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Nokia N9 Review

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Nokia N9 Review
Introduction:

The Nokia N9 was hottly anticipated and yet, sadly, this illusive handset won't be widely available to the majority of you readers. Simply put, when we hold the Nokia N9 in our hands, we're holding a piece of history. MeeGo, the culmination of decades of Nokia mobile software development, is now offically canceled So why are we reviewing the Nokia N9? 

The hardware, both an evolution of the critically acclaimed Nokia N8 and an insight into what we might expect with the next chapter of Nokias. With its edgy plastic build, 1GHz processor, 3.9" AMOLED screen, 8MP camera and not least of all, MeeGo, the enigmatic Nokia N9 is both a proud tribute to yesterday and an optimistic insight into Nokia's tomorrow.


Design:

Undoubtedly, Nokia has churned out some fantastic hardware in recent years. Take the N8 and E7, respectively at the top of their game when it comes to product design with beautiful annodised alluminum chasis' and confident, bold shapes that just work in the hand, in the pocket and to the eye. We therefore have high expectations from the Nokia N9's AMOLED bevelled glass display,high-grade coloured plastic encasing,not to mention the slab's abundance of personality.

Nokia have played to their strengths with their N9's design - Nokia N9 Review
Nokia have played to their strengths with their N9's design - Nokia N9 Review
Nokia have played to their strengths with their N9's design - Nokia N9 Review

Nokia have played to their strengths with their N9's design

Nokia N9 Review
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3.9-inch Clear Black AMOLED - Nokia N9 Review

3.9-inch Clear Black AMOLED

Beginning with the display, even before you set a finger upon the Gorilla Glass, as the light bounces off the beveled edges, the Nokia N9 begins to come into its own. With the phone locked, the convex beveling accentuates the natural curves of the device, while the deep, AMOLED black screen gives way to a light, typographic time display.

Double tap the screen to reveal the wallpaper, our chosen being a beautiful bokehing of light against a dark backdrop. At WVGA resolution, this 3.9" Clear Black AMOLED display delivers a crisp, vibrant image, and accurate colour with the wallpaper looking every bit as evocative as you might hope.

Interacting with the curved glass is a sensory treat, slick, smooth and contoured for an edge to edge recess with every swipe. All in all, a definite highpoint of the Nokia N9. The one criticism we would have relates to viewing angles.Tilt the device a few degrees and a blue hue takes hold, so while detail retains its integrity, color unfortunately doesn't.

The Nokia N9 can be rested flat or stood up in portrait thanks to its dramatic flat top and bottom sides. Pick up the handset and there's no cold, steely reception. Instead, the Nokia N9 greets with a nostalgic, reassuring room temperature warmth. In the face of the plastic casing, the phone feels thoroughly modern and solid. Maserfully crafted, curvaceous, laden with flush elements and a minimalistic, buttonless fascia, the Nokia N9's design comes together harmoniously and with intent.

Hidden on bezel below the screen: the front facing camera (strange, isn't it). On the right side is the volume rocker and lock/power button, at the base, the loudspeaker and on the top-side, the microSIM card slot, the hinged micro USB cover and 3.5mm headphone jack. On the back of the Nokia N9 lies the 8MP camera with dual LED flash. There is no removable battery or expandable memory which is unfortunate, though given the strong design, we can see why Nokia made this decision.

Back side - Nokia N9 Review
Nokia N9 Review
Nokia N9 Review

Back side

  

The speaker at the bottom - Nokia N9 Review
The microSIM slot and USB at the top - Nokia N9 Review
Left side - Nokia N9 Review
The volume rocker and camera shutter on the right - Nokia N9 Review

The speaker at the bottom

The microSIM slot and USB at the top

Left side

The volume rocker and camera shutter on the right



Simple, engaging and playful.Nokia have played to their strengths with their N9's design. Available in three colors, black, cyan and magenta, all finished to the highest degree, if you care about how what you pull out of your pocket looks, then you'll revel in revealing your Nokia N9. From an ergonomic point of view, the handset also feels rich, and sits well in the hand. The bottom right hand corner may be a tad edgy forprolongedcomfort against a palm, however for standard use, this handset is at the top of its game.

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posted on 24 Oct 2011, 09:36 19

1. sarb009 (Posts: 285; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


a sexy mobile phone

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 11:38 2

6. SGS2FTW (Posts: 5; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Looks CHEAP to me

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 12:27 9

14. Cyd07 (Posts: 83; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


So funny. And what looks good to you ?

Every review I read say the build quality is just premium, just one of the best ever since. Some say it's one of the best designed phones ever.

But you, you're probably right...have you at least seen the device, have it in your hand, an only time ?

