Nokia N900, first impressions
Nokia already indicated a few days ago that the first N900s were already leaving the factory for the homes of those who had made the reservation too many weeks ago. Ours is already in the offices.
As we are not greedy, after a few hours of use we share with you a first look at the Nokia N900, a terminal that has left us halfway. Today we leave you with our first impressions, tomorrow you can see a first video approach.
Nokia N900, a step forward but at a slow pace
With a lot of cache and expectation the Nokia N900 lands in our hands. Will it meet what is expected of it? At least after the first few hours with him, he has not fulfilled everything we hoped he would offer us. But maybe we were expecting too much.
Sober and thick terminal, the sliding keyboard under its touch screen is your cover letter. And already in that field we don't like the stiffness with which it slides, although we think that with time it will improve. In my case I prefer keyboards that slide more smoothly.
The Nokia N900, which of breed comes to the Greyhound, is a phone made for horizontal use. We have not found in the first hours of use a virtual keyboard to take us to our fingers, and if you want to write you must necessarily use the physical keyboard. In addition, we miss on it a joystick or keys to control the phone without using your hands or stylus. We also did not like that the handling of the terminal when we do not use the phone mode has to be horizontal, there is no other option.
The keyboard is Motorola Dext-style, and while small, it is comfortable to use after a period of acclimatization.
We were left wondering if using the more separated keys would have been better. The touch of the keyboard is, yes, perfect, like the finish of the phone.
We are surely facing the most complete Nokia terminal, both in specifications and user experience. Maemo 5 has done that miracle, although they have been left in the middle. The next version promises much more. And if this phone has to make people fall in love early adopters and advanced users, they should have offered more.
Maemo is supposedly dedicated to them, but the innovations are still very conservative. Why not risk more by having Symbian in the bedroom for classic users, the vast majority?
Maemo 5, waiting for the boom
After a first look at the Maemo interface, we verified that the promised fluidity and customization is a fact, but we noticed that it lacks a plus that for example we verified with the HTC HD2 the other day.
To highlight how successful the management is for use through the touch screen, with very well placed menus and easily accessible. We especially liked the status bar, very useful and basic in a touch screen terminal. Also the physical control to lock the screen is a success. And we are glad about the cap for the camera lens and the physical button to take photos, something that other manufacturers should pay attention to.
Multitasking is another impressive achievement on this Nokia N900. The screen where we can control all the open applications is wonderful, and it works in luxury. It is effective and easy to use.
Navigation, based on Mozilla technology, is one of the N900's strengths. It plays very well most pages and offers flash support.
The reproduction of content and the camera, in the absence of thorough testing, are again other highlights of a Nseries. The 32GB internal memory, the Carl Zeiss 5-megapixel camera and the GPS are all to blame for this.
Nokia has improved its tablet and turned it into all a phone. A gentleman phone in specifications and with Maemo as a great attraction, although it has given us the feeling of breakthrough advance.
The Nokia N900 is right on issues such as multitasking, a possible wonder whatever Apple says, but it is not something in the media. We repeat that it is the best terminal of the brand so far, but it does not compete against itself. At least it shouldn't.
They have advanced but at too slow steps to catch people like HTC or Samsung that with Android by flag, they advance at a higher speed.
Nokia continues to boast of high-end terminals, with specifications that scare (like prices, although this is common to all brands with their star terminals) but without looking forward prominently in the interface, that crucial input element in today's telephony for a very specific sector of the population. And the worst thing is that the rest of the manufacturers are also catching up with them in pure and hard technical characteristics.
However, Nokia is still there, with a comfortable market share and terminals that sell well among the general public, with phones in all ranges and a record terminal from time to time. The 5800 XpressMusic is one of the last, the Nokia Mini 97 will be and surely many more will come.
But the advanced user Nokia must give much more. And given that the majority of unmet needs have software as the protagonist, we have faith that the community around Linux, with the support of the Finns, can complete what the Nokia N900 lacks. But they must hurry up.