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Nokia N900 review

Bulky and blocky – yet could this be one of the phones of the year?

Our Verdict

A good phone that shows Nokia has more strings to its smartphone bow than just Symbian

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 32 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 9 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 800 x 480

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For

  • A great internet experience
  • Slick UI
  • Intuitive Maemo OS
  • Vast array of integrated social network services
  • Great multi-tasking

Against

  • Poor battery life
  • Prone to freezing
  • Resistive screen
  • Juddering maps application

Connectivity on the Nokia N900 is beyond par - we can't think of anything else that should have been included. First of all, as we've mentioned countless times before, the N900 is great at sniffing out networks, meaning if you need data connectivity when out and about, you're likely to get it.

Data connection is OK as well, although it does drop out a little too often - however it rarely failed when we needed it most, so that makes it a positive point in our book.

Nokia n900

The fact the Wi-Fi kicks in whenever you enter your home network is a real boon, as you suddenly find that internet browsing has increased in speed quite considerably when using it.

GPS is a similar beast, although we're not sure how accurate it is, as we mentioned earlier in the copy, because the phone seemed to rely on aGPS a little too much for our tastes - however geotagging is an odd one as we couldn't find a way to add it to photos beyond tagging it with the city you're in at the time - doesn't feel very intuitive to us.

Nokia n900

We're fans of the Bluetooth on the N900, as headphones connected up nicely to the device, as well as being able to transfer files wirelessly to your PC in a fairly speedy fashion.

Connection to the PC is performed by a microUSB cable, much as is becoming standard on all mobile phones these days. It allows you to use the phone in mass storage mode and on the PC suite, but nothing else.

Nokia has also taken the odd decision to use Nokia PC Suite 7.1 with the N900; meaning limited options when it comes to things you can actually do with the phone.

This means although you can reformat video files for the phone and back it up to the PC, (although in both cases it's not necessary, with all manner of video supported and backup possible to memory card) it's a little redundant when these days all you want to do is pull content on and off a phone.

Nokia n900

Ovi Suite is a lot more advanced and offers some more compelling software too, so we'd rather have seen that bundled instead. However, being able to use the phone as a modem is a boon we didn't expect to get with the N900, so it's not all bad on the PC connectivity front.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Built-in Memory32 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyN
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
ColourBlack
Operating SystemMaemo
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time9 Hour
Product ModelN900
Screen Size8.9 cm (3.5")
Screen Resolution800 x 480
Weight (Approximate)181 g
Maximum Video Resolution800 x 480
Processor ManufacturerARM
Operating System VersionMaemo 5
Messaging TypeEmail, SMS (Short Message Service), Instant Messaging, MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Divert, Call Holding, Call Log, Call Timer, Call Waiting, Caller ID
Height110.9 mm
Width59.8 mm
Depth18 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesN
ManufacturerNokia
Product NameN900 Smartphone
Processor Speed600 MHz
Processor TypeCortex
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number002M177
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
Marketing Information

Get the powerful Nokia N900 Smartphone with touch screen and excellent communications capabilities. Run applications faster and enjoy the full internet with the Maemo browser Send rich email and make voice calls Take great photos and wide screen video with the 5 megapixel camera Find your way with Ovi Maps.

Package Contents
  • N900 Smartphone
  • Nokia Battery (BL-5J)
  • Nokia High Efficiency Charger (AC-10)
  • Nokia Stereo Headset (WH-205)
  • Video Out Cable (CA-75U)
  • Nokia Charger Adaptor (CA-146C)
  • Cleaning Cloth
Limited Warranty2 Year
Standard Memory1 GB