I recently had the chance to spend some quality time with the NokiaN9: The glittering debut and sad curtain close for the Finnishphone company’s MeeGo efforts. As you would expect from a flagshipNokia handset, it’s extremely well-built, with a lovely ‘all-screendesign’ (there are no buttons on the front of the device, just apower button and volume controls on the right-hand side). After the design, the next most noteworthy thing about the N9 isits screen: It looks good enough to eat. It looks significantlybetter than the Samsung Galaxy S II’s display, and that’s sayingsomething. But really, the most interesting feature of the Nokia N9 was alwaysgoing to be MeeGo.
And it’s here things just feel a little, well,flat. I wanted to like MeeGo — I was a big fan of theIntel-sponsored netbook MeeGo UX — but to be frank I was underwhelmed by MeeGo on the N9. It made me question whether I’m feeling a little jaded by this techwriting thing; I mean, normally I’m the kind of sad person wholikes to play with new operating systems. And MeeGo is definitelynot without its positives.
It’s extremely simple to use (one youadjust to there being no physical controls to aid navigation). Andthen there’s that multitasking: One of the home screens isdedicated to displaying windows of running apps, and you can easilyswitch to or close them. It’s a great system. And, yes,multitasking on smartphones is a great thing, despite what Appledevotees might argue. Huawei Wireless Router
But overall I was just unexcited. And that goes for the N9experience as a whole: It’s a nice phone, but it’s not spectacular.The hardware is decent, although it often feels just the slightestbit sluggish, perhaps due to the single core CPU. The on-screen keyboard is decent enough (though I prefer the one onmy HTC Desire HD), and, despite — let’s face it — thisbeing a niche platform, there are most of the usual suspectsavailable when it comes to apps. Of course, none of this will matter to the Nokia fanboyswhatsoever. Maybe somewhat surprisingly given Nokia is one of theleast sexy tech brands I know, they a) exist and b) are quiterabid. Huawei Data Cards Manufacturer
Here is a sample of some of the user comments left on the N9 review by my colleague Ross Catanzariti (I should point out, his is asomewhat more serious and comprehensive write-up of the phone): I didn’t like the review too much and is not consistent e.g. withmy experience of battery time etc. Review didn’t seem veryobjective or thorough. LOVE THE STAR RATINGS FROM THE EXPERTS 3.5 STARS. OEM GSM Modem
I SUPPOSE THEEXPERTS ALL OWN I FOSS PHONES. THE NOKIA N9 IS A VERY GOOD PHONEAND YOU CAN AT LEAST SHARE DATA WITH OTHER PHONES. TRY DOING THATWITH A IPHONE IF THE OTHER PHONE IS NOT IPHONE. Coolest phone atm! Wonderful. No need for 4S now for me.
Nokia N9 is just the best phone Nokia has in his history, it wasdeveloped with the consumer in mind and not just as a consumergadget. Well I can confirm that the N9 is indeed the best phone Nokia hasmade in its history. But let’s face it: Recent years have hardlybeen jam-packed with great Nokia phones. As Ross said to me theother day (and repeats in his review) — the N9 would havebeen one of the best phones ever, and maybe a game-changer. If itcame out a couple of years ago.
Still it’s sad to see that this appears to be the end of the roadfor MeeGo; particularly given that if I had to choose between MeeGoand Windows Phone I would definitely go with the former. It’s adecent interface and platform, and it definitely had potential. Formyself, however, I’m happy enough with Android for now and —like I said — there just isn’t a lot to get excited about. Sosuck it, fanboys. Addendum: I have to admit, the simplicity of MeeGo’s interface ispretty appealing.
Maybe I’m just too much of a geek to appreciateit properly.