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2.0 out of 5 stars Useless for Email, 5 Sep 2010
This review is from: Nokia N900 Sim Free Mobile Computer with Maemo 5 Software (Wireless Phone Accessory)
I bought this as a business tool. nice big screen with a Qwerty keyboard - perfect for email ... (you would think)

But N900 comes with Maemo software which uses the awful email client called MODEST.

I cant post links in this review, but if you Google search "N900 email problems" you will find 1000s of people having issues, it basically does not work if your inbox has more that a couple of emails in it. Even with an empty inbox it can take a couple of minutes to check for email, download it - then about another 40 seconds to open the inbox. If you have a lot of email in your inbox then you are looking at 20 minutes to half an hour to open the inbox.

I can only assume the other reviewers here who give this phone 5 stars are not really using it as a business tool. As a nice gadget and multimedia plaything its probably fine.

Also: If you do lock up the phone you might want to try a factory reset. I suggest you google that too, and you will discover unless you are a Linux Guru then its impossible to reset the phone.

Also: Battery life is very short, half a day if you got the sceen on constantly.

Overall I think Nokia should be ashamed of themselves for releasing a product like this and it is no suprise that they are losing market share in Smartphones.

Final straw: I discovered the N900 I recieved was second hand. I found somebody elses email details and files on the phone.

So I sent mine back after 2 days and went back to the Blackberry.... emails appear instantly ...
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Initial post: 7 Oct 2010 15:58:32 BDT
Sam Tuke says:
This review is misleading. There are a variety of mail clients available, including Kontact mobile (the only smart phone mail client currently supporting full encryption and pgp signing), and also claws mail (which can handle tens of thousands of emails in hundreds of folders when running on the N900).

Available mail clients are certainly able to compete with other smartphones on the market.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Oct 2010 18:49:45 BDT
It's Linux, the list of mail clients is absolutely endless.
http://www.google.co.uk/#q=linux+mail+clients

As a business phone I see where he's coming from, it's for techies.
For business guys who are not so tech-literate, best stick with a simple iphone, it just works.

But for an awesome platform where everything is free and open, with the ability to develop in almost any language you want without constraint, go n900.

Also claws can handle GPG and signing, so can mutt or any others, lol just get the required dependencies.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2011 21:27:40 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2011 21:27:56 BDT
Do you think its acceptable to pay £400 for a smart phone then spend days making it work ? Do you really think its aceptable to have to change the email client to make it work ? When you can buy a smart phone from Samsung, Blackberry, Apple and many others and it just works. This is the point. THis is a £400 phone from a Tier one mobile phone company and it should WORK out of the box. If it was a clone phone from china for £25 then maybe you would expect to mess around for ages. 2 years ago Nokia had 40% market share in mobile. Now its 29%. This phone is an example of why!

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2011 21:42:26 BDT
The review is accurate. The shipped email client does not work. If there are better email clients available then why dont Nokia ship one that works? Do you think its acceptable to pay £400 for a smart phone then spend days making it work ? Do you really think its acceptable to have to change the email client to make it work ? When you can buy a smart phone from Samsung, Blackberry, Apple and many others and it just works. This is the point. THis is a £400 phone from a Tier one mobile phone company and it should WORK out of the box. This phone WAS Sold described as a smart phone. Its is not descibed as a Linux guru dream toy. I notice both the phone and the OS have been deleted by Nokia now. 2 years ago Nokia had 40% market share in mobile. Now its less than 29%. This phone was one of the reasons why.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Oct 2011 13:14:14 BDT
Believe it or not, some people arn't dim and enjoy playing with technology, Apple is a perfect example of dictatorship in computing, if you want to be treat like a 2 year old, buy an iGroan or an iBad.

This phone is perfect, running Maemo/Meego you have full chances to make it personalised to how YOU use a phone, not how you're told to use it. You can even develop your own apps with absolute ease.
Though again, it's obvious you're a mac-sort, as you can't even read the comment correctly, where it clearly states that "it's for techies".

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Oct 2011 13:17:35 BDT
Yes I do think it's more than acceptable, and the mail client does work however it seems you do not have an ability to use technology, with your previous post supporting that.

It never said anywhere that it "will" work out of the box, and it IS a smart phone("A smartphone is a mobile phone that offers more advanced computing ability and connectivity than a contemporary basic Phone"~ Wiki) so stop spreading FUD.

The Operating System was Maemo, it's been superceded by Meego, not deleted... and you cannot "delete" a phone, though you can "discontinue" it, but they havn't done that either.

Their reason for their loss of market share is their lack of pioneering in the smart phone market, not due to their phone quality.

Please, stop spreading FUD and bulls**t on the internet, I go to 4chan for that, plzkthnxbai.
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