Cali Lewis of GeekBrief.tv shares her thoughts on the Nokia N900. Check out the video and more after the jump.
Apparently, I left out an important detail when I’ve talked about the N900 in anticipation of it’s arrival because Neal, my husband who is with me all the time didn’t know that the N900 is able to make phone calls. Go figure. Let’s start by looking at the industrial design. I have an iPhone 3GS here along with a Motorola Droid and the Nokia N900. The iPhone and Droid are almost exactly the same height and width. The Droid is a little thicker than the iPhone to accommodate the slider keyboard and the removable battery. The Nokia N900 is the same width as the iPhone and Droid, but its quite a bit thicker. I thought it would be fun to pull out the kitchen scale and weigh them. The iPhone is 4.7 ounces. The Droid is 5.9 ounces and the N900 is 6.4 ounces. Specs we’ve talked about, but let’s hit them again. The processor is 600MHz. There’s 1GB of application memory. It has a 3D Graphics accelerator with Open GL ES 2.0 support. It has 32G of storage out of the box and you can expand that to 48 gigs with a microSD card. The camera is 5 megapixels with a dual LED flash. The screen is 800X480, 3.5 inches diagonal and has resistive touch. The N900 has two hardware features that I hadn’t expected. It has a built-in FM transmitter for playing audio through your radio’s speakers. I had to put the phone on top of the receiver for the FM transmitter to work, but sitting on top of the receiver, it sounded really, really good. It also has what I think could be a killer feature if developers take advantage of it. It has an IR transmitter. Software is really where the N900 can shine. It runs Nokia’s Maemo 5 and open source version of Linux and it really does feel like I’m using a computer rather than just another smart phone. To turn on the screen, simply press the power button on the top and just like on other smart phones, you slide to unlock. The N900 gives you four work surfaces. You can add applications, widgets, and bookmarks from the Web. There are several basic apps already installed and you can add more. …
Nokia N900 | Multitasking Prowess
The most powerful device to date is soon going to be in the hands of thousands. The Nokia N900 demonstrated here shows off its multitasking capabilities using the Music Player, Bounce, PDF Viewer, NES Emulator, Photo Viewer, Browser, Sopwith, TI-85 Emulator, Xterm, ViM, YouTube and receiving an Incoming Call, all at the same time.
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Nokia N900 Plays Nice With Google Docs
The Nokia N900 may not be the sleekest device with all the latest UI elements, but the web browser is extremely powerful and lets you access and use Google Docs, Calendar, Google Wave, Google Voice, Gmail, and more. Its more like a small netbook than a phone with this browser and if you are a Google user you may find it very useful.
Nokia Messaging Brings Windows Live Messenger to The Homescreen
The world’s most popular instant messaging service, Windows Live Messenger, is now available via Nokia Messaging. Accessible through the Nokia Messaging Chat application, people worldwide can have multiple conversations simultaneously, change their status and personal messages, and manage their Windows Live buddy lists straight from their homescreen.
This first installment of Windows Live Messenger for Nokia Messaging includes tabbed chat windows, the ability to call directly from the buddy list, and notifications of new messages that pop up while the application is in the background making multitasking even easier. ‘Invisible’ login is also an option, which means you can sign in to Windows Live Messenger but still appear offline to your friends – making it easy to choose who you want to talk to. Familiar desktop features such as grouped contacts, emoticons and sounds are also available.
The Nokia E72 is the first device that comes with Chat and support for Windows Live Messenger, while the Nokia E63, Nokia E71 and Nokia E75 require a download of Nokia Messaging for IM from Ovi Store. Alternatively, you can visit the Nokia Beta Labs. Stay tuned for more additions to the cast of compatible devices.