NOKIA N900 review
NOKIA’S NEW BLASTING TECHNOLOGY
The phone gives us some pretty specs including powerful ARM Cortex-A8 600MHz Processor with 256 MB of RAM and a 3.5 inch 800×480 pixel resistive touchscreen display.
§ Quad-band GSM EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 Mhz), Tri-band WCDMA / 3G support (900/1700/2100 Mhz)
§ TI OMAP 3430: ARM Cortex-A8 600 MHz CPU , OpenGL ES 2.0 support
§ Maemo 5 OS with Multiple Home screens
§ 800×480 pixel touchscreen display supporting up to 16 million colors
§ 32GB inbuilt memory plus micro SD slot.
§ 5 MP Camera with Dual LED Flash ,16:9 video recording
§ Media player , FM transmitter
§ Wi-Fi , Bluetooth v2.1 , GPS
§ 3.5 mm jack for Audio /TV-Out
§ MicroB Browser powered by Mozilla technology with full Flash 9.4 support
§ Skype , Google Talk IM Integration
§ Internet calling
§ Email : Mail for Exchange, IMAP, POP3, SMTP
§ OVI Maps with geotagging
§ BL-5J 1320mAh with USB Chargin
The Phone Package Contains
The phone comes in a black package with an image of the phone embossed on the top. The accessories included are:
§ Nokia N900 with a stylus
§ Nokia High Efficiency Charger (AC-10)
§ Nokia Stereo Headset (WH-205)
§ Video out cable (CA-75U)
§ Nokia charger adaptor (CA-146C)
§ Cleaning cloth
§ User Guide
In addition to the above we will be also getting a converter plug for old nokia chargers . There’s no memory card / extra stylus / carry case in the retail package.
N 900 is a touchscreen phone with a slide-out QWERTY and it’s certainly big when you compare the N900 to other devices such as or the iPhone . It felt comfortable to grip. We have no complaints about the placement of controls on the phone except for the weird placement of the hardware-unlock key on the right. It’s not the most pocketable phone out there but it still fits in your pocket. On the right side of the screen ,it appears NOKIA and N900 on the left. The main highlight of this phone is that, it doesn’t have an physical buttons in the front, not even call and hang-up keys.
Although the phone is designed to be used in the landscape mode for the most part , the phone functionality needs to be used in portrait mode as the earpiece , proximity sensor and video calling camera are present on the top when the phone is used in portrait mode.
We will also fine an notification light which can toggle between white, yellow and blue. There is a speaker on either side of the phone which justifies the entertainment capability of the device.
On the left you would find the micro USB port which is used for both charging and PC connectivity.
On the right is the hardware unlock key, 3.5 mm audio jack which also serves as a TV-out.
We can find the stylus on the bottom part of the mobile.
Volume rocker key, power button and the camera key are on the top part of the phone.
On the rear sits the 5 Megapixel Camera surrounded by a kick stand. The camera shutter encloses the lens and the dual LED flash.
The micro SD card slot is beneath the real panel which houses the battery and SIM card.
The phone is designed to be used mainly in landscape mode and widescreen display. The 800×480 display is crisp and colors are reproduced quite well. Although the phone uses a resistive touchscreen, it’s very responsive and finger friendly.
The keyboard is made up of 3 rows and the keys provide good feedback. But since the long press for numbers was not there at the time of this review, its bit hard to use. But the keyboard is powerful as there are tons of a available out of the box.
The device comes with 32 GB of inbuilt memory and has a micro SD slot which supports up to 16GB cards.
The 1320 mAh battery on the device practically lasts for a day and half of light use and just about a day for heavy use. As with all phones it lasts longer over Wi-Fi compared to 3G / EDGE. The spec sheets don’t indicate battery life .At , we heard that battery life was linked to user behavior and the device was built to last a day for average use. We don’t complain about the battery life but a 1500 mAh battery would have given that extra run time ! And one tip , you don’t have wait for the battery to go empty before charging the device. Charge it when the battery indicator is at about 50% and its charges faster.
The Camera does take some great pictures and the fixed focus video recording which enables macro video recording is cool. But sadly the camera application is a bit slow. You might actually miss the moment in the process of capturing. The sharing plugins like pixelpipe make photo sharing and blogging a piece of cake. You can even email multiple photos and upload them in a jiffy.
So we can conclude that, nokia N900 is a great phone which will help the buyer in all possible ways. She/he will be satisfied, when they use this blasting phone. This is not for the average consumer but a geeky crowd. If you are one of those geeks you won’t be disappointed. And if you are a fan of Open Source the N900 is for you! Although the N900 lacks in a few areas, it’s pretty powerful in some areas. It’s the first phone based on the Maemo platform and it’s obviously not complete. Maemo is a new ray hope for Nokia and the N900 is a live example of that hope. You may want to experience it or wait for the next device.