"Wonderful device with great potential"4.0 starson by amar_raavi
Pros: + Maemo OS
+ Screen resolution
+ Browsing experience
+ Multiple Video & Audio format support
+ Graphics and Performance
+ Physical Keyboard (Personal choice)
+ TV Out (being included in the package)
+ Overall Build Quality
Cons: - Bulky
- Volume button behavior (Not really a big deal)
Summary: Nokia N900 is one mysterious looking device with loads of potential. Even though it is my first cell phone/internet tablet from Nokia, i am quite impressed with what Nokia did with Maemo OS.
I have always followed the news about Nokia devices, but none of the devices impressed me as much as Nokia N900. Even though i am new to Nokia world, this devices caught my attention amid apple fanfare and android glory sweeping the market.
Nokia N900 is a bulky device compared to other phones/internet tablets in it's category and that is the only thing i can really complain about this device. But don't get scared, it is not awfully obese.
It feels much nicer in hands with it's compact form factor and the button layout looks logical. My only complaint is about volume up/down button. Not sure whether you know or not, Nokia N900 is mostly "landscape mode only" device. Even though Nokia promised that they are going to support portrait mode, currently only phone dialer works in portrait mode. Let me come back to my complaint. When the device is used in landscape mode the left end of volume button acts as "volume down" and right end acts as "volume up". But in phone mode (portrait) it's the opposite. Even though it's a minor issue, i got confused few times.
It is having all standard components like 3.5 mm audio out, microUSB and i feel it's a nice move by nokia to standardize these things. Apart from that the device is having a 5 Mega Pixel camera with flash and a stylus (yes, it is having a resistive touch screen).
Coming to the screen, Nokia N900 has a resistive touch screen and you don't have to poke with a knife on the screen to make it work. It is a sensitive screen and i haven't faced any problem even after using capacitive touch screens from past 2 years. Most important aspect of the screen is it's resolution - 800 x 480. The fonts look crisp and you don't have scroll the web pages horizontally much.
Nokia also provided a TV-Out cable along with device and it works great to see all your content on a TV. I am definitely impressed with the quality.
The Maemo OS used in Nokia N900 is based on Linux and it will impress you at the first glance. Nokia implemented multi-talking action pretty nicely and graphics are wonderful. I have used both iPhone and Android devices in the past but i have to rate the N900 version of desktop experience a bit higher.
Leaving the OS, the most impressive application in the device is the Browser. It is having native support for flash and worked pretty well on almost all the sites i have tested. No hopes for hulu yet, but i think it will change once flash 10.x for mobile is in the market. Sites render perfectly and i have faced zero issues with rendering. Here is the best part, you can just open regular gmail (desktop version) and upload a document/image stored in the device. How many devices in the current market can do that. At least i don't know any. Nokia can sue Apple one more time to take the "Waterdown version of Internet" Ad :)). The in-built browser is based on Mozilla and Mozilla itself is working on firefox mobile and it may come out anytime soon (stable version i mean).
There are few apps already available through various repositories and through ovi store and i think those numbers will increase over a period of time. All Nokia has to do now is continuously support the OS and grow the sales figures to attract more developers.
BTW, i forgot to mention about the Remote Desktop app available in one of the repositories. I have never imagined how easily i can transfer files between my N900 and desktop seamlessly with N900 automatically mapped in my PC. How cool is that. So, now you know there are some wonderful developers working on developing and porting applications to N900.
Even though N900 is not a perfect device it is definitely an device with good hardware specs combined with it's promising OS. Do i recommend Nokia N900 ? Yes, but only for people with patience. If you are a geek or somebody who wants to explore things and learn, then you are 100% match. If you just want a phone pretty touch screen with gazillions of apps then look elsewhere.