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Nokia N900




Operating system
Maemo
Processor
600 MHz
Screen Size
3.5"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Engadget

We came into this review wanting to know as much about Maemo as a platform as we did about the N900 itself; after all, the N900's just a single phone that'll be dead and forgotten from store shelves within a year. That's just reality, the hustle-and-bustle pace of the modern handset release cycl...

- Chris Ziegler, Engadget
Nokia Phone Blog

The N900 is an impressive, well-thought out phone aimed at the power user crowd. What’s sad is that, with a couple of minor changes to the operating system, Nokia could’ve had a serious consumer hit on their hands. Instead, the N900 is destined to play second banana to the iPhone and...

- Nokia Phone Blog team, Nokia Phone Blog
Nokia Phone Blog

The N900 is an impressive, well-thought out phone aimed at the power user crowd. What’s sad is that, with a couple of minor changes to the operating system, Nokia could’ve had a serious consumer hit on their hands. Instead, the N900 is destined to play second banana to the iPhone and the...

- ang, Nokia Phone Blog
CNET

It's early days for the Maemo 5 operating system, and the Nokia N900 isn't the most straightforward phone out there. Its app store is just getting started, and it's designed to be a two-handed typing machine, rather than a handset for single-fisted use on the move. But it packs a fresh user interfac...

- Flora Graham , CNET
PhoneArena

With its incredible internet browser, ability to deliver phone call functionality over cellular networks, almost impeccable in-call quality, handy multitasking and proper multimedia capabilities, the N900 has what it takes to become a fearsome rival to even the cream of the crop smartphone range.

- PhoneArena Team, PhoneArena


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Common Questions


Nokia released the N900 on August 27, 2009.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Nokia N900 user manual here.


Nokia backs up the N900 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
3.5"

The Nokia N900's screen size is 3.5 inches with 800 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
600 MHz

There is a ARM Cortex-A8 600 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Maemo 5.0 operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

Storage
768 MB

Internal memory is 768 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1320mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1320 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 10.5 days standby time, 300 minutes.

Nokia N900 Specs

Overview
Release date August 27, 2009
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/1700/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Maemo 5.0

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Processor ARM Cortex-A8 600 MHz
Internal Flash Memory 768 MB
RAM 256 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.92 W/kg
Body: 0.82 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1320 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 300 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 10.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.1 x 6.0 x 2.0 cm (4.4 x 2.4 x 0.8 in)
Weight 181 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution 800 x 480 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY, Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization SyncML
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
3x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels), 25 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, eAAC, AAC, WAV, M4A
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types PDF, TXT
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


Engadget

The N900 is a very compelling device indeed, as long as you remember one simple rule: it's a computer with a phone, not a phone that can compute

from Engadget

We came into this review wanting to know as much about Maemo as a platform as we did about the N900 itself; after all, the N900's just a single phone that'll be dead and forgotten from store shelves within a year. That's just reality, the hustle-and-bustle pace of the modern handset release c...More

We came into this review wanting to know as much about Maemo as a platform as we did about the N900 itself; after all, the N900's just a single phone that'll be dead and forgotten from store shelves within a year. That's just reality, the hustle-and-bustle pace of the modern handset release cycle. Maemo, however, will live on -- but in what capacity? Where does it fit (or could it fit) in Nokia's grand plan?

After having dug in, we're seeing glimmers of brilliance here that give us hope. Maemo 5 isn't the polished, consumer-friendly, all-encompassing solution that Palm, Google, and Apple are all selling today, but it's fairly evident that Nokia has built itself a stable, extensible platform that can reach those levels with a little tender loving care. The company's commitment to open source and the Maemo development community is commendable -- it's something that should absolutely continue -- but going forward, we'd love to see what kinds of magical things could happen if it took development to 100 percent feature completion internally with a full round of usability testing before handing it off to the eager geeks in the field. The mere thought sends shivers down our spine.

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Nokia Phone Blog

An impressive, well-thought out phone

from Nokia Phone Blog

The N900 is an impressive, well-thought out phone aimed at the power user crowd. What’s sad is that, with a couple of minor changes to the operating system, Nokia could’ve had a serious consumer hit on their hands. Instead, the N900 is destined to play second banana to the iPhone...More

The N900 is an impressive, well-thought out phone aimed at the power user crowd. What’s sad is that, with a couple of minor changes to the operating system, Nokia could’ve had a serious consumer hit on their hands. Instead, the N900 is destined to play second banana to the iPhone and the slew of new Android phones. It’s really too bad – for the price (roughly around $500 USD), you get a powerful smartphone that’s not only capable of everything (minus the fart apps), it’s capable of doing everything at the same time with ease. Multi-tasking at its best.

