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Nokia Introduces The N900

by Dave Elliott

Nokia N900

Nokia N900

I have a confession… I’m getting a bit bored with the iPhone. I know it’s a good phone, but I have a 1st Gen, and to be honest, i really can’t face A – forking out a lot of cash on a new phone, and B – being stuck on some, frankly hideous, tariffs on O2 (i’m currently out of contract, and therefore don’t have to have the standard O2 iphone rip off tariffs). I actually wouldn’t mind paying a bit for the phone, but with a cheap tariff, or a free phone with a pricer tariff, but with the iPhone, it seems to be pricey phone AND pricey tariff… Then i saw the Nokia N900

The new N900 is Nokias debut Maemo device (Maemo is Nokia’s Linux based OS). Nokia say the concept behind the N900 is simply to enable the user to experience a proper desktop-like experience in a pocket-size device.

The N900 specs are pretty impressive with a powerful ARM Cortex-A8 processor, up to 1GB of application memory and OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration. Plus the new Maemo 5 software should also let you multi-task like you would on a normal desktop PC meaning you can easily jump between apps running simultaneously. The N900 also has:

  • High-res WVGA touchscreen
  • Physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard,
  • 32GB of storage (expandable up to 48GB with a microSD card)
  • 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics.
  • A-GPS
  • FM transmitter
  • 9 hours of talk time
  • Mozilla based browser
  • Full Adobe Flash 9.4 support (take THAT iPhone!)
  • HSPA and Wi-Fi connectivity


Really, it seems to do all the things the iPhone can – plus a number of things it can’t (really Apple – still no Flash support?! Seriously!?)

The Nokia N900 should be on sale 4th  quarter of 2009 and will cost around 500 Euros (excluding the usual subsidies). A quick google round, and i’ve already found someone offering it free with a new Vodafone contract on a £30 tariff (24 month). It does look like the iPhone is starting to get some serious competiton.

If anyone at Nokia would like to send us one, get in touch, we’d be more than happy to put it through a proper GeekTest. ;)

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