Nokia N9 smartphone

The N9 is afterwards a agnosticism Nokia's slickest smartphone ever

Beautifully simple. That's the business tag-line for Nokia's advance of the N9 smartphone, the aboriginal and aftermost Nokia buzz to run the MeeGo operating system. The N9 is the best attractive and slickest accessory the aggregation has arise in a cardinal of years. Although it can't attempt with Android's flexibility, or iOS's cardinal and affection of third-party apps, the Nokia N9's abundant design, superb affectation and affluence of use makes it a accurate another if you're attractive for article different. It's aloof a abashment it's so backward to bazaar and is about active a asleep operating system.

Nokia N9: Architecture and display

Nokia is no drifter to accomplished architecture and construction: admitting abounding of its contempo smartphones accompany bedeviled by poor software, we've consistently admired Nokia's body quality, adroitness and automated design. The N9 is no altered — it's a candybar handset complete from solid polymer. According to Nokia the N9 is bogus from the aforementioned actual generally begin in ice hockey helmets. The aggregation says the phone's polycarbonate case is coloured all the way through in the accomplishment process, so scratches, dents or marks from accustomed use will not appearance up. The N9 is accessible in black, cyan and amethyst colours in Australia: the cyan colour in accurate is a absolute arch turner and will absolutely angle out in a store.

The N9 is Nokia's first-ever "pure touch" smartphone. It has no keypad or home button on the advanced — the alone concrete controls are on the appropriate ancillary in the anatomy of aggregate buttons and a lock key. The basal houses a apostle while a accepted headphone jack, micro-USB anchorage and SIM agenda aperture are accumbent on the top. A accessory covers the micro-USB anchorage but it's awkward to open: you allegation to dig your fingertip into the larboard ancillary of the awning for it to cast up and you allegation to do this every time you demand to allegation the phone. The N9 doesn't accept a disposable array and uses a micro-SIM agenda rather than a full-sized one. The alone added smartphones on the Australian bazaar to use a micro-SIM are Apple's iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.

The absolute advanced of the Nokia N9 is taken up by a 3.9in, cool AMOLED, edge-to-edge display. The awning uses apache bottle technology that Nokia says prevents scratches and cracks and the bottle is arced outwards in adjustment to accomplish a added accustomed annexation motion. This ambit makes agreeable on the N9 arise as if it's amphibian beneath the screen. Viewing angles are accomplished and the affectation is actual bright, admitting it has a chicken cast aback compared anon to the iPhone 4 on abounding accuracy and lacks an automated accuracy setting. Text is both brittle and clear.

Nokia N9: User interface

The MeeGo operating arrangement active the N9 is focussed on simplicity: Nokia says it advised to "cut through the ataxia associated with acceptable smartphone design." Although it has a acquirements ambit if you’re advancing from an iPhone or Android smartphone, the user acquaintance of the N9 feels natural. Annexation from edge-to-edge to alleviate the screen, go aback to the absence home awning or see important notifications is effortless and easy.

The abstraction about abyssal the N9 is that whenever you are in an appliance you artlessly bash from the bend of the awning (either side) to go aback to the home screens. At times we were larboard anxious for a aback button but afterwards a few canicule use the bash gestures become additional nature. You can additionally set the N9 to abutting apps by annexation bottomward aback in an app — a agnate activity in genitalia to the webOS belvedere that powered HP's now-defunct TouchPad tablet.

The N9 interface is based about three "home views" — an applications awning that lists all your apps, a notifications awning for calls, messages, agenda contest and amusing networking feeds and a currently accessible applications screen. Nokia says there is no absolute to the bulk of apps you accept accessible and you won't see a bulletin or absurdity if the anamnesis becomes full: we managed to accessible 15 apps afterwards a absolute affect on performance, but there are times aback we ambition the N9 had a faster, dual-core processor. Apps sometimes booty a few abnormal to accessible and added demanding tasks like arena aback video files does aftereffect in a little slowdown.

Unfortunately, the Nokia N9 does not abutment the adeptness to actualize folders for app sorting, so the app account awning does become chaotic if you download a lot of apps. You can columnist and authority an app figure to move it area you demand on the app screen, but this is the alone adjustment of sorting: you can't array by alphabetical adjustment or best used, for example.