[Herts] Nokia N900 - Open Linux Phone

Mike - XP Computers mike at xpcomputers.co.uk
Thu Jan 7 12:58:38 UTC 2010

Has anyone got the Nokia N900 phone yet, or anyone have any opinions on it?

I am thinking of getting it as my next upgrade as soon as it comes to my

For those who have not heard of it, the Nokia N900 comes from their Linux
based, Internet Tablet range, running Maemo5 OS. This is the first one to
feature a built in 3G phone. Nokia are selling it as more of a mini computer
than a phone. Key features are the best browser experience of any "phone".
Fully open phone, even with shell access. Fast growing repository of
dedicated Maemo5 apps (and access to Debian apt-get packages too (although
not all will work without some work)). Very active developer community.
Program in Python directly on the phone. Full keyboard landscape slider
phone, with large 800 x 480 pixel screen, GPS & Wifi.

Opinion seems to suggest that Maemo is less "polished" and "slick" than
other Linux based phone OSes (like Android & Palm WebOS), but much more
Open, Flexible & Powerful.

I am very interested... 


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