Nokia World 2009 is about to wrap-up. There is no doubt that the Nokia N900 was a big star of the show.
I’ve been focused the past two days on reading and looking for N900 pics, videos, and first look articles. Mind you, there are a lot(!) and most, if not all of them have just positive things to say about the first Maemo 5 device. Here are the best ones. I promise to update the list as I see more videos and articles.
Let me know if you find good ones as well.
First Look Articles:
- Alan Bruce of maemo.org -- “I thought the N800’s screen was amazing, but the N900’s screen has the same resolution, all packed into a much smaller space, making it look as sharp as a chef’s knife and as crisp as fresh iceberg lettuce.”
- Karoliina’s Maemo Blog -- “In my opinion, the UI experience on the Maemo 5 has improved greatly over what it used to be and also over the competition. It is really pleasant to use and there are not so many things that would be annoying.”
- Register Hardware -- “Nokia deserves credit for plugging away, and appreciating that a completely fresh approach was needed.”
- TechRadar UK -- “We disagree with Nokia that this is more a mobile computer than a phone -- it’s a smartphone and a very good one at that. We’re looking forward to seeing how well it performs in practice, but early indications show Nokia might have just brought out an OS to save its skin in the nick of time.”
- Mobile Royale -- “Make no mistake: with Maemo5 and the N900 Nokia is on an offensive mode to regain it’s highend image. It builds on the weaknesses where the Symbian platform percieved to be dull and boring at the same it gives Nokia playroom to try fresh approaches, keep innovating in the highend offerings plus it can attract sustainable partners and developers.”
- PC Magazine -- “The Nokia rep I spoke to tried to make the best of the situation by saying the N900 is a niche product that will appeal to geeks and early adopters. There is a small but very passionate community already around Nokia’s Maemo Linux system, and as analyst Michael Gartenberg once said to me, there’s a limited market for almost anything. But the N900 could have a much larger market if it didn’t price itself higher than competition such as the iPhone and Palm Pre.”
- Tim Samoff of maemo.org -- “But, we can’t forget the phone functionality and one of the coolest features, the integrated Contacts application. Phone calls, SMS, instant messaging, and calendar are all tied together via the N900’s Contacts. When I was clicking through the various applications, this idea became a revelation, and I wondered why other operating systems haven’t quite gotten this yet.”
- The Inquirer -”We feel Nokia has made large strides since the N810, although we can’t help wondering why it has taken so long to include the functionality of a phone in these products when, after all, Nokia is a phone company.”