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http://www.youtube.com/v/ZrYqemylpIo&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en&feature=player_embedded&fs=1 Wondering how Maemo 5 will run on the recently announced Nokia N900 smartphone? Wonder no more, thanks to the videos coming from Nokia World. Maemo looks to be running silky smooth and offering the satisfied, full feeling of a fluid mobile operating system. In fact, […]

http://www.youtube.com/v/ZrYqemylpIo&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en&feature=player_embedded&fs=1

Wondering how Maemo 5 will run on the recently announced Nokia N900 smartphone? Wonder no more, thanks to the videos coming from Nokia World. Maemo looks to be running silky smooth and offering the satisfied, full feeling of a fluid mobile operating system. In fact, the model reminds me very much of Palm’s webOS with its multitasking and view of all running programs. Even when viewing all apps and widgets, they’re live in the above video, which is something I’ve come to appreciate on my Pre.

SlashGear has their own hands-on — really hand-on, as Chris is holding the camera in his other hand — which shows the device from pretty much every angle. He’s already not enthused with the three-row keyboard and offset space bar, but I gather that many folks can overlook those potential issues. The device and OS just look too good to universally condemn it for some keys. There is an on-screen keyboard which will help overcome some of the hardware keyboard issues.

http://vms.slashgear.tv/sgtv/sgtv_player.swf

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  1. Kevin, you have any idea if this thing has USB host, for a USB keyboard? If so, it’s my next phone.

    (It’s a special needs keyboard, only USB available.)

    1. Great question, Vance. I don’t know for certain at this early stage. There is a Micro-USB port and there was a way to enable USB Host mode in OS2008 on the N800/N810 Internet Tablets, so there’s hope. However, I doubt it’s there as out-of-the-box functionality. If it is, there’s no mention of it on the official N900 specifications page at this time. I’ll dig around, but I suspect it’s too early to say for sure.

  2. yeah, it was the N810 host mode pics that got me curious about this one.

    Not too many phones offer USB host, unfortunately.

  3. There seems to be bad news on the USB host front – at least with the old tools used for the N810:
    http://talk.maemo.org/showpost.php?p=320585&postcount=88
    As for the N900: I recently bought an N810, and am quite impressed with how well you can tinker with it. Thanks to the person in the link, I managed to install debian and use the N810 as something of a 200€-UMPC. To be honest, though, big programmes like OpenOffice and Firefox start very slowly. With the new processor in the N900, I’d be curious to see how well debian etc. run on it.

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