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Friday, February 5, 2010

Nokia N900 Review

Well, I got myself a Nokia N900 and since it's not yet released in the Philippines I thought I might review it first.

Design

Nokia N900 doesn't have much to boast about in terms of design. It's square, it's thick, it's a brick. Everything is made of hard plastic although you get the illusion that the back seems to be made of metal. Speaking of the back battery cover, it's one of the things I don't like about the N900's design. In order to remove the battery cover, you have to pry open the back cover which means the cover could be prone to scratches if you keep taking out the back cover. And you need to take out the back cover every time you have to change microSD cards.

Nokia could've done better in terms of making the N900 thin. I mean, sure, Motorola is the first to make slide-out QWERTY phones so thin but the Samsung didn't do a bad job with the CorbyPro which is also thinner than the N900.





The QWERTY keyboard is one of the things I like about the N900. The keys are evenly spaced and have a nice tactile feel to them, it's actually much better than on the Milestone.

Features

The Nokia N900 is a definite improvement to the Nokia N97. There's more kinetic scrolling action on this handset and the interface is smooth and responsive--save for the times when you have to double tap on some icons in order to open some applications. You get three homescreens on the Nokia N900 which you can put different wallpapers on as well as shortcuts and widgets.

It is a decent handset and its only limitations is the current lack of applications available for it. But the good news is that this phone is open enough that it can dual boot with Android OS and have games such as Starcraft ported on the N900. The previous hacks are a testament to how open the Nokia N900 is and with further development, I'm sure it can stand head to head with iPhone and Android.

The multimedia features are good. You can watch DivX videos and audio quality is great. As a multimedia phone, the Nokia N900 is not a disappointment.

The browser is the crown jewel of the Nokia N900. It's fast and supports flash. I really would have enjoyed browsing on the N900 but I'm addicted to multitouch zooming on Android and the swirling zoom feature on the N900 doesn't really do wonders for it. I found myself using the volume rocker more to zoom in and out of web pages rather than their swirl-zoom feature (you swirl your finger in a circle clockwise on the screen to zoom in, counter-clockwise to zoom out).

Conclusion

Maemo is a promising OS, really. Add the fact that the Nokia N900 has a real responsive screen and this pretty much blows the N97 out of the water---except when it comes to apps and games. If you're an avid Nokia fan, the N900 won't disappoint, Android users on the other hand would probably be a bit disappointed. Overall, I think Nokia found a gold mine on the N900 and they should support further development of this device.

2 Comments:

Gadget Pilipinas said...

i like the way you reviewed the N900. There are couple of things I need to comment on though:

1."You get three homescreens on the Nokia N900 which you can put different wallpapers on as well as shortcuts and widgets." - the N900 has 4 homescreens.

2."I really would have enjoyed browsing on the N900 but I'm addicted to multitouch zooming on Android and the swirling zoom feature on the N900 doesn't really do wonders for it. " - this is just my opinion actually - pinch zooming on capacitive touchscreens like iphone are quite addicting yet doesn't work too well if you are wearing gloves. but who wears gloves in the Philippines. hehehe.

Again, congratulations on your new phone.

logan said...

not sure how i feel about this unlocked cell phones. it's thick and kind of heavy. and the touch screen isn't as nice as my old one. but on the flip side it has a great processor, email is much faster and the gps is really great for helping me get around. way better than my old unlocked blackberry phones. that's for sure. anyways my wife loves hers for the camera and recorder to get all the kids memories and my daughter loves hers because she can go on facebook all day now! ugh. anyways, very happy with our phones. got our last couple unlocked world phones at gsmallover.com 2 thumbs way up