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Nokia N900 fails to impress

According to Gartner, Nokia's flagship N900 handset has failed to get much in the way of mainstream traction, with less than 100,000 sold during it's first five months of availability.

According to Gartner, Nokia's flagship N900 handset has failed to get much in the way of mainstream traction, with less than 100,000 sold during it's first five months of availability.

While the N900, with it's chunky look-and-feel, slide-out keyboard and touch-screen might have won the hearts of small number of hardcore hardware geeks, the handset has failed to ignite much interest amongst mainstream users.

Compare the fewer then 100,000 N900's sold over five months with the 8.75 or so million iPhones sold between January and March alone.

Alberto Torres, head of Nokia's solutions business, remains upbeat, claiming that "Sales have substantially exceeded expectation."

The N900 is no slouch either. It's powered by a 600MHz Cortex-A8 processor, offers 1GB of application memory and 32GB of storage, which you can augment with a microSD card. It also features a camera, GPS and other features you'd expect of a smartphone. It's based on the Maemo 5 Linux platform, which offers plenty of tweak-appeal ...

... but it's not Android, and it's not iPhone, and that's an automatic black mark against the device. Shame, because the N900 is a pretty good handset.

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