Neonode N2 Review


The Neonode N2 like its predecessor (N1) is based on Windows CE operating system but in order to differentiate from this OS uses a proprietary interface called "Neno". The software it uses is loaded on the miniSD memory card in the box and without it the phone cannot start. This is a small drawback, because if you want to use a different card, you’ll have to use a computer in order to install the OS on it.

The standby mode is nothing special – a customizable wallpaper and service information which shows the battery and reception status as well as a clock. Opening any menu is done by a scrolling movement over the display. There are eight directions and the common thing is that all require scrolling from the one end of the display to the other. Three of them go from bottom to top, four horizontally and there’s one that goes diagonally. The last scrolling action is executed from the top right to the bottom left corner and it allows you to close any program or menu and return on the home screen.

The main menu consists of four tabs. The first three have 6 icons each in a 2x3 grid and you’ll find only 2 icons in the last one. N2 is supposed to have additional themes but our review unit had only the one, which is visible on the pictures.


The Contacts are visualized as a vertical list with small name and each field is much smaller than the icons in the main menu and cannot be easily pressed with finger, which is the reason Neonode has done another type of selection. To select one you should scroll through list either by moving your finger on the display (very similar to the iPhone) or by using the uncomfortable joystick. In this type of lists, once you've marked the field (contact in this case) you want, taping anywhere on the screen will confirm the selection. This is pretty convenient once you get used to it, as otherwise it would be nearly impossible to touch only the row you want.

No search field appears when you open the phonebook, but it can be activated from the middle icon in the lower part of the screen. Unfortunately, no matches are visualized upon symbol input and they appear only after a movement confirmation in the direction necessary.

Options for editing, deleting or adding a contact are accessed in the menu that opens from the lower right corner. Here you will be welcomed by the various fields each contact can have, all with colorful icon. Similar to the Windows Mobile phones, there are fields for multiple numbers but their type cannot be changed. Additionally there are fields for emails, address, note and personal Caller ID image and ringtone.

Up to six favorite contacts can be added for faster access to them. Similar to the HTC Touch, they are allightned in a grid and are shown by the caller ID pictures.

In order to dial a number, you have to be on the homescreen and to choose the middle option in the bottom of the screen. First, a numeric keypad appears but you can select different ones by sliding a finger to the left or right in the upper part of the screen. Although the screen buttons look quite small you’ll get used to them after a few tries only.


The Calendar can be previewed for the whole month, week or just for a day. When viewing the grid for the month, in addition to scrolling vertically, you can move your finger also horizontally to choose any date. Adding an appointment requires a few taps and offers fields for Subject, Duration and optional alarm. The entries can also be set as “All day event”. In addition, you’ll be able to add simple notes the calendar for a new doghouse you need to buy for example.

If you need more wake up or reminding alarms N2 will not limit you in their number. On top of that you’ll have an alarm history which could be used as a proof that you overslept despite the 15 alarms that sounded.

There are no similar extras in the calculator and it only has the basic functionality so don’t turn to it for complicated equations.


You won’t be really surprised by the options in the messaging menu and even email client is missing. At least MMS (multimedia messages) are supported. The text is input via the on-screen 3x4 numeric keypad, but T9 predictive text input system should help for improving the speed. There’s no QWERTY, but we don’t see how we’d use it with the small display. Can you imagine trying to type a message using the tiny buttons? Nevertheless, there are keyboards in the various languages, and a few non-standard ones like from a regular phone for example, DTMF and ones with smileys.

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