Depending on what I do and how many real-time widgets are running AP News, etc.), I get about a day without recharging. But if I use it heavily, such as lots of Web browsing -- and I sometimes do -- it gives out in less than a day.
However -- The N900 hardware is final, but the software is "pre-release." It's quite possible the battery life will improve with OS updates.
So until I (and others) are able to download the release version of the OS, battery life predictions should be put on hold.
By the way, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 battery life is excellent. (My video about the 9700 will be posted, I think, tomorrow.)
As I wrote below to Nicole, Nokia USA is charging (pre-order) $649. Amazon is charging $582.99. Both unlocked and no contract.
Overseas cellular operators certainly will offer and subsidize it.
There are rumors T-Mobile U.S. will subsidize it. No official announcement and no pricing. As I said to Nicole, at $199 it could do okay (if there are sufficient apps and sufficient advertising) for high end users.
At a higher price, though, I wouldn't bet on success in the U.S.
Unlocked, Nokia USA is selling it (pre-order) for $649. Amazon is selling it for $582.99 without a contract.
Of course -- it's too expensive. Unlocked phones in the U.S., especially Nokia phones, are expensive.
However, there are strong rumors that T-Mobile U.S. will sell/subsidize it. If it's sold, with a contract, at $199, it could be a good seller. If it's more than that -- and doesn't have a vibrant app store -- it will have problems competing against other high end phones.
As I said in the video, the N900 wasn't likely to win any design awards. Also, I've written in one Internet Evolution weblog that I haven't been impressed with Nokia Nseries designs.
No, it doesn't have as many apps as the iPhone (what mobile OS does?), but the iPhone has been out for more than a year, and the N900 isn't even commercially available. Nokia has given the pre-release version of the phone to hundreds of developers.
The reason I like Maemo is out of the box it's very capable and slick. The browser is Adobe Flash 9.4, the multiple windows are useful and Nokia probably is pinning a lot of its hopes on its success.
Also, I didn't mention that it looks like a great phone to hack because of its Linux guts. That means developers might find it fun/easy to develop for. (Yes, I know, they need to find it profitable to develop for.)
It comes with Skype, SIP, Google Voice and Jabber, among other apps, and I wouldn't be surprised if VoIP would be a major feature.
Maemo will be Nokia's high end OS, and OS 6 is on target to be available next year. I see Maemo handsets as becoming Nokia's true flagship phones (unlike the mediocre Symbian touch screen OS on the N97) -- if the promise of Maemo is turned into a reality.
It could put Nokia back in the running with the newer mobile operating systems, whereas Symbian's power is overshadowed by its ease of use problems.
Nokia has a huge presence around the world and is considered in many (certainly not all, though) countries to be the premier, quality handset.
As I said, it's "promising," but the reality will depend on whether developers offer lots of useful and fun applications. If developers gravitate more to mobile OS and Android in 2010, Maemo will be in big trouble.
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