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Nokia N900 review | Internet & Multimedia

Published on: Sunday, February 7th 2010                   Written by: Casper van der Kaaij - Photography by: Mark Peters

Nokia N900 phone menu

Nokia N900 phone menu

Nokia Maemo 5 menu

With the implementation of the Nokia N900 Maemo 5, the menu structure is entirely new, which means that it takes time to get used to. After startup, there are a number of home screens for the user to scroll through. Widgets, average shortcuts or contacts can be added to a home screen. This structure is found on several mobile phones nowadays and is very convenient. It allows you to create your own user environment, containing everything that is important to you, in an easy way.

Nokia N900 N-Series

Nokia N900 N-Series

Nokia N900 multi-tasking menu

The actual menu can be opened by pressing top left on a home screen. There are several built-in layers, partly because of Multi-tasking. Should certain programs still be open, you will first get to an overview of the open windows, allowing you to click it or to close it. Then if you click top left again, all open programs remain open and you will access the main menu. The entire top bar serves as a navigation to go back one step in the menu. Even then, you will return to the open programs before returning to a home screen.

 

Nokia N900 programs

T he Maemo 5 menu of the Nokia N900 consists of 15 icons. Thanks to the various layers, it is graphically very neatly organized. Especially with the clear overview of the open programs, the use is very similar to using a desktop PC. Also, all the settings are nicely grouped together. And again, it takes time to get used to, although playing with it for a while will show you the way quite quickly. Clearly, it has been very well thought-through.

Nokia N900 review

 

Nokia N900 N-series Internet

Nokia N900 N-series Internet

Web browser of the Nokia N900

Upon opening the Web browser in the main menu, you will gain access to a nice list of bookmarks. These are accompanied by a screenshot. At the bottom, the address bar is found to insert characters using the keyboard. The Internet browser is fast and easy, all pages are displayed properly. Even flash websites are well-rendered on the Nokia N900. Connecting to Wi-Fi happens smoothly, just like searching for available networks. In addition to the Wi-Fi connection, also a fast HSDPA connection is enabled. Email is easy to set up, after choosing a country, a big list of ISPs appears, which are installed by default. It is then simply a matter of entering the login data. Besides this installation support, the Nokia N900 also supports Exchange. Thanks to the full QWERTY keyboard, it is possible to type longer messages without a problem.

Nokia N900 multimedia

Nokia N900 multimedia

Music, Video and Internet radio

Upon selecting Media Player in the menu, we enter a beautifully designed menu with a choice for Music, Video and Internet radio. Everything is conveniently arranged, and if an album cover for the music files is available, it will be displayed. DivX support lets you happily enjoy a movie on your Nokia N900. The screen is perfectly suitable to do so; the images are sharp and the phone effortlessly plays it all, even small texts are still easy to read. A speaker is found on both sides of the phone. The quality is fairly good, especially during movies. If you just want to enjoy the movie or music by yourself, the included headset is the solution. Additionally, every 3.5mm connection on the side can be used. The video-out cable allows to connect the Nokia N900 to a TV set. The Nokia does not have a default radio application other than the Internet radio, however, if you like, it can be installed.

 

Nokia N900 camera phone

Nokia N900 camera phone

Nokia N900 digital camera

Nokia N900 digital camera

 
 
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