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January 25, 2010

All New Nokia N900 to Run On Maemo OS

By Hans Lewis, TMCnet Contributor

The brand-new and much-awaited N900 is the first handset by Nokia (News - Alert) to run on the Maemo operating system. The Maemo OS allows for multi-tasking, and the user can customise their homepage with widgets, shortcuts and applications, and new apps can be downloaded from Maemo Select, which is a dedicated store for the Maemo OS.

This handset is capable of operating at very fast speeds due to a 600MHz ARM (News - Alert) Cortex-A8 processor and 1GB application memory. This results in the ability to run multiple applications without the performance of the N900 being affected. Users can be reassured that the N900 will always work to its best potential.
A 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen is hosted by the Nokia N900, which provides sharp and vibrant colours resulting in very detailed images on screen. The touchscreen is very responsive with the use of your finger, and an accelerometer is built in which changes the screen depending on how the phone is being held. A proximity sensor is also on board, which puts the display on standby when the user is on a call.
A slide out QWERTY keyboard makes composing emails, texts and other messages a lot easier for users. Another advantage of this handset is that the N900 organises messages from multiple channels so that they appear as one conversation.
Connect the Nokia N900 to a Local Wireless Network to get internet access. This is an easy method to keep in touch by email, and to stay up to date with all your favourite Web sites.
A Mozilla technology powered web browser means you can access the internet from the N900 mobile and the page will look exactly as it does on a PC. Videos and other interactive applications can run smoothly on the handset thanks to Adobe Flash 9.4.
HSDPA connection, otherwise known as mobile broadband, allows speeds up to 10 Mbps which is a similar speed to that of home broadband. Web browsing and downloads can now be done a lot quicker which is ideal for users with a very busy lifestyle.
The built in 5.0 megapixel camera offers a lot of quality features to ensure a fantastic photo is always captured. Autofocus, LED Flash and a Carl Zeiss Lens all contribute to the success of the image, making this a feature of the N900 that you can’t get enough of. Share your photos with your friends either by email or upload them onto blogs. To remember those special moments, geo-tagging allows you to write when and where your photos were taken, and any other relevant information you wish. If you want more than just a photo, use the video capture facility that records 25 frames per second.
A massive 32GB memory ensures enough room to store all of your music, movies, photos and videos to look back at. If this isn’t enough, an expandable memory of 16GB is available through use of the microSD card, taking the total memory up to a potential 48GB.
A-GPS can locate your position up to 100m by using a technique called triangulation. By sending a signal to three cell masts, A-GPS will work out your location by the location of the cells and your distance from them. This is a very handy tool to use if you want reassurance on your travels.
Another handy feature is the email client, where you are able to receive emails from your personal account. You can also send pictures, texts emails and videos to any account anywhere in the world. The Nokia N900 can support up to 10 email accounts so you can easily communicate with the most important people in your life.
Maemo is a software platform developed by Nokia for smartphones and Internet Tablets. It is based on the Debian Linux distribution.
Read here about how Nokia chose to transit to Maemo, while other mobile handset manufacturers to opted for other OS like Android, moving away from the traditional and redundant Windows Mobile and Symbian (News - Alert) platforms.

Hans Lewis is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Erin Harrison

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