CES 2010 CoverageBosco - January 6, 2010
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When we visited the Nokia booth, the first thing we took a look at was the Nokia Booklet 3G. The booklet 3G comes packed with some nice features including Windows 7, 120GB of storage and up to a 12 hour battery with a 10.1" screen.
Nokia had several touchscreen models on display; the N97 is displayed below.
The main attraction at the Nokia booth was the recently released N900. Nokia's latest offering is powered by an ARM Cortex-A8 600MHz processor and has 1GB of RAM. The rep informed me that this processor is a new iteration of the ARM line and if compared to the previous version its performance is equivalent to about 900MHz, placing it in direct competition with the iPhone 3GS and the latest Android offerings. The N900 features a 3.5" screen with a resolution of 800x400. The pictures do not do the screen justice; the high resolution looked absolutely amazing. What was even more impressive was the phone's ability to display Flash content (full Flash 9.4 support). We used the browser to view Flash ads, a Youtube video, and even Flash games, all of them working flawlessly. A fun fact about the browser is that it is Mozilla based.
The N900 comes with 32GB of storage built in and a microSD slot that can take up to 16GB, giving you a total of 48GB of storage. The N900 supports a variety of video codecs, including H.264, MPEG-4, Xvid, and WMV. It also supports a gamut of audio codecs, MP3, AAC, AAC+, M4A, WAV, and WMA. The phone sports a 5 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and a 3x digital zoom. The camera also supports video recording at 800x400 and up to 25fps. The phone also features an integrated FM transmitter and GPS with A-GPS. It supports Bluetooth stereo headsets and has a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Rounding out the hardware is a micro-USB 2.0 port.
The Nokia rep showcased the phone for us and one of the most impressive features was how it coped with multitasking. You can run as many apps as you want (only limited by the amount of memory available). Switching between apps looked cool, with mini thumbnails of each running app. We experienced a game demo and the graphics were impressive, which made sense given the N900's support of PowerVR SGX and OPENGL ES 2.0. We only got to see one multi-touch gesture (making a circle with the finger zooms in and out of the browser) but I'm sure there are some more available. The phone also comes with a stylus, which was really useful when clicking on links in the browser and when playing the Flash game Bejeweled.
The Nokia rep told us that the phone will be available on T-Mobile.