Anonymous, 06 Jan 2011i also hate android and the socalled "free apps". But Htc Desire Z is still a better... moreI aint mad at you brother. I agree with you wholly and thats why i have a nokia e73 close by. for the great battery life and the wonderful navigation experience. U are right I dont use the N900 for navigation at all. also, i have 2 garmins for road travel anyway. Again though, I agree with you whole heartedly and the N900 is definitley not better "phone wise" than the G2/Desire Z, but as a gadget it does plenty more
sly, 06 Jan 2011outdated??? you people need to stop the madness! its the best out there and other devices ar... morei also hate android and the socalled "free apps". But Htc Desire Z is still a better fone than N900. Coz N900 is not a fone, its an internet tablet/pocket computer, with a simple fone app added. Its still the best for internet but Froyo is giving me flash support, Android has become "good enough".
I can live with Android instead of the N900, its good to not always have to plan ahead to not run out of battery, and it good with bigger and better screen, and not to mention navigation, you have to admit that Ovi Maps for maemo is so slow that its not practically usable. Zooming and panning takes forever, this is insanely much better on my HTC, so smoooth and fast, i can easily drive and zoom pan at the same time, i cudnt even stop and do that on the N900, wasting time in fighting a virtually unresponsive app? Even S40 Nokias with GPS are by far superior.
It was easy to forgive N900's shortcomings when there was no alternatives that had full flash support, but that is no longer the case, so now it has tunred around, its now easy to forgive androids pushiness to make money for google. I need battery time and working maps also, i guess im not like you who love to go around and show off that Maemo5 is the best OS. It is best, yes, but i dont feel the need to go door to door like a jehovas witness to convince everyone that its best.
Drax, 06 Jan 2011Yes, you need to be online to get/install packages via apt-get (except if they are in cache al... moreHello Drax,
First of all, sorry for misspeling ur name as "Deex".. I hope U won't mind.. :)
Thanks a lot for ur guidance for using "apt-get" & "dpkg" commands..
I successfully installed "wget" package, downloaded other ".deb" files with "wget" command & installed them successfully with "dpkg" command..
I will now do further R&D with those installed packages.. :)
Thanks for your support again..
im using this phone for 6mos now..i got this last year and i saw on youtube that maemo is dead.
my concern is,if meego would come out do we need to throw this expensive phone over meego..coz if meego would be incompatible,then nokia is just fooling around with us consumer for selling this phone if maemo is dead...maemo is dead but i hope we can still able to download from meego so we can update,upgrade and continue using this phone...damn i hope im not wasting my money!!
Anonymous, 05 Jan 2011Long and interesting post u have there.
My N900 has never had issues, and that seems to be ... moreoutdated??? you people need to stop the madness! its the best out there and other devices are jusrt now carchin up. hell the newest android is the nexus s. same processor, a cheap 5 mp camera, only 16gb of storage, no memory card slot, no fm transmitter, no infared, no multibooting, i can go on and on.
people who r just now jumpin on the android bandwagon have so much to say about what they left behind. however i was one of the first to experience android starting with the g1 and owning 3 more since then. i decided to put it down when everyone in the world became a follower. i remember how people laughed at android when it first dropped and now all those people own one. i refuse to be a follower and i dont like the idea of advertisements forced on me via free apps. not to mention google has admitted that everything u do with them they keep on record for life. no thanks. the n900 is the best ever and still does more than any other device on the market. i dont miss android one bit and when i show people the things i can do with this their jaws drop because with all those useless apps they still cant do what do
Hey guys plz educate me about some good applications of this phone with some detail about them which u r using.. Ya, i m requesting to u only, not the other person reading this review. Hence plz answer..
Hardik, 05 Jan 2011Hello Drex,
Thanks a lot for ur guidence..
I managed to install .deb files after typing ... moreYes, you need to be online to get/install packages via apt-get (except if they are in cache already, what is rare to happen unless you are uninstalling and installing same app 5 times every day).
Also for searching packages, you should be able to run this "apt-cache search ".
Anonymous, 05 Jan 2011Can we play video by attaching the TV cable in our Plasma?yes, if your plasma tv has a composite video input. Or through SCART with an adapter. Just dont expect too much, picture quality on Nokia TV outputs has never been great, and i hear its not great also over HDMI on Nokia N8. Cheap and simple circuits, it works but thats all
Dissapointed, 05 Jan 2011The specs are great and at first the phone seems amazing. I was quite impressed with the camer... moreLong and interesting post u have there.
My N900 has never had issues, and that seems to be the case for most users. Its a solid and reliable little brick, mostly... That brings me to the size issue, its not realy so bulky, but its very thick. My HTC is bigger and same weight, but a bit slimmer, feels less bulky, yes..
About the maps, thats for sure, N900 is slow and unresponsive when using OVI maps for Maemo, seriously bad, scrolling a map is a pain. It was better before they updated the maps application.
