I just wanted to say bye to Nokia. I've been using Nokia phones since the dawn of the modern mobile phone age, since I was just a kid in high school well over 10 years ago, and always loved them, supported Nokia and spent time in battles under the Nokia banner. Thank you for those phones.
However, your latest corporate decisions really unsettled me and after your partnership with Microsoft, the decision to quit on Linux & Symbian, I have to say - I really hate to see you turning in that direction. You've always been pioneers and industry leaders and for that I respected & supported you. But now, after your marriage with Microsoft, burning everything you've worked on, in a shameless and misguided move to make as much money as humanly possible, my admiration for you died irevocably. In my eyes, you couldn't sink any lower. If your primary intetion is indeed massive US market penetration in the smartphones category, which I don't believe, you're guaranteed to fail with WP. Masses don't want that Windows **bleep** in their phones. I know I don't and I'm not going to stick around and keep licensing SW like Maemo/Meego/Symbian that's destined for oblivion even before it's manufactured.
I'm throwing away my N900 and getting LG Optimus 2X in two days just to spite you with an Android device way better that anything you're manufacturing right now and I'm never coming back.
Good luck with your Microsoft marriage. It's going to poison your brand just like they infected everyting they touched.
It's way too customized for BFU's. I've spent a lot of time with the SDK and hildon hacking...
Good luck with Nokia's last Linux phone - the promised "N950". I hope it won't suck like N900 did because of unimplemented features and bugs everywhere. After all, one expects better workmanship for these "flagship" prices.
At the end of the day it's your choice. You don't have to tell everyone about your decision.
A lot of Maemo/MeeGo supporters were completely miffed*/ annoyed*/ upset* (Delete where applicable)' at Nokia's decision and the way they [Old Nokia] handled Maemo.
For me, the N900 is everything I wanted. It's free of all the restrictive, crippling, network branding crudd that everyone have come to expect with other devices. I can do almost all of the online work that I can on my PC without having to use a mobile version of anything or downloading an app first. I can even go to the forum that I run and work in the admin panel, adding and removing features, finding ip addresses of spammers and banning them, etc.
I'm not a pro when it comes to the N900, but I've overclocked, installed other hacks and made other changes that made my @rsehole pout in fear of trashing everything. I've learned a lot about the N900, but the biggest thing I've learned is that I don't need anyone to hold my hand and gawp over my shoulder when I want to do something or call me a naughty boy when I do something that it wasn't designed to do.
The N900 can't do some of the things that my N95 can (yet), but if I could program for it I could change all that (Without asking anyone's permission). And I certainly won't be throwing it away anytime soon.