Nokiaís N900 is a tablet-mobile combo that is best suited for browsing the internet. Check out the review of the phone here that also details the mobileís technical specifications, features and price.

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The Nokia N900 is a first for Nokia on many fronts: it is the first N series phone that isnít media-centred and itís also Nokiaís first smarthphone that does away with Nokiaís frequently used Symbian Operating System (OS) to replace it with Maemo. This phone combines mobile telephony with tablet PC performance to give users an all out internet browsing experience. But the still inexperienced and underdeveloped Maemo OS gives users a thing or two to complain about. So donít fork over your money just yet as the bugs on this phone remain to be fixed.

Design and Looks
The N900 is one of the biggest phones in the market today, but, given its purpose, the extra flab is forgivable. It is also the heaviest mobile phone in the market weighing in at 181g. But this behemoth of a cell phone is also one of the simplest looking handsets available. Black all around, the entire front fascia of the phone is occupied by the large 3.5Ē WVGA 16-million colour touchscreen display. Now while the plastics employed here are of fine quality, they are also glossy making the front of the phone a regular finger-print magnet. But underneath those finger-prints is one of the best displays to have ever graced a phone. Not only is the 3.5-inch size impressive but it in the grand tradition of Nokia phone displays, the screen produces sharp and vivid images and the sunlight legibility is of the best standards.

A QWERTY keypad hides beneath the slider's front. It is only a three-row QWERTY so most keys have as many as three characters printed on them. The keys show great tactility and feature good press-feedback but are also unfairly small. It makes little sense why the keypad is of this size when the phone itself is as large it is. Thankfully there is also an on-screen QWERTY which is much larger and easier to work with than the real one. As you would have guessed from the last statement, the resistive screen here is actually quite sensitive- so sensitive that you can use it without a stylus. Dialing on the phone can only be done using a virtual alphanumeric keypad.

Other exterior features of the phone include an LED status indicator that indicates events such as an SMS or an incoming call, a standard 3.5mm audio port, stereo speakers at the top and bottom of the phone and a kickstand at the back of the phone to help prop it up when watching videos or browsing the web. Finally, the sliding action of the QWERTY is seamless and smoothly done.

Now let's get cracking at software. As mentioned before, the phone mounts the Linux-based Maemo OS that is a popular name in tablet PC circles. So it comes as no surprise that Nokia pushed aside their frequently used Symbian OS and chose to incorporate the Maemo OS for this tablet-phone. Maemo, unlike most phone UIs has a Task Switcher application that's sandwiched between the homescreen and the Menu. The Task Switcher, as the name implies is like a task manager that populates a list of currently running applications so users may close the ones that are not needed. It basically serves as a reminder for users each time they wish to access the menu.

The Maemo has four homescreens; the number can be reduced if the users wish to do so. The homescreen houses widgets, bookmarks and contacts. The entire user interface supports kinetic scrolling which makes thumbing through long lists easy. The QWERTY integration with the navigational and data input aspect of Maemo is excellent- all keyboard shortcuts common to PCs apply to the N900. Graphic intensive transition effects peeper the entire UI and yet the Maemo is snappy and quick to respond to the user's every command. Of course, the 600MHz Cortex A8 CPU with 256MB RAM to back it up can also be credited with the snappy performance.

The N900's phonebook is simple and fails to match the functionality of a Symbian phonebook. There is also no dedicated call log application in the phone but the phonebook shows a list of recent communication.

The phone's telephony is good and the reception and voice clarity are duly taken care of. The earpiece and speakerphone may not be loud enough though which would definitely pose a problem in noisy environments. Other conspicuous oddities are voice and smart dial which is just about available in any phone today. What's even more surprising is the absence of MMS. But we hope these will be taken care of in future firmware upgrades of the Maemo.

There are many holes in the Maemo like the File Manager that does not feature any advanced search option. The same goes with the image gallery which does not feature auto-rotate or touch-to-zoom. Thankfully the File Manager and the image gallery are both quick and responsive.

Media features are Spartan at best. The music player is bare and there is no option for alternate equalizers. There is also no radio but strangely there is an FM transmitter which can stream music to any FM receiver within a 3m radius of the N900 over an unused FM frequency. Despite the phone's lack of good media playing abilities, the hardware audio output is quite good with great frequency response but a little too much distortion.

As regards the video player, Nokia have put the ample screen estate to good use by complementing it with this functional and intuitive video player. For the first time, a Nokia smarthphone debuts a player with DivX and XviD video compatibility. Thanks to the big screen estate and the kick stand at the back, the N900 offers the best video viewing on a mobile till date.

