The Nokia N900- Long Live the Device

I was pretty much excited when I bought my N900 device. I knew I had made a right choice by going for the ‘eternal’ device from Nokia, the legendary mobile phone maker. I was really looking forward to MeeGo when Nokia would finally shift to it as their primary platform in their fightback strategy. But now I am left wondering if my judgment was right.
With the new Microsoft shareholder turned CEO of  Nokia, the successor to Maemo 5, the N900 OS, that we all know as MeeGo is as good as dead. I personally felt really disappointed at the news that MeeGo was going to be used in powering devices that are meant to ‘disrupt’, whatever that means. If you ask me, I’d simply tell you Nokia made the biggest strategic blunder in their entire 143 year history. But that’s the subject of another post.
I just want to make a tribute to the N900, the best phone ever released by Nokia, and probably the last. As a mobile computer with phone capabilities built in, the device is everything a user could ever hope for. More than a device, it was a converged communication device that does what it is meant to do, with no flaws.
Take Conversations, your unified messaging box that has all your IMs and SMS. And by IM I mean on all networks, from Google Talk to Yahoo to Skype to you name it. With a threaded view, you can always see the context of your messages. Tap on a message and see every single one you’ve ever sent or received from that contact.
Then there is the Voip integration on the device. At the time of the release, it really was ahead of the it’s time. Simply enter your Skype and Google Talk credentials and you have the two Voip networks integrated into your phone calling function. Tap a contact and you automatically get an option to either call them via GSM or Skype. Never seen such tight and seamless integration. 
And then the browser. Think of your desktop browser on your palms. Page rendering on a mobile device like never before. Add the availability of Firefox mobile with support for addons and you are ahead of any single device out there in surfing the internet!
For power users, there is the terminal that makes completing tasks a matter of entering a few commands. With Debian, you have a full fledged, powerful OS running the device. I could go on and on about the N900. It’s still a device that can compete head on with most of the high end devices out there. Nokia seriously had a winner in the N900. They only needed to convince people it was not just for geeks. 
Like I said, Nokia found itself in a rut and kept on digging. Now they’ve been given a helping hand by none other than Redmond. In as much as I am disappointed about their utter smashing of MeeGo from their strategic lineup, I’m glad I still got this device. 
Though Nokia has decided to jump a strong ship that can withstand the toughest storms to one that is still struggling to make any impact, Intel has reaffirmed their continuous support for MeeGo. Also, what really gives me hope is what we commonly refer to as Community. Yes, the community hardly disappoints. Long live the Nokia N900…my last Nokia device!

Twimgo- An Awesome Twitter Client For Nokia Devices

As an N900 user, one of the things that I miss sourly on the Maemo platform is very useful social media clients, especially for Twitter. Twimgo, a QT based Twitter app written by Tommi Laukkanen  has filled that void. 
The latest version, 2.6, which runs on the N900 and other Symbian^3 devices with QT 4.7 installed, comes with a complete rewrite of the UI. It comes with all the standard Twitter features such as mentions, status update, DMs, search, lists and trends. 
You can also follow and unfollow, see messages in their context with previous message and more. If you are a Maemo or N8 user who hangs out on Twitter, Twimgo is a must have app. For the price at which it comes, you have no excuse not to try it out.

MeeGO- Nokia’s Neglected Answer?

For most people, there is the iPhone and then Android. Nokia is always a distant away in their minds. And let’s face it, the finish company simply failed to take full advantage of it’s dominance and believed it was too big to be challenged.
It’s now paying the price in the form of the uphill task it faces in taking on both the iOS and Android platforms. To be honest, there is no way Nokia is going to ever sustain its share in the smartphone market with Symbian. I have been a lifelong user of that platform and the first time I used an Android phone, I suddenly felt how old, crappy and simply ugly my Symbian OS looked. Even veteran Symbian users like my friend here are jumping ship to Android.
But all hope is not lost. There is MeeGo, a real Linux OS for smartphones. As to why Nokia has not put in the necessary investment (from where I sit) into fast-tracking the commercialisation of MeeGo devices, I cannot tell. But to understand the power of this platform, check out the video below which demos the N900 running WebOS games without the need to boot into any other OS.
MeeGo, I strongly believe, is Nokia’s answer that has been neglected for far too long. Please bring on the penguin Nokia!

