January 12th, 2010

Nokia N900 review 2: Email & Battery

Category: Original, Skill, Author: Jonah, Popularity: 2% [?]

Using N900 as life phone and work tool for more than 3 days! It's the first 3 days to use it as an entire phone on hand, i just leave my Nokia E71, BB 8310 curve on one side.


N900 is amazing and super in communication! Spending much time to find Google apps hosted email tool without good lucky, using the default pop3, smtp setting is too pain, it takes more than 3 days or even more days to get all my emails down, so i just canceled it.

Finally, i found Nokia Messaging service/client inside N900(it's not easy for everyone to list out Nokia Messaging in the E-mail service provider list, but i guess everyone can do this via trying hard rest the phone or input sim card or pull out sim card then again, or reboot the phone, you may find the Nokia Messaging there, be patience, you can get there, it deserves your trying and waiting), now come back to Nokia Messaging, it's similar as BB's push mail method, very nice.


  • really steady, really quick, sometimes it's quicker than the Google Apps Gmail webmail in PC to get an email (even though when you come from office to home when you not have connections, it may takes some time to establish connection, and trying to access the server then it takes much time, but when connected it's very steady)
  • Strait on homescreen with sound, vibration, lighting, pop up window to hint, even though you close it, this is better than Gmail client on E71.

It's amazing as Blackberry's push mail, you can trust me!

Cons(shall not be cons, but the tips i explored for you :) ):

  • You shall get a Nokia Messaging id first, it's not easy to get all the things done when you saw my this article :) , you may make all the smtp fields unchecked and blank to send emails. This is the tip! To be detail: you need set this at the Nokia server not yr phone, then in your phone you need input two password, caution in this! then even you do everything right, you may still can not send email, then you may reboot the phone, so everything comes to be OKAY!
  • With Nokia Messaging, you can not keep the sent email in the Gmail system, it means you can not track all yr emails in one place, and the Nokia messaging normally can keep 3 days' information, even though you can set up for long time, but the the start point of accessing the email will be slow.
  • You can not read the message as thread mode as very famous in Gmail, all the emails line as time line.
  • Can not quote Gmail's contacts automatically, when you want send to a new contact. But you can use N900's contacts app, in this section you can email and related the Nokia Messaging - Yr Gmail, Google Email, Yahoo Email... these accounts as automatically flow.
  • Not support wap, it's too bad, the only bad point i think of N900, it means you can not access some Chinese Bank site with phone.

Still, i can use the webmail even chat in the Gmail web page. So in the webmail, i can do anything as in PC though it's not so smooth as in PC(still, it's very smooth :) ). I use Google Apps hosted Gmail webmail on N900 when i want to send a group email or search my emails.

So use N900, i can do even better than in my E71's email system with original Google gmail client.

Battery, one day 24 hours consuming 70%:

  • 20 sms
  • 5-7 calls, 20 minutes in all
  • receiving more than 300 emails with sound and vibration on
  • write 10 emails
  • 30 minutes' MP3 with wifi to access online Google Music China [the super function i find on N900, no phones can do this! The same function as watch Youtube, but normally the phones can watch youtube, cuz the client is mobilized or optimized]

How do you value this? i think it's pretty nice and cool!

In all, N900 is still super and rocking! The Review II is the most important part of my decision whether to use a phone. And in a word: N900 is my 30 hours mobility notebook and phone :)

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  1. Gravatar Icon owen wong Says:

    Great share!

    Nokia Messaging is really useful, I used it on my Nokia 5800XM. Hope the Flash will soon come to BlackBerry so that I can listen to the music on google like you.


  2. Gravatar Icon suhel Says:

    well i am in india and n900 just doesnt show nokia messaging on my n900. i use nokia messaging on nokia 5230 and 97 mini but dnt understand why n900 is acting like this. tried everything but no luck :(


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    Jonah Replies:

    hi, tks for posting here.
    we are familiar with this. we have 2 N900, mine is okay to get Nokia messaging service listed, and it's for me, not every time i can get this out, when i shift my sim card, then the nokia messaging is lost, when i insert another sim card, and reboot the phone, then i may get out the nokia messaging out.
    so the tips is that: you shall trying with different sim card, and reboot in different time. now i m lucky and steady to use two sim cards, and each can refresh the nokia messaging out.
    even in one sim card, when you try with reboot, or phone re-set, it may also list the nokia messaging out. it's my experience, i can not tell why.
    can you get what i mean?

    for the 2nd N900, it's ordered from Amazon USA store, my colleague firstly can not list it out, but later he not tried it more, so i can not give an very clear confirmation.


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    Suhel Replies:

    No Luck tried everything from chaging sim, to rebootin to using without any sim but nothing works for me. Not sure if i want to reflash or reset the device and install all the apps again.

    Please let me know if u are able to know any other solution.

    PS: Firmware is latest 51 which i flashed using NSU.

