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Nokia N9 - What do you think?

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Nokia N9 got announced and it looks pretty good for once. It looks amazing and the UI is nice. However, it is running Meego - which I personally think is a good thing. Reason is that it can run …
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5y, 7m agoPosted 5 years, 7 months ago
Nokia N9 got announced and it looks pretty good for once. It looks amazing and the UI is nice.

However, it is running Meego - which I personally think is a good thing. Reason is that it can run Alien Dalvik, which means you can play Android apps straght from your Meego device! This needs a lot of RAM but the N9 is covered with a full 1 gig.

Another thing is that N900 (also running Meego) was easily hackable so any chances of seeing Android or Windows Phone 7 (hopefully!) dual-booting? Anyway, that's my personal opinion, heres the specs:

- 116 x 61 x 11
- 135g
- 3.9" FWVGA AMOLED contoured gorilla glass screen with Anti-glare polariser
- 16/64gb storage
- 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC
- 8mp Carl Zeiss camera with dual LED flash
- HD recording at 720p
- Meego 1.2
- 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU
- PowerSV SGX530 GPU
- 1gb RAM
- 450hrs standby
- 7hrs talktime

The specs may be a bit outdated but it sure does look the part - I like the blue colour alot =P. So what do you think?
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#1
Pictures:
http://st2.gsmarena.com/vv/pics/nokia/nokia-n9-all-1.jpg
banned#2
It looks like a slightly bigger iPod Nano from about 3 years ago.
#3
wow,apple must be bricking themselves,a defiante iphone killer.....
#4
One thing I REALLY like is that although it is a fairly large 3.9" screen, it is a very small phone at 116 x 61 because of no buttons. This is great for me because I have small hands :)
banned#5
Nokia still around?
#6
looks pretty good, waiting for the price of it

Some videos of it in use here -
http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/21/nokia-n9-first-hands-on/
1 Like #7
master_chief
Nokia still around?

Apparently still the No1 phone manufacturer which I think is kinda weird :|
#8
FilthAndFurry
It looks like a slightly bigger iPod Nano from about 3 years ago.

LOL! It does as well!
http://jedi-star.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/iPod_nano_5G_4.jpg
But I guess that's a good thing :)
banned#9
stick with my 3gs i think :)
#10
I don't see what the point of it is. If I want something with a 3.9" screen, an old 1GHz processor, and that can run Android stuff with some dicking about, I can just buy an old second-hand HTC Touch HD2 for £100, and hold it slightly further from my face than usual.
#11
dxx
I don't see what the point of it is. If I want something with a 3.9" screen, an old 1GHz processor, and that can run Android stuff with some dicking about, I can just buy an old second-hand HTC Touch HD2 for £100, and hold it slightly further from my face than usual.

HD2 doesn't have a 3.9" screen. Holding it away doesn't make it 3.9" and it doesn't justify the portability of a 3.9" screen.
#12
dxx
I don't see what the point of it is. If I want something with a 3.9" screen, an old 1GHz processor, and that can run Android stuff with some dicking about, I can just buy an old second-hand HTC Touch HD2 for £100, and hold it slightly further from my face than usual.

But I do see your point. The specs are outdated - Cortex A8 CPU? That was in the 3GS 2 years ago! If not dual-core, at least put an A9 in. Also, PowerSV SGX530 - WTF?! 3GS had SGX535 at launch (2 years ago) and SGX535 is roughly 2 - 3x better.
And let's not even start to compare it to the monster A5 CPU with dual-core SGX543MP2 and dual-core cortex A9 which will be present in the upcoming iPhone 5.
Plus, HD2 is a killer of a phone. It can run Windows mobile 6.5, WIndows phone 7, Meego, Ubuntu and Android!
But N9 is still cool 8)

Edited By: TypicalAsianFindingDeals on Jun 22, 2011 14:18
#13
TypicalAsianFindingDeals
dxx
I don't see what the point of it is. If I want something with a 3.9" screen, an old 1GHz processor, and that can run Android stuff with some dicking about, I can just buy an old second-hand HTC Touch HD2 for £100, and hold it slightly further from my face than usual.

HD2 doesn't have a 3.9" screen. Holding it away doesn't make it 3.9" and it doesn't justify the portability of a 3.9" screen.


That's fine, I'd just get my mum to sew some new pockets into my jeans that are 0.4" deeper to make up the difference. Also, this N9 only comes with 256MB storage, which is rubbish.
#14
dxx
TypicalAsianFindingDeals
dxx
I don't see what the point of it is. If I want something with a 3.9" screen, an old 1GHz processor, and that can run Android stuff with some dicking about, I can just buy an old second-hand HTC Touch HD2 for £100, and hold it slightly further from my face than usual.

HD2 doesn't have a 3.9" screen. Holding it away doesn't make it 3.9" and it doesn't justify the portability of a 3.9" screen.


That's fine, I'd just get my mum to sew some new pockets into my jeans that are 0.4" deeper to make up the difference. Also, this N9 only comes with 256MB storage, which is rubbish.

