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Nokia N900: Sweet Bliss!

My N900 arrived last Thursday. I managed to hold off from charging it till this morning, as I knew I would sit with it all weekend.

Anways, I played around with it a bit this morning and it's amazing. The screen is very responsive and I love the UI. First thing I did as a Linux geek was to open up Xterm.

Installed mplayer and mypaint as required apps.

I haven't put in a sim card yet. Will give a better review when I do. Using wi-fi for now and it's all cool. Full web-surfing is wonderful; no need for specialised apps, although I will be installing a few apps/widgets for quick access to things like trains times or FB.

Having multiple desktops is great, especially with live widgets. To be honest, am not sure how iPhone types live without a desktop.

More to come next week when I am back from holidays.
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Old 11.05.2010, 12:13
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Re: Nokia N900: Sweet Bliss!

i guess we wont be seeing you for a while!

have fun!
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Re: Nokia N900: Sweet Bliss!

Is it a N900 Maemo?

http://gizmodo.com/5346818/nokia-n90...n97-look-silly

If so, I'm jealous.

Congrats.
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Old 11.05.2010, 12:27
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Re: Nokia N900: Sweet Bliss!

I liked this phone. But the resistive touch screen put me off
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Old 11.05.2010, 12:46
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Re: Nokia N900: Sweet Bliss!

I would buy the N900 as well. Have been a nokia user for as far as I can remember, but the HTCesire has caught my eye.

And with the android OS, can't help trying out a few apps of my own.
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Re: Nokia N900: Sweet Bliss!

For me the clincher was that it is a pure Linux phone. May not be for everyone. The new HTC Android phones are very nice too.
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For me the clincher was that it is a pure Linux phone.
Not really...according to documentation, the maemo OS is only 80% open. I don't know what that really means.

But honestly, Im still weighing the htc:desire vs N900 in my head all day. Cant seem to decide.
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I liked this phone. But the resistive touch screen put me off
why? it's much more precise than capacitive.
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Not really...according to documentation, the maemo OS is only 80% open. I don't know what that really means.
The closed parts are the phone ops parts and a few Ovi apps. This doesn't affect operating the phone as a pure Linux device. Even on my Linux at home, I have non-free apps.
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The closed parts are the phone ops parts and a few Ovi apps. This doesn't affect operating the phone as a pure Linux device. Even on my Linux at home, I have non-free apps.
And so I am even more confused now.
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why? it's much more precise than capacitive.
Re resitive. Sure, you don't have multi-touch, but that's not really a big deal. The greater precision is very welcome, especially since you then don't have to zoom in all the time on web pages and it is perfect for drawing programs, etc. And of course, it works with gloves on.

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Re: Nokia N900: Sweet Bliss!

you might be interested in this project:

http://wiki.maemo.org/Maemo_on_Debian

early days yet. you can also run full debian in a chroot getting access to full debian repository.
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Re: Nokia N900: Sweet Bliss!

I am using this phone for last 3 months. Its a pocket computer.

The best part is the integrated Skype and gtalk with address book, download few apps and you can integrate facebook, yahoo messenger etc.

I like:
- excellent voice clarity
- OTA upgrades
- Address book integration with skype, gmail, yahoo, facebook and all other messenger and social network accounts
- Internet browsing - you can get firefox browser
- DLNA
- screen clarity


Do not like:
- error with music player if you download some music apps and extra codecs
- very few apps available
- feels bulky at first
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Old 11.05.2010, 13:27
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Didn't bother to reply as it seems people have been sucked in by the Apple propaganda. Sure, you don't have multi-touch, but that's not really a big deal. The greater precision is very welcome, especially since you then don't have to zoom in all the time on web pages and it is perfect for drawing programs, etc. And of course, it works with gloves on.
I've used resistive touch screen in the past with the HTC offering when they where all JASJAM and JASJAR and was not impressed with them. I vowed never to get a touch screen phone again.

Then my sis in law got the Nokia 5800. I thought 'well they must have improved since then' and it was also terrible. Granted it's better with the stylus, but I think it's too much hassle to take a stick out to use my phone.

I then tried an iPhone out in the apple store and was amazed. And don't get me wrong, I hate Apple and everything they stand for. In fact as soon as something better came (HTC desire) I was off.

I don't think it's the accuracy that I'm into, it's more the sensitivity. I always found with my old HTCs that I was forever calibrating the screen as well. I use my phone with my gloves all the time in the lab as well, but they are very thin gloves.

So I don't really appreciate being told I've been sucked into Apple propaganda. I've tried resistive and I didn't like them. I like capacitive and that's the direction that most high end smart phones are going so I will stick with them (as if I will have a choice soon?)

I find multi touch is a big deal. I use it whenever I browse. But AFAIK, resistive screens are also capable of multi touch.
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I've used resistive touch screen in the past with the HTC offering when they where all JASJAM and JASJAR and was not impressed with them. I vowed never to get a touch screen phone again.

Then my sis in law got the Nokia 5800. I thought 'well they must have improved since then' and it was also terrible. Granted it's better with the stylus, but I think it's too much hassle to take a stick out to use my phone.

I then tried an iPhone out in the apple store and was amazed.
Well...the 5800 sucks...basically. I have it and I *hate* the touch interface. And to be fair, it was only a "pilot" for nokia. I think they were building up for something like the N900.

And as far as the htc:desire goes, I am amazed by the sense UI.

I have used the iPhone and i know its really great and all...but somehow I would like to be able to use a stylus...and not just my fingers all the time.
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Re: Nokia N900: Sweet Bliss!

Professional reviews of the N900 on release seemed to be against the resistive screen in terms of its overall responsiveness http://www.dancewithshadows.com/tech...e-touchscreen/

Having never used an N900 I can't give my own verdict on that device... but going from an appalling Nokia 5800 to a Motorola Milestone was like getting out of a Renault and into a Lamborghini.
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Well...the 5800 sucks...basically. I have it and I *hate* the touch interface. And to be fair, it was only a "pilot" for nokia. I think they were building up for something like the N900.

And as far as the htc:desire goes, I am amazed by the touch UI.

I have used the iPhone and i know its really great and all...but somehow I would like to be able to use a stylus...and not just my fingers all the time.
I forgot to add I also played with an N97 as well. I went to chew on some razor blades afterwards for fun.

http://www.sourcingmap.com/soft-touc...aign=ukfroogle

http://www.handtec.co.uk/product.php...stylus-st-c400

http://www.htcaccessorystore.com/uk/....aspx?i=197494
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Re: Nokia N900: Sweet Bliss!

I sorta like the reviews from the guys over at techradar.
And they didn't say too many bad things about the N900.

And richdog, its finally in MediaMarkt, go have a looksie.
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I forgot to add I also played with an N97 as well. I went to chew on some razor blades afterwards for fun.

http://www.sourcingmap.com/soft-touc...aign=ukfroogle

http://www.handtec.co.uk/product.php...stylus-st-c400

http://www.htcaccessorystore.com/uk/....aspx?i=197494
And its not just the stylus.
No flash...no battery change...etc etc...its too restrictive for a slightly technically-inclined person...like myself.

Oh and the N97, I sidestepped that minefield...thankfully.
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And its not just the stylus.
No flash...no battery change...etc etc...its too restrictive for a slightly technically-inclined person...like myself.

Oh and the N97, I sidestepped that minefield...thankfully.
I agree. That's why I ditched it as soon as a worthwhile contender came along. I sold it for as much as I bought the Desire for

Big downside of any phone that isn't the iPhone is depreciation
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