Nokia finally officially announced its sweet-looking N900 phone, and strangely enough, the company's calling the pocket-sized device a tablet. The Nokia N900 runs the Maemo 5 operating system, a tablet-oriented variant of Linux that's looking delectably user-friendly, especially since it'll be able to run Firefox. We're also digging that 3.5" resistive WVGA screen, but wish it were capacitive for that easy control we've gotten so used to lately.
Not only does Nokia trump its own highly capable N97 with this little hand-held computer — it's catching up to the iPhone. The N900 smacks down Apple's darling in a variety of ways, starting with its Flash 9 compatibility and a 5-megapixel camera with a flash, and adding a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and multitasking for good measure. It's off to a good start.
Too bad the thing is so expensive, rolling out in October for $718. But that price will certainly come down when cellphone companies start slathering on the subsidies. Like it? Before you make up your mind, take a look at a couple of videos that demonstrate the Nokia N900's prowess: