Nokia N900 Preview
The Nokia N900 sports a 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss Tessar optics and double LED flash. Its interface is completely different from the one that the previous Maemo OS generation came with. The changes are definitely step in the right direction – everything looks well optimized for bare fingers and the number of available options is not overwhelming. Aside from pictures, you can, of course, capture videos as well. Please, take a look at the test pictures and clips, just keep in mind thatthey have been taken witha prototype, so don’t jump to conclusions.
Nokia N900 sample video at 848x480 pixels resolution
Come to multimedia capabilities, the N900 does have what it takes to grip our undivided attention. Certainly, the most appealing feature is the Xvid support that basically means you can download content from the Internet and get down to watching it right away, i.e. you don’t have to transfer the file to a computer and convert it. This is not all, though. We just can´t help it and will let the cat out of the bag – the N900 plays DivX videos with resolution width of 800 pixels without a hitch. We just hope we see the retail units perform equally well or even better.
The new internet tablet allows listening to music using the built-in Multimedia Player. The app comes with a quite nicely looking interface and visualizes album art properly. Of course, you have the option to create your own playlists, filter tracks by artist and genre or take a look at a list of all available content. The audio controls pop up on screen when you start a track, along with the relevant album art (if present), while pressing the picture itself gets you to the track list.
Aside from music, you can use the Multimedia Player to watch videos and listen to internet radio stations (streams). Moreover, it allows playback of multimedia content, shared over Wi-Fi networks. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the latter to work, so we will tell you more about the feature the minute we get our hands on a retail unit.
We are truly impressed by both the Nokia N900 and Maemo 5, so we just cannot wait to get a hold of a final unit. With its great functionality, the latest internet tablet of the manufacturer does stand a chance of winning over many people and we can confidently say theinternet browser is the best of its kind we have ever seen on a mobile device. Using the operating system, even on a prototype, is enjoyable and the multimedia functionality of the tablet is more than enough to please even the most exacting people. Don’t forget the Nokia N900 allows normal calls over cellular networks, which makes the device look even more appealing.
If Nokia continues to release new devices running Maemo (including normal cell phones), the operating system has the potential to gain smashing popularity, provided enough third-party applications roll out. We completely agree with what a fellow cell phone reporter said at Nokia World 2009 – “Maemo 5 iswhat Symbian should have been”. Can the tablet fully replace a normal cell phone? Well, we will tell you that when we´ve had the chance to review a retail unit of the Nokia N900.
Nokia N900 Video Preview:
3. david_the_gom (Posts: 114; Member since: 20 Dec 2008)
everything looks great except that 3-row keyboard... hmm... am i too used to my tp2?
4. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 861; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
And I disagree with whoever made that comment about Maemo 5 being what Symbian should have been. At least Symbian can be used in portrait orientation and it has MMS capability built into it, and at least with Symbian I have my hardware call send and end buttons, and how about my music equalizer I can custom adjust, or any equalizer at all?? No voice dialing, and a lack of multiple customizable profiles either with this. If a Maemo device doesn't have any of that, thanks but no thanks. I'll take Symbian any day and deal with the average multitasking ability and it's decent web browser. Add all that, and you've got a winner in terms of software.
6. James Dang (Posts: 16; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
I think Window Mobile & Android can beat Symbian flat!!! Many cell phone manufacturer is avoiding Symbian and go to Window Mobile & Android specially Sony Ericssson.
5. AlaneCzeQ (Posts: 19; Member since: 12 Jun 2009)
now, that is one hell fat brick phone ... no way it will fit into any pocket imo its still not a phone enough ... portrait mode + normal phone functions
7. sonisoe (Posts: 329; Member since: 06 May 2009)
heard this doesnt do mms ? what about yahoo messenger instead of google talk ?