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The N9 is a medium to high end smartphone from Nokia, running the open-source, Linux-based MeeGo operating system.

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Pros

free GPS turn-by-turn navigation solution & Nokia Maps

4 agree

Wi-Fi hotspot enabled (JoikuSpot)

4 agree

AMOLED screen of high quality

4 agree

innovative swipe gestures instead of button(s)

4 agree

polycarbonate unibody design is attractive, durable, and gives better reception than other materials

4 agree

Pentaband 3G means high speed internet connection on most networks (and both T-Mobile and AT&T in the US, which is rare)

4 agree

up to 64GB internal memory

4 agree

Best multitasking design of any mobile phone

3 agree

available in three colors: black, blue, pink

3 agree

802.11 a/b/g/n works with any kind of current wifi connection

3 agree

1GB RAM

3 agree

best camera in a phone to date (high-speed & high quality)

3 agree

NFC, plus innovative use of NFC: tap to pair and start replay with Bluetooth speaker/headphones

3 agree

has a front facing camera

3 agree

durable, scratch-resistant Gorilla glass

3 agree

SMS, MMS, IM, and Social Networking integrated into Contacts and Conversations. All types of messages show up in one place and all contacts among networks are merged in one place.

2 agree

Dolby Headphone jack makes any headphones sound like surround sound

2 agree

AV connector works with 3.5mm headphones as well as composite video to display the phone's screen on a television

1 agrees

predictive version of Swype software keyboard

1 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Cons

Composite video out instead of HDMI

3 agree

uses non-standard SIM cards (micro-SIM), cannot swap cards when traveling etc.

3 agree

selection of MeeGo apps will be lacking, despite Qt support

3 agree

battery is not user-removable

3 agree

lacks a front-facing camera

2 agree

expensive - $700 for 16GB version

2 agree

no expandable memory like microSD card slot

1 agrees

CPU (TI OMAP3630) not up to date

1 agrees

NFC can only be used to initiate bluetooth pairings. Doesn't work with payment connections.

1 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
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The N9 is a medium to high end smartphone from Nokia, running the open-source, Linux-based MeeGo operating system. MeeGo is a joint development effort between Nokia and Intel, though Nokia has substantially reduced its commitment to the platform after the announcement of the partnership with Microsoft and its Windows Phone software. Lacking staunch support from its own manufacturer, it is likely that application development for the N9 will lack substantially. However, the N9 convinces with a few innovations. For instance, it has a buttonless design (apart from volume and shutter), and instead wholly relies on swipe gestures that switch between a graphical task manager, a notifications view, and the app launcher. This makes it extremely easy to navigate to the most accessed features, even with just one finger. Reviews also applaud the extremely smooth, speedy, and polished user interface implementation, as well as Nokia's excellent maps and offline GPS navigation at no extra cost. Other highlights are a Gorilla Glass protected AMOLED screen, a high-quality 8MP camera with LED flash & Carl Zeiss optics and shutter speed beating point-and-shoot cameras, HD video recording, unibody design, up to 64GB internal storage, WebKit/HTML5 web browser, and NFC (like Google's Nexus S). Whilst the N9's OMAP3630 processor and PowerVR SGX530 GPU might not be up to smartphone enthusiasts' standards, Nokia has a tradition of highly optimised mobile software; meaning the MeeGo 1.2 operating system and applications will have no trouble running on the N9's somewhat dated hardware. 

Features / Specifications
  • MeeGo 1.2 Operating System
  • OMAP 3630 SoC, PowerVR SGX530 GPU
  • 3.9'' AMOLED capacitive touch screen (854x480), Gorilla glass
  • 16 or 64GB internal storage
  • 1GB RAM
  • HSDPA, HSUPA
  • Wifi b/g/n
  • Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP
  • 8 mega pixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics
  • A-GPS
  • MicroSIM only
  • NFC
  • Dolby sound enhancement
  • Swype keyboard
Post Review
Anonymous
10/04/2011 10:52

Should I buy it?

Dom

Dom

10/06/2011 11:29

If in your country you can get it through your carrier with a subsidy, definitely.
If you're in the U.S., you could actually make it work well, too: wait until the price drops a little, and go with T-Mobile's new prepaid data plan which will debut in a week or two. That plan will give you unlimited data + unlimited text messaging + 100 min voice calls for a total of $30/month. As this is a no-contract deal, you'll have to pay full price for the phone, no subsidies available. The N9 supports T-Mobile's 3G frequency band, so it would be perfect.

Dom
07/18/2011 11:28

I heard Nokia has firmly 'committed' to only making less than 100,000 N9 phones. Not sure if this is 100% correct, but it looks like you gotta grab it as soon as it ships, which is from Sept 23, 2011.

Dom
06/25/2011 07:20

I just want to play with this :-)

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