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June 29, 2011

Nokia N9 Review

by Franz Bicar

Nokia has been playing catch up with today’s leading handset manufacturers. Sure, they’re still at the top worldwide, Asia and Europe most probably, but they are slowly loosing notoriety. The Nokia N9 is Nokia’s attempt of fighting back. It is the first smartphone to run on the MeeGO platform and is built for people who appreciate a stunning blend of design and the latest smartphone technology.

The N9 comes in a black side slider form factor complemented with a built-in antenna. This capacitive touch screen has a resolution of 480×800 pixels and can display 16777215 colors. It also has special coating that protects it from scratches.

The unibody polycarbonate chassis is a bit discouraging but it seamlessly integrates into the glass 3.9-inch OLED panel, which offers ClearBlack display technology to make the dark bits darker and the colours more vivid than ever before.

The N9 measures 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm and weighs 135gm.

The Nokia N9 comes in 16GB and 64GB variants. This is OK, but it would have been better if the N9 included microSD card slots - which it doesn’t. But 16GB or 64GB is pretty good already. The only ports you will see on the N9 are the headphone jack, a microUSB connector, and a pop-up tray for the microSIM.

With no need for a home key, the all-screen Nokia N9 makes more room for apps to shine. The 3.9-inch AMOLED screen is made from scratch-resistant curved glass. The polycarbonate body enables superior antenna performance. This means better reception, better voice quality and fewer dropped calls.

The 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss autofocus sensor, wide-angle lens, HD-quality video capture and large lens aperture enable great camera performance even in lowlighting conditions. This makes the Nokia N9 one of the best camera-phones ever produced.

The Nokia N9 features free turn-by-turn drive and walk navigation with voice guidance in Maps. With the new dedicated Drive app, you can get in your car and start navigating to your destination right away.

You can watch videos in true 16:9 widescreen format. And because the Nokia N9 is also the world’s first smartphone with Dolby Digital Plus decoding and Dolby Headphone post-processing technology, you get a surround sound experience with any set of headphones.

The N9 is running on Nokia’s MeeGo 1.2. It is powered by a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 OMAP 3630 processor, PowerVR SGX530 graphics and 1GB of RAM all working together to deliver a fluid response under the finger.

The stand-out feature of Nokia N9 is definitely the 8MP camera. A maximum resolution of 4000×3000 is possible, thus you get pictures with outstanding quality. There is also a Xenon flash, Carl Zeiss optics and 1/1.83 sensor. There are also available features such as geotagging, auto focus, face detection and smile definition. The video recording is at 25 frames per second. There is also a secondary camera of 0.3MP.

It’s worth noting that the user is given a rather huge range of multimedia applications for entertainment needs. The music player supports formats such as MP3 and WAV, including WMA, eAAC. The Video player-MP4 / DivX / XviD / H.264 / WMV formats. There is also FM-Radio with stereo sound and RDS feature, TV output, as well as an accelerometer and digital compass.

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