Saturday, January 2, 2010

N900: A new hope for Nokia

The coming of the N900 is Nokia's right move to maintain its lead in the mobile industry. It has all the ingredients for a mobile phone to be successful. Others say that the N900 is not for everybody, that it's only for the geeks and the early adaptors who really love technology; I say, why would you deprive yourself of a phone like this? Read on and decide.

The Nokia N900 has a multi-tasking capability that allows many applications to run simultaneously because of its 600-MHZ processor, up to 1GB application memory and OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration.

OpenGL stands for Open Graphics Library and is the industry standard for an application program interface for defining 2D and 3D objects. It is the same graphics acceleration technology used in the iPhone 3Gs.

The greatest achievement of the N900 is putting "real" Internet into a mobile platform. It features a high-resolution WVGA touch screen and fast internet connectivity with 10 Mbps HSDPA and 2 Mbps HSUPA support and WLAN. It uses Mozilla-based web browser with Adobe Flash 9.4 support making the websites look the way they would on any computer.

Among all the smartphones available in the Technews Lab, the browser of the N900 is the best I've ever seen. Yes, it is better than iPhone's Safari web browser as it supports not only Flash 9.4 and plugins but also Javascript, frames, CSS and most everything a desktop browser does. This means no more rotten strawberries in your farm in farmville.

Panorama desktop - Create a desktop for your friends, one for your music and videos, and another dedicated to the web. It’s really up to you. Then jump effortlessly between your desktops by moving your finger across the touch-screen display.

Dashboard - After opening an application or starting an IM chat, it then sits on your dashboard whenever you need it. Multi-task by switching seamlessly between your applications and chat windows in the time it takes to tap the screen. You can run everything smoothly because of it's powerful processor. The dashboard also notifies you as soon as you get a new SMS, email, or you have a missed call. This way you can easily keep track of everything that’s happening.

Maemo Browser - View webpages as you would on your home computer with clear full-screen browsing. Every detail stands out on the sharp 800 × 480 display – or tap twice to zoom in for an even closer look. Mozilla based browser with Flash 9.4 support.

Phone - Access your phone instantly, make a call by simply rotating your device from landscape to portrait mode. From the desktop or dashboard, all it takes is a twist of your wrist to instantly access the phone application. A call is just a tap away and you can search in seconds.

Final words
Nokia has been known for having "user friendly" phones but we got bored of just having easy to use phones. We demanded more features, faster speed and additional applications. When Nokia offered us music we chose to get the iPhone instead; when Nokia gave us email we decided to get the Blackberry. Now Nokia is showing off "real" internet in a mobile platform and we have no choice but to get it with the N900 because it's the best among all the available phones today.

The N900 would put Nokia back in the playing field where Smartphones play. It is undoubtedly a statement from Nokia that it's still a force to be reckoned with when it comes to smartphones.

(The N900 used in this article is a property of Manila Bulletin Technews from a 3rd party supplier, it's the first commercial unit of N900 in the Philippines and this page is not sponsored by Nokia.)

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