Nokia N900 is finally shipping after long delay

N900 Mark it down, Maemo fans: November 10th, 2009. The day that we finally can see the light at the end of the tunnel and start to envision our very own Nokia N900 in our hands very soon, thanks to Nokia officially announcing the shipping of their long-awaited smartphone. It seems that we have been writing about this device forever, and while we have been waiting, the iPhone and Android juggernauts just keep gaining steam.

Of course, there are about 300 lucky users out there who have been running early-release versions of the hardware in order to help Nokia iron out the last few kinks in the all-new Maemo 5 software, but now it is finally time for the rest of us.

Myself, I have been eagerly anticipating the N900 since it was first announced, paying little attention to the fact that it will operate only on the T-Mobile 3G band here in the US, even though I currently use AT&T. No matter, the device is unlocked and will work fine without 3G for me, since this will be the replacement for my beloved Nokia N800 and Nokia N810WE internet tablets that have served me well over the last few years.

Who is with me on the N900 and will be buying one as soon as possible? Or have the announcements of the HTC HD2 and Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 caused some hesitation on your part?

[Nokia Press Release]
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12 thoughts on “Nokia N900 is finally shipping after long delay

  • November 10, 2009 at 5:07 am
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    As an owner and fan of the n800 and n810, I’ve been eagerly awaiting this since its announcement. I broke down and pre-ordered an n900 from Amazon in late September, and am hoping I might be in the lucky first batch of recipients (despite coming a bit late to the pre-order party).

    As an owner of the n95 8GB for the last couple of years, I am now quite weary of S60. But the n900 with this freshened Maemo release just looks great. Hoping my expectations aren’t dashed by any harsh realities!

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  • November 10, 2009 at 5:53 am
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    Not counting PackRat on early notebooks, I used, in progression, Newton, Palm, Handspring, Psion 5, Psion 5mx, Htc (T-Mobile) MDA, Nokia 9300, and then rejected the E90 cos of the hinge that ruled out the single-handed grip: I’m waiting for this new Nokia machine to pass the reality test–input ergonomics on the move [Isn’t that what ultra mobility is all about?]as prime criterion.

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  • November 10, 2009 at 6:27 am
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    I pre-ordered an N900 on October 16th with amazon so I am hoping to see this device VERY soon. I have an account with both ATT and Tmobile, so I will experiment with both. The fact that there is WIFI support will help if I decide to run on ATT.

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  • November 10, 2009 at 6:32 am
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    The n900 is very advanced from a software/OS perspective but it falls flat on the hardware.

    With the Moto DROID, HTC HD2 and such I think the n900 design is already outdated… I’m still hoping for an HTC HD2 style 4.3″ slim form factor running Maemo6 in the future though. :)

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  • November 10, 2009 at 6:41 am
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    N900 Blows: past.present.future //

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  • November 10, 2009 at 8:40 am
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    I would much rather have a more robust software platform on great hardware (iPhone, N900) than a weaker platform on awesome hardware (HD2).

    Also, I really don’t get the excitement over the Moto Droid…very overrated phone, IMHO. This will be obvious once every Android phone is running 2.0.

    I’m with you on the larger, keyboard-less maemo device, though…I wish the N900 was that device, but i can live with the physical keyboard for now…

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  • November 10, 2009 at 9:25 am
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    Release just as I’m moving, like I can afford a new toy now ;) Dammit!

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  • November 10, 2009 at 12:05 pm
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    I was initially excited about the N900, but the smaller screen is major negative for me. I really wish they would have kept the same form factor as the N810. Pluses– More memory, built in 3G, fast processor. Negatives – smaller screen, still resistive, instead of capacitive touch.

    I’m having a hard time justifying this one.

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  • November 10, 2009 at 9:49 pm
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    I wish the n900 had the same profile and hardware as the htc hd2 then it wouldn’t even be a choice it be hands down the best phone on the market.

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  • November 10, 2009 at 9:53 pm
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    If the hd2 gets full flash support that will be the phone i will be looking at buying.

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  • November 12, 2009 at 12:21 am
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    Can’t wait to get one. I was planning to buy a Nokia N97 mini or Nokia E72. But this one just blow everyone away. All I need is a real brower that can run full web enabled system which is full of Java, layers and full full J2EE. I think this one will do the trick.

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