Nokia 9 PureView User Reviews
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The first DSLR alternative phone
Boogieman has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
In short, this is a phone for camera enthusiast who also wants a solid, great looking phone and great call quality and wants to choose which software they want to use (no bloat) instead of using forced UI experiences and apps. Its as far from an iPhone that you can get and pretty far from Galaxies too (I have a s9+ and an iPhone 7+ too)
(Apple decides for you, the least customisable phone out there)
(Samsung customize your phone out of the box with Samsungs experience a.k.a. how they think you should use the phone, but on Android you can at least choose a bit more, but you cant uninstall the "samsung experience" or samsung apps that you dont use. While the samsung experience is pretty nice, I prefer to choose on my own and pick the best of the best from the play store)
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A bit niche
Hlorri has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
The headline feature is of course the camera - and it's a pretty specialized one at that. Most users will appreciate the increased dynamic range - so you can still see detail in the dark areas of an otherwise bright scene. This is great for landscape pictures, which often turn out even more dramatic than real life. Other than that, it's "OK". Low light photos are so-so, at least the JPEG version. You can of course save RAW (".dng") images, and you will be able to bring out a lot more detail and versatility (I use "darktable" for Linux), however these are ~40MB each, and eats up at both processing time and battery life pretty fast.
The biggest annoyance is the in-screen fingerprint reader. I got used to a flawless, quick and elegant solution with the Nokia 8 Sirocco, so the jump "up" to the Nokia 9 was a great disappointment in this regard. It often takes several tries to even register a fingerprint (and it misleadingly shows the message "Please try pressing a little harder..." -- that is NOT effective). The trick is to lay your finger (presumably your thumb) flat against the surface, often reaching a bit above where the indicator is located - but even then it often fails 5 times in a row forcing you to fall back to PIN entry instead. You can also use face authentication, but this is not considered secure enough for Google Pay - so even if your phone is unlocked and you scan it at a payment terminal, you then need an additional fingerprint or PIN unlock before scanning...
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Best Photographer Enthusiast Phone
echocae has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I feel that this phone is going to get a lot of polarized opinions as this phone packs some punch in the camera department but it might not be what people will expect. The main highlight of this phone is its 5 cameras and this might sound better than other flagship phones which have 2 or 3 cameras, but this phone's cameras are used in an entirely different way than the other phones. While most of the other phones process the picture after taking the picture e.g. they will enhance the contrast or details, this phone does not process the image in a similar way. The traditional image processing is kept at a minimum because that control is given to the user. I have found that with my earlier phone colors in the pictures were way more saturated than in real life. This has been a gripe for some of the photographers who use the phone to take a picture and find that the phone image processing has cranked the image attributes too high for their liking, so they prefer to shoot in RAW which lets them be in control. This phone seems to be aimed at doing that and gives control to the user to decide how they want their picture to look like. This might sound a good idea but most of the people don't want that much finer control and are fine
with what their phone cranks out. So while comparing stock pictures of a brightly lit scene from this phone and other phones, you might find this phone takes dull pictures while others have eye-popping colors and might end up in thinking that camera on this...
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