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Here we can see the 3 contenders, Nokia N900, Nokia X6 & iPhone 3Gs. Both the N900 and X6 have a 5mpx camera while the iPhone is 3mpx. It might not be fair for it to be included in this battle but I’ve decided to add it in anyway, just for fun.

The battle consists of 4 tests: Daylight, low light indoor, night and indoor macro. All photos below are unedited. I only resized them to 1024px wide and added captions.

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Test 1: Daylight

Nokia N900 Nokia X6 iPhone 3Gs

Test 2: Low light indoor

Nokia N900 Nokia X6 iPhone 3Gs

Test 3: Night

Nokia N900 Nokia X6 iPhone 3Gs

Test 4: Indoor macro

Nokia N900 Nokia X6 iPhone 3Gs

My verdict:
N900 - Sharp images. Great exposure control in daylight. Bad noise control under low light. Has shallow depth of field for macro shots.
X6 – Best among all 3 devices. Superb exposure control in daylight. Good noise control under low light. Very sharp images under low light but photos are desaturated at the same time.
iPhone – High contrast and saturation in all photos. Not as sharp as the other 2 contenders in most cases. Bad noise control.

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So I have been using the N900 for about a week. Many of my friends asked the same question everyday. “So, is it better than the iPhone?”
All I can say is that the N900 is of a different league and both of these devices excel in their own ways.

There are some things I really like on the N900. The uniqueness of the device is slowly showing itself and it’s getting more awesome. Haha.

This is the fluid homescreen whereby all the screens are joint and you can place all types of widgets on it; contacts, shortcuts, bookmarks and more. The flow of the screens is seamless and smooth as you slide from one side to the other.
Improvements: Hope Nokia will add the ability for the widgets to snap to grid or something. As we place new widgets on the screens, we may not be able to place them at the exact grid as one another so this may cause a very messy looking placement of widgets on the homescreen.

The N900 has multitasking ability and we can view all opened apps, chat windows and browser windows when we tap on the top left button once. Very much like the expose feature on Macs. These thumbnail previews are dynamic, which means you can still see the videos and games playing when they are minimised. Tapping the little “x” icon will exit the apps respectively.

Tapping the top left button again brings out the menu. The transition is great. With Mac like effects and not jerky at all. To view more icons, we have to tap on the “More” button at the bottom right. I think this is quite troublesome as we are used to scrolling on all other mobile devices.
Improvements: Scrap the more button and place everything in one screen.

The gallery is by far the most featureful I’ve seen so far compared to all the mobile phones out there. The thumbnails are separated by month, so it’s easy to look for the photo that you want. We can also tag the photos for easy filtering, say when we want to view photos of a particular subject. Other than filtering my tags, we can also specify the dates or duration of the photos taken at a specific time. Good stuff! Thumbs up to Nokia for this one.

Another feature that deserves applause is the contact list. Is it just a normal contact list/phonebook? No. Once we have set up our IMs on the N900 (MSN, Gtalk, Skype, Yahoo, Facebook etc), our contacts will appear in the phonebook. We can then filter by viewing the phonebook by status, so online friends are displayed first, followed by away, busy, offline and then phone contacts. We can also merge our phone contacts with IM. Great stuff. More detailed info on this in my upcoming posts.

As we all already know, the browser is running on Mozilla technology and supports Flash 9.4 and AJAX. This allows us to view flash videos or even play Farmville on it(although I have yet to try this). With the high resolution screen of 800×640, we can almost view the whole layout of any website we visit. Thumbs up.

There are, however, 2 things which dissapoint me.

Based on the screenshot above, we can share our photos via email, bluetooth and via services like Twitter, Flickr etc… hmm now.. where’s MMS? Yes the N900 doesnt support MMS currently and although there is a third party MMS app, I find it very sluggish and most of the time not workable.
Also, there is no video call function on the N900 despite the existence of a front camera above the screen. So to Nokia, will we get these features in the upcoming firmware update?

Check out the my brief demo video of the N900 below.

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Hey all! I just got the N900 from Nokia few days ago and here are some photos and brief into on the device + an unboxing video at the end.

Basically this is Nokia’s attempt in building a mobile computer with phone functions powered by Maemo 5. Not the usual Symbian OS found on other Nseries devices.
The N900 runs on ARM Cortex – A8 superscalar microprocessor core running at 600 MHz, has up to 1 GB of application memory and has a 3D graphics accelerator with OpenGL ES 2.0 support.

The N900 comes with 32 GB internal storage(which is expandable up to 48GB by adding in memory card)
The browser is built on Mozilla technology (and you can download Firefox browser from Ovistore now), has Flash 9.4 + AJAX support, means you can watch flash videos and even play Farmville on it! lol

It has a 5megapixel digital camera (Carl Zeiss optical lens) with dual LED flash and is able to record DVD quality video up to 800 × 480 resolution.

The screen is very hires. 800×480px. good enough to view a full website in one screen. Love the kickstand. It’s a lot easier to watch movies by placing the N900 on table with the stand.

More info soon! Check out the unboxing video below.

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Hi all. I was given a preview of the upcoming Nokia super device N900 recently and here are some photos and a brief video demo of it in this post.

Basically the N900 runs on Maemo platform, has 3D graphics accelerator with OpenGL ES 2.0 support, ARM Cortex – A8 superscalar microprocessor core running at 600 MHz and up to 1 GB of RAM.

Here’s a shot of the N900 side by side with the Nokia X6 which was launched recently. As you can see, its wider and longer as it has to fit bigger screen (3.5inches)

The device is actually quite thick. That’s because it has a slide-out full qwerty keyboard.

I will be posting PART 2 of this preview soon.

For now, lets watch this brief demo I recorded few hours ago.

YES The Nokia N900 is indeed coming to Malaysia and is available for pre-order. It’s priced at RM2288.
More info on Nokia N900 and MAEMO platform click here.

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