Important Interview about N900:
Nokia recently announced the Nokia N900 powered by Maemo 5, the first smartphone powered by the Linux-based Maemo operating system. Moving forward, Nokia will offer smartphones based on both Symbian and Maemo. We recently talked to Jonas Geust, Vice President of Multimedia solutions at Nokia, about the direction of Nokia's multimedia products. Here's an interview with him:
Will Nseries phones use both Symbian and Maemo in the future, or primarily Maemo?
Symbian and Maemo will be a two-fold deal moving forward, with Symbian focusing on powering mass market devices and Maemo focusing on powering high-end devices. The best examples of this strategy right now are the Symbian-based Nokia 5230 for the mass market and the Maemo-based Nokia N900 for the high-end market.
Does the introduction of Maemo for smartphones mean that we'll see a clearly defined Nseries lineup in the future, or will there ultimately be a range of different Maemo smartphones in a specific market even?
The Maemo smartphones will be developed based on what customer groups are looking for, meaning that there will not be a single development path when it comes to answering those needs. The Nokia N97 and Nokia N97 mini is one example of how that's done with Nseries phones today. That said, the new Nokia N900 is a 4th generation Maemo device, with a 5th generation coming down the road.
Does that mean Maemo will end up as landscape/portrait agnostic, or will the landscape mode continue to be preferred?
It's important to see where the 4th generation is coming from here, namely the Internet Tablets. Now that Maemo is moving into smartphone territory, it'll need some time to get warm. The user feedback on Maemo 5 and the Nokia N900 will also play a role in what the 5th generation will offer.
Does that mean that we for instance could see a Maemo-based all-touch phone down the road, given that there are now also all-touch Symbian phones for the mass market?
We can't comment specifically on what the 5th generation will offer as far as form factors are concerned, other than saying that we're primarily focusing on the overall solution a given smartphone should provide.
Right now, we're for instance working on expanding the language support in Maemo, which will be crucial to provide a Maemo experience worldwide. We're also currently focusing on the mobile computing aspects of Maemo, aiming to provide a powerful high-end experience to end-users.
Will we see more integration of Web and multimedia services in Maemo down the road, or will plug-in based software like the Maemo browser and the Canola media player continue to be the primary focus here - which of course is in line with the mobile computing idea?
We're aiming for Maemo smartphones to offer a versatile experience, both when it comes to integration of leading Web and multimedia services as well as when it comes to providing the mobile computing solution that enables users to access the full Web on the go.
Does that mean that we could for instance see Facebook integration in Maemo down the road, like we've recently seen introduced for S60 5th Edition?
Yes, we will continue working with the major brands also when it comes to Maemo. This could for instance mean that Maemo will integrate services like Facebook, Gmail and other large services.
However, it's also crucial for Maemo to offer a powerful browser so users can easily access the thousands of Web services that for obvious reasons can not be integrated in Maemo. That way, our customers will get the best of what the mobile industry has to offer combined with everything the desktop Internet provides, only wirelessly.
What kind of role will Qt play in all of this, and what's the overall vision with the introduction of Qt as far as the end-user experience is concerned?
With the acquisition of Trolltech and its Qt technology, both Nokia developers and third-party developers will be able to provide a graphically appealing user interface coupled with the advanced functionality found in Symbian and Maemo. Qt will also provide a cross-platform developer environment, which is crucial when it comes to how customers purchase products.
Most people buy products based on brand loyalty, rather than the technology under the hood. It's the "Nokia experience" that attracts and will continue to attract customers also in the future. In other words, Qt will play a vital role in providing the next-generation "Nokia experience", but customers will not have to worry about the underlying technology used, Qt included.
What's the time perspective for when Qt reaches "critical mass"?
It'll obviously take some time until Qt reaches "critical mass", and it's too early to make a statement of exactly when all this will be phased into Nokia's phone portfolio. That said, there's already a Qt port for S60 and a Qt 4.6 Technology Preview was recently released, meaning that there's a steady move towards the point when the Qt ball will start rolling faster.
If we say 2011, will every Nokia phone be released with Qt then?
"Every Nokia phone" sounds like a very strong statement, but we'll make official announcements when the time is ready.
Should Nokia fans get their hopes up for U.S. carriers picking up Nseries phones tailored for the American market then, with for instance scaled down camera technology to keep the price low? Or will Nokia continue to focus on selling Nseries phones in its flagship stores?
That's quite a narrowed down question for me to answer. Although we can't go into specifics about our discussions with carriers, which go both ways, we have a continuous dialogue with carriers regarding what type of phones they're interested in subsidizing. As far as Nseries phones tailored for the American market are concerned? No comment.
We fully understand that, which leaves only our last question.
What is Nokia's vision for LTE smartphones in the U.S. market specifically, and when will they hit store shelves?