The phone's camera is a 5MP shooter. The camera application is comprehensive and covers all the basic settings but the optics are faulty to begin with. Photos exhibit high noise-levels especially in areas which are uniform in texture. There are far better 5MP units available on other phones. Anyway, the camera settings include white balance, ISO settings, Flash settings, Exposure compensation and three different shooting modes including portrait, macro and landscape.

Videos are even worse with only white balance and exposure compensation settings to go. The videos are subject to a lot of compression which leads to low quality. The phone sports all round connectivity and there is nothing spared, not even infrared. However, infrared is only available for remote control and not for data transfer.

The N900's core is ofcourse the Mozilla based browser which is the best we have seen on a phone till date. The browser is second to none, not even PC browsers. It sports all the essentials of a computer browser including automatic form-filling, visual history and Google search integration. It also has added extras like double tap zoom and a new type of zoom called spiral zoom. To make use of spiral zoom users have to draws spiraling motions on the screen. Spiraling to the right causes the phone to zoom in and spiraling to the left zooms out. In reality the zooming action is not as friendly as it sounds on paper but hopefully some firmware upgrades or a newer derivative of the phone will see this problem come to an end. Needless to say there is also support for multiple tabs. Finally, the browser has full flash support- and not the tuned down flash support on other phones we're used to seeing- we're talking full Adobe Flash v10.1 support that is the stuff of PC browsers.

The organizer is replete with all the necessities including calendar, an office document viewer, a PDF viewer and alarm with turn-to-mute functionality. The final application that needs mention is Ovi Maps which integrates nicely with the onboard GPS receiver. The GPS receiver is strong and does not take much time to start up or to pin-point your current location. This NAVTEQ powered GPS app is also quick and responsive but does not offer turn-by-turn assistance. On the flipside the app offers night mode apart from three other viewing modes including map, satellite and terrain.

Finally, this phone has little faults at the hardware end except for the poor camera. It's the Maemo OS that is riddled with the holes. But this OS is still in its infancy and in time, with the possibility of firmware upgrades, third party applications and newer derivatives of the N900, this relatively new and currently niche segment of tablet/mobile-phone will pick up.

The phone is yet to debut in India but should be available at a starting price of not less than Rs. 35,000.

Features
  • 3.5” 16M-colour resistive touchscreen over WVGA resolution
  • Slide-out QWERTY keypad
  • ARM Cortex A8 600MHz CPU, PowerVR SGX graphics accelerator, 256MB RAM
  • 32GB onboard storage with microSD card slot for upto 16GB support
  • 5MP autofocus camera with LED flash and active lens cover
  • Kickstand
  • FM transmitter
  • 3.5mm audio jack and TV-out
  • Video player with DivX and XviD support
  • Maemo 5 OS
  • Mozilla-based web browser with full PC-like Adobe Flash support

Accessories
  • Nokia Carrying Case CP-321 for Nokia N900
  • Nokia Mini Speaker MD-9
  • Nokia Headset WH-100
  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-205
  • Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-106
  • Nokia Bluetooth Stereo Headset BH-905
  • Nokia Display Speakerphone HF-510
  • Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-504
  • Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-213
  • Nokia Bluetooth Stereo Headset BH-103

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Nokia N900 Price India
Price:Rs. 30,639
Color Options:Black


Technical Specifications of Nokia N900
Overview Body Type Slider
Battery Life/Talk time 4.0 Hours
Standby Talktime 400 Hours
Dimensions Width 60 mm
Depth 18 mm
Length 111 mm
Weight 181 g
Camera Camera Yes
Secondary Camera Yes
Camera Resolution 5 MP
Camera Flash LED
Auto Focus Yes
Display Display Size 3.5 inches
Display Resolution 800 x 480 pixels
Dispaly Type TFT Touchscreen
Colours 16 million
Memory Internal Memory 32GB
Card Slot Yes
Complimentary Card No
Multimedia Features FM Radio NO
MMS NO
MP3 Player Yes
Connectivity Options Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Infrared Yes
USB Connector Yes
GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
HSCSD Yes
WAP Yes
Technology Cellular Network GSM
3G Yes
SIM Type Single SIM
Operating System Operating System Maemo 5
Features Input Type QWERTY, TFT Resistive Touchscreen
Handsfree Speaker Yes
Flight Mode Yes
Inbulit Dictaphone Yes
GPS Yes
Flashlight NO
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