So we got to play with a Nokia n900 phone for the past week. Well, it’s not really a phone – It’s more like a small tablet PC!
Yes it makes phone calls, yes it sends and receives SMS’s but let me explain why it’s a Tablet PC and not a phone.
Under the hood the n900 has ARM Cortex-A8 processor with up to 1Gb of Ram and 32GB internal storage, 3.5mm AV connector
TV out (PAL/NTSC), Micro-USB connector, High-Speed USB 2.0 Bluetooth/WIFI/Integrated FM transmitter and the quickest Integrated GPS with A-GPS I’ve ever seen on a nokia. Not to mention it has a full qwerty keyboard, a good 5mp camera but unfortunately the device is let down a little by the dodgy touch screen. The stylus does improve the touch screen but not something I would use all the time so I’ve been left tapping the n900 a couple of times before I get the desired response. Anyhoo – that’s a lot of spec for just a ‘phone’ – this thing is capable of running XP for heavens sake!
The operating system, Maemo, is built on Linux so you get all the benefits of a Linux OS – It’s not every day you can open one can open an x-term on a phone and ssh into your cloud! sweet!
The user interface is pretty good – nice and swishy. Nokia have kept some of the Symbian look and feel (most notably under the main menu) but the rest of the system is what you expect from a modern phone, errr, tablet pc.
Here is a list of my favourite apps so far
- Angry Birds
- Foreca Weather Widget
Some of the downsides: