Summary: The Nokia N900 doesn't want to be your first smart phone (it almost doesn't feel like a phone at all) -- instead, it's a mini computer trying to break new ground with the Maemo operating system. Despite heaps of excellent features already, its best apps are yet to come, so it's most suited to those seeking a powerful and customisable gadget, rather than just a great phone
Cons: Few apps available; no real potential for one-handed operation; resistive touchscreen; almost no portrait mode; slightly chubby; behaves more like an Internet tablet than a phone; needs significant setting up to get the most out of it.
Summary: Coming from someone who doesn't like Symbian and hasn't been very impressed with the company's lineup to date, I'm very excited about the Nokia N900. I think there's a great deal of potential behind the device, and more importantly, behind Maemo as an OS. In today's competitive market, a functional OS (coupled with a good device) is crucial for long-term success, and while Maemo is a huge breath of fresh air, Nokia has a lot of work to do before the device and OS will be...
Conclusion: All in all, the N900 is probably a grower, but you'll have to put in a lot of effort to fully appreciate it. Its size is a really prohibitive factor and one that might put a lot of people off, not to mention the keyboard which makes typing emails and text messages a bit of a pain. It incorporates an impressive range of features and its high speed processing is a real boon, so once you get used to the size and are familiar with the navigation, we can imagine the N900...
Excerpt: When thinking about video calling phones and their capabilities, a Nokia device will probably not be the first to pop into one’s mind. However, Nokia was ahead of the game long before phones such as the iPhone 4 and HTC EVO 4 were released. Our TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award winner, the Nokia N900 was one of those phones that made a breakthrough with video calling technology.
Conclusion: Nokia’s N900 bills itself not as a smartphone, but as an internet tablet or even a “mobile computer”. This is very obvious throughout your usage experience, and I think it’s a shame because they have included phone capability in it, and it’s a pocket-able size so it is only logical that one would use it as their day-to-day smartphone.
Excerpt: Nokia’s N900 is, like I said before, more of a mobile computing device or an MID (Mobile Internet Device). It could be misconstrued as a miniature tablet PC as even the ones on their way will comply with most ‘mobile phone’ standards like taking and making calls and messages, but it’s really not. We ran a poll recently asking our readers to share their experiences and views on the N900 and received plenty of feedback (thank you dear readers).
Summary: This phone can be turned into a beast, but one that is not very easy to tame. If you are not looking for the customizable Linux experience, then many of the other features of the N900 can also be found on cheaper devices.