What does maemo mean?
Maemo doesn't mean anything. The term was created using a password generator, pwgen. Maemo was a substring of one of the suggested passwords and it was chosen because it sounded good and apparently didn't mean anything offensive in any existing language.
Apparently the word 'maemo' exists in sesotho and means standard.
[SCREEN ORIENTATION]: Most software and the main N900 interface only work in landscape mode. The only time you can switch it to portrait mode is when you make or receive a phone call. Rotating the phone into portrait mode opens the dialpad automatically after a delay. Portrait mode for the browser is promised as a software update by the end 2009. Third party software orientation is at the discretion of the software developer.
[WEB BROWSER]: The overall web experience is amazing, perhaps the best available in a device this size. The web browser is MicroB and supports full Adobe Flash, video and applets providing a very fast, full web experience. Tapping zooms and centers where tapped. Making a circular motion zooms gradually. Moving a finger off the left of the screen produces a mouse arrow for websites requiring this operation. The Flash version is 9.4. 10.1 is confirmed for Q1 2010. Many flash games play fine but the keyboard can be iffy with some. MicroB is based on Firefox which uses Gecko, Webkit browsers are available too if desired.
[COPY AND PASTE]: Copy and pasting text is allowed in all menus and textboxes.
[SOCIAL NETWORKING]: The N900 comes with utilities for using Twitter and Facebook. Social presence is a global service, once connected to social services the contact list is updated realtime, theres no need to launch Contacts. IM support for MSN, ICQ, AIM, Yahoo, IRC and more is also available through Pidgin. Video calls can be made over IP using Google Talk. Email supports Mail for Exchange and IMAP/POP3. Nokia/Ovi Messaging provides PUSH email for up to 10 simultaneous accounts, including webmail and keeps the accounts separate. Skype calls can be made using 3G.
[PRODUCTIVITY]: Included is Documents To Go, a suite of apps for opening MS Office documents. Theres a free version that only opens Office files and a pay version for creating and editing Office files. Full versions of AbiWord and OpenOffice are available free as well.
[MEDIA PLAYER]: The media player works but can be picky. Included are some 720p trailers showing the N900s speed and amazing screen. Codec support is unclear and experimenting with mostly supported media can be a stuttering mess. The media player is okay for music but could use some polishing, the lack of an equalizer was a surprising omission for example. There are also free, community media players like VLC available.
[PHONE]: The phone part of the N900 could be better considering it is a flagship device. The rotate start of the phone interface takes several moments. There seems to be no way to filter or organize the call log and call duration is not recorded. Its not possible to send an SMS from the phone screen. Theres apparently no way to access device settings on the phone screen. On the positive side the call quality is great and signal strength is excellent.
Design & Hardware
[OVERVIEW]: The surface of the device is a smooth black matte material. The build quality feels solid. It is smaller than the N810 and easily slips in a pocket. Its the same size as an iPhone but thicker. There are four components on the front: the LED status light, the proximity sensor, the ambient light sensor, and the VGA camera. Also of interest this unit has a consumer infrared port (making it a universal remote), wrist strap option, stylus and kickstand.
[KEYBOARD]: The N900 is of the side-slider form-factor. The sliding mechanism is smooth and has the right amount of heft to give it a very solid feel. The keyboard is three-row, localized and backlit. The key surfaces are flat and easy to type on though extended use is tiring. There is no D-pad. It is possible connect a USB or bluetooth keyboard, gamepad, mouse and even a Wii Remote.
[TV-OUT]: There is 480i resolution TV-out which uses an included 3.5mm jack with 4 rings. These are ground, audio left and right, and composite video. Useful for watching movies, playing games or doing work that requires a big screen.
[SCREEN]: The 16 million color, 800x480 pixel display is incredible. It is pressure-sensitive, 15:9 aspect and transflective, making the screen easier to see in direct light. It uses a surprisingly responsive resistive touch screen allowing use with gloves, fingernails or a stylus. The ambient light sensor adjusts the brightness automatically. Lack of multi-touch is sometimes cumbersome but generally not a huge issue.
[CAMERAS]: The main camera is a 5MP Carl Zeiss, the same as the Nokia N97. It comes with a sliding shutter to protect the recessed lens. There is also a front-facing 640x480 webcam. The camera interface is the same as the S60. The image quality is impressive and the delay while photographing is brief. The accelerometer is used to know the orientation when taking a photo, and the photo viewer uses the accelerometer to show the picture up whichever way you hold the N900. If you take a picture in portrait, and view it in landscape; itll be small. Turn the device and itll fill the screen. There are the following modes: Automatic, Macro, Portrait, Landscape, Action, and Auto video. It can take a 848×480 resolution video at 25 fps. The video quality is decent recording at an impressive 3000 kb/s but still feels like a phone camera. The camera also works with Adobe Flash.
[BATTERY]: The N900 uses a standard Nokia BL-5J 1320mAh battery and is more power hungry than the N97. Though the battery is smaller, the software and OMAP3 CPU are said to be more efficient. Realistically you will get about 5-9 hours of continuous talk time and about 2-4 days of always online time. Charging is through microUSB which takes about 4-5 hours for an empty battery. Disabling services and radios, like the Facebook widget drastically improves battery life.
