mobile / 10/10/2011

Likes & dislikes: Nokia N9

I’m two minded about the Nokia N9. While a lot of effort went into its design, Nokia itself have given up on the MeeGo operating system in favour of open source Tizen (not forgetting that Symbian is being replaced by Windows Phone). 



So if you’re seriously considering getting the Nokia N9, don’t expect a lot of new apps, or updates/support for current apps.

The Nokia N9 has 3 home screens: a feed which pulls information from social networks or RSS; the regular menu screen with apps; and a screen that shows your current activities (you can also terminate whatever is running in the background by holding the app down hard and killing it).

The phone has 3.9″ AMOLED screen, an 8-megapixel camera, records in high definition, displays video in a 16:9 ratio (widescreen), fitted with NFC technology, voice guidance in Maps and turn-by-turn drive and walk navigation. 

This is what you get in the box: 


A very minimal design box (looks familiar), a user guide, a USB charger, a plug point (with USB input), earphones and a silicon cover.

I got play around with the N9 for a bit and these are my thoughts so far:

LIKES

1. Design. A lot of effort went into the design of the N9 and it shows. It’s sleek, smooth, has rounded edges and there’s no traditional home button you’d find on a Nokia handset. It sits very comfortably in your hand and doesn’t slip.
2. Swipe gesture. To come out of an open app, you swipe from the bottom up. To close an app, you swipe from the top down (you can create this shortcut under settings). It’s a smooth process.
3. Comes preloaded with apps straight out the box. This is sort of becoming standard on tablets/smarthphones now. It really does make a difference; you can start playing around immediately and handy if you’re on prepaid / don’t have data bundles.

DISLIKES

1. The qwerty keyboard. The keys were too narrow and it took quite a while typing tweets. Auto-rotate works when typing SMSes but not in apps like Facebook and Twitter. Thus, typing a status update took longer than necessary. Also, going back to add a word to a sentence was a nightmare. It took quite a while for the phone to register this function.
2. Screen one pulls all your feeds. If you decide to turn this off (to save data), there is no way of clearing the screen. Old feeds from the day this feature was deactivated still displays on the screen. I went into every logical setting to clear old feeds, and have yet to find it.
3. The input to charge the phone is covered, so every time you want to charge the device, you have to open and close it. I found this impractical. It’s only a matter of time before it weakens/breaks.



Nafisa Akabor
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  • N10

    Fully agree with your likes and dislikes.
    Such a tragic end to MeeGo. I’m rather fond of the swipe gesture navigation idea. Seems easy and natural, although it could get in the way when playing games?

    Thank for the great article 🙂

  • N10 – not likely to get in the way. You need to touch it from one end, so if you know this, you’re not likely to make a mistake.

    Thanks for reading and taking time to comment 🙂

  • Buchan

    “Nokia itself have given up on the MeeGo operating system in favour of open source Tizen”

    This is inaccurate. AFAIK, Nokia is not involved in Tizen. Nokia has not given up on “MeeGo” entirely either, but WP7 was adopted in place of MeeGo for replacing Symbian for some product lines.