So many good things about the N900 but the few disadvantages are severe, all in all it doesnt cut it for me anymore. I can add that i loved the N900 more than any other phone i had, debian based linux on a phone was a dream come through (i been a big fan of Debian since 2004), it was reliable and efficient, and is still the best for internet usage, better than Froyo units.
Oh, the keyboard, mine kept the paint through around 2 millon keypresses (which is way more typing than average users), some keys on the mid right side lost some paint from one point in time forwards but this was related to one day when i was eating chicken in soy sauce while texting a lot, was my own fault. The only keys affected were the ones that was frequently pressed by the right hand thumb. I guess keyboard life is individual and depending on the fat/sweat/salt in the persons fingerskin, or typing while eating =)
The things u mention abt apps and so on, i think Nokia has made a mistake by throwing too much programming resources into Symbian, some focus on with Maemo for one more generation while waiting for meego would have been a smart move i think, N9 is too long time after N900, a "N900-2" would have kept our interest for linux nokias alive.
I also dont recommend N900, but for geeks it is a good buy if getting a used one, they are already quite cheap. Im not selling mine, the prices are too low already, and i still have an affection for it even thought its not in use. Maybe the most remarkable cellfone of all times, but now outdated.
thetruth, 05 Jan 2011it must be there..or,u can try another way..surf the OVI store,choose applications,then u can ... moreok I will try that. But I keep on getting a notification on my phone that "cellular data not available", do u think it has got anything to do with that?
drax, 05 Jan 2011I do not own n900 (buying it soon :) ), but as a Linux user I can tell that:
1) you don't hav... moreHello Drex,
Thanks a lot for ur guidence..
I managed to install .deb files after typing "sudo gainroot".
However, for the command apt-get install, i faced the following warning :
Command : apt-get install wget
msg from X_term :Package wget is not available, but is referred to by another package. This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsolated or is only available from another source.
Command : apt-get install i2c-tools python_2.5 python_2.5-qt4
Msg from X_term : same message as of "wget"
I am running apt-get command in offline mode. i.e. i am not connected to internet while running these commands. Will i have to be online to run the command successfully??
Thanks a lot again for ur help..
Hardik, 05 Jan 2011Hey Guys,
I have a question regarding X_terminal.
When I used "wget" command t... moreI do not own n900 (buying it soon :) ), but as a Linux user I can tell that:
1) you don't have "wget" installed, try this "apt-get install wget" and then run "wget"
2) For superuser mode I think that you need to type this first: "sudo gainroot".
I hope it helps
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The specs are great and at first the phone seems amazing. I was quite impressed with the camera, for what it is it takes great photos, better than my 5mp olympus digital camera, I am quite happy with the camera (not so great in low light though). Unfortunately this does not redeem it for it's bugs and defects. After having the phone for just six months, it has returned to the repairers twice. My first n900 rebooted automatically, randomly and without warning about ten times a day, erasing all my unsaved data, very annoying. After putting up with this annoyance for three months I had it sent off. The customer service was much better than the phone and they replaced it with a refurbished n900, which worked well until the sharing feature wouldn't work and day light savings arrived, causing all my events to move backward an hour as well as the clock. This meant I spent hours changing the times on all my events (standard for all n900s). I had gotten over this and dealt with it until recently when I plugged it in to charge, the metal inside the slot dislodged, so I couldn't recharge the phone or back it up to a computer. Currently I find myself without a phone as I wait for my second replacement.
But wait, I'm not done, don't be misguided by their statement of 'Ovi Store with more than 1000 apps' for the n900 they only have 100 or so (this is gradually increasing however). Third party apps are handy, but often don't function correctly so you can find yourself uninstalling them just after you've downloaded them.
The phone is extremely bulky, I prefer this as it is harder to lose and makes it feel less fragile, but for some this is a negative.
Ovi maps is awful, it has been beneficial a times, but it is slow and has to download, so if you use it a lot you could find yourself out of pocket in download fees.
A friend of mine also bought the phone and within two weeks the paint had worn off the keys.
Nearly done... overall the n900 has the potential to be a great phone if they designed more apps, improved the maps, sorted out the bugs and fixed cosmetic issues. I still believe the n900 has potential and is better than anything apple has to offer, but I won't be recommending the product to any of my friends.
I have a question regarding X_terminal.
When I used "wget" command to download some stuff with complete web address, i got the reply from X_terminal that "wget command is not supported".
Then I downloaded the same .deb files from PC & copied it to my N900.
then I ran the command "dpkg -i " to install those files. I got the reply from X_terminal that "requested operation requires superuser privilege"..
Can Anyone, who is expert in operating X_terminal, tell me what is the meaning of the above message??
Please guide me also to install .deb files on my N900.
Any help will be appriciated..