Where to begin...this phone is awesome! I had a few issues right out of the box ( Just got it yesterday ), but both resolved over night after I let it fully charge and the following morning after redoing the tasks they were fine.
I got a unit from the second batch and so far the second batch seems like Nokia fixed the kinks from the first one. If you want a phone that does everything from SSH, DNS, Apache, to Xvid, Divx videos, then this phone is truly the King of phones. Im typing this review as we speak from my N900 via the Mozilla browswer and I can tell you iPhone owners be scared...be very scared of this thing!
The browser itself is getting updated at the end of Dec with the newest FULL ( Yes I said full ) Adobe Flash so it should be able to play sites like Hulu more smoothly ( although I didnt have a problem with watching standard videos via the browser on Hulu ) since the Flash that comes with the browser straight out of the box is the old 9.6 version. Just having full Adobe Flash not that Flashpoint crap solidified my decision on pre-order and getting this device.
Oh and today I setup a remote DNS with Apache on the phone and have already had two friends test it out and OMG, is it great--what other phone can do that?? NONE!
To address the critics:
Youll hear people say, oh well it doesnt have allot of apps so thats why it sucks, well neither did Apple or Android when they first came out. It takes time when a new OS is released but their are already a bunch of apps that are available. Youll also hear people say well Android multi tasks and its also a Linux platform...the only thing Linux about Android is the Kernel and Android is not an open platform, whereas Maemo is almost full Linux but in the mobile version and you have full access to all coding within Maemo and customization as much as you want unlike Google or Apple who go after people who customize the OS).
MMS as well as full portrait mode control ( portrait is already available but you have to do a little trick with opening and closing programs while you have the phone in portrait ) is coming in the Dec update. This is one of the main things critics use to dissuade potential N900 buyers.
Yes it has a resistive touchscreen but you dont notice it, the responsiveness of the screen is comparable to that of the iPhone of any Android touch screen capacitive device ( Yes I had an iPhone so I know the screen ). Resistive is also great for selecting small objects ( Ever try selecting something small on the iPhone its a pain ) with the stylus or using the handwriting program so you can actually write notes on the screen ( cant do that with iPhone or Android ) with your own handwriting.
Physical keyboard is small but you dont feel squished when needing to use it to type ( virtual keyboard can also be used via the screen ).
Turn by turn, voice navigation is coming via Sygic in about a week so no more Oh the phone doesnt have voice navigation crap.
The processor itself is capable of 1GHZ ( so technically just as fast as the snapdragon ) but is capped at 680MHZ to preserve battery and reduce heat, but the processor itself with 1GB of ram means this baby is fast and damn do I mean fast!
I bought a Class 6 16GB micro sdhc a while back so I bumped the storage in this thing to 48 GB ( ofc not 48GB total because of OS storage just like any other smartphone ) more than any iPhone or Android user... :P
This is THE phone for geeks and nerds and the only phone thats Linux, open, and in all actuality a computer first, phone second but its also a phone that will appeal to the normal user because of its accessibility and user friendly interface.
What other phone can run full HTML Google Voice and Wave via the browser and not having any slow issues...nothing, except the N900! Oh and iPhone people, you can actually switch out the battery on this thing, which means extra power.
People pay more for the iPhone and they get way less, and people will actually defend Apples decision for basically making a dumbed down phone, whereas Nokia you get everything that is expected in a phone and the newest and best technology to back it up. Having everything in a phone is what people want--a great 5 mp camera, dual led flash, camcorder, front camera for video calling, massive storage, full Adobe Flash, full Mozilla browser, massive storage for music and video...
This phone after the Dec update when we get portrait and MMS will be THE iPhone killer and seriously ahead of Android on all fronts.
New owners should join us at [...] where we have forums to discuss everything Maemo, and if you have issues or questions just go there as everyone is great and we are more than willing to help any person out with N900 questions or issues.
Tips and Tricks for the N900:
Improving Battery Life:
^^ Using that I have so far been using the phone ( After all day recharging yesterday ) with internet radio and browsing usage as well as GPS and email for close to eight hours already and my battery still shows full. The power conservation on this thing is astounding and is a 100 times better then iPhone or Android.
This is the phone of phones, and believe me when youre around people with this phone theyll instantly recognize it and youll be the envy. Everywhere I go I always get at least one or two people in astonishment that I have an N900 and how cool it is.
Get the phone you wont be disappointed
hi its Dave Baltazar,i choose this one because all features that i need is here...
hi how can i restore n96?? coz its asking for lock code,,wat is it?? will it stay the same after resore
It's good because Nokia but it's bad because it has Linux operation system. It means that poor in software sphere.
hope next weeks i'll get my phone in my hand!!!!
i can't wait ,i dont like my 1000£$ for another phone.
N900 keyboard shortcuts, It really helps you when using phone
Anonymous, 12 Dec 2009not a good phone. i don't recommend it.speak about ur self.....( seems that you don't have scene of beauty)
lena, 12 Dec 2009is it a good one or not? You can judge by see this site http://talk.maemo.org/
More than 30 pictures taken with the N900: http://maemoworld.org/2009/12/...ge-examples/
did they change your phone? i am having thesame problem too but they have not change mine.if they change your please let us know. that is why nokia is keeping the phone from us all this days because it bad.i am not happy at all after waiting for 3months.this is what i get.
Anonymous, 11 Dec 2009i really dont recommend this phone....i got and after using it for only three hours the whole ... moreyup, i agree with you, this phone is way more to mature yet, maybe the next gen every problem will be fixed. you know the funniest thing is about this phone is i could recieve text massage in english, but when i asked my friend to send me in chinese, it didn't recieve nothing, no respond at all, and tried many times, then i asked him to send in english, and it worked, other problem is when i was opening some apps, it just turned off automatically, it's happend many times too, for this damn phone,,, i spent more than $600 on it, it's really not worthy, but yet, web browing is very good tho, so that's it. i'm so disappointed about nokia, and their customer service is really really,,,,, bad, too hard to reach them, and don't really solve your problem, i have called, and send them emails, been 2 days, no any respond, anyone here who have simular experrience please share. my advise is if anyone is planning to get this phone anytime soon, you should wait for sometime till nokia fixes all the problems.