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maxximuscool
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  #282082 14-Dec-2009 07:27
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  #282135 14-Dec-2009 09:46
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N900 in my hands now, no worries with customs.




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  #282165 14-Dec-2009 10:20
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Where you got your from ?



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  #282175 14-Dec-2009 10:30
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Amazon.




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  #282201 14-Dec-2009 11:09
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  #282220 14-Dec-2009 11:41
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congrats @nztechfreak: lucky! i had to pay tax for mine :( ended up spending roughly $1000nzd all up. how much did you spend?

ps. take care in repository-testing. I downloaded a bunch of beta things and it drained my battery (had memory leak too). had to reflash it to remove it completely.

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  #282228 14-Dec-2009 12:03
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a few things to keep in mind
telepahy-butterfly : the plug-in for msn IM. i tried it and it does work... but comes with a few flaws that ultimately made me delete it after a few days. it does not pull in your msn contacts by itself at this point. rather, you need to have your contacts talk to you, and then you 'merge contact'. and then you can see their IM. and unlike gtalk or skype (which works perfectly) you do not know who is online as the green dot next to their name does not show for msn. it is a bit hard to explain and im not the best at explaining things lol sorry. but just know skype and gtalk works and msn only partially.
the media player : specifically the video player does not do custom folder views... instead it just shows everything in your device. which is a bit annoying because i have a few episodes of house and better of ted, a few vodcasts and also videos i have captured via the camera... and its all squished into one area. hopefully the next update will include filtering options like the picture gallery.
calendar: I dont know if this is just happening to me. can others please check as well. I sync my calendar iteams via pc suite with my outlook. now when i open calendar on n900 it takes roughly 3 seconds to fully show all things. i know its not long but it happens for everything in calendar. such as going into month view (3seconds wait), then going into day view (another 3 seconds), then going to weeks view (another 3 seconds) i understand i have quite full calendar but n97 can do this easy with out lag at all.
maps: still ovi maps 1.0 so its horrendous to use but still gets the work done.

other than these lil things i had no problems with the device. it is such a pleasure to use. I came over from symbian devices and its a breath of fresh air this maemo (my first time). personally i think the device is HUGE, but thinking about it it is a pretty small device for the things it can do. like all other web sources i have to agree while this is a powerful device, it is heavily dependant on devs to make it last. the three apps i want the most now to be release is 1) facebook (the webpage just eats up my 100mb from voda too quick), 2)butterly - for msn, and 3) google maps.

wow this is a bit long... umm let me know if you guys have questions



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  #282233 14-Dec-2009 12:13
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yet another review of many ...http://dailymobile.se/2009/12/13/nokia-maemo-n900-review-touch-to-die-for/

just to get you in the mood "i want it now " lol




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  #282250 14-Dec-2009 12:43
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the n900 does NOT have this and i received a text from vodafone telling me that my hotlink has been disable because the device im using is not supported.
Don't feel too left out. The iPhone 3G and HTC Magic (Android phone), both from Vodafone NZ, don't support hotlink either. The iPhone has the Sim Toolkit menu but 'is not compatible with hotlink'. The Magic gets the txt from vodafone saying it is compatible but Vodafone NZ doesn't ship it with the Sim Toolkit Menu. So the N900 isn't any worse off in this area! 

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cdouble:
the n900 does NOT have this and i received a text from vodafone telling me that my hotlink has been disable because the device im using is not supported.
Don't feel too left out. The iPhone 3G and HTC Magic (Android phone), both from Vodafone NZ, don't support hotlink either. The iPhone has the Sim Toolkit menu but 'is not compatible with hotlink'. The Magic gets the txt from vodafone saying it is compatible but Vodafone NZ doesn't ship it with the Sim Toolkit Menu. So the N900 isn't any worse off in this area! 


who cares! it's the vodafone sim menu! so not the end of the world. being on contract I have used that menu all of once in the past 3 years.

Has anyone tested what happens when someone tried to send you a PXT? Like does it do the PxtWorld thing where u have to go to the website to check out the pic?

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  #282284 14-Dec-2009 13:37
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mcub3d: congrats @nztechfreak: lucky! i had to pay tax for mine :( ended up spending roughly $1000nzd all up. how much did you spend?

ps. take care in repository-testing. I downloaded a bunch of beta things and it drained my battery (had memory leak too). had to reflash it to remove it completely.


Once I sort out my rebate it takes the total to $670 for the handset, and then another $50-ish for shipping.

Haven't gone near the beta repository just yet, just set it up to sync my google contacts (shame that Google Email sync doesn't work, no matter, I can get push Gmail via Nokia Messaging for now), and installed a bunch of software...

My Zephyr heart rate monitor works a treat in eCoach (although eCoach is a much more basic piece of software than run.gps).