4.3" screens are pocketable... but they are just too big IMO. It's very hard to operate with one hand and it looks funny when you make a phonecall with such a huuge phone.
#15
dxx
Also, this N9 only comes with 256MB storage, which is rubbish.

Did you read the specs?
'- 16/64gb storage '
#16
I think the phone looks fantastic - really like the way they've skinned MeeGo.

Unfortunately, they are around 2-3 years to late. This should of been released before the HTC Desire, which may have given MeeGo a chance to grow without Android dominating the marketplace.

I also couldn't recomposed anyone buying the N9, since Nokias plan is to drop MeeGo for the most part to make way for Windows Mobile.

Edited By: spritey on Jun 22, 2011 14:27
#17
spritey
I think the phone looks fantastic - really like the way they've skinned MeeGo.

Unfortunately, they are around 2-3 years to late. This should of been released before the HTC Desire, which may have given MeeGo a chance to grow without Android dominating the marketplace.

I also couldn't recomposed anyone buying the N9, since Nokias plan is to drop MeeGo for the most part to make way for Windows Mobile.

Nokia is thinking of using Meego for the longer term but that is dependant on the success of the N9. Regarding Android, as Meego uses QT technology, it can play Android apps on Meego. Search for 'Alien Dalvik.'
#18
TypicalAsianFindingDeals
dxx
TypicalAsianFindingDeals
dxx
I don't see what the point of it is. If I want something with a 3.9" screen, an old 1GHz processor, and that can run Android stuff with some dicking about, I can just buy an old second-hand HTC Touch HD2 for £100, and hold it slightly further from my face than usual.

HD2 doesn't have a 3.9" screen. Holding it away doesn't make it 3.9" and it doesn't justify the portability of a 3.9" screen.


That's fine, I'd just get my mum to sew some new pockets into my jeans that are 0.4" deeper to make up the difference. Also, this N9 only comes with 256MB storage, which is rubbish.

4.3" screens are pocketable... but they are just too big IMO. It's very hard to operate with one hand and it looks funny when you make a phonecall with such a huuge phone.


Okay, I'll stop being sarcastic now.

Have you spent much quality time with a 4.3" screen? They're pretty much the minimum I would consider these days, now that I've fallen quite in love with my Dell Streak and its gigantic 5" screen. It's true it isn't quite as slender in the pocket or in the hand as something with an iPhone size screen, but I don't see that as a bad thing.

The way I see things with phones these days is that if you're only into making calls, then the phone's really just an auditory device, and for it to be any bigger than a slither long enough to connect ear to mouth is unnecessary. A smartphone meanwhile is a visual device. It's built for internet, for apps, for visual information, for inputting text and data, for photos and videos, and for games. All of these are better on a bigger screen. The bigger the better, and the only compromise that matters is how size compares with convenience. I'd love to do everything on a 7" screen, but it wouldn't be convenient. Doing something on a 5" screen is lovely, and just within bounds of convenience. When you switch from 5" to 3.5" (as I recently had to do for a couple of days), the visual experience is comparatively terrible. Everything just seems tiny. I think the human eye is designed to like things more when they're bigger, which is probably why films are better when they're on a cinema screen, and you'd be laughed at if you watched Avatar on a 14" telly.

Or, I suppose, I could just hold the N9 closer to my face than usual.
#19
dxx
Or, I suppose, I could just hold the N9 closer to my face than usual.

Didn't you say:
dxx
Okay, I'll stop being sarcastic now.
#20
TypicalAsianFindingDeals
dxx
Or, I suppose, I could just hold the N9 closer to my face than usual.

Didn't you say:
dxx
Okay, I'll stop being sarcastic now.


I will endeavor to use blue text to denote all sarcasm henceforth.
#21
dxx
TypicalAsianFindingDeals
dxx
TypicalAsianFindingDeals
dxx
I don't see what the point of it is. If I want something with a 3.9" screen, an old 1GHz processor, and that can run Android stuff with some dicking about, I can just buy an old second-hand HTC Touch HD2 for £100, and hold it slightly further from my face than usual.

HD2 doesn't have a 3.9" screen. Holding it away doesn't make it 3.9" and it doesn't justify the portability of a 3.9" screen.


That's fine, I'd just get my mum to sew some new pockets into my jeans that are 0.4" deeper to make up the difference. Also, this N9 only comes with 256MB storage, which is rubbish.

4.3" screens are pocketable... but they are just too big IMO. It's very hard to operate with one hand and it looks funny when you make a phonecall with such a huuge phone.


Okay, I'll stop being sarcastic now.

Have you spent much quality time with a 4.3" screen? They're pretty much the minimum I would consider these days, now that I've fallen quite in love with my Dell Streak and its gigantic 5" screen. It's true it isn't quite as slender in the pocket or in the hand as something with an iPhone size screen, but I don't see that as a bad thing.

