The wedding test.

This past weekend I had a rather unique opportunity to put Nokia’s N900 through its paces when two dear friends of mine tied the knot.

It seems to me that the perfect wedding gadget should excel at three things:

  • Take excellent photos and video;
  • Provide a distraction, if necessary, for long-winded speeches and such;
  • Trump every other gadget at the dinner table.

So let’s see how the N900 fared…

Money

Here’s the happy bride and groom, and by far my favourite shot of the day.

The N900’s 5 megapixel imager definitely has its work cut out for it, as I’ve been spoiled by the higher-spec camera on my N86. That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with the N900’s camera, of course — it’s certainly capable of very decent photos, and continues Nokia’s proud tradition of excellent camera phones.

You can see more photos from the day, taken in a variety of lighting conditions, in this set on Flickr.

The N900’s killer video feature has to be its 16:9 widescreen video mode (which I really wish my N86 had). I’ve zero complaints about the results, and the sound is much better than in captured videos on my cheap and cheerful N79.

Connectivity, however, was a mixed bag. This was actually the first day I had my carrier’s SIM card inside the N900, and I knew in advance that I wouldn’t be on an AWS network, but suffering through the lowly sub-3G speeds of EDGE. The browser does a fine job of rendering mobile-optimized web sites, and though the default text size is small to the point of unreadable, zooming in is easy enough — you can use the volume keys if you feel stupid doing that finger-spinning thing.

Nokia’s Conversations app, on the other hand, was great — especially with the optional address book plug-ins installed. I left it running in the background during dinner, and could quickly deal with texts and instant messages during the occasional lull in conversation.

And did the N900 make me the envy of my table? As luck would have it I found myself seated next to a gentleman who’s very interested in this handset. Given that I couldn’t show off the lightning-fast browser speeds due to my slow connection, I chose instead to load up the App Manager and let him scroll through the huge list of available software — everything from a famous FLOSS word processor to a Nintendo emulator. That seemed to work ok. 😎

Final Score: 2.5/3 — with the only issue being tiny text on mobile web sites.

I’ll hopefully be testing the N900 on a proper 3G network this weekend…

7 comments:

  1. how do you find the AbiWord processor on the N900? Does it default to the OpenDocument format yet, and does it have any sort of WordPress plugin for crafting blog entries on the fly?

    Sounds like a great time at the wedding. I’m surprised/impressed you were brave enough to try the N900 in lieu of that awesome N86

  2. how do you find the AbiWord processor on the N900? Does it default to the OpenDocument format yet, and does it have any sort of WordPress plugin for crafting blog entries on the fly?

    Sounds like a great time at the wedding. I’m surprised/impressed you were brave enough to try the N900 in lieu of that awesome N86

  3. You’re way ahead of me! I saw AbiWord in the App Manager when I first activated ‘Extras-devel’ but only got around to installing it yesterday.

    I’ll be testing it over the weekend for a post next week…

  4. You’re way ahead of me! I saw AbiWord in the App Manager when I first activated ‘Extras-devel’ but only got around to installing it yesterday.

    I’ll be testing it over the weekend for a post next week…

  5. Will be interesting to see how well it works. One of the biggest draws for upgrading to an N900 for me is the ability to work with my data when on the go. My N800 can do a lot of this, but it is just a bit underpowered.

    I don’t think my cool BT keyboard will work with the N900, which is a shame, because that would make it a real replacement for laptops and netbooks alike.

    K

  6. Will be interesting to see how well it works. One of the biggest draws for upgrading to an N900 for me is the ability to work with my data when on the go. My N800 can do a lot of this, but it is just a bit underpowered.

    I don’t think my cool BT keyboard will work with the N900, which is a shame, because that would make it a real replacement for laptops and netbooks alike.

    K

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