Hands-on with the Nokia N900

Hands-on with the Nokia N900
The Nokia N900 is one of the latest devices by the world´s largest cell phone manufacturer. However, this is not a cell phone, but rather, an Internet tablet, or at least this what Nokia announced the gadget was, in spite of the built-in GSM module that allows calls over cellular networks. This is a major advantage of the N900, because carriers will be able to offer the device on contracts, i.e. at subsidized prices. The new internet tablet is not a slouch in terms of hardware and sports 32GB built-in memory, 5-megapixel camera, 3G, Wi-Fi, 600MHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 256MB RAM and 768MB ROM. Not bad at all!

The Nokia N900 comes with a rather austere design and feels hefty, but on the overall, you get the feeling as if holding a high-end cell phone and not an internet tablet. It is equipped with a 3.5-inch screen, that´s the same size as the display of the iPhone 3GS, but utilizes resistive technology and has a native resolution of 800x480 pixels. The device features dedicated volume rocker, power on and profile switch buttons, camera shutter, infra-red port, stereo loudspeakers, lock/unlock slider, stylus and microUSB port. If you take a look at the back, you will see 5-megapixel camera, equipped with Carl Zeiss Tessar optics and double LED flash. It is interesting to mention that there is a small stand to prop up the device, similarly to the N86 8MP.


The most thrilling aspect of the N900 is, of course, its interface. The tablet runs the Linux-based operating system Maemo 5. Everything seems great and the quick look that we took at it left us with the impression the OS was not simply more eye-pleasing than Symbian, but easier to handle as well. The multi-tasking capabilities are top notch. The Mozilla-based browser has absolutely no issues whatsoever with Flash elements like videos and the 360-degree views of different handsets available on our website get visualized properly, despite the fact the device is just a prototype. Now, enjoy the pictures and we better get down to writing a proper preview of the Nokia N900. Stay tuned, because it´s coming soon!

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7 Comments

1. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Boo to Resistive! Otherwise, great phone! I'm not sure what I would take: HD2 or this thing... Both are awesome! Not a fan of the N900 Keyboard either. Nah, still leaning towards the HD2.

2. AlaneCzeQ

Posts: 19; Member since: Jun 12, 2009

it doesn't hv portrait mode or am I missin somethin ? Just reed that only phone app in portrait mode ... sry nokia bye bye. and does it hv accelerometer ? coz its internet tablet so it doesn't need one. if it doesn't hv both than this device is shhhh ... compared to HTC HD2 ... resistive screen ... it could b such a gr8 phone.

3. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

let us know how sensitive the screen is despite resistive... from a couple of demo video, it seems very smooth... also cover how messaging (chat, sms, email), and social networking are handled.... do the chat & facebook or twitter are "push" through nokia messaging connection (like blackberry) or directly sync as its part of battery management...

5. k1ng617

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Yes please, what sonisoe said. Also i've heard conflicting reports that it won't have MMS...is this true?

6. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

this monster seems to integrate multiple communication apps (chat, sms, email, even skype) into one app (palm pre-like), what chat does it support ie. ym, google ? how easy it is to use the device, looks a bit confusing moving from one screen to screen ie. from app to home-screen, etc ? of course the battery.

4. MTLance unregistered

Man Nokia is still failing to beat iPhone 3GS, anyway still I really like my iPhone 3GS better now.

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

right because the iphone has what on the nokia 900 exactly? besides fanboy hype that is? your comparing an overhyped media phone against a laptop replacement.

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