Nokia N900- Internet Tablet, T-Mobile Smartphone or Both?


Image Credit: CellPassion

Image Credit: CellPassion

In the past, I’ve criticized the Nokia Internet Tablet platform as a nice device but one of limited use. Essentially, the product has evolved as a Mobile Internet Device that relied on Wi-Fi or a supplemental smartphone for its connectivity. That constraint may be a thing of the past, based on reported specifications for a next-generation device dubbed the N900. CellPassion alleges this to be a picture of the device.

Here’s the gist of the specs (all believable in my opinion) making their way around the web, courtesy of BGR:

  • Maemo 5
  • Dimensions: 59.7mm x 111mm x 18.2mm
  • Weight: 180g
  • 3.5-inch 800×480 (WVGA) touchscreen
  • OMAP3430 500/600 Mhz processor
  • 5.0 MP Carl Zeiss camera with dual-LED flash, auto-focus and sliding cover
  • 1GB total virtual runtime memory
  • Wi-Fi, HSPA, GPS, accelerometer

In addition to these features, MobileCrunch says that the device will support T-Mobile’s voice network. If that’s the case, the N900 becomes far more compelling, because it won’t require carrying an additional device, i.e., a phone. The device is roughly the size of Nokia’s N97 handset, which is expected to launch next week. Ideally, a subsidy deal with T-Mobile USA would offset the cost of the N900, keeping the price to $299 or less.

I’m still not sold on the idea of yet another mobile device platform, but this all has me thinking about Nokia’s long-term operating system plans. If Maemo runs well, is intuitive to the user, and can support a vast array of applications, maybe Symbian 60 gets relegated to inexpensive feature-phones?



The powerful processor lets you run everything smoothly and simultaneously. With Maemo there’s no need to waste time opening and closing different applications. This alone will give me excitement about the Nokia N900, share your opinions at take care.


@ daniel.

I agree that this is not a tablet, The concept of the tablet will likely be driven by the new booklet line.

I would not be surprised to see a “tablet” (touch screen/no physical keyboard)version of tablet coming out in the near term.

The n900 is a phone with tablet spec’s. It is aimed at setting the bar for the next generation of nokias high end phone.

I think they are finally getting it that dumb phones are a lost market opportunity. So make all your dumb phones smartphone lite, think of the 5330 XM which is a mass market smartphone lite. decent browser, app store onboard memory sufficient to add lots of music and apps. When picked up by a carrier it is a free phone.

The new high end smart phones will all be based off of this MID platform. If Nokia were smart they would attack the market on pricing (drop the 100euro premium with the goal to sell 100 euro in services (read apps) over the life of the ownership.

anyway. lots of thoughts…


I am looking at the tablet to use on the go with free communication to reduce the cost of adding phones and to allow the children to have access to school documents. It would seem reasonable if there was a space where a cellphone communication chip could be placed on the side like a memory card. This would allow the tablet to meet both markets in the low and high end user areas.

Daniel Marsh

I’ve owned and been a daily user of all 3 Nokia Internet Tablets. The screen was already squinty for the 800*480 resolution on previous generation NITs and now it is .6″ smaller. They’ve done away with the D-Pad and other special control buttons and moved away from stylus input entirely. They’ve gone to a crappy 3 row keyboard. Call it what you want, but it definitely isn’t a Nokia Internet Tablet anymore and is fundamentally too compromised for it to be a viable single pocket solution. I will stick with my N810 and N95 for now.

Hugely disappointing.


As a long time owner of the N800 I can still say that I’m very happy with it. I take it everywhere for Web browsing, e-mail, and emergency terminal access to Linux servers I manage. My phone is a Sprint HTC Touch which I really like as a phone and messaging device, but Windows Mobile options for Web browsing and other things are pretty worthless.

I’m sure I’d feel different if I was an iPhone user (love the iPhone, hate AT&T) or if I carried an iPod everywhere (between my phone and the N800 I have plenty of music). But the N800 gives me the portability I need with a wide range of applications.


the screen is too small, the old 4+ inch screen was a much better ebook reader, and allowed for a much better keyboard.

i hope this is a separate phone product, and not the next NIT.

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