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Nokia N9 Review

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With Huge shoes to fill, looking at specs alone and the Nokia N9 trails behind its older brother, the N8. The sensor's down from 12MP to 8MP while the Xenon flash has been dropped in favor of a dual LED flash. That said, working in the Nokia N9's favour is the fixed minimum aperture of f2.2 in contrast to the N8's f2.8, and the slightly wider angled 26mm focal length.

Specs aside, and the performance of the Nokia N9 camera is very solid indeed. Detail levels are good, dynamic range is respectable and color is for the most part accurate, though at times the exposure and white balance needs a helping hand. Our only niggle is in relation to the auto-focus and the camera UI. The camera fires very quickly, sometimes before it even get a chance to focus. This is both a blessing and a curse, with quick capture but occasionally soft picture.Touch to focus also proved unreliable, not playing nice in macro and locking occasionally, while the UI is heavily menu driven. We would have liked shortcuts or an HTC style corrections on the fly approach.

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We managed to get some cracking atmospheric shots using this phone, with macro shots getting decent depth of field while wider shots absorbed a scene. That the Nokia N9 can handle noise pretty well really helps if you're into your sunsets and nights out.

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Outdoor samples

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Sadly, video capture doesn't deliver the quality we would have hoped for. With 720p recording, it's already slightly behind the competition, however, the artifacting, muted colours and shortage of clarity and detail are what stop the Nokia N9's video output from complementing some rather impressive optics. For casual video however, it is passable, and as you can see from the clip, the touch to focus during the video itself tends to work very well indeed.

This firmly places the Nokia N9's camera in the upperechelon of still photo snappers, however if video's your bag, watch our sample before committing your hard earned cash.

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Multimedia:

After you've spent hours creating content, you'll want to consume it, and the Nokia N9 has everything you'll need to do just that.

Starting with the music player and Nokia have decided to lock everything into portrait orientation. This works perfectly for one handed usage and keeps in-line with the simplicity of the OS.The main screen offers you a 3x3 grid of recently played album artwork in the upper half, while in the lower half are standard playback options such as artist, album, songs, playlist and ovi music. Playback quality is definitely above average, with impressive volume and clarity. Tracks retained a good amount of bass as well, giving the N9's audio output a nice rounded quality.

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Ovi music store



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In its native WVGA resolution, video support is good for H.263, MPEG4, H.264 BP/MP, WMV9 / VC-1 and Mkv formats. Sadly, at 720p, rvrn MP4 support wasn't reliable. While the Nokia N9 manages to play captured HD content well, MP4 video podcasts and YouTube rips fail to playback smoothly.Once your video is playing however, the Nokia N9 comes into its own. The Clear Black AMOLED display caresses your senses while the immersive audio quality is the icing on the cake, making the video playback a real treat.

Connectivity:

The onboard penta-band 3G and quad-band GSM makes the Nokia N9 an ideal phone for traveling – it is even usable in T-Mobile USA's 3G network. The pre-installed Nokia maps with GPS allow for free navigation. The handset also has your usual, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, not to mention NFC which is something we don't see all that often.

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Web browsing is a very positive experience on the Nokia N9 thanks to a zippy browser and intuitive interaction. Multi-touch pinch to zoom works a treat while pages load quickly and are browsable while loading. The browser doesn't support Flash, and this probably has a lot to do with the smoothness of the experience, however you do get HTML 5 support.

The Nokia N9 gives users the ability to easily tether Wi-Fi which we're delighted to see. The GPS also works well, locking on when outdoors in a matter of moments with the AGPS, and from cold in about 30 seconds.

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Web browsing is a very positive experience on the Nokia N9 - Nokia N9 Review

Web browsing is a very positive experience on the Nokia N9




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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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