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@N900-users: missed features from N900/N9(50)?

asked 2015-02-03 15:19:50 +0200

M.Bln. gravatar image

updated 2015-02-08 23:13:12 +0200

I personally did not have a MeeGo N900-series phone. But I've heard that people love(d) that phone and its functions.

Because MeeGo and Sailfish are "OS-sisters" it should not be too difficult to port functions or apps from N900. So here are my questions to YOU and maybe requests to Jolla...

  1. What function did the N900 have that isn't implemented in Sailfish yet?
  2. What function do you miss most? ...even if not fully functional in N900 phone.
  3. What connection possibilities do you miss? e.g. sync-tools.

Beside my curiousity my hope is to help Jolla developing faster/easier by forking beloved N900-functions. Therefore we need to know from you N900-users what IS missed. :-)

(State only one function per answer so voting is easier)

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N900 run Maemo, not MeeGo, Jolla is SailFishOS, there are many s/w and h/w differences, for example different screen technologies almost dictate different type of apps, etc.

pmelas ( 2015-02-03 16:05:09 +0200 )edit

Python, in the default distribution.

rdmo ( 2015-02-03 16:13:52 +0200 )edit


'nuff said.

Lutwolf ( 2015-02-03 16:15:21 +0200 )edit

IMO, this is a very subjective question and its been already covered in separate threads. I feel, its not like Jolla team doesn't know what needs to be implemented. The constraint is time and limited resources.

anandrkris ( 2015-02-03 16:18:24 +0200 )edit

SailfishOS is not meego/maemo brother/sister. It contains some legacy meego/maemo mw stuff, but not too much.

@rdmo python is already here for ages

coderus ( 2015-02-03 17:14:55 +0200 )edit

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answered 2015-02-03 17:32:05 +0200

spag gravatar image

One of the best things about the N900 (and probably the N9 as well) is the seamless integration of VoIP (especially SIP) into the dialer app. I've read there is no SIP integration on the Jolla. I've ordered a Jolla nevertheless and hope I figure out a way to make it work.

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answered 2015-02-03 17:37:03 +0200

drcouzelis gravatar image

The physical keyboard.

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answered 2015-02-03 16:34:57 +0200

AkiBerlin gravatar image

Function missing:

  • productive document support (as offered by means of easy debian/open office/HW keyboard and Stylus in the N900)

Why I love N900 and Maemo: it allows me to be PRODUCTIVE and RESPONSIVE, because I can produce documents and process documents on the N900, can read and work on all sorts of files and so on, because N900/Meamo is open and had the basic tools on board.

Therefore. my answer is: I need tools to be productive like e.g. easy debian on the N900

You might have read from

emphasized textPeople don’t buy products; they buy better versions of themselves. (link text)

“There is the famous story about Steve Jobs when he invented the iPod and everyone in the news and the rest of the tech industry scratched their head a little. MP3 players had been around for quite a while, what was so different about the iPod?”

In the sense of this blog, the Slogan that would aim at me would be:



So far, the N900 is still better in this respect, but Jolla catches up and benefits from more processing power and a better user interface.

So I vote for: better (wider and more productive) file and document support


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Being an N900 user I must accept how easy it was with keyboard to edit office documents. I even once had a mistake in a presentation and I could edit it with the open office in N900. Well coming to Jolla please vote and have a look at this thread asking for KDE office suite to be ported to Sailfish OS

pavi ( 2015-02-03 23:13:58 +0200 )edit

I definitely vote for having a means like 'easy debian' to run standard linux applications

stumpelrilz ( 2016-02-10 20:08:47 +0200 )edit

answered 2015-02-03 17:08:37 +0200

Rami gravatar image

I know I know, it is not a software issue but I do miss FM transmitter a lot :-)

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missing FM transmitter? yes and many no, BT A2DP is better solution.

pmelas ( 2015-02-03 17:21:59 +0200 )edit

I don't agree. FM transmitter is much more universal solution than bluetooth audio. I have a model year 2011 car and no bt audio. People tend to listen music in boats, summer houses etc. (I do) and would definately NOT carry any bt speaker with them whereas radio can be found everywhere...

