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[1 Feb 2010 | | ]
Nokia N900 vs. Google Nexus One

Recently it has hit the markets the new Google phone which it has been talking about it since long before it’s released. After quite some time, the Google Phone Nexus One was released on January 5th 2010. As it is a direct competitor of the Nokia N900, we decided to make a comparison between this two.
As my others comparisons were, I’m going to follow the same rules. I’m not going to talk about each specification of these phones, only the differences and the important ones in my opinion.
Dimensions & Weigh – Both presents pretty much the same dimensions with the slightly difference of the deepness as the Nokia N900 presents a physic QWERTY keyboard. However, the N900 is almost 1cm less tall than the Nexus one. The Nexus One dimensions are 119 x 59.8 x 11.5 mm while the N900’s one are 110.9 x 59.8 x 18 mm leading to an important difference if you plan to carry the phone on your pocket and be extreme comfortable with it. Again a little weight difference its expected due to the keyboard, as the N900 weighs 181g and the Nexus One 130g
Display – Both presents the 800×480 pixels resolution. However, the Nokia N900 does it on a 3.5” inches TFT resistive touch screen display while the Nexus One on a 3.7” inches AMOLED capacitive touch screen display. The Nexus One particularity is that it comes with Trackball navigation. Proximity sensor for auto turn-off and Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate are included in both devices.
Memory – As in other comparisons, the N900 presents the one of the best storage capacities on the market as it has a 32 GB internal storage capable of 48 GB with a 16 GB microSD and 256 MB RAM. While the Nexus One has only 512 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM and It’s capable of storage up o 32 GB with a microSD although a 4 GB microSD is included.
Network & Data – Almost no differences between these two devices, as both comes with GPRS Class 32, HSUPA- 2Mbps, WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP and microUSB …

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[23 Jan 2010 | | ]
Office Viewer for Nokia N900

A few days ago, it has been released an alpha version of Office Viewer for Nokia N900 called Koffice. This application would complement the mobile functionalities of the Nokia N900 as it gives to the users to carry with them any Office document such as text, spreadsheet or presentation.
The Koffice is basically an application to view word processing documents, spreadsheets and presentation as it supports text files, spreadsheets and presentation in OpenDocument format (ODF) and Microsoft Office formats.  The most important features are the option to open more than one file at once (multiple documents), open the office documents from emails and search, copy and paste in office files from the N900´s documents.
“This shows both how portable and lean on resources KOffice is” says Inge Wallin, the marketing coordinator of Koffice as it points out an important feature that this application brings to the Nokia N900, the possibility to use the device to give presentation. Further, the Koffice is a great complement to work along the web program Google Docs in my opinion (while waiting for an office editor).
Apart from this application new, there is another important process. As some of you might know, Nokia has been working with Qt is a cross-platform application and UI framework for developers to encourage them as it gives everything needed to create web-enabled desktop, mobile and embedded applications (For more information, please click here). So, the Maemo OS is in the process of moving to Qt meaning that the come up of the Office viewer marks the begin of Qt based applications in the future.
The application requires the last firmware update (PR1.1) and you can install it as it available on the Maemo repositories. For further installations details, please click here. Don’t forget that it’s an alpha version.

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[19 Jan 2010 | | ]
Wi-Fi hotspot with the N900 and JoikuSpot (Coming soon)

Many times we have pointed out the Nokia’s N900 capacity to have the full internet right at the palm of your hand and the amazing experience that this gorgeous device provides. However, it seems that there would be a new application coming soon that would take advantage of it and would take it to the limit.
The application is called JoikuSpot and is already known for other devices such as Nokia’s Symbian devices. Its particularity is that it turns the Nokia N900 into a Wi-Fi hotspot making it possible for other devices such as laptops to connect to the Nokia N900 over Wi-Fi in order to connect to Internet through the Nokia’s N900 3G connections. So with this application you not only have full internet on your Nokia N900, but also you could share it with other devices. Pretty cool isn’t it?
While is already possible to use the Nokia N900 or any mobile phone with internet connection as a cellular modem only for a single device through a USB or Bluetooth connection between devices, JoikuSpot makes the difference as it able this option for more than one device at the time. However, it’s important to consider that using JoikuSpot would use much more battery than using the USB or Bluetooth option.
The news published on the Joikusoft Facebook page was: “For those lucky ones already having Nokia N900 we have very good news. JoikuSpot for Maemo OS will be published soon. The new version will include improved UI showing the actual throughput speed plus much more. Stay tuned.”

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[13 Jan 2010 | | ]
New Firmware update v 1.2009.44.1!

