Posts tagged with: N9
  • by | June 11, 2013 1:56 PM

    In the past six months, I've handled some of the world's most advanced mobile technology, including BlackBerry's new Z10 flagship, Nokia's one-of-a-kind N9 smartphone, and Sony's super-portable Xperia Tablet Z. And the thing I value most from these experiences isn't the Z10's unified messaging hub, or the N9's one-of-a-kind interface, or even the Tablet Z's water-resistant nature. Rather, the aspect I love most about these three products is that they all offer a variation on a buttonless unlock. This revelation might force you to question my priorities, and I acknowledge that idolizing ...

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  • by | April 9, 2013 3:49 AM

    Oh no! Just how many variations on the same design can the market take? I guess the fair answer to that is different from person to person and there's always the good old saying according to which you shouldn't fix something that is not broken (or, in this case, that still sells). Apple's iPhones look fairly the same; of course there are differences from one major iteration to the other (3, 4, 5) but the design principle is alike. Before Samsung launched its Galaxy S 4 I was praying for a new design because the current pebble-like aspect has been used and abused like a good old... Galaxy S ...

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  • by | July 19, 2012 1:48 PM

    Earlier this week, we saw the HTC HD2 live up to its reputation as one of the most flexible smartphones under the sun, getting a port of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean well in advance of many proper Androids. It's not the only non-Android handset looking to get in on the Jelly Bean action, as we've now learned that a port is also available for Nokia's N9. The MeeGo-running N9 gave us our first look at the sort of design that would come to dominate Nokia's Lumia line. While the hardware at the phone's heart sounds a little underpowered by today's standards, based around a TI OMAP3630 running at ...

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  • by | July 17, 2012 3:40 PM

    About a week ago, some smartphone news dropped that was either earth-shattering or completely irrelevant, depending on your point of view. It's my bet that most of our readers fall into the latter camp, as most of our coverage is devoted to the top three platforms in the mobile world. In fact, we didn't even run a story on this piece of news, so tangential was it to the modern mobile landscape. The news in question: the MeeGo platform isn't quite as dead as the world thought it was. Specifically, a team of ex-Nokia employees has leapt from the wobbly deck of the beleaguered phone ...

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  • by | March 22, 2012 3:41 AM

    Those (many) who complained or felt a bit bitter about Nokia turning towards Microsoft instead of Google for their new platform of choice should pay special attention to NITDroid and "Project Mayhem". It's as close as it gets when it comes to Android on a Nokia device, in this case the N9. It's not just any build of Android, but 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich! As we reported on its progress earlier, the "Project Mayhem" Alpha Release 1 is now out and allows for a dual-boot kernel to let you choose between platforms at start-up. There's a really long list of things working (yay!) -- among which ...

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  • by | February 12, 2012 5:19 AM

    The PR1.2 update for the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9 hasn't even started rolling out yet and we're hearing rumors of PR1.3 already in the testing phase. PR1.2 is expected to bring more than 3,500 improvements when it will be hitting N9 devices (after the N950). As far as PR1.3 is concerned, we're already received hints of its existence last month. However, a report unveiled that PR1.3 is already in use, probably in testing, as uncovered with the help of a bug posted. The PR1.3 reference is the only one mentioning the update and, while it can be just an error, we wouldn't be surprised to see ...

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  • by | February 9, 2012 4:36 PM

    For a phone that never really had a fair shot to be successful, cursed to launch as the lone handset on a dying platform, the Nokia N9 has been surprisingly prolific. Perhaps more than in any other way, it's the phone's design that has had the most influence in shaping the direction of the company's follow-up work on Lumia-series Windows Phone handsets. To a dedicated group of users, the N9 is undervalued hardware worth fighting for, and they've been hard at work looking for ways to expand its functionality. One of the most ambitious projects is to bring the latest version of Android to ...

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  • by | January 18, 2012 12:57 AM

    Overnight, we told you about the big MeeGo Harmattan PR1.2 update that will soon be going out to owners of the N9. All told, PR1.2 is supposed to be one pretty-darn feature-packed release, containing what Nokia claims to be over 3,500 fixes and other improvements. While that all sounded great, we still didn't know just when the update would be arriving. It's still nothing absolute, but some tweets from a Nokia employee now give us an idea of just when PR1.2 might land for the N9. Sotiris Makrygiannis is Nokia's Director of applications for Meego, so he's certainly someone who should be in ...

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  • by | January 17, 2012 3:41 AM

    When we reviewed the Nokia N9 back in November we had a couple of comments related to the software side. The PR1.2 update -- we saw its initial screenshots last year -- should bring a couple of features as we've recently heard. Turns out that video calling, application folders, Camera and Gallery improvements are not the only new things to grace the N9. There will be a total number of more than 3,500 fixes, tweaks and improvements. The information comes officially from Nokia and, if you happen to have a Nokia N950 developer device, the new Harmattan PR1.2 update will soon land on your ...

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  • by | January 12, 2012 7:59 AM

    Right after we reviewed the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9 back in November -- and complained about some of the missing features of the platform -- screenshots emerged of a PR1.2 update, though without any specific details. Recently, some more screenshots indicate what might also be included with the platform refresh. One of the thing we complained about in the N9 (running MeeGo PR1.1 back then) was the fact that there was absolutely no use for the front-facing camera. PR1.2 seems to resolve that with the addition of video calling capabilities. The panel dedicated to the applications will get ...

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  • by | December 30, 2011 7:02 AM

    The MeeGo-powered Nokia N9, basically the twin brother of the Lumia 800 Windows Phone, is available in the U.K. via etailers like eXpansys. Usually the phone goes £454.99 (around $700) but if you hurry you might grab it at a much lower price. The pink one goes for £369.99 (roughly $570) and the cyan for £379.99 (around $585). These are all 16GB versions but if you prefer to have more storage and opt for the 64GB variant, you'll have to spend £579.99 (around $895). These prices are for unlocked phones with no contract and checking out the source links below you can also see how many ...

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  • by | November 28, 2011 6:38 AM

    Nokia has already started distributing the PR1.1 for the MeeGo-powered N9 but it's good to know that the manufacturer is dedicated to maintaining the phone up to date. Screenshots of what appears to be PR1.2 have surfaced on the internet. Apparently there will be many new and cool things added to the phone. There's a new button to manage applications, a new camera user interface that has separate controls for the camera flash and options, same with video recording LED flash, new and stylish buttons, color profiles, face recognition in Gallery and more. Check out the source link for more ...

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  • by | November 21, 2011 4:02 AM

    Initially there were no plans for Nokia to bring its MeeGo-powered N9 to America but it appears that the Finnish manufacturer might have changed its mind. If you follow the source link to Amazon you'll see the phone listed with "Nokia" as its seller. You'll currently pay $649.99 for the phone, and, as we told you with the occasion of our review, it's a great device, though current iOS, Android and Windows Phone users are unlikely to jump ship and on-board the MeeGo train. If you're new to smartphones the N9 is a great addition though the price could be lower. Let us know if you're getting ...

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  • by | November 18, 2011 3:13 PM

    Nokia's N9 started getting its first major update, to PR1.1, earlier this month. The feature list contained a whole assortment of changes, and helped out with phone performance thanks to tweaks in multitasking and memory management. Nokia's just revealed one change that didn't make it into PR1.1 and will arrive in a future update, altering how the phone's default font appears in an effort to make it more readable. The problem now, as Nokia sees it, is that adjacent lines of the default Nokia Pure Text font are spaced too closely together. If you're reading English text, it probably already ...

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  • by | November 18, 2011 5:39 AM

    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 the swipe. The whole experience is ...

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