Weighing in at only 6 ounces, the Nokia N900 offers a 3.5" touch screen, full keyboard, flash support and wi-fi connectivity. Chris Hardwick and Alison Haislip review this latest and most powerful tablet to see if its worth $465.
What You Need To Know
Our first impression is a lot bigger than most smart phones out there.
It's about 75% thicker and heavier than an iPhone.
It might be a little big to have in your pocket all the time.
The screen looks great with an 800x480 resolution.
The touch capability isn't on par with what we're used to.
It's a resistive touch screen, which means you have to press a little harder than on a Droid or iPhone.
Once you get used to the handling, the touch screen is pretty responsive.
It works even better with a stylus.
There is no multi-touch and not the best we've reviewed but still a big step for Nokia.
The N900 uses their own operating system called the Maemo, which has been vastly improved.
New features include customizable home screens and large icons, making it easier to use and nicer to look at.
There's also a full keyboard but some of the keys are weirdly placed, like the space bar.
Setting up the Wi-fi connection can be confusing, since you have to go through a bunch of different menus.
Multi-tasking is also a new feature, but it requires some learning when you're within an app. You have to tap on the top left of the screen to use the other apps you have running.
Overall, you have to get used to the Maemo OS but it's very powerful once you do.
All the features work pretty well: the browser is solid and will load practically anything, including flash.
Web browsing is easy to navigate but there's no pinch and zoom.
The 5 megapixel camera with flash takes good outdoor photos but anything in low light will blur.
The Ovi store is open with thousands of apps to chose from.
Exchange 2007 support is provided for corporate email, but nothing available for Exchange 2003, which is more widely used.
There are 32 gigs of storage, and a micro SDHC slot.
The Sim card slow allows it to work as a phone on AT&T or T-Mobile.