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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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with android, win mobile and IOS, you cant go wrong...meego will never catch up with these OS should junk this system now....meego tsk...tsk...forget it

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  • 2011-10-15 07:28
  • vaNH

if I was a developer I would look at this as an opportunity. this hardware and ui alone Will sell in substantial numbers.let's say 1 million in the next 6 months. now if I can develop even a good enough app it has a great chance of being noticed die to lesser competition. so even selling at one dollar with 20% success will get me 200000$!!! now that is some serious cash! also n9 is not very cheap so people buying it have the capacity to spend!! I don't know how many apps were available for iPhone when it came out and look at it now. I think this phone deserves to sell in great numbers and it will sell once the app developers realise the potential.all this only If apps really matter. for me they don't! if some apps is there well and good otherwise a good browser does most of the work. and I don't know if document editing is really important on a phone. viewing is sufficient for most people

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  • 2011-10-15 07:26
  • U@2n

Nokia n9 doesn't have front camera?

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  • 2011-10-15 07:25
  • w4yN

Excellent review. I was kind of hoping that this phone wouldn't be so good so I wouldn't want to go out and get it...but it's probably the only thing Nokia has done right these past four years or so. Such a shame. I'm going to pick one up when it goes down in price for sure!

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  • 2011-10-15 07:15
  • 43kD

> In reply to M99 @ 2011-10-15 06:55 from K7ev - click to readyeah. i also want to see the battery review

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  • 2011-10-15 07:12
  • w0QB

This review just made me want to buy the N9 even more!!!!

Way better than any Android crap that's out!

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  • 2011-10-15 07:10
  • 3ifJ

this is a great OS, but handled by the wrong company , well not wrong company, but wrong CEO that F**KI** elop to be exact....

i believe if meego eveloped by samsung or SE, it have a greater opportunity to hit the market....

nice phone by the way, even it have a half baked spec

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  • 2011-10-15 07:05
  • jGLA

Gsmrena, where are my comments?? I just wanted to inform you that it's not as expensive as you make it out to be! SGSII is pricier and much more, iphone4!

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  • 2011-10-15 07:01
  • sxtm

Thanks for the superb review. hehe

I really don't think this will be the last Meego device from Nokia.

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  • 2011-10-15 06:57
  • v0qx

Why GSMArena did not include the battery review?

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  • 2011-10-15 06:55
  • K7ev

the title should have been-
The One That Got Away.
Meego..I love you..but I cant have you..

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  • 2011-10-15 06:44
  • kI@m

This is such a great phone, only a few things I'd change. Memory (add a 32 GB model), duel core, 4G (preferably LTE), larger battery (because 4G and duel core suck energy like nothing else). All in all though, it takes the amazingly simplistic approach of iOS, and then adds features never before seen (the multi-tasking panel). Also, flash support would have been nice, but when/if they add a better browser (tabbed and flash supported), I think it will be one of the best phones on the market.

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  • 2011-10-15 06:29
  • 41x8

I don't know if going with WP7 is the correct choice but Nokia should really consider making new devices for MeeGo. At the moment Elop has already declared it dead.
It might get support at first but then later it's just mediocre apps.
Keeping a proprietary OS such as Harmattan is good if WP7 fails to impress.

As for as SGSII support is concerned I won't be worried. Cyanogen is there and it'll keep on rolling update. They even got support from Samsung.

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  • 2011-10-15 06:19
  • PTSb

> In reply to bill @ 2011-10-15 02:52 from PmIZ - click to readbill mego is not dead... now it is developing under samsung and SE.... such a beautiful os... completly smashed by nokia

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  • 2011-10-15 06:07
  • NQ{2

The main reason most persons around are hesitant to purchase this phone is because it's first and last model that Nokia is bringing out, also many are concerned about updates, how many of you persons use a mobile phone for over let's say 4 to 6 years?,I'm sure if Elop and others didn't announce that they don't have much plans for the platform in 2 years from now, many of you wouldn't even know and go purchase it.

It's definitely a great piece of work. No phone is perfect, people expect mobile phones today to do every god damn thing and i mean they expect it to be perfect.

Stop the complaining ,it's great work they've done and I'm sure like they've said they will support updates until 2016, that those updates will come.

I will definitely get one because it's the first and last of it's kind(so it seems), the swype style is exactly what i was looking for in a mobile phone,has great multi-tasking & simply gets the job done.

Remember even though it's a smartphone, it's still a phone.

It's really hard to please people in the mobile world.

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  • 2011-10-15 05:58
  • LBHR

Good review but why oh why must GSMarena make it seem that it's the most expensive phone there is when it isn't?? FYI, SGSII is pricier by 3,000-5,000 bucks in my country and iphone4 by about 16,000. So again, it's not pricey and I will definitely buy it this November!

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  • 2011-10-15 05:51
  • sxtm

> In reply to Ed @ 2011-10-15 05:02 from PTSb - click to readOK, so you are a Samsung fanboy.
First: how can you say that the iPhone 4S camera is better since it was even released on the market yet? You really believe those fake samples that they put on the web?
What minor details were missing on the user interface?
Obviously even the Bada app repository is better, it's on the market for much longer time and there a lot of other phones. That's what I call a fair comparasion.
Also, the GSII browser doesn't have text reflow too, and it doesn't make any difference as long as the page fit the screen perfectly at 100%, most people only zooming in to open links anyway.
The only problem with this phone is Nokia itself that abandoned it.

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  • 2011-10-15 05:45
  • L4x{

> In reply to Ed @ 2011-10-15 05:02 from PTSb - click to readPeople are much more obsessed with iphone 4s. this one, hardly. No iphone for me, too much dependence on iXXX & too expensive. Samsung,lol, it'll last less than the support for N9.

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  • 2011-10-15 05:36
  • tu6%

I get the reviews that n9 meego will be obsolete, which is why nokia is doing the same phone pretty much in mango form. But its sad to bring out a meego n9, (late by the way) cause the mango nokia 800 will be out latest Q1 2012. I guess its better to try somthing new which they have with n9 then nothing at all, for it being very delayed is one big issue.

IE if n9 was out begining of this year, it would be at least 8 months old now and have been updated around 2 times, would be more worthy of the price and out when galaxy s2 wasnt out yet, so better sales too. Still even an n9 or nokia 800 isnt good enough, we need a galaxy s3 kind of statts on mango os from nokia to rule again, thats what they must aim for, not all this low end stuff and experimentations. They need agame changer like the n95, is harder to do these things these days but there is a windows for new tech like NFC, projectors, build quality material, camera opticals zooms in thin designs, etc

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  • 2011-10-15 05:32
  • v62M

Pity Nokia did this to Meego... I actually love this OS... And a beautiful design too... Now only if Nokia had shown some cleverness they would have developed this OS more as with more love this can really become one of the top OSs out there... And who knows Nokia could have regained its former glory... Now one can really hope Mango update is as good as Meego or at least near it otherwise Nokia should really be kicking its own butt for such a mistake!!!!

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  • 2011-10-15 05:14
  • mcja

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