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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: September 4, 2009 @ 1:34 pm

    Nokia World ’09: The N900

    Ciara O'Brien

    Let’s get one thing clear from the start: the N900 is not a phone. It’s an internet tablet. Nokia executives describe it as “going beyond the smartphone”.

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    The second thing you should know is that Nokia have tried this internet tablet thing a few times. The N900 is the first that includes cellular capability though.

    It also includes Maemo 5, Nokia’s Linux-based platform. This means that developers can create applications for it without having to go through a rigorous procedure to make it available toother N900 users (are you listening, Apple?)

    Of course, there is still the Ovi Store, and developers who wish their applications to go into the Nokia store will have to meet certain criteria to get it accepted. But the key difference is that you don’t have to go through Ovi. There’s nothing really to stop you putting an app out yourself, or so I’ve been told.

    The question is, though, whether the device will have enough of an appeal to get a decent foothold in the market, or whether it will be a niche device prized by an adventurous few.

    It seems even Nokia isn’t convinced that the N900 will have mass market appeal.  Unlike the N97 Mini, the N900 is only being released in”selected markets”.

    • robespierre says:

      Why focus on a crummy Canon camera in today’s newspaper when serious Photography people are only interested in the very cool looking M9 from Leica?

      I don’t remember the M8 getting reviewed either. The rangefinder system has no peer.

    • Ciara says:

      The Leica event isn’t til September 9th, so none of the M9 specs are official.

      Though of the professional photographers I know, they use either Canon or Nikon (in some cases Hasselblad), so Canon can’t be all that crummy…

    • robespierre says:

      You are absolutely correct. Most pro’s do use them but a lot of artists and amateurs use Leica. I have used a Hasselblad and they are great camera’s and have also owned a Canon which are not too shabby at all.

      What they all lack is Leica’s beauty, simplicity and history. When you hold one there is a link between past and present that no other camera system has managed to preserve. The story of the M7/M8 rangefinder is the story of the most iconic images of the 20th century.

    • Eoin says:

      I’ve had a n810 which is similar but not a phone. Fantastic piece of kit, GPS/ free maps, install any software, even compile your own , wi-fi, real keyboard.. though UI is not as swish as iPhone.