Nokia In-Depth Demo Shows Off N900's Web Browsing Capabilities (And A Little More)

Nokia In-Depth Demo Shows Off N900's Web Browsing Capabilities (And A Little More)

We've always considered ourselves fans of Nokia devices. In fact, we're not even ashamed to admit that we used one of those Nokia candybars back in the day (you know, one with 'Snake'), and we'd probably still use it today if not for things like "web browsing" and "Twitter." As times have changed, so have the engineering efforts at Nokia. The company's newest smartphone/mini computer is the N900, and with that device will come an all new mobile operating system to rival Google's Android, Palm's webOS and Apple's iPhone OS.

That operating system is Maemo 5, and while there's still no way to truly tell if it'll be a runaway hit, we get the feeling that it'll do quite well amongst the cellphone multitaskers out there. One of the biggest problems the modern day smartphone has it accessing the Internet in a way that closely resembles the desktop Internet experience. With a desktop browser, loading Flash sites and complicated sites are generally no big deal. They may take a few seconds to load, but in the end most everything pops up as expected. However, on the mobile front, only Apple's iPhone comes close to delivering a true "web experience," but without Flash support, even the mobile version of Safari is seriously lacking.



Nokia is hoping to make Maemo 5 the go-to mobile OS for those who value a good web browsing experience on a mobile device. A recent overview of the N900 and the aforesaid OS shows the five main points to delivering a desktop-like browsing experience on a mobile device, and of course, it shows how the N900 accomplishes that. We have to admit--Maemo 5's web browser looks really promising from the video. Of course, this is a Nokia video, but we still think there's more to it than just marketing hoopla. Have a look at the video below for a tour of Maemo 5's Mozilla-based browser, and see if catch the Easter Egg located in the first half. No cheating! (Oops!)


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Well sometimes looks can be deceiving.

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From the looks of the photo: I would need that iPhone magnifying glass app to read the screen on this Nokia.

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Happens any time you shrink a browsing window to that size. There will be something you can use to increase text size.

I do like the full keyboard though. And way to plug HotHardware into your preview!

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looks pretty much like the iphone that's what i think. i guess can't expect much in design when touch screen phone all it needs is a big screen and the speakerphone.

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@nelvik: "looks pretty much like the iphone"

Well, pretty much like a multi-tasking unlocked iPhone with 800x480 multi-workspace screen, hardware querty keyboard, Carl Zeiss 5 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, USB, TV Out, FM transmitter and receiver, and a Mozilla browser supporting Adobe Flash 9.4. Yeah, pretty much.

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wow im liking that browser thats pretty sick

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This one's nice. But there are way too many to choose from these days and more are introduced all of the time. It's hard to keep up with it all.

I remember one of my first Cell Phones was a Nokia and it had the best power consumption and antennae range of any cell I've ever used.

I even dropped it into the toilet once out of my shirt pocket. I yanked the battery out of it and dried them out with the oven set to warm for 3 hours.

I charged it up and it worked just fine afterwords.

(And BTW,....it was a brand new toilet that had never been used yet)

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