Well after spending the whole day on N900/Maemo... here are some things i would like to share...
Maemo 5 (Fremantle/2009) Debian (Linux) based OS with Hildon (touch optimized) UI (GNOME Framework/Ubuntu Mobile). Linux is well known from plently of software being free and open sourced, so access to existing projects to port is virtually unlimited. With 800x480 resolution it doesnt even need re-optimization for mobile device, only porting to maemo is needed.
Though it should be worth mentioning that Maemo is still not up-to-the-mark and is growing pretty fast.
Some of the -ves of the N900 are as below:
- It doesn't have an onboard FM-radio (3rd party??) even though it offers an FM-transmitter
- lacks support for MMS :-o
- The display needs a protective screen as resistive screen is prone to scratches
- surprisingly it does not have a digital campass...???
- no software for office documents
The N900 positives:
+ quad band GSM/3.5G (10/2 Mbps)/WiFi (54Mbps)/VoIP/IM
+ 3.5"/800x480/TFT 16M screen
+ great sunlight legibility
+ full-blown support for multiple home screens
+ task manager supports live multitasking (vista-like)
+ kinetic scrolling all around, gesture support
+ Maemo5 offers a very feature-rich phonebook
+ phonebook integrates live online services - skype/gTalk/Ovi
+ DivX/XviD support right out of the box
+ charges over USB
+ browser supports Flash/AJAX/JS
+ Maemo supports various languages packages right out of the box
+ user can pick two input languages and switch between them while typing
+ user can make use of two predictive input dictionaries respectively
+ SMS messages are arranged in the form of a chat (gmail-like threads)
+ fully functional email client (HTML/Rich Text) on the go
+ PDF Reader/ RSS Reader on the go
The N900 hardware:
+ TI OMAP3430 Core (ARM Cortex-A8 CPU@600MHz, PowerVR SGX530 GPU@430MHz, TMS320C64x DSP/ISP)
+ 256MB RAM, 768MB NAND VM
+ 256MB (root) + 2GB (/home/opt) storage for apps
+ 32GB (default storage) + 16GB (eMMc)
+ sports DAC33 audio chipset
+ 5MP f/2.8 (Autofocus/Carl Zeiss) Cam, WVGA (848x480, 16:9 @25fps) video
+ Java acceleration and OpenGL ES2.0 Support
+ pixel shader/vertex shader hardware
+ A-GPS (using TI/OMAP Navilink)
+ bluetooth 2.1 (+EDR/A2DP/AVRCP/FTP)
+ has an IR port... hmm... remote control?? eh?
Anonymous, 02 Oct 2009there is no digital compass, no voice guide, no turn-by-turn navigation. just RoutingLol dumb sh*t it does have a digital compass,turn by turn is through the ovi maps service everyone knows that's
It's 80.00CAD for a year term ....so stop being a nub
And go bac, to your iphone forum
there is no digital compass, no voice guide, no turn-by-turn navigation. just Routing
This IZ Nokia Mobile's
You can be Poor Nokia give all what you needs.
Nokia N900 and The Next!! i cant just wait...
go go go fight with your boring firmware 3.1(open and close)
Hope n97 price drop a lot after n900 is launched
i want n97 despite it has poor CPU!!!
N97 and n900 are good phones
n97 symbian flagship with mature os but poor CPU
n900 maemo flagship with immature os but advanced CPU
Anonymous, 02 Oct 2009Who wants to use a phone sideways all the time with a rubbish keyboard with keys missing and n... moreCan't wait man and since nokia has a better OS with OpenGL and can enable BT controllers like Wiimote and Ps3 dualshock3 i can make my games :)
And it's called options my friend
T9,Virtua. Keypad,hardware keypad,handwritting rec and there is gonna be voice to text for sure on this
What a complete waste of money this piece of garbage is! There's a weak battery, cheap looking design, very tiny keys, freakishly heavy!!, very weak camera, no MMS which is a very very very basic feature and i guess Nokia is just really st*p*d cause they can't even put MMS!! Yuck!
Well done nokia!!!
We are proud of you and Finland
hope we can see more maemo based phones,
Just offer n97 design phone running maemo 5, or n900 mini I think your competitors will fade away!!!!
Deep space bar, 02 Oct 2009How long did it take apple to CnP,record vid/sound,mms....ect 3.5 years so nokia wont take lon... moreWho wants to use a phone sideways all the time with a rubbish keyboard with keys missing and no MMS.
What piece of junk is this, just a half finished experiment for Nokia to test on their research sheep.
Deep space bar, 02 Oct 2009How long did it take apple to CnP,record vid/sound,mms....ect 3.5 years so nokia wont take lon... moreOf course,,,,
Nokia will do the modification just after the official release through new firmware up-date.
Anonymous, 02 Oct 2009No MMS, this is 2009 not 2002, what is this rubbish? My grandmother's phone is better than ... moreHow long did it take apple to CnP,record vid/sound,mms....ect 3.5 years so nokia wont take long for these features at all
Sneaky Castro, 29 Sep 2009I think all Samsung phones have a slow interface. Nokia phones nowadays have the most complet... morePeople are very tentative to experiment when they could be stuck with a bad phone for years.
hani, 01 Oct 2009u did the biggest mistake n97 just a crap near the n900 :s .To hani,
Well, i can't do much now, and well the price is also almost the same I dont even want to think about it, but I do like my n97 white color, but once it fades away then.
Maybe I didn't do a big mistake after all, okay well maybe I did, but nokia plays a lot of games with us, once every1 will buy this phone they will bring an even better1.
Anonymous, 02 Oct 2009You have already iphone..., scumbag!No MMS, this is 2009 not 2002, what is this rubbish?
My grandmother's phone is better than this and it cost $30.
I'm keeping my iPhone.
Anonymous, 01 Oct 2009It does have opengl and the clockspeed cand be judged proportionally to a pc. the ram is indee... moreI was refering to the n97 not the n900 the n900 after boot is fine and updates will shave off some Ram usage but the n97 and lower clock sleep S60 phones should and clould get another clockspeed boost to 600mhz from were ever they stand but ram is another problem
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Anonymous, 01 Oct 2009No MMS, I'm getting an iPhone.You have already iphone..., scumbag!
Deep space bar, 01 Oct 2009They just made a mistake on the phone Good design and concept but Not enought RAM and CPU cl... moreIt does have opengl and the clockspeed cand be judged proportionally to a pc. the ram is indeed too little... 50 after boot is certainly not enough since the swap "virtual ram" is certainly not as fast.