Nokia's Maemo series of smartphones are the mobile manufacturer's best hope for the future. While Nokia is still far and away the leading cell phone manufacturer in the world, their position at the top won't be guaranteed unless they can continually innovate their smartphones. The S60 OS that most Nokia smartphones run is simply too clunky to compete for long with streamlined systems like Android or the iPhone OS.
Enter the Nokia N900, a new smartphone that runs on Maemo 5. Boy Genius has managed to come across a render for this slick new gadget, and so far it looks very exciting. From what we can see, the layout looks to have borrowed a lot from both Android and the iPhone. It is very simple and laid out with no excess clutter on the screen. At the same time, a wealth of information and options are displayed.
Maemo 5 looks like a solid move in the right direction. Nokia is learning from their mistakes and crafting their next generation of smartphones to better meet consumer desires. The sliding-QWERTY keyboard and 3.5” touchscreen on the N900 are definitely going to meet the dreams of a whole lot of T-Mobile customers.
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An official announcement about the N900 is expected imminently, at the Nokia World conference next week if not sooner. At that point, we can look forward to getting some in-depth videos of this baby in action, in addition to a comprehensive spec list. Remember T-Mo subscribers; good things come to those who wait.