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havoc said in September 9th, 2009 at 11:17

Wow…. my response was just the opposite. “$650! It’s worth that to me (given the very impressive specs) even if the phone feature didn’t work for me.”

For me: Take out the phone, and the N900 is the pocketable device I’ve been waiting for for 10 years. Palm V – no. Sony Clie – no. Sharp Zaurus – fail. Nokia n810 – cose enough… “for now.”

N900! Woohoo! …. “all that and a phone for free? Cool!”

I’m always shocked at how different our (people) reactions are from one another.

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falok said in September 9th, 2009 at 13:48

Well it all depends on your monthly income on how you see $650. If you earn, lets say $1300 a month that would be half of your earnings. On the other hand if you would earn $2600 it’s just a quarter.

And with $1300 you probably won’t have that much to spend freely anyway.

The price tag IS high – but you also get something for your money.

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nobody said in September 9th, 2009 at 14:01

Give it another 3-6 months after release. It will get cheaper. Look at the prices for Nokia’s flagship phones to see what I mean.

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penguinbait said in September 9th, 2009 at 14:03

Hmmm, life is not always as simple as that. I can make much more than 2600$ a month and still think $650 is a lot on money for a cell phone. I am married with with 4 kids from 10-16 years of age, and 650$ would buy almost a month of groceries. Then there is a mortgage payment, and two car payments and insurance on home and auto, and TAXES, gasoline, and every other nickle and dime being sucked out of my pocket monthly. I am just saying the average American does not have 650$ to spend on a cell phone. The ones that do are less likely to have T-mobile as a carrier, and the majority of T-mobile customers like me, who live in a large city an hour from Detroit Michigan and there is no t-mobile 3g service. It all just seems like a bad plan?

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qole said in September 9th, 2009 at 14:46

Just wait until you get a chance to try this thing, penguinbait. It is really something special. I hope the price will come down, too, but it is really worth a premium over the other, older tablets.

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penguinbait said in September 9th, 2009 at 14:52

Yes Qole, Quim’s blog also seemed to make me think having it in hand may give you a different perspective. It’s definitely easier to keep the faith with proof of the afterlife in your hand… can I get an AMEN!!!

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Charlie Mote said in September 9th, 2009 at 18:01

The N900 is competition for the defunct OQO – it fills the space that OQO never quite did (Win XP on a tiny screen?) at a quarter of the OQO price.

I agree it won’t displace the iPhone – too much market share momentum, but it does set Nokia up to leap-frog on the next iteration of chip technology. Hopefully this will finally settle the internal struggle at Nokia over Symbian v. Linux (Maemo).

Anyone willing to use a phone and a N810, as in your case, isn’t going to shell out more to just consolidate to one device – you are on the bleeding edge and obviously a Nokia tablet addict.

But for anyone who wants a 3G PC that fits in their pocket (and truly replaces other mobile devices, including IR remotes, see http://maemotalk.com/2009/09/09/irreco-remote-control-app-for-the-n900/), full bluetooth HID ( bluetooth pocket keyboards out-of-the-box) this is the _only_ device going. If the USB port supports Clearwire WiMax, then, all the better for the non-traveler (no TMobile contracts.)

Let’s see if someone gets a full portrait mode running (Nokia should have had this on their list – let the user decide what mode to put it in) and what other goodies the Maemo community is cooking up.

The N900 is clearly a “power-user” device, not a fashion statement as the iPhone has become. It’s also got Palm beat on resurrecting the original Palm “pocket PC” experience.

I’m glad I got the N770 to understand the power of the “pocket desktop” (and now to have another wifi VNC/web browser around the house) and also glad I waited for the N900 to deliver on the iPhone’s promises.

Good luck with your deliberating!

Charlie

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Mathias Hasselmann said in September 9th, 2009 at 18:22

You might want to think about getting a subsidised version of the device: One great feature of the device is the built-in UMTS modem. This allows you to be online everytime – if you have a mobile data flatrate. So my suggestion is: Get a mobile contract with a data flatrate and let your mobile operator pay the device.

It was hinted several times that such subsidised versions would be sold for one symbolic Euro.

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Jon Pritchard said in September 10th, 2009 at 15:23

SIM Free always costs the most, you need to get it as an upgrade or put money towards the cost of the handset on a new contract deal.

Unfortunately my contract doesn’t run out for another 9 months and then it looks like there might be an N901 out :(

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