I recently purchased my first Raspberry Pi Model B+ board, with the hope I could re-tweak my interest in Python programming and Linux from yesteryear and it got me thinking about my old Nokia N900, which I had spent so many hours, days, weeks tinkering on, and which brought about this website.
So I dug out my N900 and charged it up. While it was charging I searched Google for some Nokia N900 inspiration and I am quite surprised to see there are still some folk out there using it and posting useful content..
Take this post by Sebastian Glahn titled ‘Reviving an old N900 without lock code‘. He has given a great breakdown on how to achieve this task. Do take a look at his article if you are in the same boat.
Now I will admit I have not followed any Nokia N900 websites or forums since I got my Android devices, so you can imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon the Neo900 website that has been running for the past 2 years.
Here are a group of N900 enthusiasts with a plan to upgrade the hardware within the body of the original Nokia N900. It is called the Neo900 project (The truly open smartphone that cares about your privacy).
This is what their website states:
Reading the above paragraph got me answering ‘Yes‘ a few times. I do miss the form factor of the N900 and just wished that someone would bring out something similar, perhaps with a capacitive screen, a LTE modem, a faster processor and some more RAM. The upcoming Blackberry Priv, with its slide out keyboard is the closest thing I can think of, but its going to be running Android, which is not a bad thing these days, but if it could run a flavour of Linux with the possibility of running Android as well then I would be seriously interested.
Onto the specifications of the Neo900 and disappointedly it still runs a resistive screen. The RAM is upgraded 4 fold, which is great. The CPU is 400Mhz faster. There is the possibility of LTE with some extra sensors.
So far so go. I am thinking my next upgrade might just be the Neo900. How much will it cost I am wondering?
Get ready to be sorely disappointed, because the Neo900 team are wanting a wopping €480 (£340) down payment and when it is ready one will have to fork out a further €510 (£363), making it roughly €990 (£700). That is not for a brand new device either. It is a refurbished one. That is crazy money for a device that offers a 3.5″ TFT, dualtouch resistive screen, 1GB RAM, 1GHz processor. I love the idea, but for that amount of money I would be expecting a helluva lot more.
You can of course opt for a slightly cheaper option, which is a DIY kit, whereby you upgrade your existing N900. It is a €350 down payment plus more later on.
And so ends that dream.
All of the above is my opinion, and judging by the Neo900 forum, there are a lot of folk who would completely disagree with my post, comments above and that is okay (as everyone is entitled to their own opinion). For a brief moment there I thought I had found my next phone, be it the one I fell in love with 4 years ago. If the cost was lower and the specifications a little in tune with today’s smartphone devices, I would definitely be interested.
Source and screen grabs: Neo900