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Nokia Announces N900 Tablet Running Maemo 5

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Aug 27, 2009, 7:18 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Aug 27, 2009, 7:40 AM

Today Nokia announced its latest internet tablet, the N900. Similar to its predecessors, the N900 is a handheld computing device that has a 3.5-inch high-resolution 800x480 WVGA touch screen and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard to ease messaging tasks. Unlike its predecessors, the N900 has quad-band GSM/EDGE and 900/1700/2100MHz WCDMA/HSPA cellular radios on board. It also has Wi-Fi, GPS/aGPS, an FM transmitter and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. The N900 has 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics with dual LED flash and video capture. Other specs include 1GB of application memory and 32GB of built-in storage with support for 48GB. The N900 runs the latest version of Nokia's mobile Linux platform, Maemo 5. With the large amount of available memory, the N900 can run multiple applications at once, and it has a dashboard that allows for easy switching between applications. The home screen is completely user customizable with widgets and applications. The N900 comes with a Mozilla-based browser and full Adobe Flash 9.4 support for a richer browsing experience. It will be able to update its system softeware directly over the internet. The N900 will be available in select markets starting in October for about $710.



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Aug 27, 2009, 10:09 AM

That's more like it!

This is precisely what I've been wanting for sometime now. I was ready to plunk down $300 for a 770 years ago, but didn't need yet another gadget in addition to my phone. I was waiting for Nokia to add a voice module. With the sucessful launch of Android, it was just a matter of time before they got with the program. I suspect that there's going to be even more refinements for the UI to make it more mainstream/less "Linuxy", but having this as a phone option moves this solidly out of the niche already carved out by the previous tablets.

Now I just need to wait for my E63 to wear out... ☚ī¸ But on the plus side, by next year (at the earliest, realistically), there should be an even more improved model available!
How do you even pronounce Maemo???
So this thing doubles as a phone also? I thought it was just an web browsing device? I like that it has Adobe Flash! Really the only thing Nokia messed up on is the lack of 850/1900 3G.
Do you know if theres a version of Google Maps that would work on this device?
I've been checking this out at the Meamo's N900 website, and this thing really is a "PC-like" experience!

?IF? Tmo were to pick this up I'll leave ATT for this. I just hope somebody comes up with an app for Maemo 5 that lets me use the built-in wif...
Hey Japhy, check this out, what are your thoughts?

http://d3blather.blogspot.com/2009/08/nokias-2-horse ... »

Aug 27, 2009, 10:02 PM

And in this corner.

It's Symbian vs Maemo in a the knock-down fight of the decade. Is symbian down for the count?

http://bit.ly/WXxtc »

On a side note, supposedly it will be possible to compile apps for 3 platforms from one codebase.
Maemo easily better than symbian

Aug 27, 2009, 2:18 PM

now wait a just a minute...

"the N900 has quad-band GSM/EDGE and 900/1700/2100MHz WCDMA/HSPA cellular radios on board"

If this is correct, shouldn't this mean that it will run off the T-Mobile 3G network?

I've been told by a Nokia representative to expect an increase in higher end Nokia's soon, but this is more than an increase. This is a leap!

Has anyone see any other sources for this or have any confirmation?
It's official:
http://maemo.nokia.com/n900/specifications/ »

It looks like T-Mo will be the first North American carrier for this. I would expect an 850/1900/2100 version out relatively soon. Whether AT&T will carry it is another story.

Aug 27, 2009, 6:58 PM

N900 or N97

I know your opinion guys, if the N900 is better than the N97 or not.
If there some cools apps for the Maemo 5 or not, like game emulators.

If anyone than knowns Maemo like the back of their hand can please tell if there at least game emulators, I will really appreciate it.
The N900 has no voice support its only data. you would have to use it in conjunction with your n97- why they didn't put voice on it is beyond me 👀

http://maemo.org/downloads/OS2008/games/ »

At least 3 emulators that I saw, though you'd probably have to play with each one to see what works best.

Aug 27, 2009, 11:30 AM

BOTH keyboards are messed up!

BOTH the physical keyboard AND the virtual keyboard the space bar is in the far right rather than the center where it's suppose to be. I was watching videos of the N900 on YouTube and saw screen shots.
Don't knock it till you try it. I've heard several N97 owners who were originally complaining about the placement actually prefer the right-side space bar after using it for a few days.

Aug 27, 2009, 8:01 AM

I'm new to these products...

Since this has cell radios, does that mean it doubles as a phone? Or just can use the data network?
Yes, it is a phone as well.

There are pics and videos at Engadget Mobile:

http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2009/08/27/nokia-n900- ... »
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