Nokia announces N900 Maemo 5 device, most exciting Nokia product of 2009

n9001The Nokia N97 was the device I looked forward to most after the announcement last year at Nokia World, but unfortunately it has an anemic amount of RAM that continues to hamper a power user like myself. I think the N97 is a solid piece of hardware that a large majority of people will be happy with, but smartphone enthusiasts can’t deal with it at the selling price. Nokia announced the N900 and I have to say I have not been this excited about a Nokia product for quite some time and with the T-Mobile USA 3G support I will definitely be picking one up as soon as I can. The N900 fixes all that is wrong with the N97 and then throws on a slick Maemo UI and feature set that should have most any geek drooling.

The list of specs is quite impressive and includes:

  • ARM Cortex-A8 600 MHz processor with 256MB of RAM (and 768MB of virtual memory)
  • Maemo 5 user interface
  • Up to 1GB of application memory
  • OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration
  • 32GB of integrated storage
  • Expandable up to 48GB via a microSD card
  • WiFi (b/g) (includes UPnP support)
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • HSDPA connectivity (triband WCDMA 900/1700/2100 and quadband GSM)
  • 5 megapixel digital camera with Carl Zeiss optics
  • 3.5 inch WVGA (800 x 480) touch screen
  • FM transmitter
  • Integrated A-GPS
  • 3.5 mm AV jack (audio and TV-out)
  • Nokia BL-5J battery with 1320 mAh capacity
Even more than the specs though you have to browse through the Nokia Maemo site and check out all of the features related to the panorama desktop, Maemo browser, phone, conversations (looks like Nokia FINALLY got it right here), media player, Ovi Maps, and so much more. I sure hope it supports Amazon Video On Demand movies as they would look fantastic on this device.

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I can’t express how excited I am about this device and am even more disappointed that I wasn’t able to attend Nokia World in Germany next week to get some hands-on time with it. I will be linking to those mobile writers who are at the event next week to help you gather information and see what is going on.

With the Nokia Money, Booklet 3G, and now Nokia N900 announcements I have to wonder if there is anything else left to be announced next week and imagine we may see a service or two and maybe a more traditional smartphone.

Nokia stated availability in October in select markets and with the T-Mobile USA 3G support (that is the 1700 MHz frequency) I have to hold out hope we get it here early on.

Anyone interested in a fairly cheap Nokia N97?

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38 Comments to Nokia announces N900 Maemo 5 device, most exciting Nokia product of 2009

Stephen
August 27, 2009

Are you seriously selling the N97? If so how much you asking?

Matthew Miller
August 27, 2009

Yes, dead serious. I can’t afford it and the N900 both. I am looking for just $450 and it comes wrapped in a BodyGuardz skin.

I also no longer have AT&T so the 3.5G is lost on me while the N900 supports T-Mobile 3G.

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Tarus G
August 27, 2009

i think this is one of the most exciting devices in a long time. I know it has T-Mobile 3G bands so hopefully it will land on T-Mobile in the near future. I have been waiting for some time to actually use a T-Mobile branded phone on the network instead of using an iphone or any other unlocked phone. T-Mobile is notorious for lack of selection of high end smartphones. Hopefully, Nokia will have a strong 3rd party developer following because i can see myself with this one for a long time.

Matthew Miller
August 27, 2009

Never mind about the N97 sale, I can’t get rid of the device since I do like a LOT about it and it is my prime Nokia S60 device.

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Ali
August 27, 2009

Wow if the screen is as responsive as it is in the videos Im all for this!!!! I wonder if app developers will be able to port the symbian apps over to maemo?!

So many questions like, when will tmobile pick this up, what changes will tmo implement(design wise and feature wise), what will be the subsidized price on this?!

Rosendo
August 27, 2009

This new Nokia device looks great and very exciting. Does anyone knows if it will support widgetd like the latest Nokia S60 devices (i.e. E71x)?

Nick
August 27, 2009

On their site it says the screen is 800×480 not 800×600

Dans
August 27, 2009

@Rosendo

Yes but will be even better.

@Ali

Yes and there is a S60 emulator in development.

Carly Z
August 27, 2009

According to Brighthand, the N900 is NOT a phone. Just a data device.

Matthew Miller
August 27, 2009

It is a phone all right. Take a look at their screenshots and all the information on the Nokia Maemo official page.

Kaiser Soje
August 27, 2009

I wonder why Nokia chose not to offer a better keyboard with the N900. I understand the real state limitations on the N97′s qwerty due to the sliding mechanism but the N900 is a more traditional slider and they could (I believe) have increased the sliding travel of the screen half and given us a nice keyboard like the Touch Pro 2 has!

Jim
August 27, 2009

I have TP2 from tmobile and the reason for the 3 row keyboard was probably to keep the device narrower similar to the N97 which i also owned for a couple weeks before returning it. To achieve a realy nice keyboard like the TP2 you have to make the phone “iphone” wide or else it won’t fit. Look at the cramped keyboard of the original TP and you’ll see that. I am anxious to test out this device but we’ll see how it does. For me, the TP2 is so much better than the N97 it isn’t even fair and i had HIGH hopes for the N97.

