Hallelujah! Nokia N900 Maemo 5 device supports T-Mobile USA 3G

Hallelujah! Nokia N900 Maemo 5 device supports T-Mobile USA 3G

Summary: I have the Nokia N800 and N810 Internet Tablets and while they can be fun to use from time to time, but their performance and speed holds them back. Today Nokia announced the rumored N900 running Maemo 5 and with T-Mobile USA 3G support I am putting my Nokia N97 for sale. The N900 is the latest Linux-powered Internet Tablet with GSM/HSDPA and just about every other wireless technology you could want.

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I have the Nokia N800 and N810 Internet Tablets and while they can be fun to use from time to time, but their performance and speed holds them back. Today Nokia announced the rumored N900 running Maemo 5 and with T-Mobile USA 3G support I am putting my Nokia N97 for sale. The N900 is the latest Linux-powered Internet Tablet with GSM/HSDPA and just about every other wireless technology you could want.

Specs of the new Nokia N900 include:

  • ARM Cortex-A8 600 MHz processor with 256MB of RAM (and 768MB of virtual memory)
  • Maemo 5 user interface
  • Up to 1GB of application memory
  • OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration
  • 32GB of integrated storage
  • Expandable up to 48GB via a microSD card
  • WiFi (b/g) (includes UPnP support)
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • HSDPA connectivity (triband WCDMA 900/1700/2100 and quadband GSM)
  • 5 megapixel digital camera with Carl Zeiss optics
  • 3.5 inch WVGA (800 x 480) touch screen
  • FM transmitter
  • Integrated A-GPS
  • 3.5 mm AV jack (audio and TV-out)
  • Nokia BL-5J battery with 1320 mAh capacity

With the unsubsidized price of approximately EUR500 (US$712) it is going to be a pricy device so I will have to get rid of something to help pay for it. The N97 was announced last year at Nokia World and released a few months ago to the disappointment of most. I have tried getting by with the N97, but the anemic amount of included RAM frustrates me to no end as the browser cache builds and apps get closed in the background. The N900 has a similar form factor with a 3 row QWERTY keyboard, but with a higher res display and much better internal components.

With Linux software, Mozilla-based browser technology and now also with cellular connectivity, the Nokia N900 delivers a powerful mobile experience," says Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President, Markets, Nokia. "The Nokia N900 shows where we are going with Maemo and we'll continue to work with the community to push the software forward. What we have with Maemo is something that is fusing the power of the computer, the internet and the mobile phone, and it is great to see that it is evolving in exciting ways.

The N97 now appears to be more phone/messaging focused while the N900 is more data/media focused and since I am a data hound and make few calls the N900 is the simple choice.

Are any of you excited about the N97? Will this come to T-Mobile USA to compete with the iPhone, BlackBerry Storm, and Palm Pre? I think it could fit in with the myTouch 3G running Android becuase the N900 has the keyboard while the myTouch 3G is focused on the touch experience and the consumer.

Topics: Mobility, Browser, Hardware, Linux, Nokia, Open Source, Operating Systems, Software, Wi-Fi

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  • Confused

    Why couldn't they made the N97 more like the N900? It has nearly the same form factor and they are practically the same thing with the difference being more processing power.

    I own an N97 and it is actually okay. Just that the UI needs more work. I personally think they should have made the N97 with the N900's specs with Maemo in it. I believe that in a sense Symbian is whats holding back Nokia to a certain extent as they have to cater for their longtime users. Maemo would give Nokia a fresh start to experiment and improve the user experience.
    benjamin.wss@...
  • I'm Confused Too

    What's starting to confuse me is all these HSPA bands. Let's see, there's 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100. Heck, I've even seen 800 and 1800 MHz listed in a few places too. And they get all mixed up together depending on whether you are on AT&T, (850/1900) T-Mo USA,(1700/2100) Euro band, (900/2100) or the band used in Russia (1900/2100), assuming I have all this correct in the first place. Which I may not.

    And what about all the radios needed to support all of these bands? Since these numbers actually represent roughly a 100 MHz range, these different bands actually cover different frequency blocks within each of these ranges.

    I hope the transition to LTE standardizes most of this mess.
    podstolom
  • RE: Hallelujah! Nokia N900 Maemo 5 device supports T-Mobile USA 3G

    Well N97 implements the current S60 5th edition user
    interface for Nokia Symbian devices. Nokia is working on a
    more modern user interface for Symbian (together with the
    Symbian Foundation) but it will take some time to get
    results. But it is coming.

    It has taken several years for Nokia to develop Maemo to
    the current level as seen now in the brand new N900. Note
    that Nokia is starting to use cross-platform development
    tools (Qt) and will propably try to use similar interface
    elements on both Maemo and Symbian.
    cpt Klutz
  • RE: Hallelujah! Nokia N900 Maemo 5 device supports T-Mobile USA 3G

    I'm an avid fan of Nokia and Symbian phones from Philippines, and I'd like to share my interest in exploring new features in mobile technology particularly this new device and its Maemo platform for mobile communicators.

    I'd like to witness how it performs well as a device, mobile communicator, and internet tablet, and be able to know what lies behind this new mobile OS.

    I also want to know how worthy to have this device over the other existing and upcoming competitors and rivals in its level, and chat and meet people with the same interest.

    I hope we can share each and everyone's knowledge on this stuff among all of electronic gadgets we've had. http://www.Nokia-N900.org is nice place to hangout.
    coolfx35
  • RE: Hallelujah! Nokia N900 Maemo 5 device supports T-Mobile USA 3G

    I cant wait. I want one. Keeping my n95 till then but i cant wait... Now i will have the best of my n800 and n95 at the same time. I will be able to make fun of my iphone friends.....lmao
    sabgvb@...
  • RE: Hallelujah! Nokia N900 Maemo 5 device supports T-Mobile USA 3G

    I am so excited...
    sabgvb@...
  • RE: Hallelujah! Nokia N900 Maemo 5 device supports T-Mobile USA 3G

    Question- do you know what will the 3G connectivity be like for the n900 be in europe, specifically, Germany? I emailed nokia and they sent back a vague response. it seems that the listed bandwidths would inidcate 3G support in europe... any info?
    orphicthrench
  • N900 on USA: So What?

    good memory, a hefty amount of storage 32GB + 16GB
    external micro SD - qwerty keyboard - 5MP camera ..
    Quad Band. :D

    Ovi Maps instead of Google Maps? Where are the
    precious facebook and twitter apps? :(

    detailed sources: http://bit.ly/nokia-900-full-specs-
    details-best-or-worst

    Its good to see Nokia finally release a new breed of
    their communicator series, I just hope it won't turn
    out to be another "average" phone.
    pinoytutorial
  • RE: Hallelujah! Nokia N900 Maemo 5 device supports T-Mobile USA 3G

    coolfx35: Another cool place to hang out is the IRC channel #maemo at freenode. Great guys :)

    pinoytutorial: There will be Google Maps support in the N900 :D (haven't read about Facebook nor Twitter though)

    Everyone: I'm going to upgrade to the N900... from a dying 5200 in its last dying gasps LOL (redundancy intended). Does anyone have news about when it'll reach Argentina?
    Federico Churca-Torrusio
  • HELL YEAH

    THIS PHONE SHUOLD GO TO TMOBILE
    sleeperin