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Nokia N9 review: Once in a lifetime

14 October 2011 | Read the review | Post your comment
Nokia N9 review: Once in a lifetime - read the full textWhen the first touch-only OS debuts on one of the hottest pieces of hardware this year, you can bet we want a piece of the action. Windows Phone is where Nokia want your attention, but it might turn out that MeeGo is the place you want to be. Not shown much love by its own maker...


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The lack of the physical buttons from Android is no problem. You cut 54 pixels from the bottom of the screen for them and you're left with... 800x480 which is a standard resolution of an Android smartphone.

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  • 2011-10-15 09:54
  • mNTE

to android fans just wait :-) the new update come to meego :-) . it's will bring more than 3500 new options . by the way thank you gsmarena for great review .

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  • 2011-10-15 09:49
  • gx4{

> In reply to TC @ 2011-10-15 09:23 from 39in - click to readThat part everyone already knew long ago. You are not interested in it in the 1st place, just trolling in n9 thread, which already happen weeks bf N9 release. Instead of just 'reading', go to the shop & try it out, since you like hang out in N9 thread whenever there's news on it.

Android fans wouldnt be interested in N9 due to lack of apps. BUT surprisingly to me, there are S2 users who bought N9 & like it. They still keep the S2 of course.

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  • 2011-10-15 09:36
  • tu6$

> In reply to eagle3 @ 2011-10-15 09:17 from tu6% - click to readIt is released in Sweden, micro-sim make it impossible for me to buy, but after reading the short list of specs and reading this review I am far from impressed by N9, especially because it is very much too expensive!
There are very few apps, and only those Android apps that have been "repacked" can be used on N9-MeeGo!

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  • 2011-10-15 09:23
  • 39in

No document-editing app at all!

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  • 2011-10-15 09:19
  • 39in

> In reply to TC @ 2011-10-15 08:50 from 39in - click to readYou already decided long before the device is released not to buy it, regardless the price,lol. If its not available in your country, even more so.
If its cheap, then you all will say its cheap, defective,etc,etc.

Dont think I can buy 48GB of SD card with USD70(price difference between S2 & N9 64GB), cant even get 32GB SD card.

Go enjoy your S2 then, samsung fans should be more concerned abt competition from iphone. Heard they're even selling some at $2 in aust.

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  • 2011-10-15 09:17
  • tu6%

No hdmi-out or usb-on-the-go, and 720p video-recording is bad!

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  • 2011-10-15 09:15
  • 39in

No text-reflow in the browser makes it unusable!

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  • 2011-10-15 09:13
  • 39in

I want my push email in real time or at least 5 minutes interval. is there anyway? help

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  • 2011-10-15 09:08
  • mI6K

I didn't expect anything less from the (android) fanboy reviewers here at gsm arena.

Saying the phone has its fair share of issues is one thing; Implying that Nokia won't support or improve the user experience over the next few years is pure ignorance though.

Considering this handset won't even be available for purchase in the US and the greater part of Central Europe, the concluding section of this review is pretty much insignificant, if not pointless.

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  • 2011-10-15 09:02
  • tAJ8

No memory card slot, ok 64 mb internal but that version is too expensive and I can buy many memory cards for a lot less money! No Flash 11 in the browser! Only Micro-sim! No FM-radio! No replacable battery! These are all fatal problems that make N9 unbuyable for me!
The only good with N9 is the camera and the Harmttan skin, but many new Androids that are soon released, and even iPhone 4s, have almost just as good cameras, and I think Ice Cream Sandwich look almost as good, and sometimes even better, than Harmattan, and Ice Cream Sandwich do not need any hardware buttons!

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  • 2011-10-15 08:50
  • 39in

Got my N9 yesterday and the device is amazing.

The interface easily tops iPhone in ease of use and the display is really beautiful.

There seem to be quite a lot of good apps outside the OVI store too. Once again the community is one of the strong points for Maemo/MeeGo.

I really recommend enabling the "swipe down to close" from settings to complete the N9 experience :)

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  • 2011-10-15 08:41
  • pVmm

I've heard enough of the DOA. This device will be updated and the missing features will be added in so yeah, last of its kind but not really dead. Also, GSMARENA, it's not that expensive. Where I live, SGSII costs more by 3k to 5k, whereas iphone is the priciest of the bunch, you have to pay at 16k more. So there you go, the high price is a myth, not true at all. At least in my place, it isn't.

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  • 2011-10-15 08:33
  • sxtm

Thanks for your fantastic review of N9 gsmarena. Good to see you guys liked the phone. N9 and Os may not live long but the legacy which it leaves behind will last forever in many forthcoming nokia devices.

Also i would like you all to read the latest news on 3500 improvements coming to Meego very shortly. Links below


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  • 2011-10-15 08:26
  • Lh%N

Even if the N9 is a great phone because of the UI..I will never invest in it.
Clearly, it was DOA.

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  • 2011-10-15 08:15
  • vaPK

GSM arena was very sephitcal on this review, just like the n900 this device will sell by itself, and like any n900 owner, they will not NEED any support from nokia

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  • 2011-10-15 08:09
  • 8TK4

A correction to this review, the nokia n9 does HAVE a Fm receiver and transmiter hardware, but it has no driver for it yet

and GSM arena was surelly unfainthfull with this device, there is already Qt tools to convert android and iOS APIs,

Qt is a Ecosistem too, and like many android users say, the best fron OS is not to depend of the manufacturer, Cyanogen is a good example os it

make some suggestions calling this device Dead is pretty much bashing it for no reason, most of owners of a n900 still have and LIKE it

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  • 2011-10-15 08:04
  • 8TK4

Hey...Can any one help me out by shedding light on the fact whether "SWYPE" feature of inputting text is available in N9 and if its not then is it possible to get it thru ovi store.


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  • 2011-10-15 08:02
  • TrmP

im using the n9 and what an amazing phone, so natural on the hands and eyes, this is the best phone i have ever had by now and i used alot, yes even the iphone.

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  • 2011-10-15 08:02
  • nCf9

there was maemo with nokia and moblin with Intel and they merged those to form meego. now Intel is a hardware manufacturer and was only interested that meego uses Intel processor because currently no one uses Intel in smartphones. so what is running on n9 its basically maemo6 with harmattan ui. Intel and nokia parting ways means little for maemo as it stays with nokia. the meego project has been abandoned but nokia retains maemo for future development. so its true that this is the last phone with meego but actually it is almost totally Nokia's maemo phone with hardly any contribution from Intel.
so what this means is that only name meego had been abandoned. this phone is pure nokia and will be getting all the necessary updates...meanwhile two hardware manufacturers- Samsung and Intel can work all they want they can't even write the code for helloworld!! so anyone buying n9 can be sure to get all the support necessary in the future. pr1.1 its coming pretty soon with major improvements in n9.some 3500 customisations and is that for support!!

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  • 2011-10-15 07:51
  • U@2n

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