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Nokia Flogged A Mere 100,000 N900

While Apple is basking in the sun with the iPad and the iPhone, Nokia has apparently managed to sell a mere 100,000 of its former flagship tablet computer, the N900, in the first three months of the year.

Research company Gartner told news agency Reuters (opens in new tab) that the Nokia N900 failed to dent the sale of Apple's iPhone which sold more than 8.75 million units in the first quarter of 2010.

This didn't prevented Alberto Torres, the head of Nokia's solutions business to declare that the numbers actually significantly exceeded what the company was expecting. In the last three months of 2009, the Finnish company sold a mere 50,000 units.

The phone has had a chequered past and has been postponed in the UK a number of times. It went on sale in November 2009 and has been the first and potentially the last Nokia phone to run on the now-defunct Maemo OS.

A couple of days ago, Nokia released a software update for it bringing in a few games while announcing that Meego would not support the N900.

The phone is still available exclusively on Vodafone and, surprisingly, sells for less than the N97, which is the previous top end Nokia phone.

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.