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5 Reasons Why The N900 Is Better Than The N97

Nokia's latest internet tablet N900 should be a much bigger success than the N97 in our humble opinion although the Finnish manufacturer doesn't want it to be called a smartphone.

We've managed to list five reasons why we consider the N900 to be most rightful replacement for the 9-month old Nokia N97 mobile computer.

(a) Screen Resolution

The N97 has a screen resolution of 640x360 pixels with an aspect ratio of 16:9. In comparison, the N900 internet tablet has a screen resolution of 800x480 pixels (aspect ratio of 5:3). Both have the same screen size diagonally which means that the N900 has a higher pixel density and therefore, much finer pictures.

(b) OS

Since it is basically a computer being squeezed into a smartphone chassis, the N900 uses a different operating system compared to other Nokia smartphones. Out goes Symbian S60, in comes Maemo 5.0, a Linux distribution geared towards mobile devices. What does that mean? A more scalable and reliable platform which can accommodate the requirements of a connected environment.

(c) CPU

The N900 also comes with a significantly more powerful processor. This should mean snappier menus and a more responsive operating system altogether. The N900 comes with an ARM Cortex A8-based processor and although the CPU speed hasn't been disclosed, it is likely to be around 800MHz. In contrast, the N97 had a much older ARM11 running at 434MHz.

(d) Size

Believe it or not, the N900 is slightly smaller than the N97 and turned up to be as small as the Nokia N97 Mini (See the shot courtesy of Mobile-review below).

A comparison between the N810, the N90 Communicator, the N79 and the N900 shows that the latter is the shorter of the two as well as the one with the smallest width.

(e) Price

The N900 will have a suggested retail price of £440 compared to a retail price of £500 for the N97. Within 9 months, the price of the N97 fell down by 12 percent - you can get it from Play (opens in new tab) for as little as £440 delivered.

Since the N97 started life as a £40 per month device (on 18 month contracts), it wouldn't surprise us if the N900 was pitched to the same audience. Expect it to be available for £30 per month as early as March 2010.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.