Nokia World ’09: The N900
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”.
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”.