Has Nokia finally figured out the formula for a successful Internet tablet-gadget-thing? We're about to find out, because Nokia just announced that the Maemo-powered Nokia N900 is now on sale in the U.S. and shipping to customers who pre-ordered the device.
Unlike Nokia's earlier efforts such as the N800 and N810, the N900 is roughly the size of a regular smartphone. It also actually makes cellular calls on T-Mobile's 3G network or AT&T's 2G EDGE network, instead of relying on Wi-Fi or WiMAX. The N900 offers the Linux-based, open-source Maemo OS, along with 32GB of internal storage, 3G connectivity, multitasking, and the ability to install third-party apps (commercial, homebrew, or otherwise).
The N900 also features a 3.5-inch touch screen, a full QWERTY keyboard, four customizable home screens, and Adobe Flash 9.4 support within the N900 Web browser.
Look for it in Nokia's flagship Chicago and New York stores for - hold onto your earmuffs - $649 unlocked. It's also available online at www.nokiausa.com and www.amazon.com. And if you grab one, let us know what you think of it in the comments.Read »