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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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Promising OS, abandoned by Nokia. I do hope the Nokia-WP7 marriage pays off, or else Nokia would want to be kicking themselves in the butt.

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  • 2011-10-15 05:04
  • tA{J

Okay, beautiful phone. I loved the concept. But can we move on now and stop getting obsessed with it?
Image quality produced by iPhone 4S seems to be better than what N9 can offer.
Pretty user interface but they missed out few(/many) minor details.
Even app repository of Bada is better. And no, N9 is going N900. It'll get few interesting apps from dev community but then nothing further.
Disappointing browser considering the time Nokia had to learn from their mistakes and others browser. No text reflow? So it's switching to some 3rd party browser. Not impressive.

Way better phone out there that do the far better job at the same price. Galaxy S2.

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  • 2011-10-15 05:02
  • PTSb

Oh no.. What a mistake by the (F)Elop.. Read full review.. Fantastic device.. More than 3500 features r coming to this phone on first update.. That means they'll fulfil the missings in current version.. GsmA u hav noted considerable disadvantages.. Thank u.. And about the missing flash support in browser is same as ios5.. One Man Army killed by his own squad.. So sad.. Kill the elop..

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  • 2011-10-15 04:18
  • U@Vn

Amazing Phone, it has looks, performence from both the hardware and software side. Too bad that Nokia is doing everithing they can so that people won`t buy this phone...
The blue N9 looks beautifull, i just may buy this one once the price begins to settle down.

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  • 2011-10-15 04:05
  • 0Um{

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-10-15 00:49 from MFMJ - click to readCheck out MyNokiaBlog. They got a tip that the N9 is getting an update to bring in 3500 improvements to it. Is that enough for you?

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  • 2011-10-15 04:01
  • PBUt

That's a beautiful Phoenix she is. It's a shame. Quite a shame. If I would own her, she'll be mine for a long, long time. Scratch that, she would be mine forever.

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  • 2011-10-15 03:59
  • PBUt

Hmm... in terms of official product releases, the N9 isn't the first touch only OS. That would be Android Honeycomb.

There's no physical buttons other than the power and volume keys like the N9.

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  • 2011-10-15 03:52
  • 9Ijf

The lack of top line management in Nokia is their direct enemy which easily earns "The shameless rivalry of all time".

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  • 2011-10-15 03:51
  • j019

To sum it all up:

It's a great phone but not for the price they're asking.

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  • 2011-10-15 03:43
  • K7gZ

> In reply to Lightningtrip @ 2011-10-15 00:50 from jx%{ - click to readcute that you just copy-pasted every flaw that gsmarena mentioned

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  • 2011-10-15 03:42
  • wr7S

As a Galaxy S II owner, one thing I'm truly jealous about is the penta-band 3G... Damn I wish I had that.

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  • 2011-10-15 03:24
  • qbY{

too bad meego's already dead

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  • 2011-10-15 02:52
  • PmIZ

The more I read the review, the more I hate Elop. He shouldn't kill MeeGo and Symbian, just do this:

1. MeeGo for high-end smartphone
2. WP7 for mid and high-end smartphone
3. Symbian (with Qt) for mid and low-end smartphone
4. Meltemi for not-so-dumb phone (as it based on Linux)

But all I know is Microsoft fanboys are evil, Elop is no exception.

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  • 2011-10-15 01:45
  • U}}D

> In reply to Roxy @ 2011-10-14 23:29 from U2hd - click to readare you high?

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  • 2011-10-15 00:52
  • jx%{

this phone is crap....
* No Flash support in browser
* Limited set of apps
* No office document editing
* Non-user-replaceable battery
* No memory card slot
* microSIM card slot
* No FM radio

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  • 2011-10-15 00:50
  • jx%{

looks like a nice OS, too bad it's doomed from the very beginning... wouldn't want to buy a phone that costs that much to be stuck with no updates or apps because the brand cancelled their own "son" :\

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  • 2011-10-15 00:49
  • MFMJ

Nice Title.

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  • 2011-10-15 00:48
  • fn7h

In Australia the N9 costs the same as a Galaxy S II, makes it harder to choose though...

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  • 2011-10-15 00:42
  • 2Gae

all nice review n acceptable, it has lower price than sgs II ?? Yes it is,according 2 my local website. Look nice,feel good n want it more n more.
I'm just hoping nokia open up their eyes, meego can grow higher than d wp7 that they have chosen.
Elop,microsoft,wp7 n money is d matter why meego being left behind.
Hopefully it will arrive on my country,get one,n put my name on it (fuN9) hehe
2 many droids out there,we need a TERMINATORS, N9 could be one of it.

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  • 2011-10-15 00:31
  • PBRB

It looks neat, but I'm waiting for the 800. I can't say I understand why Nokia have to sprout new platforms left and right. They are admittedly good at it, but as long as only a handful of devices run them it only ends up with consumers having to pay to partake of a tech demo. If they planned ahead they could have evolved all-touch functionality into Symbian and made that OS more versatile for different configurations. I think planning ahead is quite important I'm pretty sure Microsoft were holding onto WP7 for a while while waiting for displays with enough pixels needed to make the typography driven design of that OS to work to become commonplace.

Oh, and finally, speaking about Symbian "open" Symbian was a great idea, but what they should have done that probably would have worked out great would have been to open up Ovi and make it into "Ovi Symbian Market" instead of the foundation's half-hearted attempt with Symbian Horizon which failed to attract much attention.

Maybe a bit off topic, but I've had my SE Vivaz for a while and have consistently run into situations along the lines of "Get our nice free app... at Ovi!"

But yes, on it's own, the N9 does look like a great phone. I really like the design... the featureless smoothness speaks to me... like a HTC without the molded additions their devices have. Or maybe a bit like a high tech pet rock... :) And judging by the fev images of the 800 is looks like the finish of the plastic as a bit smoother, and if it keeps the display quality and and there are no nasty surprises when it comes to things like audio output I'd say that I agree that the 800 (or one of the other Mango phones that probably will come along with it) is the one to get.

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  • 2011-10-15 00:31
  • LdWu

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