Nokia N900 Review: What’s Hot and What’s Not

For almost 3 years, Apple’s iPhone has set the standard for mainstream smart phones. Apple has taken over a large portion of the smart phone market actually. But it didn’t stop Nokia to launch its N900. Yes, one phone that looks like it has a real chance to compete with the iPhone is Nokia’s new N900 phone/internet tablet.n900Product Summary:

Combining a mobile computer, cell phone, high-quality camera and portable media player into a single device, the Nokia N900 offers fast 3G connectivity, global roaming capabilities, and a wealth of messaging capabilities to keep you in touch with family, friends and business associates wherever you roam. Nokia has equipped the N900 with decent hardware: it has a 600Mhz processor (the same used in the Motorola Droid) that integrates a PowerVR SGX 530 graphics processor (OpenGL 2.0). It runs the new Linux-based Maemo operating system, which brings the benefits of your PC to your mobile world. The 3.5-inch display has a resolution of 800 x 480, and there’s a 5-megapixel camera with flash and autofocus for photos and video. Best of all, 32 GB of storage is on-board storage, expandable to 48 GB with a MicroSD card.

The good:

Unlike the iPhone 3GS that is subsidized by AT&T and locked to their network, the Nokia N900 allows you to choose any GSM mobile provider you want (T-Mobile or AT&T in the US). Yes, the N900 is an unlocked GSM phone, meaning, you’re not stuck with a single mobile provider. It has a built-in keyboard and if you like on-screen keyboards, the N900 have one of those too. The Nokia N900 also features a microSD memory card slot that allows you to extend the memory with cards. If you run out of memory for all your photos, videos and music, you can simply add or swap memory cards – you are not limited to only 32 GB.

The bad:

Most of the N900’s functionality is confined to landscape mode, which is probably why the phone is occasionally referred to as a tablet. When you want to fire off a quick text message or look something up on the Web, needing two hands will become inconvenient in a hurry.

Bottom line:

While it has yet to reach its full potential, the Nokia N900 is a powerful mobile device with excellent browsing capabilities and vast customization options. However, its unintuitive interface and other limitations make this a smartphone for tech enthusiasts and early adopters only.

Technical Specifications:

• Total available application memory up to 1 GB (256 MB RAM, 768 MB virtual memory)
• Supported protocols: Mail for Exchange, IMAP, POP3, SMTP
• SMS and instant messages organized as conversations
• Support for Nokia Messaging service
• Instant messaging and Presence-enhanced contacts
• Multiple number, email and Instant Messaging details per contact, contacts with images
• Integrated hands-free stereo speakers
• Logging of dialed, received and missed calls
• Speed dialing via contact widget
• Ring tones: .wav, .mp3, .AAC, .eAAC, .wma
• Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g) with WEP, WPA, WPA2 security; designed for continuous TCP/IP connectivity
• Capability to serve as data modem via USB connection
• Music playback file formats: .mp3, .wma, .aac, .m4a, .wav
• Video playback file formats: .mp4, .avi, .wmv, .3gp; codecs: H.264, MPEG-4, Xvid, WMV, H.263
• Video streaming: H.264, MPEG-4, Xvid, WMV, H.263 in .avi, .mp4, .wmv, .asf and .3gp containers
• TV out (NTSC/PAL) with Nokia Video Connectivity Cable (CA-75U, included)
• FM radio (requires headset to be attached) and FM transmitter

Price: $549.99 – click here to see the price after rebate.

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