Nokia N9: A savior or delusion
0. phoneArena 21 Jun 2011, 08:47 posted on
So, Nokia finally announced its MeeGo-powered N9 and all of a sudden we're getting all the more excited about the phone, the OS and the company's future as a whole. After today's announcement, we don't doubt that many have already gotten their hopes high ...
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1. android_hitman (unregistered)
it's nice indeed, but will i buy it? don't know for sure.. the apps are keeping me tied to android and especially the buyed apps ..
10. Mat4Maemo (unregistered)
I wander what Nokia is thinking: are they going to produce three high end device a year with three operating systems: MeeGo, WP7 and symbian or 40 E-series?? Besides, N9 spects are not realy competetive with todays market...
28. snuxoll (unregistered)
Nokia has already made their platform strategy clear. Symbian handsets will continue to be released for quite some time, however they have made it abundantly clear Windows Phone 7 is their way forward (for better or for worse, which sucks because MeeGo looks awesome) for their smartphone platform. S40 has always been for low to mid range feature phones, a market Nokia still capitalizes on and it will be going nowhere.
43. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
i think it is the right decision to keep wp7 for their super high end, this as a side project, and symbian as low end... but, wp7 is the better option for them as they wont have to spened large amounts of mony on developing it, and they will be the main supplier...
54. ryk (unregistered)
It is important to understand that just a flashy UI doesn't make an OS or a smart phone. Its the ecosystem. And the most important thig that Meego, Maemo or even symbian lacks is a proper marketplace / app store. To setup an app store and expect developers register their apps there in a short time is near impossible. Win Phone7 seemed easier as it provides a platform whose development is the headache of another company which by the way is a software powerhouse.
59. Jeromeo (Posts: 135; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)
I was foolish to buy a N900 out of shock and awe at something 'new & different'. Nokia will NOT provide updates, future support, repair support, or anything else 1 year past date of release. Android devices get OTA updates constantly, only the N8 gets few and far between updates.
I should have learned when I bought the N93. The N95 was a far better seller, so Nokia abandoned many other relative N-Series devices and only focused on support for the most popular device.
Do not make the mistake I made by sinking $650 into something that Nokia would soon abandon.
2. and1one66 (unregistered)
Why is it always that this site makes Nokia just negative? I mean, can't you give them some enough time to show what they've got? This site always in favor of Android and most of the time iOS, my goodness, are you really professionals? Do you think this kind of question will make consumers decide what to buy and what not to buy? Please, for the love of God, be fair enough for all cellular phone manufacturers and its OSes!
15. jthiagesan (Posts: 104; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)
yes you are correct, they just mention the cons of nokia mobiles and they rise market for android and ios.
37. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
They just spread the truth. Nokia hasnt been relavent in the cellphone world for about 3 years. If it wasnt for their extremely strong support in 3rd world countries to where they are basically the go to phone brand, they would be in the same position as RIM. Its always nice to see a new OS but it looks like its a little too late for it to be good.
45. NT (unregistered)
you forgot to say ..in the USA .. Nokia is pretty much still relevant in the rest of the world. I happen to be away from the USA for 3 years now. Yes I use android but Nokia still sells with the other people here.
55. ryk (unregistered)
Thats right. Nokia make sturdy and usable phones. Agree they no longer create a stir in the market like for eg. an N95 or N70 but their phones are reliable. If every thing around you falls apart you know you will have a functional phone, cause its a Nokia. They know how to make phone.
58. Diego! (Posts: 615; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)
There is no third world you mother F face!
I hate when people say that.
Anyway, Nokia N9 looks awesome! I love it. Hopefully it will get released soon worldwide. :)
3. phbelov (Posts: 124; Member since: 25 Mar 2011)
After I read some of the Eldar Murtazin's tweets, I think that the Nokia N9 won't be a savior for the company...
46. NT (unregistered)
Eldar bashes everything that is not Samsung. People say he hates Nokia and maybe that's true but he pretty much hates others too like LG.