First impressions:

Build quality, a litle plasticky, but feels solid overall. Slider is solid, only a little play in the closed position (maybe half a mm), I think the slider turned out reasonably well because they were so conservative with the small 3 row keyboard. On the keyboard, its a little cramped, but tactile feedback is much better than the N97 keyboard, and they've done some sensible things like putting the function key on the left hand side this time around. Like the lens cover, my last two phones haven't had it, and I really prefer it there (also makes for by far the best way to launch the camera app). The little kickstand seems a bit gimmicky to me at the moment, but nice to have since it doesn't really cost you anything to have it. The screen, as you can imagine, is an absolute finger-print magnet (they include a lens cloth in the package) - seems worse in this regard than the capacitive screens of my last two phones.

Screen is good overall, but doesn't match the best ones out there overall when you consider display resolution, size, and characteristics. Make no mistake, most people are going to feel thoroughly spoiled by this screen - but I'm now used to the 4.3inch behemoth screen that dominates the HD2, and before that I had the 3.7inch AMOLED screen of the i8910, so to be honest for me its a little underwhleming. As resistive screens go this is really pretty good, certainly much better than their efforts in either the 5800 or the N97, but once you're accustomed to capacitive its hard to go back.

Camera seems fine, typical Nokia 5mp fare, not yet taken video with it. Startup time is excellent. Sharing is easily achieved, but hardly sets the phone apart these days, I particularly like the ability to add the tags as you upload it though - very user friendly and an advance on others in this regard.

Speed of use is excellent, although while playing around in the browser with app downloads and installation running in the background I've managed to make the music player stutter a bit here and there, and there is the occasional slight lag from time to time when its doing intensive things.

Music sound quality is very good, but if you look at the gsmarena review you can see for yourself that in objective terms this has very good audio quality output. At the highest settings I found the sound uncomfortably loud, so no doubt this will please the people who are always asking about this aspect (who are obviously just desperate to ruin their hearing). Music player is not quite as slick as HTC's media player, but it detects my mp3tag tags and embedded album art perfectly, which is a boon.

Voice call quality is fine, typical Nokia in that regard.

Battery life - no idea, its still charging. I've read some really troubling reports though, so we'll see if it can cut the mustard soon enough!




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kitretter
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  #282345 14-Dec-2009 15:39
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NZtechfreak: Once I sort out my rebate it takes the total to $670 for the handset, and then another $50-ish for shipping.

Haven't gone near the beta repository just yet, just set it up to sync my google contacts (shame that Google Email sync doesn't work, no matter, I can get push Gmail via Nokia Messaging for now), and installed a bunch of software...

My Zephyr heart rate monitor works a treat in eCoach (although eCoach is a much more basic piece of software than run.gps).

First impressions:

Build quality, a litle plasticky, but feels solid overall. Slider is solid, only a little play in the closed position (maybe half a mm), I think the slider turned out reasonably well because they were so conservative with the small 3 row keyboard. On the keyboard, its a little cramped, but tactile feedback is much better than the N97 keyboard, and they've done some sensible things like putting the function key on the left hand side this time around. Like the lens cover, my last two phones haven't had it, and I really prefer it there (also makes for by far the best way to launch the camera app). The little kickstand seems a bit gimmicky to me at the moment, but nice to have since it doesn't really cost you anything to have it. The screen, as you can imagine, is an absolute finger-print magnet (they include a lens cloth in the package) - seems worse in this regard than the capacitive screens of my last two phones.

Screen is good overall, but doesn't match the best ones out there overall when you consider display resolution, size, and characteristics. Make no mistake, most people are going to feel thoroughly spoiled by this screen - but I'm now used to the 4.3inch behemoth screen that dominates the HD2, and before that I had the 3.7inch AMOLED screen of the i8910, so to be honest for me its a little underwhleming. As resistive screens go this is really pretty good, certainly much better than their efforts in either the 5800 or the N97, but once you're accustomed to capacitive its hard to go back.

Camera seems fine, typical Nokia 5mp fare, not yet taken video with it. Startup time is excellent. Sharing is easily achieved, but hardly sets the phone apart these days, I particularly like the ability to add the tags as you upload it though - very user friendly and an advance on others in this regard.

Speed of use is excellent, although while playing around in the browser with app downloads and installation running in the background I've managed to make the music player stutter a bit here and there, and there is the occasional slight lag from time to time when its doing intensive things.

Music sound quality is very good, but if you look at the gsmarena review you can see for yourself that in objective terms this has very good audio quality output. At the highest settings I found the sound uncomfortably loud, so no doubt this will please the people who are always asking about this aspect (who are obviously just desperate to ruin their hearing). Music player is not quite as slick as HTC's media player, but it detects my mp3tag tags and embedded album art perfectly, which is a boon.

Voice call quality is fine, typical Nokia in that regard.

Battery life - no idea, its still charging. I've read some really troubling reports though, so we'll see if it can cut the mustard soon enough!


You raise some interesting points. Happy it passes muster with you though as i've read your phone reviews before and you have very high expectations generally. Can't wait to get mine just after Xmas!

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  #282425 14-Dec-2009 18:31
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maxximuscool: does N900 come with a free micro SD card?


From factory, no.

Various retailers may choose to offer that though. It does have 32GB internal ;)

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