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Nokia N900 – bringing Maemo 5 to the masses

The Nokia N900 is billed as a computer-grade device and takes its inspiration from the N810 internet tablet and N97 mobile phone. It runs the new Maemo 5 operating system, which is said to be its most user friendly OS.

This quad-band device has a large 3.5 inch touchscreen display, a full slide out QWERTY keyboard and a 32GB internal hard drive, as well as a microSD card slot for up to 16GB of expandable memory. The Nokia N900 also features a 5 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and a 3.5mm headphone socket and supports both 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity.

GPS navigation and Ovi Maps are also supported and the media player is capable of playing various music and video files including MP3, WMA, MP4 and Xvid. Files can be transferred to the device via Bluetooth or the bundled microUSB cable.

Measuring a healthy 111 x 60 x 18mm and weighing in at 181 grams, the N900 is a similar size to the N97, but does seem to have a smaller keyboard and the lack of a tilt mechanism may hinder visibility when using the QWERTY keys.

All in all, the Nokia N900 seems to be a viable alternative to the Nokia N97, focusing more on the internet functions and if the operating system proves to be user friendly enough then its sure to be very popular.