Last week I was getting quite pissed of with the amount of time my iPhone is taking to wake up from sleep mode, which means I miss quite a few calls because I can’t slide the answer slider!
So this week I took delivery of the new Nokia N900 for a 2 week trial, and here are my inital impressions.
I’ve drawn up a list of all the stuff I use my iPhone for to see how the N900 compares…
- Web Browsing
- Google Reader
- EBook reader
The web browser that comes with the N900 is very slick, just as good as the Safari based one that comes on the iPhone, it uses the Gecko rendering engine which is the same one that firefox uses, so it’s probably safe to assume that anything that looks good in Firefox will look the same on the N900.
Verdict: A draw
None of the native twitter apps I tried are very good. Maeku doesn’t let you view @ replies or direct messages and kept telling me I had exceeded my rate limit when other apps worked fine.
Verdict: iPhone Wins
A side effect of the browser being so good is that some services don’t recognise it as a mobile browser, so won’t let you browse their mobile site. The Google Mobile suite of apps being a prime example. Visit http://m/google.com/reader (or any of the mobile sites) and you get redirected to http://www.google.com/mobile/more/ and as yet I havn’t found a workaround.
I tried to use the full site, but displayed on such a small screen, it doesn’t work very well.
Verdict: iPhone wins
The N900 uses Nokia’s Ovi for it’s mapping, and they look lovely, the N900 comes with a built in compas which lets the maps rotate as you move which is really nice, it helps so much with orientation. I was trying to find a building in Sheffield and the rotating maps made it much easier to work out where I was going. Admitidly, I only have a 3G iphone, not the newer 3Gs which also has the magnetometer.
Having said that, the directions are for driving only and the satalite view is much more detailed on the iPhone.
Verdict: In this limited test, the N900 won.
There are many posts about people struggling to get their phone synced to Google for contacts and calendar, but I had no problems when I followed these instructions
Verdict: A Draw
Ok, so these 2 are pretty frivolous, but I’m using them quite a lot at the moment, so I’ll include them here. There are no native apps at the moment, but they both have mobile versions of the site.
Verdict: Harsh because it’s not the N900′s fault, but the iPhone wins
I havn’t had chance to use the ebook reader yet.
So at the end of the first post, the iPhone is ahead on apps, but that’s not really a suprise to anyone is it. Part 2 will compare the device & OS itself, and I expect a much closer contest.
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