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 12:35 7

34. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Cheap? We're not talking about the Galaxy S II.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 12:16 3

40. windowsRocks (Posts: 149; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


symbian is dying. Only windows can save Nokia.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 12:54 8

41. daqwid2727 (Posts: 11; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


that's not a Symbian - it's MeeGo ;o (facepalm)

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 00:44 4

50. andresgalcia (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


the os in the n9 is not symbia, is meego and it is more intelligent than wp7 also the interface is more nice....

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 05:13

63. mikejordan (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


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posted on 18 Jan 2012, 02:08

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posted on 30 Nov 2011, 20:47

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posted on 24 Jan 2012, 00:47

59. paintingfairfax (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


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posted on 25 Jan 2012, 05:35

60. bradfeet (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Jan 2012)


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posted on 26 Jan 2012, 03:38

61. bradfeet (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Jan 2012)


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posted on 01 Feb 2012, 23:16

62. bradfeet (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Jan 2012)


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posted on 03 Mar 2012, 15:22

65. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


Ah! ICS with this interface would rock.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 09:50 29

2. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


I think it at least deserves an 8/10. I mean it's a great phone but Nokia's stupid CEO "Stephan Elop" killed it and the OS. R.I.P MeeGo, an OS with great potential but was handled by the wrong people.

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 21:27 1

58. andresgalcia (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


finally some one understand what happen here, if that stupid ceo did not that mistake, nokia with meego be now competing with the other OS, but going with windows it is like walking in a lake and by the way out of 100 people only 5 of then buying windows phone, id went to tmobile to buy the lumia 710 and sale rep says to ARE YOU CRAZY TO BUY A WINDOWS PHONE, he say it good a windows phone not a NOKIA ajajajajaj

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 10:11 18

3. Mozarrt (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Well that was disappointing rating.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 10:23 10

4. Stevedojob (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


This OS is very Brilliant. Nokia suppose to wait until the OS to be matured so it can compete with IOS or Android. However the Window Trojan Horse has destroying the whole thing, because he know that this OS one day can compete with IOS or Android and destroying his boss WIndow Phone OS etc

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 12:22 5

12. parthpatels007 (Posts: 52; Member since: 27 May 2011)


hey stevedojob!! haha!! i totally agree, WP7 proved to be a torjan horse :(

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 10:58 8

5. AKm007 (Posts: 108; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


Has nobody heard Stephen Elop saying that while they're abandoning Meego, they will still be supporting the N9 with updates and all. Plus the limited app support negative point is not fair with Alien Dalvik being available. I can't comment about the buggy UI, but I think the N9 rcieves at least and 8.5....

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 11:46 6

7. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Very nice. Why so late ?

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 11:55 8

8. Ravail (Posts: 181; Member since: 14 Oct 2011)


only way ill get another nokia phone is if they release one with Android ICS on it.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 11:57 4

9. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


You're crazy, that's like saying iOS will become an open source OS.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 12:29 3

15. Cyd07 (Posts: 83; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


Yeah ! And Apple should use Android, and Samsung should give up with bada to use only Android, and Blackberry too, and our desktop computers should use Android too...

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 13:09 5

16. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


cyd, that's exactly what I was thinking!

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 13:31 5

17. bbblader (Posts: 575; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


android android android...
dude you know your using a computer that isnt running on android right?

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 05:51 2

26. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


Really, Sherlock?

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 12:57 2

42. daqwid2727 (Posts: 11; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


my PC use Linux, so i use almost Android :P

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 20:00 6

21. Damien_666 (Posts: 37; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


Next you'll ask for quad core...and then 14MP camera.....then a 5" screen....then say it's too slow and move on to another ANDROID phone - LOL

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 01:03 1

23. bbblader (Posts: 575; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


even quad core wont be able to handle android + more battery drain

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 20:35

30. Mehha (Posts: 26; Member since: 25 May 2011)


Damn...You are asking too much man! :P

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 12:07 8

10. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


its a great phone, but Mr. Elop murdered it like he did
Nokia. The E6, 701, N9, all of them could have been excellant...
But mr Elop!!!1

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 12:10 2

11. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Plus I don't like TI OMAPs

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 12:24 5

13. parthpatels007 (Posts: 52; Member since: 27 May 2011)


not all TI OMAPs are bad!

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 14:20 7

18. vishu9 (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


Seriously? I was thinking atleast an 8 or 8.5 on 10..the hardware is amazing..the UI is fluid, and the camera is great. Granted it will never have an app catalog as rich as Android or iOS but its got the developers' support and you can definitely expect some greatly intuitive stuff from them. I know that a review is subjective to the reviewer but somehow the score of 7 feels a little too harsh...and its really makes me sad that the OS has to die in the hands of the mole that Elop is!!