Read full review

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Nokia Phone Blog

An impressive, well-thought out phone aimed at the power user crowd

from Nokia Phone Blog

The N900 is an impressive, well-thought out phone aimed at the power user crowd. What’s sad is that, with a couple of minor changes to the operating system, Nokia could’ve had a serious consumer hit on their hands. Instead, the N900 is destined to play second banana to the iPhone and the slew of new Android phones. It’s really too bad – for the price (roughly around $500 USD), you get a powerful smartphone that’s not only capable of everything (minus the fart apps), it’s capable of doing everything at the same time with ease. Multi-tasking at its best....

More

The N900 is an impressive, well-thought out phone aimed at the power user crowd. What’s sad is that, with a couple of minor changes to the operating system, Nokia could’ve had a serious consumer hit on their hands. Instead, the N900 is destined to play second banana to the iPhone and the slew of new Android phones. It’s really too bad – for the price (roughly around $500 USD), you get a powerful smartphone that’s not only capable of everything (minus the fart apps), it’s capable of doing everything at the same time with ease. Multi-tasking at its best.

Random pet peeve: Nokia put a new kind of stock display protector on the N900, one that completely obscures everything beneath it. So if you’re buying a N900, make sure you get a screen protector too. I recommend Brando’s Ultra-Clear line.

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CNET

Designed to be a two-handed typing machine

from CNET

It's early days for the Maemo 5 operating system, and the Nokia N900 isn't the most straightforward phone out there. Its app store is just getting started, and it's designed to be a two-handed typing machine, rather than a handset for single-fisted use on the move. But it packs a fresh user inter...More

It's early days for the Maemo 5 operating system, and the Nokia N900 isn't the most straightforward phone out there. Its app store is just getting started, and it's designed to be a two-handed typing machine, rather than a handset for single-fisted use on the move. But it packs a fresh user interface, a decent keyboard, heaps of memory and great connectivity into a stylish, if slightly chunky, body. Getting in the N900 elevator on the ground floor may mean a bumpy ride as new features and apps come your way, but we think that Maemo's already so good that it has the potential to go all the way to the top.

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PhoneArena

Definitely an exceptional device that lends color to the cell phone market

from PhoneArena

We are not going to beat about the bush, because we guess you must be exhausted from the long reading. The Nokia N900 is definitely an exceptional device that lends color to the cell phone market. With its incredible internet browser, ability to deliver phone call functionality over cellular networks, almost impeccable in-call quality, handy multitasking and proper multimedia capabilities, the N900 has what it takes to become a fearsome rival to even the cream of the crop smartphone range. The N900 has, however, certain disadvantages that may dissuade some people from getting it. The major, most significant shortcoming at this time is the extremely limited number of applications. The other negative aspects of the internet tablet include the inability of its interface to run in portrait mode, its sizeable weight and dimensions, hardware QWERTY keyboard that could have been better and limited organizer functionality.

All told, we think the N900 is worth its price and will probably become a really popular internet tablet that offers rich functionality, quite close to what smartphones deliver, although we still find it hard to believe the device will actually manage to replace smartphones entirely. Not just yet. If Nokia improves the interface so that it´s fully functional in portrait mode, finds enough developers willing to put efforts into applications for Maemo 5 and adds proper organizer app, then the N900 and all future devices with running the mentioned operating system would definitely stand a fair chance of taking over the cell phone world....

More

We are not going to beat about the bush, because we guess you must be exhausted from the long reading. The Nokia N900 is definitely an exceptional device that lends color to the cell phone market. With its incredible internet browser, ability to deliver phone call functionality over cellular networks, almost impeccable in-call quality, handy multitasking and proper multimedia capabilities, the N900 has what it takes to become a fearsome rival to even the cream of the crop smartphone range. The N900 has, however, certain disadvantages that may dissuade some people from getting it. The major, most significant shortcoming at this time is the extremely limited number of applications. The other negative aspects of the internet tablet include the inability of its interface to run in portrait mode, its sizeable weight and dimensions, hardware QWERTY keyboard that could have been better and limited organizer functionality.

All told, we think the N900 is worth its price and will probably become a really popular internet tablet that offers rich functionality, quite close to what smartphones deliver, although we still find it hard to believe the device will actually manage to replace smartphones entirely. Not just yet. If Nokia improves the interface so that it´s fully functional in portrait mode, finds enough developers willing to put efforts into applications for Maemo 5 and adds proper organizer app, then the N900 and all future devices with running the mentioned operating system would definitely stand a fair chance of taking over the cell phone world.

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