[maemo-users] N900 features

From: Peter Flynn peter.flynn at mars.ucc.ie
Date: Sat Dec 12 17:28:05 EET 2009
sebastian maemo wrote:
> Hi everybody:
> One of my clients has recently asked me about the possibility to get a 
> portable computer like my N770... :-)
> I've talked him about the N900, and despite the price of the unlocked 
> device, he has asked me to check whether its features would satisfy his 
> needs...
> I know how N770 works... but I have almost no idea about N900...
> I have read the full specs at the Nokia website 
> <http://europe.nokia.com/find-products/devices/nokia-n900/specifications>, 
> though I'd like to know whether there's any application that enables a 
> user to open a M$ Office file, (doc or xls type, for example).
> I think that the answer is no, though that wouldn't be a problem if the 
> PDF reader works well enough...

I don't know about the N900, but AbiWord on the N800 has no problem 
opening .doc and .docx files. And the PDF reader works fine.

I'm assuming that all this kind of office stuff has been ported and 
tested properly for the N900...but the problem is that Nokia still 
thinks it's a phone or a tablet: they still haven't fully grokked the 
concept of a portable computer (and they are criticised for this in 
today's _Irish Times_: "But as Apple and Android are transforming pocket 
computing, Nokia will need a lot more innovation to succeed." 

I'd love to see the N900 a success, but there's not a lot I can do to 
help: I'm not a programmer these days, and I can't write documentation 
until I can afford to buy one.

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