Nokia N900 landing down under in April

Nokia's first Linux-based smartphone is Australia bound

Nokia's N900 smartphone is the company's first to use the Linux-based Maemo 5 operating system.

Nokia's N900 smartphone is the company's first to use the Linux-based Maemo 5 operating system.

Gadget gurus and nerds rejoice! Nokia's latest touch-screen smartphone, the Nokia N900, is finally landing Down Under in April.

The first Linux-based Nokia smartphone, the N900 is a hacker's delight, running the open Maemo 5 operating system. This OS is capable of full multitasking. Just like a computer it has a desktop, and the Web browser provides full Flash support, making it as close to using the Internet on your PC as possible.

In our review of the Nokia N900 smartphone back in December, we found that the interface looks smooth and polished, unlike the Symbian operating system usually employed by Nokia. However, we also noted that there is plenty of room for improvement as Maemo 5 often feels incomplete.

Since then, the N900 has been made compatible with the Ovi application store, Nokia's central hub for third-party apps.

Nokia announced yesterday at its first Nokia developer conference in Sydney that the N900 will be available in Australia from April. The smartphone will be sold for $899 through retailers Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi and telcos Crazy Johns, Telechoice and Allphones.

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