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Nokia N900 Review

Nokia N900 8.7

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Nokia N900 Review

We have to admit the processor that the Nokia N900 is equipped with performs admirably in the case of the iPhone 3GS, Palm Pre, Samsung OMNIA HD etc. The situation is identical here and more often than not, the tablet is fast and responsive. During our tests of the transfer speeds via cable we saw the built-in 32GB memory is fast as well, so we need to congratulate Nokia on the proper optimization.

You remember the Nokia N900 can be used as a cell phone, do you? The in-call quality is almost flawless on both ends of the line, which is totally unexpected from an internet tablet. Voices are really clear, crisp and loud and the only case when they got slightly muffled (but remained completely intelligible) was in windy weather. Well done, Nokia!

The manufacturer hasn´t breathed a word on how long the 1,320 mAh battery is supposed to keep the device operational. Still, we believe the battery performs above average – we got it flat for a day and a half with the Wi-Fi active all the time, serious internet surfing sessions and about 40 to 50 minutes of calls a day. For a device that needs uninterrupted internet connection in order to remain fully functional, the battery performance is not bad at all.


We are not going to beat about the bush, because we guess you must be exhausted from the long reading. The Nokia N900 is definitely an exceptional device that lends color to the cell phone market. With its incredible internet browser, ability to deliver phone call functionality over cellular networks, almost impeccable in-call quality, handy multitasking and proper multimedia capabilities, the N900 has what it takes to become a fearsome rival to even the cream of the crop smartphone range. The N900 has, however, certain disadvantages that may dissuade some people from getting it. The major, most significant shortcoming at this time is the extremely limited number of applications. The other negative aspects of the internet tablet include the inability of its interface to run in portrait mode, its sizeable weight and dimensions, hardware QWERTY keyboard that could have been better and limited organizer functionality.

All told, we think the N900 is worth its price and will probably become a really popular internet tablet that offers rich functionality, quite close to what smartphones deliver, although we still find it hard to believe the device will actually manage to replace smartphones entirely. Not just yet. If Nokia improves the interface so that it´s fully functional in portrait mode, finds enough developers willing to put efforts into applications for Maemo 5 and adds proper organizer app, then the N900 and all future devices with running the mentioned operating system would definitely stand a fair chance of taking over the cell phone world.

Nokia N900 Video Review:


  • Incredible internet browser with full Flash support
  • Extremely capable multitasking
  • Large screen with proper sensitivity
  • Nearly perfect in-call quality
  • Xvid and DivX support
  • Snappy performer


  • Small number of available applications
  • Limited organizer functionality
  • Mediocre camera
PhoneArena rating:
8.7 Excellent
User rating:
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. fortegag (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Nov 2009)

The flash on Nokia N86 8MP is dual led. Good review as always.

posted on 18 Nov 2009, 14:10

2. LA6507 (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 May 2008)

This was an excellent review! Great works, guys! I am looking for a succesor for my E71, but it looks like I am going to have to wait for Exchange Support! I'd also like to see better performance in the Maps program, as well. Everything else sounds like it's pretty much the perfect device. I don't see portrait mode as a drawback, for the type of device it is, although with all that power under the hood, I would expect most of the applications and OS to work in some capacity in either orientation.

posted on 19 Nov 2009, 03:48

4. hisham2k (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Nov 2009)

From what I have read, the N900 supports exchange.

posted on 18 Nov 2009, 15:30

3. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 871; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)

Really disappointing to see all the things missing from the software. I have come to expect Nokia to include lots of options for things like the camera and video recording, and to see half of that stuff missing is just sad. I really do hope that if Nokia plans on using this in other Nseries devices in the future, not internet tablets, they add all the things that are missing, and fix that maps program. Hey PhoneArena, you never said what the stereo speakers sounded like. How do they compare to the N95, N97, and 5800?

posted on 26 Nov 2009, 15:47

5. chocolatebear (Posts: 4; Member since: 06 Oct 2009)

apart from the ovi maps not as good as google's,i recommend this phone to any one that want to take their laptop with them 24/7,you will be entertain,cos just bought my n900 since then it has put smile all over my face,thank's NOKIA N GREAT JOB,phonearena points review did not do N900 any justice,sad!

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Nokia N900

Nokia N900

OS: Linux Maemo 5
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Display3.5 inches, 800 x 480 pixels (267 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
TI OMAP3430, Single core, 600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A8 processor
0.25 GB RAM
Size4.37 x 2.35 x 0.77 inches
(110.9 x 59.8 x 19.5 mm)
6.38 oz  (181 g)
Battery1320 mAh, 6.3 hours talk time

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