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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.

Detailed post and video of each and every feature on the N900 soon! Remember to bookmark meegopOp ok? :D

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