Just bought it. It's a truly amazing phone! Hope Nokia will keep Meego alive.
Iíve just got my N9 imported to me. I have upgraded from the N900. Just thought I'd post my thoughts and opinions from the perspective of someone who has upgraded from an N900. Hope there's someone who finds it useful.
My N900 has served me well and stood the test of time very well. I still think that Maemo is one of the best OS around and Nokia should have developed it instead of wasting 2 years with Nokia and Co. Meego Harmatton was a little rushed towards the end and it's a little worrying that Nokia may not be giving it much support anymore so how the N9 looks now may be what we're stuck with. This was the same case with the N900 (with the exception of 2 small updates) but it didn't matter with the N900 because there were enough good apps integrated and enough 3rd party apps to have the device doing everything I needed. So the main thing for me is whether the N9 is going to stand the test of time and do everything I need with a few 3rd party apps. Here are my thoughts:
Always thought the N900 was bulky but forgave it for the physical keyboard and the fact it fitted my pocket well. The N9 is the perfect size to slip into your pocket easily yet has a much clearer and bigger screen. The screenís resolution is much better than the E7 I used recently and itís noticeable straight away. In an ideal world Iíd have preferred the N950 for the physical keyboard but the N9 is still a very attractive phone. I donít care about having an hdmi socket like the N8 and I can live without the Fm transmitter. Shame it hasnít got an SD slot though but again, I can live without it.
The User Interface:
I always thought that the reviews of the N900 were unfair. They always stated that the UI was very customisable but difficult to use and would only appeal to geeks. I always thought this was complete rubbish. It was easy to use compared to Android and more intuitive. The N9 is less customisable than the N900 but still intuitive. There's no disappointment here but Nokia should have added folders to the launcher home screen. I can understand that they didn't want apps in folders by default but the option to add folders should be there. The N900 didn't have folders either but your main apps could be added to a separate home page so it didn't matter so much. Overall though, a big thumbs up.
Always one of the biggest selling points of the N900. The way Skype, Facebook, email, Twitter, etc. was integrated was brilliant. On the N9 these services are integrated even better. It's all there under contacts and the events home screen. Skype video calls are missing at this point (unlike the N900) but I can live without that. Another thing I've discovered is you can choose whether RSS feeds are displayed on the events page. Notifications are shown first on the events page and they vanish when you've read them. With Facebook the instant messages show as a notifications and your friend's status' show like a feed. All feeds are mixed in chronological order but you can delete a particular feed easily. Very, very good.
Iím not a big camera user but I can see that this camera is better than the N900 (which was already perfectly good enough). I donít care about there being no physical camera button and Iím happy with the touch-focus. Sorry I havenít got much more to say, itís more than good enough for my holiday snaps.
The web browser
One of the things I use the most on a handheld device is the web browser. The N900ís browser was brilliant for itís age. When it first came out it was the best web browser you could have in your pocket. The N900 browser was also smooth when scrolling around yet parts of the page would be missing sometimes and youíd have to wait for a second. The Symbian browser was just awful lag for 20 seconds or more when the page had loaded. The N9 browser is more like the N900 but even faster and practically no waiting. Thatís the plus side, however itís very very basic. This is one of the areas where we need Nokia to stay on board for a bit longer and give us some more features. Itís great to use but lacking of features like ďfind in pageĒ, favourites and the ability to show flash content. As an alternative to favourites you can add a web page to the apps launcher home page but if you remember thereís no folders so it can get lost in there. Iíve put a few at the bottom of the home page. Apparently the media player should be able to play FLV video files but the ones that Iíve tried donít work. Iíll just have to live without flash content in web pages. Iíve also noticed that the browser wonít work with FTP servers (unlike the N900) and thereís no decent FTP client app out there yet. Iím sure there will be in the future (Maemo had one). Iíve managed to install a firefox browser but it runs nearly as badly as it did on the N900. Apparently thereís a working Opera Mobile browser out there as well but itís not a simple install and I havenít had time to try it yet. BTW. One other issue I found with the browser is I can't scroll up and down within form text areas, a pain if you need to read back on what you've written
The integrated maps app includes turn by turn navigation with voice (like with Symbian 3) so I wonít need a 3rd party app for this. Iíd really like a VNC viewer app but I canít find one yet. I used to use Joikuspot a lot on my N900 but WIFI tethering is now integrated so I donít need that. Thereís a surprising number of apps in the ovi store but Iím still waiting in anticipation to add application repositories like I had on the N900. Apparently itís coming and if itís anything like the N900 it makes it breeze to find and install new apps. Like Iíve already said, Iíll be 100% happy with this device once I have Opera Mobile, a VNC viewer and an FTP client installed. Iíd be 120% happy if Nokia could update it to have folders on the home screen and favourites and flash in the browser. Iíd be 130% happy with Alien Dalvik installed but itís not looking good. Am I glad I bought it instead of a Samsung Galaxy S2? ......Yes. But somehow I donít know why. I think itís probably due to how sexy it is. I loved the live views and multi-tasking of the N900 and its legacy lives on.
why the phone don't made white color ? White color is always beautiful all the phone :-)
AnonD-7546, 27 Oct 2011can any body tells me if it supports video calllll????????yep it does
AnonD-7546, 27 Oct 2011can any body tells me if it supports video calllll????????yes it supports video call
Well, after nokia's release of Lumia Windows phone, might I get more interested in Windows phone. However I still wanted this phone to land in India officially from Nokia. N9 is still only front button-less phone. Is it necessary for nokia to have those windows buttons on Lumia. Window Phone people should throw Windows icon ( 4 tilted sqaures) which looks very sick as people are seeing it every day when there system boots. Windows phone should create a separate brand logo and icons and use it on phone. Button-less phone is good idea. As well nokia should support N9 along with Windows. There is no need to throw away Meego just becoz you have got Windows Phone OS. Nokia can always keep its variety of products ( for which nokia is known for..) going to some extend and see how windows phone is received in market. If windows phone is same magic as old nokia products, they can discontinue Meego. Apart from it, nokia should be quick to launch all the products in every market same time. Nokia gears ( like 360 speaker system) is also not available in India ( Atleast i cant find any online vendor selling it). Nokia can loose if they are too late. India is still market where blackberry and apple has not able to move a single stone. Forget sweeping market like Nokia did once.
AnonD-12237, 28 Oct 2011i downloaded thr opera browser for meego from the official website, but its not for meego harm... moreFirefox 7 has one for Maemo.
Opera Mobile, try asking your query in the talk maemo forum
this is a great phone.. THIS IS MY DREAM PHONE.
i live here in the Philiippines.
my brother is working in Saudi Arabia and N9 is cheaper there.
so he would buy me one for my Birthday! :)
AnonD-13986, 28 Oct 2011download from official opera site(opera mobile section) & Firefox. Firefox=firefox mobile(... morei downloaded thr opera browser for meego from the official website, but its not for meego harmattan. its a .rpm file and harmattan only runs .deb files. theres no firefox on the official site either, only for android and iphone
AnonD-12237, 28 Oct 2011opera browser is not on nokia store, neither is firefox download from official opera site(opera mobile section) & Firefox. Firefox=firefox mobile(fennec) for maemo
333, 27 Oct 2011Just download them from thr app store same as any other opera browser is not on nokia store, neither is firefox
AnonD-7546, 27 Oct 2011can any body tells me if it supports video calllll????????doesn't support video calls yet
AnonD-12237, 27 Oct 2011can you please tell me how to get opera?? and how to get firefox.Just download them from thr app store same as any other
it just looks an amazing phone from nokia.... currently iam using n8... but i m planning to buy this phn as my next gadget....