P.S. Even if the move to WP Mango proves to be good for the company, I will always hate Elop for being unfair to MeeGo.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 20:04 3

22. Damien_666 (Posts: 37; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


Did you see that IPhone 4S got an 8.5/10? So for phone arena, 8.5 is the new 10!
So N9's actual rating is something like 8.5/10 :-)

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 16:24 1

19. McLTE (Posts: 639; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I find this review so funny.. yes it looks like a solid phone, very smooth and will undoubtedly be great!

However.. how the F is this phone any more sexy than the Galaxy Prime? In review after review, PA bags on the "square" phones that resemble the SGSII saying they are kind of boring.. and suddenly this is super sexy??

"dramatic flat top and side" really PA??? lol

I'm not knocking the phone.. it looks great, but I personally find a phone with a little more personality like the PRIME to be more exciting. This phone seems rather.. boring to me.

(I'm not talking about build quality or materials here.. just aesthetics)

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 04:27 6

25. o7o (Posts: 55; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)


"resemble SGSII"?!!
"little more personality"?!!

Dude .. you have never even dreamed of this phone in your hands!!
I assure you, once you grap it .. you'll forget everything about any other phone in the world!

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 09:27

32. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Your point of view is obtunded

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 18:35

20. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2938; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


MeeGo was discontinued even before this phone was released basically. It was dead before it even lived.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 03:12

24. winsaki234 (Posts: 63; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


just hate Nokia!

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 05:54

27. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


Haha, the guy who wrote this review's name is Basil! lol

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 15:14

48. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


I don\'t get it.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 14:49 3

28. Stevedojob (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Stephen Elop the "Trojan Horse"

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 18:23

29. Galen20K (Posts: 511; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


soooo sexy - D

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 06:26 2

31. arash84v (Posts: 28; Member since: 18 Nov 2009)


No offense to any windows mobile fans,..Bu i would without a doubt prefer the N9 over the Windows Mango Edition!!!

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 03:30

33. MobileTx (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Sep 2011)


If we buy this phone what guaranty of meego service coz meego is officialy canceld ?

posted on 29 Oct 2011, 02:43

35. ToneDef (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Great design, but the simplicity of the UI is also its downfall for users like me who have gotten used to the sheer customisability of Android phones. As for the apps, I'm afraid that the sheer breadth of the droid market is a big factor for me. I'm not dissing the phone, just saying that these are 2 deal-breakers that would keep me away.

posted on 07 Jan 2012, 09:02 1

51. blakkpanter (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Jan 2012)


customisability ? You do know this phone is open source right? That u can basically change nearly everything about it if u know something about Linux? The maemo/meego community write their own apps and basically almost anything is possible? N900 still gets support from that community though Nokia stopped yrs ago

posted on 08 Jan 2012, 15:49

53. andresgalcia (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


ok you got good point there my friend but remember that symbian is costumizeble and stable mms, sms, email, java, works in any network like nothing-out but big problem that they have is the Marjorie of apps are for sale and don't to like thing because free better, android OS is base in Linux that if know how to root a nokia you can install android firmware on it..

posted on 30 Oct 2011, 10:06

36. Blankyash (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Oct 2011)


Nokia N9 will be dead soon enough !!

posted on 30 Oct 2011, 10:09

37. Blankyash (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Oct 2011)


the lumia is far better you can see for yourself
http://techdweller.com/entries/general/nokia-800-vs-nokia-n9

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 10:08 1

38. jellmoo (Posts: 644; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Um... did you just make a statement saying that the Lumia is better and then link to article showing that the N9 is better? Am I missing something here?

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 15:03 2

39. Nathan (Posts: 84; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


Great phone although it will probably become a collectors item. D:

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 07:16

43. nameless1521 (Posts: 17; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Meego is already aborted by its mom. Sad.
Tizen(Samsung&Intel) is replacing Meego, but i'm afraid it's gonna end up like Meego.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 10:54

44. shan5115 (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


you guys dont know how to review the phone, u guys said ui is good but then told buggy

posted on 18 Nov 2011, 21:05

45. sirocco8800 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


I was just wondering If N9 is capable of sending a multimedia messaging/ MMS? I had the N900 before and MMS is not in a way supported. The Nokia N900 is also a linux based OS, the Maemo. Can anyone help me on this before I can finally buy the cp? I have had posted the same question in Nokia Support in their webside but with no apparent reason up to these days, I have not gotten any reply from them. Thanks.

posted on 26 Nov 2011, 10:01

46. Loepoes (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


No problem sending MMS\'s with the N9. Have done so and like everything else on this phone it works like a charm.

posted on 07 Jan 2012, 09:03

52. blakkpanter (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Jan 2012)


And I had N900 with which i could send MMS.. Not supported out of the box but the community fixed it with fmms.

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Display3.9 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (251 ppi) AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A8 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size4.58 x 2.41 x 0.48 inches
(116.45 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm )
4.76 oz  (135 g)
Battery1450 mAh, 11 hours talk time

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