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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The Maemo line has gone from serving Nokia's internet tablets to now featuring in one flagship smartphone. The Finnish manufacturer has realized that S60 is not the way, and is betting on a Linux-based platform for its high-end touchscreen devices. The Nokia N900 is this high-end touchscreen smartphone, and it targets every segment of the mobile market.
The device practically contains the same components as the high-end flagship N97, besides the form factor, a different aspect ratio, and of course, the software. This will, in part, allow Nokia to observe which platform users prefer, and even which form factor - slide-up or tilt - is here to stay.
The Symbian platform on which S60 runs was first constructed as a non-touchscreen smartphone operating system, and with the release of the touchscreen Nokia 5800, too few alterations were made for it to be compatible. As a result, dedicated touchscreen platforms such as that of the iPhone took advantage in this sector. Nokia took a clever, however late step in simply tapping into Maemo's potential for actual phones. The company already made use of the Linux operating system for its internet tablets, such as the N810.
Below you have a selection of Nokia N900 phones on sale on Ebay:
|5 GOOGLE ANDROID 21 TABLET LAPTOP NOTEBOOK PC NETBOOK||27 Bids||US $198.66||3h 25m|
|Nokia N900 UNLOCKED 32GB SMARTPHONE||2 Bids||US $335.00||7h 24m|
|Nokia N900 Unlocked Joikuspot Premium Sygic maps||12 Bids||US $321.66||7h 26m|
|Nokia N900 32Gb Unlocked 35G QuadBand||8 Bids||US $315.00||8h 3m|
|NOKIA N900 UNLOCKED MOBILE TOUCHSCREEN PHONE BROKE||20 Bids||US $213.50||8h 55m|
The Nokia N900 will be more appealing to the feature-focused audience, although its glossy design could also attract the general crowd. A full QWERTY keyboard means that messaging and IM addicts will enjoy the handset, and lastly, the kickstand at the back allows proper playback of music and videos.
Developing for an open-source platform is also easier and more advanced for programmers, and with the Ovi Store already functional, both developers and users will profit (in different meanings of the word) from the N900.
In terms of specifications, the smartphone features a 3.5" touchscreen display with 800x480 pixels in resolution, 32GB internal memory with support for a microSD memory card, a 5 megapixel Carl Zeiss optics camera with autofocus and dual-LED flash, FM transmitter, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, HSPA connectivity, and A-GPS for geo-tagging and navigation.
The device is powered by an ARM Cortex A8 system at 600MHz, PowerVR SGX graphics, and 1GB of RAM (768MB are virtual) which should keep the Maemo platform running smoothly.
For Nokia N900 and Maemo 5 dedicated content, visit PhoneReport's Nokia N900 Blog.
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