4. 3gs (unregistered)
i dont get it when phone specialist like this sites write such articles. we all know single core or duo core doesnt matter if its not well implimented.iphones dont run a duo core processor yet they out perform most android phones out there with no lagg and ease of userbility. am strongly looking forward to a success story from this meego device and please phonearena there wasnt any lagg or so in the video. atleast thats what i see.Goodluck nokia
5. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)
Nokia, 2 years too late.
How long did they work on the N9? Concept to selling floor needs to be under 9 months to even compete in today's markets.
6. 3gs (unregistered)
and less i forget, hate it or luv it. this is the most beautiful touchscreen phone i av seen so far.
56. ryk (unregistered)
I would have third-ed that but I guess there are some phones from Samsung (Omnia7, Wave), HTC (Diamond2, Legend), LG Viewty Smart, even Nokia's C6-01. And yes I love the design of HTC Flyer too.
7. Xpple (unregistered)
The UI looks as thought it is uber simple and I think many people will like that. Really, three different screens that organize basically everything you do. That's simple to understand. So, you have the great multitasking of WebOS, with the simple icon app launcher of iOS with a dedicated section for messaging.
In other words, they have iOS cover with great multitasking ;)
The real question is, how does it actually perform? Will the battery die as fast as an Android or iPhone? Will it be smooth? Apps? Well, they'll most likely use Android apps along with their own so they will have enough.
8. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)
Will the screen scratch?
What's the battery life?
Does it do flash during browsing?
How is signal reception?
Does the GPS work effectively?
42. Charlie (unregistered)
Its gorilla glass so not unless you have diamonds in your pocket.
its got a larger battery than the N8 so at least a day's worth
It supports HTML5 heavily, so flash is probably 50/50
Its a nokia, signal will be fine.
Again, Nokia, GPS should work fine.
Why do people want HDMI on phones, i'll never understand.
tethering is supported, free? depends on carrier doesn't it?
9. bluechrism (unregistered)
One or two quick things:
"One thing we should all be thankful to MeeGo for is that it finally brought Nokia out of the 360x640 world. The N9 will sport a contemporary resolution of 480x854 pixels"Check the E90 communicator, and the N900 out, plus the E6 to some extend.
"Nokia has been opting for AMOLED tech in its high-end smartphones ever since the N8"
Did the N95 have one? I know my N85 did so at least since then
There are a couple of things to hope for and a couple of points that might detract from it. On the plus side are Qt apps which means it should be easy for developers of apps for N900 and Symbain to have their apps also run on the N9. This willl bring a longer life to the device and certainly make it more appealing then N900.
ON the down side, no widgets, minnimal landscape support and has anyone see a landscape qwerty on a screenshot/demo video yet? In many ways this is the anti-n900 which was landscape only with a widget based set of home screens and a hardware keyboard, so as the N900 successor, perhaps N900 users will think twice about upgrading - any idea if X-Terminal is an app?
The biggets X factor in this is nokia's response to sales. If sales are strong, will they release future devices with this OS (or an evolution of it)? Perhaps even if it's only 1 per year. A slab version of N900 with capacitive screen would have been an excellent addition to their line up and seen Meamo have much more success. I hope, if the N9 is well received and sells well, they release follow up devices. Windows Phone will be their primary smartphone OS of course, and launching one MeeGo based device/year wouldn't change that.
11. Thomas Verbraken (unregistered)
If the browser has Flash, the app store is as good as (or better) than with Symbian, de camera is as good as (or better) than Nokia N8, than I will surely buy it...
Waiting for first reviews...
12. soo (unregistered)
Carl Zeiss 8mp is good but without shutter key for camera ~.~
i have to reconsider...
13. hepresearch (unregistered)
Nokia N9-01? Cool idea and implementation, but hardware is a little behind the ball... meh...
14. PhoneLuver (Posts: 481; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)
I am impressed. But why did they have to make it look like Symbian? It just doesn't scream quality software.. (Even though it appears to be..)
17. mado (unregistered)
no other phones can compare iPhone..............
Nokia is wasting his time and money...........
29. digitaljedi (unregistered)
mado, you obviously don"t know what the hell you're talking about. There are about 2 dozen phones on the market that far outshine the iBrick. get a life dude!