"Great phone with for Techies"4.5 starson by jbsbunyi
Pros: All-in-one phone; great camera/camcorder, a miniature computer, plays flash web, large storage, support for a large number of codecs, multi-tasking, Linux-based, customizable, fast, classy design, responsive resistive touchscreen.
Cons: bulky, not 3g for at&t, not friendly for the average "iphone" user, not too many landscape applications, limited application store.
Summary: I have had the phone for about one and a half months, and have been using it as my primary phone for about three weeks. Already I have noticed that I am using my netbook less and less, simply because my phone can already access the same websites my computer can. It won't completely replace your netbook, but it is helpful to be able to visit flash-based websites on a pocket-friendly device. It's full QWERTY keyboard also helps somewhat, when jotting down notes. I've found myself able to write articles and chapters using the provided software. It is also Linux based, so those who are fluent in Linux should enjoy this phone and have an easy time enjoying its power. Coming from an AT&T Blackberry, I do miss the exclusivity of the BlackBerry messenger system, and the BlackBerry Enterprise e-mail, but that's nothing that can't be fixed by an AIM account and setting up Nokia e-mail. However, the phone does only run 3G on T-Mobile's bands, although it does run on AT&T's EDGE service; which is what my Curve 8900 used to run on anyways. Multi-Tasking is great, something that is not yet available on the iPhone. It does come in handy being able to download and install something while doing other tasks. Another overlooked feature is its support for so many audio and video codecs. For example, most videos come in .avi format, a compressed video file. Out of the box, BlackBerries, iPhones, and even other Nokias don't support this format, but the N900 does and plays videos wonderfully on its brilliant high resolution screen. Despite being a resistive touchscreen (as opposed to the iPhone's capacitative), the touchscreen is VERY responsive and it is very useful to be able to use thin objects to select miniature items on the screen. Support for multi-touch would be amazing, as well as the ability to use at least the text-messaging and e-mail applications in portrait mode. A better onscreen keyboard and MMS are other issues that can be easily addressed in future software updates (made easy by the N900s support for OTA [Over the Air] updates. Its so called "limited apps" aren't really an issue if you're proficient in Linux. Although it can brick your phone if you aren't careful, if you do know how to use Linux, then you can easily find software repositories around the web that support Maemo 5. Despite those small issues, the N900 is a fun, entertaining phone with amazing potential.