Nokia N900, smart phone or MID with support for phone calls?

The Nokia N900 is one of Nokia’s latest handheld devices and perhaps one of their most cutting edge. Although the Nokia N900 is actually part of the line of MIDs (Mobile Internet Devices) that Nokia produces, it is too a smart phone and is capable of making and receiving phone calls. And this is perhaps both the greatest strength and the weakness of the Nokia N900 smart phone, it seems more like a MID with a phone call feature added in rather than a smart phone reaching new heights.

Nokia is a Finnish company that has been involved in the mobile phone business for a very long time as things go in the cellphone industry. Furthermore Nokia is and has been one of the stalwarts of the mobile phone business and still dominates with slightly less than 50% of the market share for smart phones and the Nokia 1100 is quite possibly the highest selling cellphone of all time.

Despite this, or perhaps due to it, Nokia has been slowly but surely losing market share in the smart phone market these past couple of years. First, the advent of the iPhone and then Android based phones and most recently Palm resurgent with the WebOS and now Samsung with Bada have all eaten into (or will) the market share of the S60.

The S60 as you may well know is Nokia’s version of the Symbian platform that runs on their smart phones and for quite a long while has seen little or no improvement leaving it trailing in the dust of new mobile operating systems such as Android, iPhone OS and WebOS.

Recently however, Nokia has announced the release of the new Symbian platform, Symbian^3 and also merged their Maemo Linux based operating system devised mainly for MIDs into MeeGo in partnership with Intel’s Moblin.

The Nokia N900 is the device which operates on Maemo 5 and it is perhaps slightly more difficult to use than devices running other mobile operating systems. On the other hand, Maemo is very easy on the eyes and the Nokia N900 has few stability problems either.

The technical specifications of the Nokia N900 cellphone are fairly impressive and some of the more impressive specs follow: ARM Cortex A8 600 MHz processor with 1 GHz system memory, OpenGL graphics 2.0 support, full Adobe Flash 9.4 support, 32 GB of storage, microSD/microSDHC slot with support for up to 16 GB of expandable memory, 5 MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED camera flash,  Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM transmitter and integrated GPS with A-GPS.

The Nokia N900 cellphone comes with Nokia Ovi Maps application and this free navigation service is perhaps one of the most inducing features amongst Nokia’s latest phones.

The 3.5″ touchscreen on the Nokia N900 mobile phone has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels but like almost all Nokia phones the touchscreen is resistive rather than capacitive. HSPA class 3G compatibility comes with tri-band CDMA and quad-band GSM.

The Nokia N900 also has Skype support and is perhaps one of the most Skype compatible phones in the market today out of the box. Receiving Skype calls is akin to receiving regular calls almost on the Nokia N900 mobile phone.

The other area through which the Nokia N900 smart phone really excels is through its web browser, the Mozilla based Maemo browser is perhaps the first mobile browser that provides an almost desktop like experience with full Flash support. True the Nokia N900 cellphone lacks capacitive multitouch but it makes up for it with the “swirl to zoom” gesture that can be made using the stylus.

To conclude, the Nokia N900 mobile phone is not quite the complete product it could be (due mostly to the seemingly un-“finished” Maemo operating software) and is a rather bulky smart phone besides, but where it gets its chance to shine, it does so with flying colors.

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