Nokia World coming up

by Volker Weber

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This week I will be attending Nokia World 09. And I only have to travel to Stuttgart. The device I am most interested in is the already announced N900, which is a descendent of the N770, N800, N810 line of internet tablets. This one runs the latest incarnation of the Maemo Linux platform, but it's very different from prior devices. Much more pocketable, with a 3G modem and a phone application on board, so it's a full featured 3G phone instead of just a companion.

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The big question is of course how Nokia is going to be able to maintain developer interest in both Symbian and Maemo when there is already strong competition from iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Mobile and webOS.

Comments

What a shame - this device looks just way too shiny to be wasted on Nokia "Maemo/Ovi/other_funny_name" experiments. I'm probably unfair about Maemo, maybe it's even a nice OS, but the whole Nokia add-on-software / services ecosystem has a track record of consistent suckitude..

I definitely would prefer this device (with android) over any HTC hardware, and probably even over Samsung's Galaxy (although the latter is quite nice actually :-) )

Magnus Haug, 2009-08-31

Actually, Maemo may be the software ecosystem projects that Nokia did _right_. It is a very nice OS and I hope it will gain traction.

Hanno Zulla, 2009-08-31

Can you check if there will be a solution for iSync and N97? The problem seems to be the call for addresses which so far have been stored / could be retrieved with the command/path CONTACTS in the previous Nokia phones.

Now, the N97 uses a long URL to call the contacts, which is not possible with iSync. So many users are waiting for a firmware update to correct this.

Perhaps you can find out more?


Kind regards,

Jan

Jan Fuellemann, 2009-09-01

Die Frankfurter Rundschau hat N800 und N810 glatt unterschlagen.
Zitat (Smartphones: Nokias Kampf gegen den Zwerg):
"Jetzt kontert Nokia mit dem N900. Hier wird einem Zombie mit moderner Technik neue Lebenskraft eingehaucht. Das N900 beruht technologisch auf einem Modell, das schon Mitte 2005 vorgestellt wurde, das sogenannte "Internet Tablett" N770, ein Kleincomnputer , ausgerüstet mit Bluetooth- und Wlan-, aber eben nicht mit Mobilfunktechnik. Das N770 war ein Mauerblümchen im Nokia Portfolio. Jetzt wird es aufgehübscht..."

Ralf Hammen, 2009-09-01

Maemo ist alles andere als ein "aufgehübschter Zombie", denn es wurde seit dem 770 technisch vollständig überarbeitet. Wie gesagt, Nokia macht mit Maemo aus Open-Source-Sicht sehr vieles richtig und es wäre ihnen zu wünschen, dass sie damit auch Erfolg haben.

Hanno Zulla, 2009-09-01

What I meant by ecosystem was not just the OS but also value adding services like app-store / mobileme for iphone or marketplace / gmail / calendar for android. This the part is where Nokia in the past simply failed - I don't know anyone who is using anything "ovi".

Assuming that people don't just consider the device itself but also add-on software availability (and how easy it is to get it installed etc.) when making a purchasing decision, I think that this device could be more successful with an OS that offers these value adding features..

I wish them success with that phone and just from looking at the pics I want to have it and waste a weekend playing with it :-)

Magnus Haug, 2009-09-01

Wenn ich das Rumgehampel auf der einen Seite mit Microsoft und auf der anderen Seite mit Maemo so betrachte, dann erinnert mich die Strategie von Nokia an einen der einstmals großen Verlierer: an die Firma Palm. Auch wenn die wieder die Kurve bekommen haben.

Und Symbian? Symbian ist genau an dem Tag gestorben als Nokia beteuerte daß Symbian nicht tot sei.

Roland Dressler, 2009-09-01

About time for Maemo. Symbian feels just old. My next phone will not be a Nokia. Let's see if the one after this will be.

Johannes Matzke, 2009-09-03

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