In this feature article guest author Sergejs Cuhrajs shares his list of applications for the Nokia N900 that have earned his attention. There are more than 130 applications on this list, ranging from Abiword (a word processor), through gPodder (podcast client) and Leafpad (notepad style application) to Zoutube (a YouTube browser and viewer). With one or two exceptions they are freely available through the maemo.org repositories.
Spanning all platforms and all usage types, at the start of 2010 I compiled recommendations for seven types of smartphone user (i.e. for seven use cases) for The Phones Show, in video form. Six months later, I revisit the same stereotypes in textual form, with updated choices, recommendations and predictions. Do you agree with my assessments? Whether yes or no, your comments are welcome.
Rafe reports back from a 'conversational briefing' with Marko Ahtisaari (Head of Design at Nokia) at Nokia's London Design HQ. There's an explanation of Nokia's "smart push", of how Nokia's three tier device strategy fits together, of how Nokia's software and hardware design teams have been brought together to promote a holistic approach and accelerate the pace of innovation, and there are hints of future design directions for both Symbian and MeeGo devices and software.
Ewan Spence looks back with a practised eye on Ten Things that Nokia could have done with their Regent Street flagship store in order to have made it a success...
In which Ewan Spence takes a slightly light hearted look at the infrastructure and privacy implications of Nokia's latest Device/Services concept video, introduced at The Way We Live Next event in Espoo. Rafe responds, having been in attendance. Your comments most welcome, of course - this one could run and run!
At Nokia World this year I, together with a number of other online influencers, had a chance to sit down and talk to Dr. Ari Jaaski (Vice President, Maemo Device at Nokia) as part of a group interview. I took the opportunity to ask about the developer story in the transition from Maemo 5 to 6, the strategic positioning of Maemo, and some of the issues around tight device schedules and open source. Read on for more.
The Nokia N900 and the Maemo 5 platform have received an overwhelmingly positive response from the mobile device community, and an unprecedented amount of general interest too. This looks like becoming quite a successful device and a successful launch for the latest version of Maemo. But is there the danger of overhype, of expectations being built up to such an unrealistic level that the actual product becomes an inevitable disappointment? Let's have a look at Maemo's history to see what it can tell us about this topic...
Maemo 5 has so far been announced on just one form factor, the side-sliding N900 smartphone. We suspect there will be more Maemo 5 devices coming in 2010, but will they all follow in the footsteps of the N900 or will they take on different forms? This article looks at the options open to Nokia over how they can deploy their new cutting edge platform.
The N900 and Maemo 5 are obviously going to be getting the lion's share of Maemo coverage over the next few weeks and months, but the N900's predecessor device is still on sale in many markets and has a relatively low price too (about 200 euros or less). In a special review feature All About Maemo takes a look at the Nokia N810 internet tablet, a classic little gadget from late 2007.
A few of the frequently ansked questions (FAQ) that we have encountered in relation to Maemo. Aimed at beginners. Please let us know if you have any further questions you would like us to answer.