Nokia RX-51 a.k.a N-900 and Maemo 5 get some hands-on time
By Mihir Patkar
We recently stumbled upon leaked shots of the upcoming Nokia RX-51 Internet tablet (a.k.a N900), and UK-based Mobile-Review has now got some quality time with the device. In a long post full of product shots and screenshots, the device’s prototype is previewed in quite amazing detail. And yes, it is running the much-anticipated Maemo 5 interface instead of the Symbian S60.
Here are some of the salient features of the review, although we recommend you read the entire article anyway:
- A side-slider form factor, unlike the kick-stand of the N97. The build quality is comparable to that of the E75.
- The resistive touchscreen persists, although it is a lot more responsive than the N97, probably because of Maemo 5 replacing S60. A variety of visual effects and smooth transitions give it an iPhone-like feel, which was sorely missing in the N97.
- The 5-megapixel camera is the same as that on the N97, but a much-needed lens shutter keeps it clean this time around.
- Maemo 5 does not differ greatly from Maemo 4 for the Nokia N810, but offers a faster boot time and there is partial compatibility for old Apps.
In conclusion, the author writes that it probably won’t become a hit, but the Nokia N900 is still a powerhouse of a phone that is important for the industry and sets the platform for bigger things to come from the Finnish manufacturer.
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