The way we see it, the always-on wireless broadband connection will be a center-piece here, regardless of continent. That said, when it comes to LTE in general, we think it'll be a matter of timing as well as how carriers choose to take advantage of LTE. Will it be a matter of radio technology alone, or will other factors play a role as well?
Regardless, Nokia recently announced its first LTE modem for phones, and we aim to be at the forefront when it comes to offering LTE solutions. Maemo and its mobile computing experience would obviously be a natural fit here eventually, and the recently introduced Nokia Booklet 3G is another example of what type of products we think will be important in the years ahead.
When it comes to market availability and specific LTE solutions, it's still too early to make any statements.
And with that said, we would like to thank Jonas Geust for sharing his insight with our readers.
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N900 is mentioned by the end of the "movie" :)
Anonymous, 27 Sep 2009Can anyone tell me when this phone is released, how soon will i be able to get an unlocked one???Its available to preorder at USA Nokia site!
Can anyone tell me when this phone is released, how soon will i be able to get an unlocked one???
Nokia N900 Vs Iphone 3GS
1. 3.5 inch touch-sensitive Vs 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen
widescreen display Multi-Touch diplay
Resistive screen Capacitative Screen
Resistive screen has the advantage of point accuracy. This is good for hand writing because unlike apple, nokia is a all over the world so it has to cater to differnt popluations and some people espcially the asians prefer hand writing recognition for their myriad languages. But capacitative has the advantage of being more responsive. Although it has its side effects, being that it cannot be used with anything except your bare finger. This is really a pain especially for the North east states of the Us and Northern Europe in the cold climates. You cant navigate well with gloves. Another advantage of capacitative is that multi-touch so it is very useful in games and other actions like pinching etc. As far as i know this is the only advantage of the iphone compared to the n900 and of course the other being the app store. But both of these can be expected in the near future with more developers flocking to maemo due to its open nature.
2. 800 × 480 pixel resolution @ 225 ppi Vs 480-by-320-pixel resolution at 163 ppi
This is one area where the n900 totally burns the iphone. Basically resolution means the number of lines you can see on the screen. For example most of the laptops are about 1280 x 800. Since it is very near to that resolution on the n900 you can view web pages just like on your desktop without much zooming and panning. You just open the web page and read no need to keep on fiddling with the text to read which makes web browsing very comfortable
This is included within the sales package. What you can do with is that you can connect your phone to the tv using those 3(yellow, white and red connectors). Imagine playing games with your accelerometer on the big screen. It is fun. And of course you can directly play the recorded videos, images on the big screen. Here again the higher resolution helps by displaying the video on a bigger size and better clarity on the tv.
4. Micro-USB connector, High-Speed USB 2.0 Vs C
5.Bluetooth v2.1 including support Vs Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
for stereo headsets
This feature is the same on both the phones. But with n900 you can send any file via the bluetooth. The iphone even though it has the hardware, deliberately clamps down that feature. The n900 supports tethering, meaning that you can use its data connection to connect to another device like a laptop. I heard even apple allows that these days... but also have heard that it is not possible on AT&T. So basically you cant do it on the iphone whereas you can do anything you want on the n910.
6. Integrated FM transmitter Vs None
An Fm transmitter transmits the audio/video out from the device into radio frequency. So you can tune your car radio into that frequency and listen to the media on the phone wirelessly. Basically this removes the additional audio jack going out of the device into the tape slot of the car stereo. This is a great advantage for car owners. Since i do not have a tape player in my car i use a stand alone fm transmitter. The biggest problem i have with the stand alone transmitter is that it takes the charging port in my car and so i cannot charge my phone. Now no more wires and i can use the charging port to charge my phone while the fm transmitter does its thing.Although it is not listed there i assume there is also fm receiver also. You can listen to the local radio stations and also the fm reciever could be use for traffic updates to your maps application.
7. Up to 1GB of application memory Vs 256 mb only
(256 MB RAM, 768 MB virtual memory)
The main advantage is that you could use your swap memory to open many applications simultaneously. Wheras in the iphone you have to have only one application at one time except for the phone and audio applications. This is just like your desktop. You can open any no. of applications and just switch between them. For example on the iphone if you are instant messaging some one and you want to just check something on the browser, the moment you press the browser window you are logged out of the chat. On the n900 everything is open and you are still logged in and you get a notification when you get an Im. You just need to switch widows and select what you want to do.
8. 32 GB internal storage Vs 16GB or 32GB flash drive
Up to 16 GB of additional storage None
with an external microSD card
9. Full QWERTY tactile keyboard Vs Only on-screen keyboard.
Full QWERTY onscreen keyboard
This is a very big win for the n900.
10. Quad-band GSM EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 Vs UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz) WCDMA 900/1700/2100 MHz GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
11. Integrated hands-free stereo speakers Vs Mono speaker
Stereo speakers means that there are 2 speakers on both sides of the device giving a more comprehensive sound. Since there are 2 speakers it is great for listening to songs in a group and also podcasts and videos just like you would listen to stereo speakers on your tv or laptop. The sound also should be very loud and more importantly more clear.
