Nokia's N900 now available in the US

By on November 18, 2009 at 4:27 PM.

Nokia's N900 now available in the US

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Although initial reviews have concluded that it’s far from perfect, today marks the first day of availability of the Nokia N900 in the United States. Available through Nokia’s flagship stores in Chicago and New York City for $649 (as well as at nokiausa.com), the N900 has also been spotted on various online shops such as Amazon for a little over $500. At that price it’s all very tempting — especially if you’re a die hard Nseries fan that wants to get a glimpse of the future with this Maemo 5 business– but that’s a decision you’re going to have to make on your own.

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Nokia's N900 gets its marching orders

By on November 10, 2009 at 6:21 PM.

Nokia's N900 gets its marching orders

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Nokia smartphone loyalists that feel S60 is a bit long in the tooth and are looking for something new should be all smiles today, as earlier Nokia announced that the Maemo 5-powered N900 smartphone has begun shipping out after a series of delays. To officially retail for around 500€ ($749 USD), the N900 has been spotted on various US-based websites for well under $600. And that’s a darn good deal, too, because you’re not going to find many phones at that price that offer up the following:

  • Maemo 5 OS
  • 3.5-inch WVGA (800 x 480) resistive touchscreen display
  • 110.9 × 59.8 × 18mm, 181g
  • Portrait-orientation sliding QWERTY
  • Mozilla-based browser, full Adobe Flash support
  • ARM cortex A8 processor
  • 32GB internal memory
  • 5.0 MP Carl Zeiss camera with dual-LED flash, auto-focus and sliding cover
  • MicroSDHC support up to 16GB
  • FM transmitter
  • Quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, WCDMA 900/1700/2100, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth with A2DP
  • GPS
  • 1320 mAh battery

One word of caution: as it currently stands, the N900 will not play nice with the new SIMs from 3 in the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark and Austria, although a software update to resolve this comparability issue is due out before the end of the year. A launch video from Nokia is lying in wait after the jump. More →

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Leaked T-Mobile ad seems to confirm Project Dark

By on October 16, 2009 at 8:52 AM.

Leaked T-Mobile ad seems to confirm Project Dark

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Oh Project Dark, you are a curious one. We here at BGR think we know what you’re all about, but it’s pretty hard to feel totally confident without some proof in the form of documents. Thankfully a leaked picture of some T-Mobile advertising which looks to be a part of Project Dark has emerged, and seems to more or less confirm what we’ve been saying for nearly a week. Right off the bat we noticed the tagline of “coverage you need, price you want and the handset you crave.” Gee, you think that could refer to a rapid 21Mbps HSPA roll-out, a $50 unlimited plan and handsets like the Behold II, Bold 9700, CLIQ and N900? We certainly do, but we’re more interested in something else. We’ve always thought that Project Dark had a single unlimited plan, but the mention of an “Even More” and “Even More Plus” rate plan has us a bit  confused. Sure, it makes sense and all to have a few different unlimited plans that offer up different things, but just what is it that the Plus plan includes? We haven’t a clue to be completely honest (although we are working on it), but perhaps — and this is nothing but us thinking aloud —  it could include some sort of long distance package that is meant to compete with AT&T’s GoPhone. Regardless, all will be solved soon (we’re hearing either this Sunday or the next), but for now we must tip our hats for T-Mobile for actually being able to keep its employees mouths shut. Bravo.

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Nokia N900 available for pre-order from Nokia USA

By on September 4, 2009 at 7:48 AM.

Nokia N900 available for pre-order from Nokia USA

Hardcore Nokia fans who are dying to get their hands on the N900, Nokia’s first Maemo-powered phone (as if you didn’t know that by now), will be happy to know that they can pre-order a unit today. There’s still that pesky little thing called patience to deal with, but sometimes it’s comforting to know that there is a yet-to-be-released gadget out there with your name on it. We know that folks who are bored with S60 are looking to snap this up the minute the packing peanuts spill out of packaging boxes, but before you get too excited you should note the early adopter tax. Then again, at $649 the device may sound pricey, but it’s Nokia’s first Maemo phone! And it will be unlocked! And it’s not S60! Do you need another reason?

Thanks, William!

[Via CellphoneSignal]

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Nokia's N900 gets previewed

By on August 20, 2009 at 7:29 AM.

Nokia's N900 gets previewed

We want it, we need it, we must have it. Russian phone God Eldar Murtazin of mobile-review fame has just treated phone fanatics everywhere to an extensive preview of Nokia’s N900 aka RX-51 aka Rover. This review comes just one day after we were treated to some nice shots of the Maemo 5 interface found within the N900. Overall, Murtazin is thoroughly impressed with the new Nseries handset but what exactly is the deal with that resistive touchscreen? Who needs a stylus when you have a large 3.5-inch display and a full QWERTY keypad? Certainly not us. Anyway, we bet there are more than a few T-Mobile users who are going to be having trouble sleeping tonight. What do you guys think — is Maemo 5 looking like a step in the right direction compared to S60 or is it too little, too late?

Thanks, Bryan!

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Nokia Rover smiles for the camera

By on August 9, 2009 at 10:00 AM.

Nokia Rover smiles for the camera

Well look what finally decided to grace us with its pictorial presence: Nokia’s Rover aka N900 aka RX-51. With the T-Mobile version having just passed through the FCC, the Rover just made its first live appearance and we have to say that we really like what we see of the upcoming Maemo 5 smartphone with apart from the fact that the Z key is not offset — oh and yes, Nokia’s design team is still smoking space key crack. Just in case you don’t recall, it was way back in May when what appeared to be the entire specs for the Rover leaked out. It looks like May’s leak was pretty accurate as here’s what we have today:

  • 3.5-inch resistive touchscreen
  • 800 x 480 pixel resolution
  • 32GB internal memory
  • 5.0 MP Carl Zeiss camera with dual-LED flash, auto-focus and sliding cover
  • MicroSDHC support
  • FM transmitter
  • Quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, WCDMA 900/1700/2100, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth with A2DP
  • GPS
  • CPU: ARM cortex A8 @ 600mhz up to 1Ghz (similar to iPhone 3GS and palm pre)

Yes, we wants. Hit the jump for some more pics. More →

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T-Mobile-bound Nokia Rover clears FCC; get ready for Maemo 5

By on August 8, 2009 at 9:00 AM.

T-Mobile-bound Nokia Rover clears FCC; get ready for Maemo 5

Having apparently (finally) given up on the Internet Tablet strategy of old, we’ve been anxiously awaiting more confirmed news with regards to Nokia’s forthcoming Maemo-powered handset codenamed Rover. As it were, a not so mysterious handset just popped up in the hallowed pages of the FCC website — that’s right people, the Rover is confirmed and it looks to be destined for T-Mobile. To be clear, this is not an Internet Tablet a la 770/N800/N810 — this is the first in a series of Maemo 5-powered smartphones Nokia has in store for us. Here are a few specs gleaned from FCC documentation:

  • Quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, tri-band WCDMA (900/1700/2100)
  • Bluetooth + EDR
  • Wi-Fi
  • FM Transmitter
  • Slide-out QWERTY keypad
  • Nokia BL-5J 1320 mAh battery

[Via Cellphone Signal]

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