Nokia N900

Nokia N900 video unboxing

Nokia N900 video unboxing

The Nokia N900 was the stand-out device from Nokia World back in September, and we've been tracking the Maemo 5 smartphone ever since.  Imagine our surprise, then, when a pre-release N900 dropped onto the SlashGear test bench today; the hardware is final, so the 5-megapixel autofocus Carl Zeiss camera is onboard, together with HSPA, WiFi b/g, a 3.5-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and you can check out our video unboxing and gallery after the cut.

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Nokia N900 previewed: “wholly different league” to Symbian

Nokia N900 previewed: “wholly different league” to Symbian

Perhaps the stand-out device from Nokia World this year was the N900, the Finnish company's new internet tablet/smartphone crossover.  The final production version still isn't on the market, but that hasn't stopped "preview" reviews from those with access to prototypes, covering both Maemo 5 and the N900 hardware itself.  My-Symbian have just pushed out a four page article doing just that, and they're more than a little excited.

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Nokia N900 hacks publicize Nokia PUSH mod contest

Nokia N900 hacks publicize Nokia PUSH mod contest

Part of Nokia's challenge to cement the N900 and Maemo is in drawing developers to the open-source platform, and to do that they've kicked off PUSH N900, a "unique design, hacking and modding project".  To mark the event - which will see winning proposals rewarded with an N900, funding and support to deliver on their idea - the Finns commissioned four sample projects, inspired by the '80s and using the N900 in distinctive ways.  These ended up including a 3D ViewMaster camera, digital Rolodex, 80's radio tagger/Last.fm integration, and a Speak and Spell mashup.

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Nokia N900 reaching US distributors September 27th?

Nokia N900 reaching US distributors September 27th?

We'd suggest you dip into your handy pinch-of-salt bag for this one, since we've seen what can happen with Nokia shipping predictions before, but according to The Nokia Blog shipments of N900 handsets are expected to reach US distribution centers on September 27th.  The Maemo 5 smartphone - launched at Nokia World two weeks ago - went up for preorder on September 4th, and assuming the trucks turn up on time, the first units could be in buyers' hands by early October.

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Nokia N900 big-screen gaming gets video demo

Nokia N900 big-screen gaming gets video demo

Apple's iPod touch 3G may be "the funnest iPod ever" now that Steve & Co have decided it's a hardcore gaming machine, but it looks like they may have some competition from Nokia.  One of the N900's less publicized features is its TV output, which can be used to play the preinstalled games - Global Race and Bounce - on a bigger display.  Maemo-Guru shot some footage of the N900 doing its gaming thing, and it certainly looks promising.

Video demo after the cut

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Nokia telling carriers “hands off” N900; Maemo staying unbranded

Nokia telling carriers “hands off” N900; Maemo staying unbranded

Nokia has revealed that it will not be customizing its N900 Maemo 5 smartphone to suit carriers, claiming part of Linux's strength in the mobile market is offering customers a "compelling value proposition".  It's a potentially risky strategy; Nokia's struggle to gain the same sort of foothold in North America as it has in Europe has been partly blamed on a refusal to adapt to carrier-demands there.

Video demos of the N900 after the cut

Nokia World 2009: SlashGear wrap-up

Nokia World 2009: SlashGear wrap-up

As well as the obvious product launches from Nokia World this week - the N900, X6, X3, N97 mini and Ovi SDK - SlashGear also had the opportunity to sit down with various executives and team members from the company and discuss not only Nokia's plans for the future but some of the decisions that have brought them to this stage. After the cut in our Nokia World wrap-up, a new DRM-free media store, plans for future netbooks, the push for the US market and more.

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Nokia N900 browser demo & first-impressions [Video]

Nokia N900 browser demo & first-impressions [Video]

After our initial hands-on with the N900 - the video and gallery of which you can see here - we spent some more time playing with the Maemo 5 smartphone at Nokia World this week.  Our initial enthusiasm has been tempered a little by some of the real-world compromises that blending a smartphone and an Internet Tablet demand, though we're still looking forward to a full review unit; check out our hands-on impressions after the cut.

Video demo after the cut

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