Rami ( 2015-02-03 17:29:15 +0200 )edit

Even though I do occasionally miss the FM transmitter, I feel that using either Bluetooth or an AUX input jack is an acceptable alternative.

drcouzelis ( 2015-02-03 17:45:17 +0200 )edit

I did use the N900 FM transmitter in a car, it is good and practical, BUT quality suffers, and quite often signals from other stations are mixed up.

pmelas ( 2015-02-03 18:25:07 +0200 )edit

@pmelas: I actually kindof miss driving in my car and having other transmitters briefly intermingling with my music thanks to the relatively weak transmitter in the N900! Kindof gave a sense of actual people around me on the road, rather than just metal contraptions hurtling through space on a flat plane ;)

keithzg ( 2015-02-04 08:18:35 +0200 )edit

answered 2015-02-03 20:46:28 +0200

AkiBerlin gravatar image

It is already said elsewhere: systemwide COPY and PASTE (via ctrl C and V on the physical keyboard ;-)) Even without a HW keyboard, I believe that this is a feature that should (and will) be inegrated in Sailfish soon.

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It would be nice, but on the other hand it could be considered a serious security issue, especially if Android apps could steal data (passwords) from the rest of the system. I don't trust Android apps.

johanh ( 2015-02-05 10:18:33 +0200 )edit

answered 2015-02-03 19:19:03 +0200

chemist gravatar image

What is missing? The Maemo Extras feeling is...

  • the QA process (devel->testing->stable)
  • the repository
  • the feel (community anyone?)
  • the programs (xournal, columbus, extra-account-plugins, etc)

from core Maemo5 aka Fremantle I miss most SIP and the calendar, second is the Contacts look&feel and last but not least the mediaplayer!

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Yeah, the Extras repo is the main thing I miss from the N900 days. OpenRepos does well enough most of the time, but it isn't the same kind of communal effort that spurred ports and group testing, and yeah, that sense of community. Although I'd almost say that Jolla has gained back some of the feeling of community that got lost in the tail end of the N9 era, so it's not all bad by any means.

keithzg ( 2015-02-04 08:20:58 +0200 )edit

I agree wholeheartedly. There isn't quite the same hacking community around the Jolla as there was around the N900, and I blame it mainly on two reasons: Lack of HW keyboard and lack of the three extras repos.

00prometheus ( 2015-02-22 18:11:51 +0200 )edit

answered 2015-02-04 05:22:54 +0200

droll gravatar image
  1. Hw - thethe awesome readability of the n900's screen under direct bright sunlight

  2. Hw - the irda port. i could use pierogi (app on n900) to control my home appliances.

  3. The way smses to each person is opened as a separate window. i could draft a message and switch over to another conversation and then come back and finish the draft quickly.

  4. the tv output capability - easily project debian on the n900 to a tv and use it to do presentations or work

  5. bluetooth mouse support. and it even shows the pointer.

  6. the kickstand. great for consuming media

the above are for the n900 features that i miss so much. i also miss the keyboard and a few other things but they have been covered by other posters. i should probably get my n900 usb port repaired and bring it back to life!

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On #2: the nice thing is that Pierogi is written in Qt, so it shouldn't be too hard to port the app if the hardware ever becomes available. (I've got it halfway-running on Qt for Android, just need to clean up the UI...)

Copernicus ( 2015-02-05 04:11:46 +0200 )edit

answered 2015-02-22 10:50:55 +0200

The N900 has had a calendar widget which showed all entries of the next x days. Jolla only shows me today which makes buying birthday presents very stressful. :-(

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for N9 there was a pretty useful and configurable plugin for the events view.

dmnk ( 2015-02-22 11:19:28 +0200 )edit

The calendar widget together with a real task list as part of the calendar is definitely what I miss most right now. Keeping an eye on the agenda is so much more complex on the Jolla compared to the N900... :-(

dyraig ( 2015-04-07 16:49:01 +0200 )edit

answered 2015-02-03 17:37:38 +0200

drcouzelis gravatar image

updated 2015-02-03 18:13:03 +0200

Full access to the filesystem through a common "Open" / "Save" dialog.

EDIT: Only the home directory and SD card were able to be accessed from the dialog (which is all the user has write access to anyway). :)

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answered 2015-02-04 00:45:24 +0200

SaimenSays gravatar image

Hard cover for camera lens! The loose coating on Jolla is very foggy after few month wearing in jeans pocket..

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Both cameras.

rdmo ( 2015-02-04 00:51:15 +0200 )edit

my lens is so scratched, that it is almost impossible to get autofocus properly workimg

ortylp ( 2015-02-19 19:00:30 +0200 )edit
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