Regarding Portrait mode in N900 MAEMO 5/Freemantle:
Here we have instructions on how to enable portrait mode on the N900:
giggig, 03 Sep 2009For the disappointment of all Nokia n900 lovers.
It is confirmed now now nokia N900 is all ... morehttp://maemo.org/
Modifications to the MAEMO operating system has been done for ages. Since MAEMO is open-sourced, it is easily modifiable to be landscape only to portrait/landscape function.
The MAEMO was originally based on GNOME UI, so it's most likely a Linux build that is easily modifiable to be able to auto-rotate (since there is also an hardware accelerometer in the N900), similar to how desktop linux distributions are capable of rotating to Portrait mode.
MAEMO 5 is the newest build, but MAEMO has been around since 2005 (Nokia N770, N800, and N810). The N900 is just the first to go beyond an Internet Tablet and gain the ability to work as a mobile phone, but as you can see from the website maemo.org, there is a huge community in modifying and building 3rd party functionality and applications into the operating system.
Some people in the community has even ported other distributions of linux, including those built on KDE UI, onto N810s in the past; not only does the N900 have the horsepower, it also has the diversity to grow as both a mobile device and a "mobile computer".
not a disappointment at all, IMO. He clearly stated portrait mode is available for the phone features, which are the only ones I'll be needing portrait mode at. IMO. as for those who wanted to surf the net in portrait mode, it really is a big disappointment.
Seabass, 03 Sep 2009N900 active panel is a rip off sony ericsson x2!?The MAEMO multiple desktop panel of the N900 is not a rip-off of XPERIA's Panels. MAEMO is a full Linux operating system, similar to all the other linux distrubutions available such as PCLinuxOS or UBuntu. MAEMO is based on GNOME interface (there is GNOME and KDE), and both GNOME and KDE had multiple desktop interfaces for ages. Some of the multiple desktop effects of GNOME rival even those of MacOS and Vista, if not better. Also, XPERIA's panels are add-on UIs used to improve the usage of WinMO's native UI, while the multiple desktops of MAEMO are native to it's UI. This means the MAEMO desktop is completely integrated into the OS while XPERIA's UI isn't (more like running a program, such as Windows Blinds, to make it's UI prettier.
For the disappointment of all Nokia n900 lovers.
It is confirmed now now nokia N900 is all landscape mode, only basic phone functions are potrait, what a pity, it means desktop, dashboard, browser, email, messaging, photo gallery will only work landscape mode.
Below is official words from nokia about it.
August 28th, 2009 at 8:07 am
Maemo 5 UI for the N900 has been designed to converge computers with mobile phone. While most of the use cases are designed to make maximum use of the WVGA display in landscape mode (desktop, dashboard, browser, email, messaging, photo gallery), the basic phone functionality has been designed in portrait mode for single thumb usage. The dial-pad and contacts book work in portrait mode. The rest in landscape.
This phone is good but biggest flaw is it only works in landscape mode, nothing works in potrait apart from just calling.
wikipedia lists this as an Internet Tablet, but apparently, N900's cover states "NSeries" haha. can't wait for this to come out here in the Philippines.... T.T
At last Nokia decided to cope with the standarts of comtemporary smartphones. With 600mhz cpu, linux based meamo has a chance to work very efficiently. Nokia should give up prehistoric symbian and works on a new efficient OS, and I think it's maemo since linux has great built structure and requires much less system resources when compared to WIN and i guess it'll be the same in mobile versions of the systems respectively...
N900 isn't designed to be a camera phone...... it's an internet tablet with smartphone features, d***a*s. oh, and screw people who keep thinking a multibillion pioneer company copies ideas from "just" emerged and "merged" companies.... >.
Comeon friends, Every mobile is matter of personal interest.If u like it,go for it. I am looking something new,so n900 is new.I will go for it.pros and cons, left to reviewers.
Hmmm, it seems that the Motorola Sholes might, just might, be the device going against the N900. Just don't know if I should get this phone or the Sholes. I was going for the N900 for having full flash support, but now that Adobe is going to release flash 10 for mobile phones I'm not sure what to get now. Any idea?
Anonymous, 02 Sep 2009NO FM Radio. Only FM transmitter!There is also FM receiver hardware, but no software. Shouldn't take long to community to make (or update the N800's) software for it.
what about the instant messages?
can we have the same expereince like in laptop or we have to use ebuddy etc ?
zak, 02 Sep 2009which one is better
n900 or iphone 3gs
there are thousands of free application for iphone ... moreN900 is better in almost every way. Looking at the memory the 3 G S is on 32G and this one coomes standard with 32G and you can add additional memory for a total of up to 48G.
The apps are a different concern as Apple has been tried and proven but we havent seen what Maemo has to offer either. So the Iphone wins in this department.
To my knowledge and from what I see the internet experience is much better than the Iphones as it allows you to have multiple windows up while running differnet applications on you phone, allowing you to multi-task and do a lot more things than what a Iphone will let you do.
zak, 02 Sep 2009which one is better n900 or iphone 3gs there are thousands of free application for iphone ... morethis phone is like a computer in a mini version so i really know this is better than the iphone