Firefox for Mobile RC – Nokia N900 just got better.

With the capability to run complex applications like Google Wave among others, the  Nokia N900 is arguably, the best smart phone out there. Things just got way better with the first release candidate of Mozilla’s Firefox for Mobile, nicknamed Fennec, which has been optimized for the Nokia N900.
Among the features of Firefox for Mobile are
  • Weave Sync: Create a Weave Sync account on your PC and install the Weave Sync add-on on your mobile to synchronize your Firefox tabs, passwords, history and bookmarks between your PC and mobile.
  • Get up and go: Take your Firefox with you wherever you go. Surf the Web on your PC, get up and go, and have everything waiting for you on your phone — even your open tabs.
  • Touch-oriented UI: Firefox’s touch-enabled interface allows you to swipe left to view your controls (bookmark, go backward and forward, access your browser tools, like Add-ons, preferences and downloads) and swipe right to view your open tabs.
  • View without obstructions: The browser controls and Awesome Bar get stowed away when you reach your website so you can use the whole screen to view the site. Start to pan up or to the sides and your controls and Awesome Bar reappear  
  • Popup blocker: Banish pop-ups from your surfing experience once and for all
  • Location-Aware Browsing: Be a local wherever you are. Get maps and info relevant to your location. Its all optional– Firefox doesn’t share your location without your permission– and is done with the utmost respect for your privacy. Easy access to many search engines: Type your search term right in the Awesome Bar to search Google. Or send your search to another search engine (Wikipedia, Amazon.com, Twitter) with one touch. Customize with the search engines of your choice. 
  • Over 40 Firefox addons are currently supported on the Nokia N900, with more on the way.
    These are just a few of the features of Firefox for Mobile that is set to transform the mobile browser landscape. I’ve been a fan of Opera Mobile for sometime now, but with the advent of Firefox, I think my heart is about to be won away from Opera.
    The aim of the Firefox for Mobile is to replicate – in a mobile environment- the same user experience of Firefox on the PC. With the list of impressive features that have been pumped into the mobile version, I think Mozilla is on its way to achieving that goal.
    You can download the release candidate of Firefox for Mobile by pointing your Nokia N900 phone to Firefox.com/m. As it has been developed for the Nokia Maemo platform in general (though optimized for the N900), it can also be run on other Nokia higher capacity phones like the Nokia N810.

    Behold! The new Nokia N900 out in October

    Nokia, the largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world has released the new Nokia N900 Unlocked Cell Phone/Mobile Computer with 3.5-Inch Touch Screen, QWERTY, 5 MP Camera, Maemo Browser, 32 GB–U.S. Version with Full Warranty. I first heard of the Nokia internet tablet rumor since January and now it is a reality. The new model is a masterpiece of craftsmanship. Some of the features of this model include
    Its powerful 600 MHz processor and up to 1GB of application memory. The superscalar ARM processor delivers exceptional power and enables you to run all your applications quickly, smoothly, and simultaneously.
    It also spots a 32GB internal storage expandable up to 48GB with external microSD.
    It also has 3.5G and WLAN connectivity
    Quadband GSM with GPRS and EDGE
    Data transfers over a cellular network 10/2Mbps
    Data transfers over Wi-Fi is 54Mbps
    It also has Mozilla-based Maemo browser with Flash 9.4 support and full screen browsing.
    There is a 5MP Carl Zeiss camera
    3.5-inch 800×480 pixel (touch screen), sliding QWERTY keyboard
    FM transmitter, TV-out, Bluetooth 2.1 and more
    The features of this next generation phone are impressive. It will be on display at Nokia world next week before heading to to the market to set you back for a cool 500 euro price.