Mobile review provided a sneak peak at the soon to be released Nokia RX-51 aka Nokia N900. This new internet tablet / phone which has also been referred to as Rover, is a follow on to their N810 internet tablet which received critical acclaim but remained more of a niche product with out the phone connectivity that Nokia is famous for.
The RX-51 review has tons of pictures of the device and some of the screenshots of the user interface. Since this is the first internet tablet from Nokia to use the Fremantle or Maemo 5 software, many people are curious how much change will be ushered in with the new operating system and device. The UI definitely looks more polished and a lot slicker than the older Diablo release (4.2) but it is hard to determine the user experience without having the software in your hands. The hardware looks very similar to the older N810 with a slide out keyboard and 800 x 480 resolution screen but there have been some improvements such as the included 5 megapixel camera.
Will it compare to the iPhone?
As I mentioned in a previous post about the Nokia N900 and Fremantle, the N900 / RX-51 is also the first of the N series internet tablets to include phone capabilities. Previous versions only had wi-fi connectivity and as such were not direct competitors with Apple’s iPhone or RIM’s Blackberrry devices. It will be interesting to see if this new Nokia mobile offering will provide some competition from the other smartphone players.