The Nokia N9 was announced as being the first “pure-touch” smartphone without the need or presence of hardware/capacitive buttons on the front of the device in order to operate it. It is powered by MeeGo, a platform Stephen Elop said “inspires both confidence and excitement” in October 2010; that was before the February 2011 moment where Nokia decided to go Windows Phone and abandon the platform.
However, Espoo chose to give MeeGo a chance on its Nokia N9 and they did a good job! The phone is built around the single gesture common to all people, which is [...]
If you thought that the microSIM, the tiny SIM card that became popular with Apple’s iPhone 4 and iPad, was difficult to handle (and cut out for some), brace yourselves and prepare for the upcoming nanoSIM.
Just as manufacturers like Nokia are joining Apple in the microSIM game, a German company announced the nanoSIM which will be a third smaller. Measuring 12mm x 9mm, it is believed to allow manufacturers to produce even slimmer devices, as the thickness of the SIM has been also reduced by roughly 15%. Of course there will be adapters to allow you to use a nanoSIM in a [...]
We all know that Nokia is known for the attention it gives to the cameras in its smartphones. Apparently, though, not everyone who bought themselves a new Lumia 800 is singing the praises for that model’s camera. According to some recent Twitter posts by Nokia’s Damian Dinning, a software update is in the works that should hopefully bump-up image quality for both the Lumia 800, as well as its cousin, the N9.
Details on just what improvements may be in store aren’t yet available. The reports of Lumia 800 quality problems that we’ve seen indicate that it [...]
We’ve recently heard that Nokia is planning to roll-out a certain PR1.1 update for the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9 by the end of this year and it looks like some N9 owners are already receiving the platform refresh.
The software update version number is 20.2011.40-4 and, aside from the fixes, it brings a couple of new features to the table like music controls on lock screen, color filters (black & white, sepia, vivid, negative, solarize) for photo and video shooting, more powerful multitasking with improved memory handling, Swype for fast typing, new indicators for standby [...]
Regardless if we are referring to products that are already available on the market — such as the Symbian-powered Nokia N8 or the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9 — or those which were recently unveiled — like the Lumia 800 running Windows Phone — Simon Lee-Smith, Telefonica’s European General Manager for Devices, thinks they are “too expensive”.
“If Nokia wants to sell in volume, they need to bring out devices which are cost-competitive”, he added, noting that Nokia’s premium devices are “not yet at the right price [...]
Nokia has built the N9 without any buttons, capacitive or hardware. Having MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan at its core, the experience of the N9 is based on a simple gesture: the swipe. That’s all you need to operate the device.
It’s not Android, iOS or Windows Phone but it definitely has a couple of accents and similarities with all the aforementioned operating systems. Overall the phone seems snappy but the biggest problem with MeeGo (aside from the fact that Nokia abandoned it) is the lack of applications in the Nokia Store. We take a brief look at the experience Nokia [...]
After unboxing and taking a look at the hardware on the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9, we are now taking a look at the camera capabilities on the phone. We’re looking at both imaging and recording.
The Nokia N9 features an f/2.2 eight-megapixel auto focus camera with Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash and super wide 28mm lens, delivering 16:9 720p video recording with stereo sound. The camera is particularly interesting because it will be the same one Nokia uses on the recently announced Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone. Let’s take a look at the samples below! Note: YouTube [...]
Nokia World wasn’t only about the Lumia Windows Phones and some S^40 Asha devices. The Finnish manufacturer took its time to revisit the Nokia N9, which lends its aspect to the Lumia 800, and announce a new color together with a software update.
Initially announced and available in pink, cyan and black (pretty much the colors for the Lumia 800), the MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan-powered N9 will also get a white variant (and hopefully so will the Lumia Windows Phone). It will be available this year and, opposed to the other N9 devices, it will sport a glossy finish rather than a [...]
Everything about the Nokia N9 speaks of quality, that premium feel which you’re used to when holding (not only) high-end devices made by the Finnish manufacturer based in Espoo.
After the unboxing we’re looking at the hardware on the Nokia N9. It sports a 3.9-inch curved glass AMOLED display of FWVGA resolution (854 x 480 pixels), and it’s powered by a Texas Instruments OMAP3630 1GHz CPU aided by a PowerVR SGX530 GPU. There’s 1GB RAM on board as well as either 16GB or 64GB of internal storage. Our unit has 16GB of storage.
The device is made out of [...]
Nokia has officially unveiled the N9 as the “first-ever pure touch smartphone” back in June (now, four months after, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus can say it’s “pure-touch” phone too) and it doesn’t run Symbian nor Windows Phone but MeeGo.
With a 3.9-inch curved glass AMOLED display of FWVGA resolution (854 x 480 pixels), the N9 is powered by a Texas Instruments OMAP3630 1GHz CPU aided but a PowerVR SGX530 GPU. There’s 1GB RAM on board as well as either 16GB in the model which we are currently unboxing.
Nokia threw in a microUSB [...]
The MeeGo-powered “pure-touch” Nokia N9 introduced in June is probably going to get a PR1.1 update by the end of the year, according to recent reports.
The phone which we have unboxed and examined from the hardware perspective is running MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan and the platform, while not as mature as Android or iOS, is looking really good. However, there are several ways to improve it as well as the N9 experience so a PR1.1 update this year would not only make the device better but demonstrate Nokia’s commitment to maintaining the product active.
If you’re a Nokia enthusiast you probably check on the Nokia Conversations website pretty often and as such, you might have noticed the portal being down for the past couple of days in preparation for a redesign.
