Nokia N900 review

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

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Battery life on the Nokia N900 is only so-so, we're sad to say. And the main culprit for that surely has to be the push email and constant Wi-Fi and 3G connection sniffing the phone performs so well.

We found that when the phone was charged up at noon on one day, it was dead by early morning the next. This is without excessive usage; that rate goes up when constantly browsing, listening to music, watching videos and generally poking the phone a lot.

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We'd imagine you could get through day to day charging the phone at night, but the 1350mAh battery bundled with the N900 could do with a bit of work in our opinion. It's the same battery used in the much less powerful Nokia X6, so that should tell you all you need to know really.

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Despite the presence of push email, we're not sure that the N900 really is a business phone. Take into account things like the office software being only offered on trial (you have to PAY for the full version, what an outrage) and the basic calendar, and you can see what we mean.

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We're not saying it's rubbish or anything, but the calendar could do with a bit of work. However, it not only syncs well with Outlook but it collates the birthdays of those friends you become a bit too obsessed with by adding in the date of their birth on your contacts list too. There's no Google Sync for Maemo as yet, but that will hopefully change in the near future.

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There's also a PDF reader, which does what it needs to do with aplomb - that's all we've really got to say about that, other than well done Nokia for popping that in there.

Notes are also offered, but there's no handwriting recognition here - we're talking plain old boring typing to help you remind yourself about something or other.

And there's a clock with an alarm - but it's a phone for crying out loud - of course it has that.

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If you've just bought the N900, we suggest you head online to check out the apps available to make your life richer - just don't get your hopes up that this phone will rival the iPhone and its relationship with the App Store.

One problem we did have is with File Manager - while it quickly zipped through the sublists in the phone, it sometimes couldn't find the on-board memory card, which was annoying when we were trying to shake the N900 into registering that there's a music file we want to be added to the library and listen to.


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