Nokia_N900_39 (Medium) Yesterday, Nokia made one of the most path breaking announcements since the Apple iPhone’s launch a few years ago. Nokia made the rumored, N900, device official. Not like it wasn’t earlier, but yesterday everything we ought to know about the N900 was revealed. The physical product launch will be made at the Nokia World 2009 scheduled to be held at Stuttgart, Germany this September.

So what’s so fascinating about the N900, you ask?

Well, the N900 is the first Linux based smartphone that Nokia is launching. It runs on Maemo.

So what? You ask….

This phone has all the bells and whistles the N97 should have had. In short it is everything the N97 should have been in the first place. A peek below at the specs shall make things clear to you.


  • 3.5 inch touch-sensitive widescreen display
  • 800 × 480 pixel resolution

Language support

British English, American English, Canadian French, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Latin American Spanish, Swedish, Russian


  • 3.5mm AV connector
  • TV out (PAL/NTSC) with Nokia Video Connectivity Cable
  • Micro-USB connector, High-Speed USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth v2.1 including support for stereo headsets
  • Integrated FM transmitter
  • Integrated GPS with A-GPS


BL-5J 1320mAh

Processor and 3D accelerator

TI OMAP 3430: ARM Cortex-A8 600 MHz, PowerVR SGX with OpenGL ES 2.0 support


Up to 1GB of application memory (256 MB RAM, 768 MB virtual memory)

Size and weight


Approx 113cc


110.9 × 59.8 × 18 (19.55 at thickest part) mm


Approx 181g

Mass memory

  • 32 GB internal storage
  • Store up to 7000 MP3 songs or 40 hours of high-quality video
  • Up to 16 GB of additional storage with an external microSD card

Keys and input method

  • Full QWERTY tactile keyboard
  • Full QWERTY onscreen keyboard



Operating frequency

  • Quad-band GSM EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • WCDMA 900/1700/2100 MHz

Data network

GPRS class A, multislot class 32, maximum speed 107/64.2 kbps (DL/UL) EDGE class A, multislot class 32, maximum speed 296/177.6 kbps (DL/UL) WCDMA 900/1700/2100. Maximum speed PS 384/384 kbps (DL/UL) HSPA 900/1700/2100. Maximum speed PS 10/2 Mbps (DL/UL) WLAN IEEE 802.11b/g

Call features

  • Integrated hands-free stereo speakers
  • Call waiting, call hold, call divert
  • Call timer
  • Logging of dialed, received and missed calls
  • Speed dialing via contact widget
  • Virbrating alert (internal)
  • Side volume keys
  • Mute/unmute
  • Contacts with images
  • Conference calling with up to 3 participants
  • Internet calling

Email & Messaging

  • Supported protocols: Mail for Exchange, IMAP, POP3, SMTP
  • Support for email attachments
  • Support for rich HTML
  • SMS and Instant Messages as conversations
  • Support for Nokia Messaging service
  • Instant messaging and presence enhanced contacts
  • Multiple number, email and Instant Messaging details per contact, contacts with images
  • Support for assigning images to contacts

Web browsing

  • Maemo browser powered by Mozilla technology
  • Adobe Flash™ 9.4 support
  • Full screen browsing

GPS and navigation

  • Integrated GPS, Assisted-GPS, and Cell-based receivers
  • Pre-loaded Ovi Maps application
  • Automatic geotagging


  • 5 megapixel camera (2584 × 1938 pixels)
  • Image formats: JPEG
  • CMOS sensor, Carl Zeiss optics, Tessar lens
  • 3 × digital zoom
  • Autofocus with assist light and two-stage capture key
  • Dual LED flash
  • Full-screen viewfinder
  • Photo editor on device
  • TV out (PAL/NTSC) with Nokia Video Connectivity Cable (CA-75U, included in box) or WLAN/UPnP
  • Landscape (horizontal) orientation
  • Capture modes: Automatic, portrait, video, macro, landscape, action


  • Wide aspect ratio 16:9 (WVGA)
  • Video recording file format: .mp4; codec: MPEG-4
  • Video recording at up to 848 × 480 pixels (WVGA) and up to 25fps
  • Video playback file formats: .mp4, .avi, .wmv, .3gp; codecs: H.264, MPEG-4, Xvid, WMV, H.263

Music and audio playback

  • Maemo media player
  • Music playback file formats: .wav, .mp3, .AAC, .eAAC, .wma, .m4a
  • Built-in FM transmitter
  • Ring tones: .wav, .mp3, .AAC, .eAAC, .wma, .m4a
  • Digital stereo microphone
  • DLNA


  • Background pictures
  • Widgets on your desktops
  • Intelligent contact shortcuts
  • Shortcuts to your favourite websites
  • Shortcuts to applications
  • Themes

Operating system

Maemo 5 software on Linux


  • Maemo Browser
  • Phone
  • Conversations
  • Contacts
  • Camera
  • Photos
  • Media player
  • Email
  • Calendar
  • Ovi Maps
  • Clock
  • Notes
  • Calculator
  • PDF reader
  • File manager
  • RSS reader
  • Sketch
  • Games
  • Widgets
  • Application manager for downloads


  • Bounce
  • Chess
  • Mahjong

What´s in the box

  • Nokia N900
  • 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

Nokia_N900_48 (Medium) After reading that huge list you would be wondering, ‘What happened to Nokia all of a sudden?’ What happened is that Nokia has just woken up from a deep slumber. It has made a conscious effort to answer all its critics and aficionados with one product. It has sought to silence its competitors with this one product, The N900.

The N900 means a lot to Nokia and for the mobile industry as a whole. This product is but a cog in what I would call the next wave of change. Come 2010 and the industry would have begun the next step in its evolution. Nokia had realized this and accordingly made changes to its lineup. The Symbian based N97 has in an instant become a relic of the last century, figuratively. Bested by the Omnia HD in terms of hardware, the N97 still is one of the most sought after devices and it will continue to be so.

But let’s face it the N97 is now from the last generation of smartphones. The re-entry of Linux in such a powerful manner means that S60 may not be the ‘preferred’ OS for Nokia anymore. It means that Nokia now has an alternative, a stronger weapon up its sleeve to fight off competition. The S60 still is potent, what with the thousands of apps available for the S60 platform; it is far from being labeled an old timer and the new improved Symbian will emerge soon. But till then I feel it is the Maemo which will pick up the mantle from S60 as the premier smartphone OS.

That does not mean that the potent N86 and N97 are worthless, no! They are the best of S60 and are in no way outdated. The Maemo is simply a new and refreshing way to do things on your phone, a true game changer.

This is one phone that will have many manufacturers running for cover. Samsung will be one of the first to feel the heat, since it is the no. 2 company in this industry.

What I must ask and many will also ask once the hype subsides a bit, ‘Is this a year late from Nokia?’

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