Nokia N9 Review

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.


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.

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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.

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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68. jimpy77

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

i imported an n9 from japan in april '13. It has now reached version 1,3 software and it's brilliant. Despite my worries about a 'dead' platform i love the whole UI. Unlike my iphone it effortlessly opens MS documents and flash files. Dont be fooled by all the early reviews of 2011 / 12. The two updates since then have debugged the software and now that it's ignored as a phone its really cheap! The camera is not a match for the n8 but then neither was iphone 5! The swipe interface is really intuitive and every other phone feels clumsy by comparison. come on nokia- dump microsoft!!!

67. DhurataCPH

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

So, some details about this piece of technology..... I have had this phone since December 2011. There is not much to say about this, but there are some things, that I think are important to know. The design of this N9 is just FABULOUS. I love the way you have the APPs, the way you are using them and the ''3 pages'' that are on the mobile. I love the fact that there is no bottoms to push all the time :-). The swipe technique works very good. Camera and pictures are just the best I have seen so far. It is better than the Samsungs G3 (I have one of those too). The battery is not the best the phone has. AND the OVI for N9 is just the biggest mistake ever made on this product. You want a smart phone to get all the APPs, and with N9, you can't really have all the things, not even some very used APPs :-(. This is the reason I will change this phone. I can't use a smart phone if I don't have the opportunity to use the smart everyday technology :-)

64. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Ah! ICS with this interface would rock.

54. Cemal

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

I bought my Nokia N9 three weeks ago, notwithstanding all kinds of snide and sarcastic remarks and reviews. It turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. People say: "Nokia N9 ? Poor applications, dead operation system, blah, blah..." All this evaporates once you begin playing with the toy. It is the simplest, sexiest and most user friendly phone. Period... All my friends have iPhones and Samsung Galaxy S IIs. They paid a fortune to buy them. Nonsense ! I am not interested in billions of "fart-apps" or silly games ! What I need is a ligtning fast, stable, reliable, sturdy, user-friendly smartphone with all the high quality applications and social networks built in. Moreover, Nokia N9 has a lovely "swipe" action. No other smartphone has it. It is a pure joy to use this phone. You can easily customise it too. All in all, I'm a satisfied customer and I wholeheartedly recommend it. Don't be distracted by what others say. Follow your heart :) You won't regret it at all... Cemal

55. blakkpanter

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 07, 2012

Well spoken! I agree 100%

66. ashu277

Posts: 18; Member since: May 20, 2012

thumbs up man .....shuld i buy it nw? :)

45. sirocco8800

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 18, 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.

46. Loepoes

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

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

52. blakkpanter

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 07, 2012

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

44. shan5115

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

43. nameless1521

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 06, 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.

39. Nathan

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

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

37. Blankyash

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 30, 2011

the lumia is far better you can see for yourself

38. jellmoo

Posts: 2699; Member since: Oct 31, 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?

36. Blankyash

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 30, 2011

Nokia N9 will be dead soon enough !!

35. ToneDef

Posts: 39; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

51. blakkpanter

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 07, 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

53. andresgalcia

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 05, 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..

33. MobileTx

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 17, 2011

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

31. arash84v

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 18, 2009

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

29. Galen20K

Posts: 587; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

soooo sexy - D

28. Stevedojob

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Stephen Elop the "Trojan Horse"

27. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

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

48. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I don\'t get it.

24. winsaki234

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

just hate Nokia!


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

19. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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)

25. o7o

Posts: 114; Member since: Jun 26, 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!

32. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Your point of view is obtunded
  • Display 3.9 inches
    854 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware , 1GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • Battery 1450 mAh
  • OS MeeGo

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