As it has been expected, the new firmware update for the Nokia N900 is ready. Under the version code 1.2009.44.1, this new firmware update fixes a numbers of bugs that have been reported for the users and developers at Maemo.org, including just a bit more stability to the Maemo 5 OS.
Apart from the bug fixing, the Nokia Conversations Blog pointed out ““This software update prepares the Nokia N900 for opening the Ovi Store – watch out for a separate announcement for the store opening shortly.”
The firmware update file weighs around 18.5 MB and it’s already available through Over The Air (OTA) or through the Nokia Software Update via a desktop or laptop computer. A back up is recommended as installing it through the Nokia Software Update might erase all the data (mainly settings,apps).

Apparently as the upgrades are not too many and they aren’t the ones that everybody expected, this is a minor update in preparation to a future major update coming soon. Let’s expect this to be true!

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[3 Jan 2010 | | ]
FM Radio player app has a new update!

We haven’t talked about the FM Radio Player application for the Nokia N900 available on the Maemo web page yet. As the Nokia N900 has a built-in FM receiver on its’ hardware, the device doesn’t have a Nokia software application complementing this feature. The lack of this complement, give the idea to Martin Grimme who developed the FM Radio Player Application. So by connecting the headphones, you are really connecting the antenna as the headphone cable work as it.
Lately, Martin Grimme promised a new update for the application and its’ finally released. Apart from some bug problem fixed, the new update come with a nicer icon. If you already have the FM Radio Player application installed, it should be a little orange exclamation icon blinking above the Nokia N900 battery icon. By clicking on it, it will start downloading instantly. If you don’t have the application installed on your Nokia N900, you could look it up on the Application Manager or downloading on the Maemo web page by clicking here.

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[31 Dec 2009 | | ]
Emulator: Playing playstation with the Nokia N900 – BlueMaemo

I’m sure that most of us don’t have any doubt at this time about the power of the Nokia N900. Today, this idea gets even stronger. You’ll get blue with BlueMaemo.
Apparently, a developer called Valério Domingos worked through to get the Nokia N900 to work as a Play Station 3 controller. As impressive that this news may seem, it’s very cool but I don’t know about how useful really is. For those readers who would like to share the experience after trying this, their comment would be welcomed. Apart from that it seems to work really well, it is much like an emulator.
The trick here is an application called BlueMaemo. Its’ developers define it as: “BlueMaemo is a remote controller program for the Maemo-powered devices. With BlueMaemo you can turn your Maemo-powered device in a mixed Bluetooth keyboard-and-mouse device through the HID Bluetooth profile.” So is a Bluetooth emulator that allows the device to imitate other Bluetooth devices such as keyboards, mice, and gaming controllers as well. If you check out the video below, you would see how easy is to set it up. After turning on the N900’s Bluetooth and the BlueMaemo app, you have to look for an option on the PS3 menu that allows you to manage Bluetooth devices. Then you start scanning for the Bluetooth device (the N900) and when the PS3 find it, you entry the access code on the TV screen on the N900 and it’s done! You select that you want to use the controller on the N900 and it would look like this:

So enjoy your new exotic PS3 controller.
In order to download the application, you could go to the download maemo page by clicking here.
For more information about the BlueMaemo app, you could go to the developers page by clicking here.

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[28 Dec 2009 | | ]
35% off Coupon for Zagg invisibleSHIELDS!

If you have read the recent post about the Zagg invisibleSHIELDS for Screen and Body protection, the guys at Zagg have read it too. That’s why they send it to us a 35% discount coupon on invisibleSHIELDS. So if you were thinking on buying it after reading the post, now you have the best opportunity. Using as promotion code the words “HOLIDAY35” on the Zagg web page you would be getting the discount.
For example, if you go to Zagg web page in order to buy the Screen and Body protector that be review, the price of the Screen protector only without the discount is $14.99  but after the discount is $9.74! and if you are interested on the full protection package, the price before discount is $24.99 and after it is only $16.24! A really good price for protection a gorgeous Nokia N900 that cost around $550.

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[17 Dec 2009 | | ]
Exhaustive review of the Nokia N900

After having read plenty of reviews about the Nokia N900, I finally found what I think is the best one. In my opinion it’s the first review that covers every angle of the Nokia N900 and the most complete ever.
The Nokia N900 review made by our folks at PhoneReport, an excellent news portal about the last mobile world news which I highly recommend, its separate in 9 different categories such as:

Introduction: History, Competitor and Specs
Design: Hardware and Performance Features
Software: Introduction and the Basics
Software: Multimedia and Games
Software: GPS Navigation and LBS
Software: Web Browser and RSS feed reader
Software: Extra and Tools
Camera: Interface, Image and Video Samples
Conclusion: Summary, Verdict and Rating

In additions of the full analysis of the Nokia N900, the pictures of the phone are pretty good too and they haven’t seen before. However, I have to warn you that could seem a little extensive. But you could read it one category at the time when you feel like. So if you want have a look at the review, please click here.

