHz processor with 1GB application memory and 256 MB RAM.  Nokia N900 looks impressive with touchscreen display and QWERTY keypad.  Even though the material used is plastic, you may find this phone heavy (approximately 181 grams) and bulky (110.9×59.8x18mm).  You will find the hardware unlock key on the right.  There are no buttons in the front.  You will find the screen with 800×480 (3.5 inches WVGA) display attractive.  

Touchscreen feature is quite finger friendly.  Above the screen you can see “NOKIA” on the left and “n900” on the right.  The screen is surrounded by glossy bezel.  You will find the speakers on either side of the device.  Speakers are loud enough.  USB port on the left can be used for both charging and for connecting to your PC.  On the right you will find 3.5mm audio jack (can also be used to connect to your TV).  Camera key, volume control and power button are on the top.  

At the back you will find 5 Mega-pixel camera and double LED flash with shutter facility.  Call quality is good.  You can sync your phone contacts with Google talk or Skype contacts.  While surfing the Internet, you can easily toggle between WiFi to GPRS or 3G.  SMS feature works fine as in any other mobile phone.  Email feature supports many providers.  You can set up multiple accounts and send out multiple attachments.  HTML content is supported within the email.  

While browsing the Internet, you would think you are working on a computer.  Nokia N900 uses Maemo browser powered by Mozilla technology.  You can view flash content.  Video streaming works well.  You can zoom into a webpage by using volume keys or by double tapping.  You can save webpages to view them offline.  Nokia N900 5 Mega-pixel camera with Carl Zeiss optical lens assures you of excellent quality photos and videos.  The device has 32 GB of inbuilt memory with additional 16 GB card in micro SD slot.  

With 32 GB memory, you can store 7000 songs or 40 hours of DVD quality video.  You can store quite a lot of content.  Sharing plugins like pixelpipe makes photo sharing easier.  Video playback was good.  The device comes with built in A-GPS reciever.  The device works with Ovi maps to help you find your way around.  Nokia N900 comes with games like bounce, chess and mahjong.  Nokia N900 uses Li-Ion 1320 mAh battery.  If you are connected to a 2G network, you get a talk time of up to 6 hours 30 minutes and stand by time of 278 hours.  If you are connected to a 3G network, you may get a talk time of 4 hours and 30 minutes and sand by time of 250 hours.  .  


With Nokia N900, you have a mobile phone and a mobile internet device with you.  I am sure Linux enthusiasts who are fans of open source would love to have this powerful device.  


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