Check on it now and you’ll see a completely redesigned website which has Metro written all over it. Aside from the unique, minimalistic features of the Metro-style, the Conversations redesign comes just two days before the Nokia World event where the Finnish manufacturer is expected to launch its first ever Windows Phones.
Source: Nokia [...]
Nokia’s wiping its hands of MeeGo with the release of its N9, leaving us curious what would become of the young OS. We weren’t sure if the other half of the partnership, Intel, would be sticking around, either, and had considered the possibility that Samsung might be interested in picking up where the others had left off. It now looks like MeeGo as we’ve known it is finished, and the companies that were still interested in it are redirecting their energy towards a new open source project, for a platform called Tizen.
Tizen is backed not just by Intel and [...]
Two weeks ago we heard from Nokia that the buttonless MeeGo powered N9 phone was successful and that all of the 64GB variants have been already pre-ordered. Now the Finnish company has announced that they are starting to honor orders and pre-orders.
According to the latest from Nokia regarding the N9, the phones have started shipping to customers and stores. The first “pure-touch” device sports a 3.9-inch AMOLED display with FWVGA resolution (854 x 480 pixels), a Texas Instruments OMAP3630 1GHz CPU, PowerVR SGX530 GPU, 1GB of RAM and either 16GB or 64GB internal [...]
Nokia’s store in its own country’s capital, Helsinki, is already taking pre-orders for the MeeGo powered N9, the first pure-touch smartphone launched by Nokia at the end of June. Based on initial feedback and a couple of pre-order days, demand is very good and Nokia might face a success story.
All 64GB models of the N9 have been reportedly reserved, so all of you in Finland who want the phone will have to settle (for the moment) for the 16GB variant. The buttonless slate has a unibody design, sports a 3.9-inch curved glass AMOLED display and FWVGA resolution (854 x [...]
Maybe the greatest casualty of Nokia’s decision to go full-blown Windows Phone with its future smartphones is the MeeGo operating system. Symbian still has a few good years left, but MeeGo never really got the chance it needed. The Nokia N9 could have been a great launching point to bring the platform into the public eye, but Nokia’s announcement that the N9 will not only be its first real MeeGo release, but also its last, paints a bleak picture for the system’s future. Could it have one, though, in the hands of another company?
Recent rumors have argued that [...]
We were just pondering over the lack of color options with so many of today’s smartphones, with the reveal of a new white version of the HTC EVO 3D. Such a discussion would largely fall on deaf ears over at Nokia, where the manufacturer has a knack for coming out with a nice selection of vibrant handsets. After all, this is a company that puts out phones clad with actual gold plating. It was no surprise, then, that when the N9 was announced, Nokia revealed that you’d be able to score the phone in either black, cyan, or magenta. Now it looks like that list is just the [...]
Recently Nokia tried to be very clear when saying that the N9 button-less MeeGo-powered smartphone will not reach the U.K. market (and U.S. either). It appears that the phone will be landing in Britain after all, via Etailer eXpansys.
The phone has a dedicated page over at eXpansys but there is no price announced. You can pre-order it in black, cyan and magenta and aside from the color flavors you can choose between the 16 and 64GB models. According to an eXpansys person, the N9 should be available “within the next two weeks” and it appears that it might be an [...]
We’ve been wondering what Nokia’s plans for the MeeGo-powered N9’s release would be since seeing in late June a webpage the company had put up for users to request information on the N9’s release in their countries. While a couple dozen made the cut, some very notable exceptions had us wondering if Nokia was planning a limited release of the N9, so as not to compete with its own plans for Windows Phone 7 hardware in those absent countries. Now the company has confirmed its intentions, stating unequivocally that it has no plans for a US nor UK [...]
In preparation for the release of Nokia’s N9 MeeGo smartphone, the company has had a countdown clock running on the Swedish version of its website, counting down to September 23. After ticking down for several days now, the counter has abruptly disappeared, raising questions about whether or not the N9 has been delayed.
Nokia Sweden could simply have stepped out of line with the countdown, and may have started running it prematurely; could we see it return as the expected release date nears?
The future of the N9 already seemed on pretty shaky ground when, shortly [...]
Nokia introduced the N9 MeeGo phone on June 21 and it appears that it will be landing in Sweden on September 23, after three months and a couple of days since its official announcement. At least that’s what the countdown says…
If you follow the source link you’ll land on the Swedish page for the Nokia N9 which is counting down 48 more days and 21 hours. That should mean that the N9 will be hitting Sweden on September 23 (and hopefully other European countries too).
The Nokia N9 is a button-less phone sporting a FWVGA resolution (854 x 480 pixels) screen, [...]
After the MeeGo developer device, the Nokia N950, was dismantled while stopping by at FCC recently, the N9 model which is the publicly available Nokia MeeGo has just visited the same Commission.
Following the same procedure, the Commission tears the Nokia N9. It’s always good to take a peak under the plastic and look at the silicon if you are the techy type. Besides for a wide range of bands supported (GSM850/900/1800/1900/GPRS/EGPRS MHz and WCDMA I/II(1900)/IV(1700)/V(850)/VII/HSDPA/HSUPA MHz) you can take a look at the non-removable batter and the eight-megapixel camera [...]
After seeing the amazing pictures the Nokia N9 can take, the manufacturer is now advertising one of the phone’s features. According to Espoo, the N9 “is the first phone ever to feature something called non-destructive photo editing”.
What this means is that you can manipulate a picture as much as you’d like and still have the ability to revert to the original at any given moment. In the example given by Nokia, a picture is edited in terms of red-eye reduction, cropping, editing, brightness bump, etc., and then saved to the library. Once you open up [...]