Please add portrait support to the N900, and other annoyances
I posted some of my initial thoughts of the Nokia N900 and am working on more posts regarding this new Internet Tablet. I just read a post about 6 things hated about the N900 and jumped up with a big AMEN! Please do keep in mind that the firmware we are all using on the N900 is not the final firmware so some of these issues may be addressed before the device is released. Here is a list of the 6 things detailed in the Unwired View article:
- Lack of portrait mode
- Password entry in the browser
- Small icons and big X in desktop mode
- Small desktop panels
- Maps and navigation (definitely fixable with software)
- General lack of apps (will definitely be addressed in the future)
As you can see a couple of these things will be fixed with software and are mostly annoyances at the moment. The two major issues for me are the lack of portrait mode support and the dang small icons and large X button.
Lack of portrait mode
The only time the N900 goes into portrait mode is when working with the phone utility to make and receive calls. In the past the Internet Tablets really did not need a portrait mode, but I think Nokia should implement more support for this orientation to make it more useful. The lack of portrait mode to send a quick text message, quickly view my calendar, quickly view status updates, etc. is actually driving me so crazy I keep jumping back to the HTC Hero and T-Mobile Touch Pro2. I hate that I have to hold the N900 in landscape mode to text message and as a father of teenage girls I send and receive text messages quite a bit. I would even like the ability to just see what emails I received in portrait mode because it is much easier to hold the device in this orientation with one hand. Nokia, please give the user the capability to decide if they want to work in portrait or landscape with the N900.
Small icons and large X in desktop mode
You get four desktop views to customize and manage on the N900. After adding a shortcut, I consistently remove it accidentally as I try to move it around and arrange it on the desktop. You see these icons are rather small and the X (removal) icon in the upper right of the shorcut icon are rather large and easily tapped when you try to drag shortcuts around. This has been quite frustrating for me and very annoying.