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    Jonah Replies:

    hi, to make the nokia messaging service listed, the sim card inserted is need!

    mine is 1.2009.44-1.003, yours is 51, mine is 44.

    i think the newer os shall easily to get the nokia messaging out. but i will try with .51 os version as well, my colleague using a .51 and has problem in wifi networking problem.
    i will reply you within one day.

    as for my former experience: try to fresh the nokia messaging, the sim card must be insert, when one sim card is insert, you can try it for 1st time, if it fails, then you can try it again by turn of gsm on and off, then go into mail setting again. if you still no lucky, then use same sim card again with reboot the phone, with a new route.

    the road map is really tricky, hard, but this may success. and Nokia still have no official answer in this.

    but most people can use this Nokia messaging, and it's really nice.

    still nokia messaging is not good in sim card, eg for me, i have 2 sim cards, when i change it to another sim card, the nokia messaging is lost, and you have to install it again, it's sth like BlackBerry's service book, each sim card relate with an operator's service book, it will search this 'service book' firstly before loading the Nokia messaging, so you may try with China, Usa, Uk sim card, or other local operator's sim card, if you have this resources.


  3. Gravatar Icon Jonah Says:

    to set up setup nokia messaging in n900 is really pain for the people can not list this out in the first time.
    but the it shall be listed out if you tried the sim card with different method.

    i suggest anyone search this issue, leave your personal experience, so many people can benefit from this.


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    Suhel Replies:

    Well i tried changing the sim by another provider.. infact the other sim which tried now i have used nokia messaging with tat on nokia 5230 and 97 mini so am not new to nokia messaging. Have tried multiple reboots, sim removal and all methods nothing seems to work :(

    Have asked a friend who came from Australia to get his sim so lets see if that work. Ideally it shouldnt be sim dependent...but lets see how that goes.


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    Jonah Replies:

    yes, i can tell you are very familiar with Nokia phones and Nokia Messaging, so the sim card problem shall not be the problem. so i think the firmware and N900 it self is the problem.

    however, since Nokia 5230 xm and N97 have to install the nokia messaging, so you can get the nokia messaging list out for sure. and it is default build in at N900, and it's called as: service, so it not guarantee that the nokia messaging service in E-mail account.

  4. Gravatar Icon Jonah Says:

    hi, plz try to try this way:
    Try changing the region. it for sure has Nokia Messaging under UK, Finland, New Zealand, China these countries, then try to reboot the phone etc.

    the nokia messaging is missing is a very popular issue for some people. till now there is no official reply on this.


  5. Gravatar Icon Suhel Says:

    i had tried changin the region and timezone too but lets see will try that again. Then will try again with some other sim ...not sure if thats gonna work. Lastly i will try re flashing the device.

    Hope Nokia is alteast aware of this bug. I had written to their cust support as well but got no reply yet.


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    Jonah Replies:

    yes, it's tricky for Nokia Messaging setup on Maemo N900.
    i'd very happy and can not wait to reply your below reply :)


  6. Gravatar Icon Suhel Says:

    well well guess what....Nokia Messaging finally appeared....i took a friends sim who returned from aus ..optus was the provider...and it worked !!!

    I did manage to configure and then put back my sim...but i got am email that it is 30 days trial...but here in india its free....that 30 day trial was coz it took optus as my sim...donno will wait for 30 days and wil have to see what to do :P

    for now it works...but it shouldnt be this way..since nokia messaging works well with othr phones..!

    Thanks for ur prompt replies.


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    Jonah Replies:

    well well, i'd have to say: CHEERS!!!
    i think it's really strange that Nokia messaging appears trial or paid with this kind method on your phone.
    it shall be free.
    so when you use same id on your N97 or other S60 3rd models, it may not has this kind issue is it?

    however, i can guess Nokia Messaging will be free and paid when they got many many users.
    now, NM is really nice for instant email reading and reply. still it's not so well as Gmail Client on phone when you need an entire operation, such as thread read, search, contact quote. i guess a paid version NM may cover this issue, then NM may super!


  7. Gravatar Icon Jonah Says:

    and one small but important thing shall attention:
    changing sim card in phone will make the NM lost, and you have to set up again with the new sim card.
    so now when i want to pull a card out, i will not insert a new sim instead, it means i will not use a new sim card in phone for shifting.

    it seems only our MMMOOO who doing mobile product and service will shift sim cards in different phones :)

    just a share!


  8. Gravatar Icon Armand Kytle Says:

    I'm a new Nokia n900 user from india, i require some support from ur all, how can i use skype in my telephone exactly where it truly is not displaying the pre installed application. even though i m not able to use aMSN in my cellphone whn actually i m installing it, it saying unable to install as some installer files are missing please tell how can i use yahoo voice and movie calls and msn voice and video calls and most crucial skype.


  9. Gravatar Icon logan Says:

    very happy with my new unlocked cell phones. n900 is great. easy to use, me and my wife got a couple before we went on our vacation and we love them! great touch screen, and i love the keyboard. easy to type on the keys. the gps helped us get around europe and the internet browser and email kept us in touch with the world. nokia apps are really steppin it up. better than our old unlocked htc phones. games are fun and the camera and video recorder really helped us capture some great moments. battery life is great too. got our last couple unlocked gsm phones at gsmallover.com and we are very happy. 2 thumbs up.


  10. Gravatar Icon logan Says:

    great phone. a little thicker than i'd like. processor is faster though than my old unlocked blackberry phones. simple to use, texting and web browsing is good. my partner loves it for the gps and the wifi and my family loves their unlocked mobile phones for the facebook and games. speaker is really loud and it hooks up to my computer simply. also the camera and recorder are great. got our last couple unlocked mobile phones at gsmauthority.com 2 thumbs way up


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