The N900 uses a fully customizable UI that enables many unique features and a few that are common place across many smartphone user interfaces. The most common place thing about the UI is that it has a 4 pane main screen that allows sliding from side to side(only in landscape mode). These panes allow you to place applications, contacts, bookmarks, and widgets on any place on any pane if you have enough room for them. In our own customized version of the UI we’ve opted for one pane to be mostly widgets while another is entirely all favorite contacts for easy access. The other two panes vary with our desires, but customizing the panes on the fly is extremely easy and very simple. Once we press the upper left hand corner of the screen while on one of the 4 main panes a task manager of sorts pops up. This is one of the N900’s coolest features. It creates a small preview window of every application you are currently using in real-time showing exactly what that application would be showing in full screen. This feature is pretty nice and we can usually get around 10-12 applications to run simultaneously before the device starts to slow down. If you hit the upper left hand corner again you are given a full list of all of the installed applications on the device, a sort of programs page similar to what you’d see on iOS or Android. Like Android and iOS you can also shift these apps wherever you’d like on that page. In addition to that, any installed app can be placed anywhere on the main 4 panes of the UI as well.Picture of pane one of the main screen.Picture of pane two of the main screen. This was customized as a contacts page names are blurred . Picture of pane three of the main screen, this is now full of more program shortcuts and serves as a daily email and calendar reminder page.Picture of pane four of the main screen, in our case it serves as a web launcher of favorite pages. Here is the 'task manager' with real-time previews.
Dealing with the professional side of things, we could not be any more satisfied with the N900. We got exchange to work fully on the device which allowed for the seamless syncing of calendars and email accounts. The exchange and gmail accounts
that we got running on the N900 ran flawlessly since day one and were very easy to setup. Merging contacts and updating contacts was also a breeze and the way that the N900 sorts a contact you can merge all ways of contacting someone into one contact card. This means that you can merge someone’s phone Number, email, Facebook, Skype, Gmail, and MSN accounts all into one contact card and you can easily execute those programs from their contact card.
The media player built into the phone isn't anything to write home about, the media player plays Videos, Music and Internet Radio. In addition to that, whenever you are connected to a network via Wifi you can actually access the shared media on computers on that network. This was a surprising feature that we definitely found intriguing if you want to stream music from your home computer's music collection without having to store it on the phone or be at the computer.
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