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Posted 01-16-2012 at 02:47 PM by rich_c

Last week, I semi retired my N900 replacing it with a Samsung Galaxy SII. Initial impressions are that the SGS2 is very nice and all but it doesn't have the same 'feel' as the Nokia. My N900 is without doubt a small computer with phone functionality. The SGSII is a smartphone. There is a subtle but distinct difference.

So, the N900 will live on at home with the sim removed but connected to my wireless network. I see it fulfilling various roles, one of which will be as a device I can play about with. It's already been overclocked to 900mhz. Standard is 600mhz...

As for the Galaxy SII, it will serve as my day to day phone/device. I think it'll work out fine! I haven't 'rooted' it yet and I'm not sure I will in the short term. For the moment, I'm happy to make it suit my needs by installing a few carefully chosen apps. Here's a list of the more useful ones I've installed so far:
3G Watchdog
Barcode Scanner
Battery Graph Widget
Hacker's keyboard
Jota Text Edotor (Which I used to type this post up with.)
Wifi Analyser

There are a couple of others like Facebook and a couple of games but to my mind they don't really add much that a web browser couldn't do.

So for anyone contemplating replacing their N900, don't replace it. Rather complement it with an Android device and get on with all the stuff you'd wanted to do with it but couldn't because it was your primary phone.
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