[maemo-users] N900 Questions from a new user

From: Tim Ashman tim at ashmans.net
Date: Tue Dec 8 04:12:13 EET 2009
On Monday 07 December 2009 02:24:39 pm Vitaly Bordug wrote:
> В Mon, 7 Dec 2009 14:04:18 -0800
> Tim Ashman <tim at ashmans.net> пишет:
> > I just received my n900 over the weekend and have been playing around
> > with it. Like most new devices some things are better, some seem
> > worse.  I thought I'd ask the group a couple of questions that I have
> > to see if anything can be changed.
> >
> > 1. GPS/Maps seems to suck.  First I don't have a phone data plan and
> > I'm not getting one.  WiFi for me.  So when I turn on GPS I leave the
> > Assisted part off (network)  I can not ever get the gps to actually
> > lock.  I've left it on for hours without touching it and it never
> > locks.
> Had same for me, while travelling. Would like to know the answer as
> well...

> > Also when I start up the maps app it asks me for a wifi connection
> > and I get a little downloading data indication.  I have to cancel
> > this not once but several times before the app gives up and really
> > thinks I don't want to use data, or maybe it isn't available.
> >
> > So, first what is up with the GPS does it even work without the
> > network connection.
> >
> > Second, it appears that once again nokia has screwed the pooch on the
> > Map app, I would like to know if mapper ala (n810) is going to be
> > available or is already.
> It is there - I have it installed from extras-devel repo. A bit flakey
> right now, but quite usable already.
> > 2.  Camera Flash - When I take a picture using the flash the left
> > half on the picture is always noticeably brighter to the point that
> > the picture looks like crap.  I've tried this several different times
> > in different lighting conditions with various results but everytime I
> > can see the problem and it makes the flash unusable.  Is something
> > wrong with my unit or is this just how it is.
> Camera never actually left me disappointed - it does very good even in
> darkness. Maybe I did not expect too much from it, but nothing like
> above.
> > 3. Contact Lookup using keyboard - So you can begin typing a contacts
> > name from any desktop and the contacts app will popup and narrow down
> > your name, works great the first time.  However the second time from
> > any desktop nothing will happen.  I've figured out that the first
> > time this happens the system opens the contact list but never closes
> > it.  It the contact app is open then this feature doesn't work.  So
> > I've been having to close the contacts app myself everytime so that
> > this feature works.  Is this the intended functionality or a bug.
> Works for me. If contact list is open but on bg, it switches to
> Contacts app. If a contact is selected in the latter, the feature won't
> work but I find that reasonable, that means that I havent' finished
> with that contact. If Contact list is closed, it reappears.
> But I have 41-10 so maybe a regression.

I tried this again.  this time I was able to repeat two lookups without 
closing.  Maybe like you suggested I hadn't selected the first contact or 
used it.  I'll keep playing with it maybe I will come up with a repeatable 

> -Vitaly
> > That is all for now.  I'm sure I will have more later.
> >
> > thank you
> >
> > tim
> >
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