First off, I have to say that I love my E71. I think it’s a great phone. The 2 year old design still kicks most of the new phones’ asses. It’s just stylish, beautiful, slim … just great. But like with all good things, there’s drawbacks. The E71’s bigget drawback is Symbian. It’s not too bad, since the E71 is not a touch screen device, but I was thinking about getting the N97 as a follow up.
The N97 looks amazing. Again, very very stylish. I love the slightly tilted screen when the keyboard is showing, it’s just great. But while testing the phone, I noticed that Symbian is just not good enough for the phone. The hardware is amazing. The design is amazing. The OS is shit.
So what’s next? The N900!
Nokia finally realized that it’s time to move on.
The N900 looks amazing. It has nearly everything that a phone needs to compete with the HTC Hero and iPhone.
First of all: No more Symbian. The N900 is Maemo powered. Maemo is Nokia’s Linux Distribution, based on Debian and Gnome. Maemo was a great OS for the N800/N810 for geeks to hack around on. You could literally run nearly anything on it. The formfactor of the N800 series wasn’t great though. It was more a Tablet PC, than a Smartphone. But now Nokia is back, with Maemo 5!
All I can say about that video: Wow! The UI looks very slick. It looks extremely fast and like something people would want in 2009. The OS has a lot of Web Integration and being Linux, it would allow to be extended to whatever you want by using apt.
There is one thing missing though: Multi-Touch. All the competition has Multi Touch. Why not add that to the N900 too?
Design wise, I would prefer a more N97 look, especially with the tilting screen. But I guess, the N900 will be the first of many Touchscreen phones by Nokia.
But to say the least, it looks like a very promising phone. So if anyone from Nokia is reading this, pleeease give me a test device 🙂