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[16 Dec 2009 | | ]
Portuguese People: Get Nokia N900 cheaper

The Nokia N900 has been released in Portugal and is available for purchase on the Nokia Portugal website, it comes unlocked and everything else. If you purchase right now you will get Nokia N900 before Christmas for 599€, it’s not cheap and you could think it would be better to buy via ebay…it can…in some cases, but remember that buying via Ebay is an international purchase and the delivery can take many days and you wouldn’t get your hands on the N900 by Christmas.

Fortunately, here at Nokia N900, we have a tip for you to save 109€ on the Nokia N900 and get it new and unlocked and with everything you would have right if buying on the Nokia Official Store website. If you live in Portugal, or even Spain (all you need to know is to speak Portuguese), you can get the Nokia N900 much more cheaper via Proposta Genuína, a website that I found and where I purchased my new Nokia E52 (priced at 309€ at the Nokia Store and where I purchased by 230€ in Proposta Genuína). Simply check the differences and have in mind that I am a happy buyer from this store and that this store is referenced by Pixmania. Indeed you can get the Nokia N900 at a very good price.
Well, this is just my opinion. My name is Muhammad, and I am portuguese, I collaborate with Matias to bring you you daily news, tips, application packs and games for the Nokia N900 everyday and just thought this tip would be good for all of you as the Nokia N900 was released yesterday in Portugal. Here on this PDF you can have a look at the Nokia N900 technical specifications.
The cheapest price here in Europe that I found is this, 490€, and you? Tell us where you got the N900, how you got it and how much you paid. Any of you bought via Ebay? Who intends to buy?
We are also working on to get a contest here on the N900 website to give-away a newly Nokia N900.

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[15 Dec 2009 | | ]
Improvements for the N900

As it happens with everything, you can’t expect to don’t finding something missing or something to improve it. For some people may seem perfect and complete just as it is and some people may need more from it. These are the reasons why the Nokia N900 can’t escape from this situation. Despite of being one of the most complete and integrated mobile phones on the market on the hardware looking glass, it seems that it is needed an software adjustment. Thankfully, these improvements can be made by writing a few code words for the developers and through a firmware update everything could be fixed.
1.Potrait Mode. The most required feature at this time due to its dimension, the landscape mode isn’t the most comfortable sometimes although there are some apps like gPodder and some phone features where this mode is available. It´s likely that this feature comes on the next firmware update some time near Christmas.
2.OVI Sync support. As Nokia is giving importance to the OVI and the OVI Cloud, being able to sync your contacts, appointments, meetings and notes it’s important. When changing the phone from a Nokia to another Nokia, by just connecting your phone to the computer and downloading everything from OVI makes the transmission quiet a lot easy. But for Nokia N900 new owners it’s that way yet. Let´s give it some time.
3.Music Player Equalizer. The N900 has a great finger-friendly and beautiful Music Player, but strangely missing is one of the most basic features: the Equalizer.
4.OVI Store for Maemo. Probably the one that I consider a mistake committed by Nokia because every new phone has to be accompanied with apps, themes, etc. in order to make possible the personalization and taking the most advantage of the phone, even more on the Nokia N900 due to its amazing features. If you go to the OVI store, it shows that it’s “coming soon.” However, the App manager and maemo.org page are replacing this situation satisfactory at the time.
5.Nokia Messaging support for more regions. The N900 actually supports Nokia Messaging, but not for all regions. Currently it only supports …

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[14 Dec 2009 | | ]
Water test on the Nokia N900

A few post back I have introduced to you to the guys of tehkseven. Four Stress Test were shown where you would able to see how the Nokia N900 responded to all kind of different abuses like scratches, impacts over different types of floors, key and coins pocket test and dust. The results were pretty good and the pilot Nokia N900 they were using was still working. So these positives things make them came up with a new test, the Water Test. I won’t say a word of it, watch it and feel free to leave a comment.

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[10 Sep 2009 | | ]
Meet the Editor

Vishaakh Bhalla
Email- vishaakh@gmail.com
Age- 22 years
Location- India
Occupation- Dental Student and Nokia fanatic
Why am I doing this- Bringing you up-to-date information on the Nokia N900- because i love Nokia, the ideology behind their products and want to share my knowledge and the vast pool of research with all those interested!
For all the latest information you want on the Nokia N900, stay tuned in to this site and check it everyday for your daily dose of the N900 updates!

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[10 Sep 2009 | | ]

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