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Brad Barbaza
August 27, 2009

My first Nokia was a 770 tablet and it just wasn’t quite good enough for simple web browsing, I’m sure that has changed 3 generations later.

For anyone looking to use this as a phone, just a warning that it is quite large!

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Q
August 29, 2009

Re the 770: Nokia’s tablets have gotten progressively smaller from one model to the next. In a discussion thread on Brighthand, they’re comparing this one to the Touch Pro 2.

berry
August 30, 2009

Very nice OS but keyboard sucks and no tilt !?! I own a tytn II and TPII and my TP does it all. Yes next generation will do it better or more features. I wait for the next shot from Nokia or maybe HTC who knows. Like said before the OS looks awesome. Good news that symbian is dead now.

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rob
August 30, 2009

This is a great move for Nokia, I hope to see it on AT&T…let’s hope the recent boygenius.com rumors are true.

I’d love to be using a linux-based phone!

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namaji
August 31, 2009

Finaly!! I’ve been waiting for a while for this, even went to the android platform for a while. I always thought they were gonna make their move, it was only a matter of (too much) time! But hey it’s here and it’s rockin’ already.

Android was fun, with a lot of great potential! But some of us needs productiveness and overall power and flexibility. For now Android is just too young for me. HD posebilities, very basic media support it’s all in very early stage at the moment for me. I need something that is functioning well with what I was used too (N95 best phone experience, all around very functional)

Open Linux platform!! I am there! And way faster coding and porting time! Hell I’ll help contribute myself. Most definitly going to get this one when it’s out!

Peace, i’m out

Tallbruva
September 1, 2009

I’ve convinced my wife to get this. She has a Blackberry Curve (against my recommendation). She wanted the E71 (that I said she should have gotten instead of the Curve) but then showed her this. But this interface is spot-on and I think she’ll like using it more than the E71.

What I don’t understand is Nokia’s thinking. The N97 has a jury-rigged interface on a top end phone. Why wasn’t this put on it instead? Now, I’m an Android-fanboy but Nokia still has a place in my heart because my first smartphone was an E62. I like the HTC Hero & Sense UI, but if ever there was an iPhone-killer interface, Maemo is it.

Come on Nokia, get it together. If the new Symbian Foundation interface is anything like this, there’s going to be a real showdown in the smartphone world come next summer.

coolfx35
September 6, 2009

Hi guys! I’m an avid fan of Nokia and Symbian phones from Philippines, and I’d like to share my interest in exploring new features in mobile technology particularly this new device and its Maemo platform for mobile communicators.

I’d like to witness how it performs well as a device, mobile communicator, and internet tablet, and be able to know what lies behind this new mobile OS.

I also want to know how worthy to have this device over the other existing and upcoming competitors and rivals in its level, and chat and meet people with the same interest.

I hope we can share each and everyone’s knowledge on this stuff among all of electronic gadgets we’ve had. http://www.Nokia-N900.org is nice place to hangout.

ItsMichaelNotMike
October 1, 2009

This is a slick device, but it is not a smartphone, it’s a mini PC, especially since it is running a computer OS. So I would consider this device only if I was looking for a netbook replacement.

Plus with the pricing the N900 gets into the highest quality netbook or mid priced notebook. Since I have both of those devices, I don’t need a third or fourth device that functions as a PC. Moreover, I have never been a fan of phones that act like super small computers, mostly because it’s too difficult for me to use them. (Back in 1999 I had a PDA with a Sierra wireless card that gave me DSL speed on my Compaq Ipaq. When I went to sites I could not navigate all that well.

Unless people have money to burn, in this economy I don’t see people paying $500++ on a subsidized “phone.” iPhone dodged the bullet back when it debuted, I think those days are over, people paying $400 to $500 for the must have device.

Beautiful device though. I love the interface. I have a T-Mobile Touch Pro2 running a cooked WinMo 6.5.1 build. I love the device. But in line with what I said above, I paid $329 on a one-year contract. If it was $550 (the retail price) I would not have bought it, no matter how nice the device.

Sidenote: The TP2 keyboard and tilt screen are what I really like in terms of form factor. The keyboard is the best I have ever used on a device.

And the WinMo 6.5.1 OS combined with HTC’s TouchFLO 3D 2.5 have a feel that I suspect is similar to the N900′s. But I have to say the MAEMO shell is outstanding. I really like the panoramic scrolling screen. Great design.

I have made a lot of videos about my T-Mobile Touch Pro2 if you care to see them. Will be interesting to see how customizable the N900 becomes. That’s a “feature” I really like about the TP2, I can alter, fiddle and customize all I want.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb_MTnrGc14

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_1YqtMGZzU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lylq4oTiFAw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2kf0vz5Ngg&feature=email

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