The way I see things with phones these days is that if you're only into making calls, then the phone's really just an auditory device, and for it to be any bigger than a slither long enough to connect ear to mouth is unnecessary. A smartphone meanwhile is a visual device. It's built for internet, for apps, for visual information, for inputting text and data, for photos and videos, and for games. All of these are better on a bigger screen. The bigger the better, and the only compromise that matters is how size compares with convenience. I'd love to do everything on a 7" screen, but it wouldn't be convenient. Doing something on a 5" screen is lovely, and just within bounds of convenience. When you switch from 5" to 3.5" (as I recently had to do for a couple of days), the visual experience is comparatively terrible. Everything just seems tiny. I think the human eye is designed to like things more when they're bigger, which is probably why films are better when they're on a cinema screen, and you'd be laughed at if you watched Avatar on a 14" telly.

Or, I suppose, I could just hold the N9 closer to my face than usual.

I agree with how you say the bigger the better as long as it is within limits of convenience. However, many people (like me) believe that 4.3" screens go within the limits of convenience. Which is why I originally said:
Me
One thing I REALLY like is that although it is a fairly large 3.9" screen, it is a very small phone
#22
TypicalAsianFindingDeals
Nokia is thinking of using Meego for the longer term but that is dependant on the success of the N9. Regarding Android, as Meego uses QT technology, it can play Android apps on Meego. Search for 'Alien Dalvik.'


Nokia have abandoned the idea of using MeeGo as a full platform for their main product line, they've even admitted as much. Viewing MeeGo simply as a "learning experience..."

QT, again, is also way off in terms of cross compatibility of platforms. This is mainly down to the developers of applications and people like Apple and Google pushing it. A fantastic idea, just going to require a whole heap of time.

Considering all that.. You'd be insane to think the N9 was a good investment, you likely be hitching yourself to an ecosystem that won't take off.

As Nokia's slide continues, it just keeps adding to the idea that it will eventually get purchased by Microsoft or Samsung.
#23
spritey
TypicalAsianFindingDeals
Nokia is thinking of using Meego for the longer term but that is dependant on the success of the N9. Regarding Android, as Meego uses QT technology, it can play Android apps on Meego. Search for 'Alien Dalvik.'


Nokia have abandoned the idea of using MeeGo as a full platform for their main product line, they've even admitted as much. Viewing MeeGo simply as a "learning experience..."

QT, again, is also way off in terms of cross compatibility of platforms. This is mainly down to the developers of applications and people like Apple and Google pushing it. A fantastic idea, just going to require a whole heap of time.

Considering all that.. You'd be insane to think the N9 was a good investment, you likely be hitching yourself to an ecosystem that won't take off.

As Nokia's slide continues, it just keeps adding to the idea that it will eventually get purchased by Microsoft or Samsung.

Have to agree with you. The specs itself are very outdated and although the UI is nice, it is simply too late.
But it makes you want to buy it COZ IT LOOKS SO FRICCKIN AWESOME!!!! :p
#24
Don't get me wrong - i love the phone.. I also think MeeGo looks fantastic. It's just a shame they didn't get this out before HTC sense UI took Android to the masses, as now they'll have little to no support.

Like most, i wouldn't want to waste money on applications on a platform that isn't likely to grow along with the rest of the market.

Edited By: spritey on Jun 22, 2011 14:53
#25
TypicalAsianFindingDeals

I agree with how you say the bigger the better as long as it is within limits of convenience. However, many people (like me) believe that 4.3" screens go within the limits of convenience. Which is why I originally said:


Fair enough. Do you not have to question why 4.3" is the current maximum perceived reasonable size, though?

Thing is, I can remember back maybe 15 years when Rear Projection TVs existed. Back then, we all used CRT TVs, and 21" was considered pretty big. CRTs topped out at 29", and if you wanted bigger, you could get it, and it'd come in the form of a Rear Projection telly. They were relatively expensive but they were massive, often up to around 40 or 50 inches. They sold, but not very well.

Skip on a few years, and inch creep has evolved to the point that my monitor is bigger than the TV my dad used to have in the livingroom, and I find it horrible when I have to use the tiddly 17" or 19" things at work. Most people do, so 19" monitors sell for peanuts, and I don't know if anyone buys screens that are smaller than that. I used to have a 14" TV in my room. You can't even buy a 14" TV anymore. Even my Granddad has a 40" TV in his sitting room. TVs larger than that are commonplace.

Point is, something like the Dell Streak and its 5" screen just seems to me like the Rear Projection TV of its day. Give it a few years, and 5" will be commonplace. In fact, the design of the Streak is such that they could've given it a 5.3" screen without expanding the chassis at all, or they could've shrunk the whole phone down and kept the 5" screen. They probably did this just for future upgrades. 4.3" is the maximum now, but give it a while, and that'll change for sure.
#26
Disagree dxx

Mobile phones are restricted by their use, even 4.3" screens are difficult to manage with one hand and put people off. I personally prefer it, but even i wouldn't want a phone that has a 5" screen..

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