[INTERNAL MEMORY]: The N900 has two memory chips. The first is a 32GB eMMC: 768MB of virtual memory (swap), 2GB for settings and software (ext3 /home), the last ~26GB MyDocs is for your files only (software not allowed). The second chip is 256MB of NAND memory (RAM) used for bootloader, kernel and rootfs, twice that of the N810. Optionally, several gigabytes are used for the localized offline Ovi maps, useful for use in areas without data coverage.
[EXPANDABLE MEMORY]: The N900 has a hot-swappable microSDHC slot under the rear panel. It supports microSDHC cards up to 32GB of any class. Supposedly it will also support microSDXC media as well, which would give it a theoretical capacity of 2TB. The included data cable can connect the N900 to a computer for easy transfer of files or allowing the N900 to act as a hard drive, though only MyDocs is accessible.
[GPS]: The GPS is a real GPS and has been improved over the N810 due to the addition of A-GPS data. The cold fix time with data is about 10-40 seconds and the accuracy is as good as the Nokia N97, but without data it can take very long, 15+ minutes. The N900 can use pre-loaded Ovi maps 1.0 so a data connection is not required. Ovi maps includes weather information and is updated using the current location to show local weather. Navigation and mapping with Ovi Maps is free but there is no turn-by-turn voice navigation. The low 1.0 version is due to it being the first Maemo release of Ovi maps making it less robust than the 3.0 version available on Symbian devices.
[FM TRANSMITTER]: The builtin FM transmitter transmits the audio from the device into radio frequency so you can tune your car radio to that frequency and play N900 media wirelessly. It works as advertised but must be very close to the receiving radio.
[RADIOS]: The signal strength of the N900s 3G radio is one of the weakest Ive used, unfortunately. It is possible to turn off the cellular radio without disabling wifi/bluetooth by going into offline mode and then manually enabling either. Bluetooth DUN and PAN modes are supported via community software. Advanced WLAN security, like different kinds of EAP (EAP-PEAP, EAP-MSCHAPv2, etc.), different ciphers (RSA, 3DES, SHA, etc.) and authority certificates (algorithms like X.509, SHA1RSA) are all supported. With Bluetooth DUN, tethering is supported.
[AUDIO]: The built-in speakers are nice and loud but lacking in bass, making an acceptable portable radio. The audio quality of the 3.5mm jack is very good, at least like my iPod. Although on extremely good equipment quality is more noticeable. For 99% of uses the quality should be sufficient.
I just visited the above website. In the call management section it does mention that the video calling availibility will be announced later!
Does this mean that it will work? if so..hurraayyy!!
I recently read that Nokia would not be able to support the Video calling and MMS feature with any further updates; since its more a Hardware prob.
Is this really really true? I wanna know, before I buy it since I at least do need a video calling update if not the mms.
Thanks and Cheery!
mike, 07 Dec 2009I received my n900 just a few days ago from Nokia USA. For the purposes of this review, I will... moreDear Mike,
Would the N900 support integration with Microsoft Outlook. Can I receive my official mails on this? I need help in choosing a phone between the N900 & the HTC HD2. I would use it for entertainment, mails and browsing. Suggestions from others are also welcome. Thank U.
pardip, 09 Dec 2009is n900 available in india yes but in grey market only means without warranty
medhat, 09 Dec 2009yes i am having the same problem so did u get any solution?no solution yet, thats why i keep asking NOKIA about this, why they didnt include basic function from a smartphone?
anonimous, 08 Dec 2009the speed doesnt depend on rams u jerk,i depends on a proccesor,and the iphone has much much b... moreYou luks the expert phone user! So how much u know about iphone3gs and nokia maemo5? U Loser they both have same hardware like processer and rams etc. Now go and compare both of them on GSM arena. 2ndly u r talking about os, hve u used maemo 5 as yet ? if not then plz avoid comment and if yes give us a valid reson why maemo 5 is not better then iphnone3gs?
mike, 07 Dec 2009I received my n900 just a few days ago from Nokia USA. For the purposes of this review, I will... moreGreat review u have provide dude, solute, this is what we need here inside n900 community not some trash talk nor argument about which phone is better, million thanks.
LT, 09 Dec 2009This mobile doesnt have MMS. So if you dont use MMS it's OK. But probaly going to update new s... moreLook how fast nokia put face detection on the N86 lol month and a half and now no one can't say anything bad about it cause it out performs most high mp camera phones XD and is near DSLR lvl
Andrew Mercado, 08 Dec 2009I think Samsung Omnia i8910 HD still the best symbian S60 5th edition smartphone. i agree but n900 aint symbian os its maemo and its totaly diffrent from s60.
This mobile doesnt have MMS. So if you dont use MMS it's OK. But probaly going to update new software/firewarm then you can send MMS. THAT is IF Nokia does the update... think twice before you buy this phone. But it's good no doubt!
Anonymous, 08 Dec 2009Dell.com sell this phone only $450 USA dollars good deal $50 rebate [Exp 12/31]
3. Final pric... moreThanks alot man was gonna still get it fom amazon.com but the pre-order price is no more it's at 799USD so screw them ,I'm going Dell baby
Ordering mine next week