An excellent smartphone
Ever since Apple, Samsung and other companies launched their new smartphones featuring a large array of exciting and seemingly endless possibilities, Nokia has tried to keep up with them, but failed quite a few times. Former Nokia users changed their affinities and opted for the iPhone, the Samsung Galaxy S and other popular smartphones. The latest N9 represents the Finnish company’s attempt at bringing fans back to its products. Will it work? We certainly hope so, despite this device being the first one to run on a presumably not so brilliant MeeGo operating system. Let’s us what our tests showed in this review.
Have you ever had the feeling that all smartphones today look almost the same? We have and that’s why it’s refreshing to see that the Nokia N9 does its best to make sure that it doesn’t share similarities in terms of design to other devices on the market. The product is available in 3 colors, namely black, blue and fluoro pink. The one we decided to test was black and looked very elegant with its unibody polycarbonate that didn’t feel nor appear cheap. Dropping it a few times during our test didn’t result in serious damage, because this smartphone was very solid. When examining the device further we noticed it had no mechanical buttons for navigation, only power and volume keys. A rather surprising discovery was the fact that the microUSB charging/data port and the SIM card slot were hidden behind some kind of small trapdoors.
Easy to use interface
Unlike other smartphones, the Nokia N9 offers what is considered one of the easiest to use interfaces ever; when we turned the device on, we were immediately given access to a vertically scrolling list including tools, services and games already installed on the product. Swiping from left to right in the apps screen opened thumbnails of all recently used applications. This swiping possibility represents a major improvement from the standard button-tapping used in today’s smartphones.
From what we saw in our review, the strongest point of the N9 is messaging. The smartphone goes beyond simple e-mail and SMS possibilities and adds an always-on system for communicating with friends on services like Google Talk, Skype and the like. A new feature on the Nokia N9 is NFC support, which means that the device will easily communicate (as in data transfer) with various other devices which are in close proximity to it and sport this near-field communication option.
8 megapixel camera
Of course there’s also a camera installed on the Nokia N9. This one has 8 megapixel and is capable of snapping quite decent pictures; and by “quite decent” we mean problems with strong light, some soft focus and kind of unimpressive colors. Videos, on the other hand, looked very good. Buyers will be pleased to find out that the product plays all kinds of video formats, including WMV and MP4. Music lovers will find it easy to listen to an array of music formats.
When it comes to memory, the smartphone offers two options: 16GB and 64GB. This makes the N9 stand on equal grounds with the iPhone. The battery life didn’t last a whole day, but that was mainly due to heavy usage of the device.
1GHz Cortex-A8 OMAP 3630 CPU
Loading Internet pages didn’t take at all long, although performance wasn’t as quick as the one offered by Samsung’s Galaxy S and Apple’s iPhone.
General performance was good. The 1GHz Cortex-A8 OMAP 3630 processor with 1GB of RAM and Power SGX530 graphics made the smartphone snappy and quite good when playing games.
All in all, at the end of the review, the Nokia N9 is a fairly good smartphone with an excellent messaging system, one of the best media-playing experiences and good hardware.
|Dedicated Keys||camera, volume , power|
|Frequency Bands||HSDPA : 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz|
|GSM : 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|Camera||Yes 8.1 MP|
|Video Recording||yes Resolution :1280×720 30 fps|
|Type||color : AMOLED|
|Features||Images: Wide-angle lens, Lens aperture F2.2, Touch-to-focus and exposure lock, face tracking, Carl Zeiss optics, Automatic Motion Blur Reduction Video:Continuous autofocus,Stereo sound recording|
|Data Modes||GPRS / EDGE (EGPRS) / HSDPA 3.6|
|Internet Browsing||Yes , HTML 5 , HTML5, CSS 3 , XHTML|
|Bluetooth||Yes , version 2.1 + EDR|
|Wlan/Wi-fi||Yes Modes: 802.11b / 802.11g / 802.11n|
|USB Mass Storage||available|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4 / 3GPP H.263 / H.264/AVC / WMV 9|
|Audio Formats||AAC / AAC+ / eAAC+ / MP3 / MP4 / WMA|
|3.5mm Headphone Jack||available|
|Ringtones||mp3, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB|
|Type||Li – Ion|
|Talktime||660 mins HSDPA: 420 mins|
|Standby||380 hours HSDPA: 450 hours|