Any N900 Owners here?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Vandam500, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. Vandam500 macrumors 68000

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    Did you switch to it from a iPhone, have both or only have a N900, what are your thoughts so far? I know it has few apps but I've been reading so many good things on the OS and what not.

    I just want to read some straight forward impressions from people that have it and are from the "Apple" universe.
     
  2. jonnyb macrumors 65816

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    I had a play on one at the weekend and the thing which was so noticeable about it for me was the lack of responsiveness.

    The resistive screen took multiple (four!) prods to get an link to open in the browser and animation of menus and screens was choppy and slow.

    So, while there may well be a decent OS under there somewhere, the impression I got was that it was slow and hard to use.

    I don't think enough emphasis can be put on a good user interface experience and none of the other smartphones come close to Apple yet in this area - witness the complaints about the Nexus One's home button being far too close to the software keyboard's space bar.

    Sure, they may well boast better hardware spec but that's a fraction of the equation. If the user can't use the damn thing, what's the point?
     
  3. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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    Speaking of buttons being close, how about the return key being so close the the backspace and space keys on the iPhone keyboard! Ugh, I hit that all the time when doing instant messages and it results in split sentences... Aaaaanyway.

    I haven't seen a N900 in person but I really would like to! It seems like it'd just be awesome to tinker with. :)
     
  4. jonnyb macrumors 65816

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    Well I'm sure we've all made errors when typing on the iPhone's keyboard but that's not the same as accidentally quitting out of the app you're in the middle of typing in because you've accidentally hit a badly placed hardware button!
     
  5. opinioncircle macrumors 6502a

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    I was about to buy one. I had a E71 and was really satisfied with it, all from the built quality to the overall functioning of the machine.
    However Nokia as always, mistakely thought most people would buy it unlocked (at least in France), and I couldn't find it anywhere, even in Paris.

    That is why I got the iPhone 3GS. End of story.
     
  6. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    I read some reviews about the N900 and other resistive screens and they all noted once you adjusted to how to push a resistive screen it responded really well. You can not push on them the same way you push on your iPhones screen. They do not respond the same way.

    Sum it up your complaint is mute on the lack of responsiveness because you had not given yourself time to adjust to it. Once you get over that learning curve responds really well.
     
  7. jonnyb macrumors 65816

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    I'm fully aware of how one interacts with resistive screens. I've owned various phones with resistive screens since around 2003. This one just didn't respond to either light, intermediate or heavy presses. It was just unresponsive. I played with it for around an hour at a friend's house, so I don't think my complaint is 'mute'.

    In any case, should there be a 'learning curve' to pointing at something? It should just work.
     
  8. UngratefulNinja macrumors 68000

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    :D:D:D
     
  9. jonnyb macrumors 65816

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    I put his use of 'mute' in quotes for a reason, obviously.
     
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  11. jonnyb macrumors 65816

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    I know, but it's painful having to spell everything out all the time, isn't it?
     
  12. UngratefulNinja macrumors 68000

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    I know (for both of your points). It just made me giggle :D;)
     
  13. RMferrer macrumors member

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    First off this is an Apple iphone forum. So posts like these are gonna be a dime a dozen. I completely switched from the iphone 3GS to the nokia n900 and I couldn't be happier!

    The resistive touch screen is VERY responsive I have no complaints at all. I will admit that coming from the iphone I was not used to the resistive touchscreen, but it didn't take me long to get used to actually pressing on the screen vs. just tapping it.

    LMAO i have no clue what LAG this guy is talking about! I have tons of widgets and apps that run in the BACKGROUND and I see no lag at all. If my n900 is able to run snes roms without lag;) (also a nice feature is the audio and visual cables included which you can plug into your n900 and play them on your HD TV:D also without lag) i'm sure it will have no issues with menu animation.

    i'd be more than happy to record a few video clips of my own n900 so you can see how powerful and fast this thing is. The browser is excellent and supports full flash. Head over to maemo.org to find out what the n900 can really do or watch the hundreds of youtube videos as proof of the amazing things this device is capable of. Remember its a computer first with phone capabilities as a secondary feature.

    some of the cons I would say is the fact that most of the things you will do on the phone are going to be in landscape. And from what i've read is that nokia is coming out with and update later this month to fix that. The keyboard is a little cramped and takes sometime getting used to. The apps available are nothing compared to the apple app store but then again 80% of the apps in the app store are useless anyway.

    i'd be more than happy to get into more detail about the phone and answer any questions I can. But i suggest you do a little more research before making your decision.

    BTW i'm on AT&T and only get EDGE, but trust me when I say it's still very fast. Also don't buy into the hype about the nexus one and it's 1ghz processor. the n900 maybe only 600mhz but has a cortex 8 processor which makes it actually faster than the nexus one.
     

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