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Nokia’s highly anticipated N900 isn’t even available to consumers, and there’s already rumors of its successor. Pocketables picked up on whispers of what’s called the N920, which appears to use a software keyboard only. That would make such a device thinner than the N900 but would […]

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Nokia’s highly anticipated N900 isn’t even available to consumers, and there’s already rumors of its successor. Pocketables picked up on whispers of what’s called the N920, which appears to use a software keyboard only. That would make such a device thinner than the N900 but would likely require a solid software keyboard and better touchscreen. Ah, but that’s exactly what the rumor portends — the N920 is supposed to offer a 4.13-inch capacitive touchscreen in lieu of the N900’s resistive panel.

The limited information doesn’t really delve into any more specs, but I’d surmise that if this rumor pans out, the internals wouldn’t be that much different from those of the N900. It wouldn’t surprise me if Nokia has already planned out what’s next in the product line. In fact, I could see this type of handset as the keyboard-less option to the N900.

What’s the consensus on a Maemo device without a hardware keyboard? With the capacitive display, I think it would be just fine and would probably shave the thickness of the handset in half.

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  1. Well, why not, the Maemo lineup started out with the internet tablet which was definitely keyboardless. Hardware keyboards are nice if you input lots of text but they are not necessary.

  2. Hi Kevin,

    This Monday I received an N900 to test. Although I like Nokia phones for their apps and features, and Nokia fanboys/grrls are slobbering over the N900, I’m not a fan of the N900’s resistive screen.

    It works well enough, but not compared to a capacitive screen. Nokia told me they use resistive screens to so that people can use a stylus to write, especially in Asia. Personally, I’d love to see every phone be a note-taking device with a full-sized stylus + pen…but with a capacitive screen!

    Capacitive screens are simply easier to use. So an N920 might make sense.

  3. A hardware keyboard is handy.

    I have an N800, and sometimes the lack of hardware keyboard is annoying. Many apps, such as games and the RDP client, expect a hardware keyboard and don’t work without it. A few utilities, such as Terminal, work without the keyboard but work much nicer with it. The on-screen keyboard is often tricky to invoke, and it acts really funny if you use a Bluetooth keyboard.

    Ultimately, I’d wait for the device to be released to see if the software improves. The tablets up to and including the N900 are not intended for the general public, so Nokia can excuse the poor user experience. Other than the usability issues, I really like the Internet Tablets, so the next version better be good.

  4. As an N800 user, and lover, nothing would be more welcome than similar form factor device with a better screen and infinitely better internals.

    The occasional convenience of a hardware keyboard is totally outweighed by the constant convenience of not having to lug the keyboard with you.

    Go Nokia!

  5. N900 looks like s great device but i hate resistive touch screen so i will wait for N920. i already have a N810 it is a beautiful thing.
    my only complaint is it does not have enough processing power but the GPS kinda sucks but the it is a great concept so much more flexible and usable then IPHONE. An N900 with capacitive touch screen and good processing power would be just perfect.

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