12. Internet calling Vs None
This means voip calls can be made using the n900. For example skype, gtalk etc. This can considerably reduce the money spent on international calling. Even the iphone has gtalk and skype but the major problem is with multi tasking. If you are on a skype call you cannot use the phone for anything else. Infact if you are waiting for a skype/gtalk call you have to keep the app open and not try to open any other part of the phone. On the n900 you can just keep them open while you do your work and you will be notified of a call or im when you get it.Also there is a webcam for video calls. I could make phone to phone video calling if the other person is on gtalk on another n900. Full video calling will be soon coming.
13. Maemo browser powered by Mozilla technology Vs Safari without flash.
Adobe Flash™ 9.4 support
14. Pre-loaded Ovi Maps application Vs None
15. 5 megapixel camera (2584 × 1938 pixels) Vs # 3 megapixels Autofocus
CMOS sensor, Carl Zeiss optics, Tessar lens
3 × digital zoom
Dual LED flash
Here again there is really no comparison. The dual led helps to capture good clarity photos even in low light conditions. I dont know if there is zoom on the iphone but the n900 has 3x digital zoom. Then there is photo tagging which is useful for tagging pictures.
16. Video recording at up to 848 × 480 pixels Vs VGA(640x480) up to 30 fps with audio
(WVGA) and up to 25fps
The n900 records at a higher resolution although the fps is low.
17. Video playback file formats: Vs Cannot play wmv, .avi formats.
.mp4, .avi, .wmv, .3gp;
codecs: H.264, MPEG-4, Xvid, WMV, H.263
Since maemo is open source you could install mplayer for free and play additional formats like divx, flv and other formats. Iphone can play only a few apple supported formats. This is a big deal because most of the videos can be downloaded from the internet directly and played without any conversion. Unfortunately for the iphone you cannot save the videos directly. You need to save them using your pc then convert them and transfer them for later viewing. This is a PITA!
18. Background pictures Vs None.
Since the n900 has a panoromic desktops with support upto 4 active desktops, you could have different cool backgroud wallpapers for each desktop. Since the app icons are always present on the iphone there is really no use of the desktop and you can only have one desktop wall paper.
19. Widgets on your desktops Vs None
Widgets are really good for real time updates. You can have as many widgets as you want on mutliple desktops. you can have gtalk widget with real time online status. Rss widget with real time updates, internet radio widget, weather widget etc. Widget help you check the latest updates without opening the application. for example if you need to check what are your upcoming applications.... on the iphone you have to go into the calender application and then check it... wheras on the n900 you just have a glance at your desktop and you see your calender. This is very useful.
20. Intelligent contact shortcuts Vs None
Here again you can directly place a contact on one of your desktops and with one single click you can call or email the contact. Wheras in the iphone you have to go to contacts ans locate the contact and then initaite the call. Same goes for sending an email or sms or internet call.
21. PDF reader Vs Safari handles pdf
22. Sketch Application Vs None
23. Removable Battery Vs Non removable
, 12 Sep 2009no need to moto shules
moto dext and se x2 are ready with same features and beter design & price First off, N900 is all about the software, while this has Android, a relatively common OS.
Maemo == GNU/Linux
Android == Google/Linux
Maemo is miles ahead of Android in terms of freedom.
Secondly, can you be more specific? All specs I compared gave me the answer that the N900 was better in everything but the battery...
Anonymous, 27 Sep 2009Can buy it in Asia???????it will be available in Asia probably by Next year..:(
Omran, 27 Sep 2009But NOKIA has officially announced that the phone is going to release in October.yea, it will be released in October for ONLY Middle east & Euorpe
I just have one question that was on my mind since the phone was on the net. We can only chat NOKIA to NOKIA by this phone or to any other brand also? Like NOKIA to BlackBerry?
Anonymous, 27 Sep 2009Unfortunately a Nokia rep told someone in a forum that it'd be released at week 44 in Sweden, ... moreBut NOKIA has officially announced that the phone is going to release in October.
Anonymous, 26 Sep 2009yess, and once it is released and after testing the devise, i am sure that the N900 will evolv... moreUnfortunately a Nokia rep told someone in a forum that it'd be released at week 44 in Sweden, and that's probably the worldwide launch as well.
You'll have to wait a bit more :(
Raz, 27 Sep 2009Does anyone know whether this phone can use IM messengers like nimbuzz..ebuddy...etc...IF yes ... moreNot sure about it!
But maemo has decent Im like pydgin and skype
you don't need nimbuzz
if n900 is a great success , nimbuzz or tomtom/garmin will ne intrested
Does anyone know whether this phone can use IM messengers like nimbuzz..ebuddy...etc...IF yes ,this phone is gonna rock the world..!!! The best phone we have seen from nokia in a long long long time.(My n85 was good though)