Nokia N900 review

Bulky and blocky – yet could this be one of the phones of the year?

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The camera on the N900 is pretty much standard fare for a mobile phone these days - 5MP lens with dual flash LED, and a nice little slidey lens cover to keep everything safe.

However, despite the range of picture taking options, there's not a whole amount of pleasure to be found from snaps taken using the N900.

Nokia n900

The main thing we quickly realised is that this isn't a phone that's designed for the mobile photographer (mo-pho), as while there are modes such as macro, landscape and action, these are pretty much useless in our opinion.

For instance, the macro mode captured the detail well enough, but when a reflection came in, that whole area on the snap became pixellated and looked thoroughly rubbish.

Similarly, the dual LED flash in low light - nice to have, but it's certainly no Xenon. And, in fact, the main selling point of the camera appears to be being able to take the resolution down from 5MP to just over 3MP, in order to take a widescreen 16:9 picture. Thanks, but that's not as important to us.

Picture taking was speedy, with less than five seconds taken between each snap - that is unless you add in a spot of geotagging, when it will be about double that. Our tip - don't do that.

You can change the exposure and white balance on the phone, but we've only ever really seen this feature as a gimmick that we'd anticipate 95 per cent of users will never, ever touch. That said, for the five per cent that do, it works well enough and it's always nice to have other options in these situations.

Nokia n900

Video capture and playback is a bit disappointing as well, as although QVGA capture is promised (which takes it to near DVD quality) the N900's framerate lets it down, with choppy movies not really what you're looking for in a phone like this.

And for that reason, we'd suggest you don't pump said shootings out through the TV cable - they don't look good on the big screen and that's going to make people think this good phone isn't much to shout about at all.

It is nice to have a few photo-editing options, such as being able to rotate and crop snaps straight after taking them. There's also the opportunity to tag photos as well, where you can assign a label (or more) to the snap and then when it comes to viewing it in the photo gallery (which is basic, but rockets through photos when swiping along) you can then filter by tag, which is pretty nice.

Overall, it's a camera that is a little less impressive than other Nokias, and certainly one that's bettered by most of Samsung's range, such as the Samsung Jet.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
Built-in Memory32 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyN
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
Operating SystemMaemo
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time9 Hour
Product ModelN900
Screen Size8.9 cm (3.5")
Screen Resolution800 x 480
Weight (Approximate)181 g
Maximum Video Resolution800 x 480
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionMaemo 5
Messaging TypeEmail, SMS (Short Message Service), Instant Messaging, MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height110.9 mm
Width59.8 mm
Depth18 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesN
Battery Standby Time96 Hour
Product NameN900 Smartphone
Processor Speed600 MHz
Processor TypeCortex
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number002M177
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Get the powerful Nokia N900 Smartphone with touch screen and excellent communications capabilities. Run applications faster and enjoy the full internet with the Maemo browser Send rich email and make voice calls Take great photos and wide screen video with the 5 megapixel camera Find your way with Ovi Maps.

Package Contents
  • N900 Smartphone
  • Nokia Battery (BL-5J)
  • Nokia High Efficiency Charger (AC-10)
  • Nokia Stereo Headset (WH-205)
  • Video Out Cable (CA-75U)
  • Nokia Charger Adaptor (CA-146C)
  • Cleaning Cloth
Limited Warranty2 Year
Standard Memory1 GB