On Tuesday Morning/Monday Night, Nokia made several announcements at Nokia Connection. There has been a whole lot of coverage resulting from that, especially regarding the new Nokia N9 and I thought how I should cover all these announcements so here is my ultimate guide to what was said about the Nokia N9. I will have a few other posts regarding the other information to come out of Nokia Connection.
Obviously, the official site is a great place to start to find out about the device, and the specs are worth a look too. Nokia Conversations has gone a bit nuts though and has polled 5 articles on the device today, including: an interview with a designer of the device; a closer look at the camera; and, as they have one to play with, they ask readers what they would like to see them demo. There is also a micro-site for UI developers that shows a lot about how the UI works.
- The Nokia N9 Official Website
- Nokia N9 Data Sheet (pdf)
- Nokia Developer Nokia N9 Official Spec sheet
- Nokia N9 Developer Guidelines
- Nokia Europe – Nokia N9
- Nokia Europe – Nokia N9 Official Spec sheet
- Nokia Conversations – Introducing the N9
- Nokia Conversations – Video: Diving into the Nokia N9 UI and specs
- Nokia Conversations – Nokia N9 – Photo Taking and Sharing
- Nokia Conversations – Nokia N9: the designer’s story
- Nokia Conversations – What would you like to see
- Nokia Conversations – Getting up close, with NFC on the Nokia N9
- Nokia Conversations – Nokia N9: Drive & Maps
- Nokia Conversations – Damian Dinning on Nokia N9 imaging
- Nokia Conversations – Nokia N9: opening the browser
- Nokia Conversations – Nokia N9 Photo Gallery
- Nokia Conversations – N9 reactions from Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, and the Philippines
- Nokia Conversations – Nokia N9 screenshot gallery 1/2
- Nokia Conversations – Nokia N9 screenshot gallery 2/2
I thought I would find a lot of Wow articles here, but no – frankly, everyone was scrambling to get the facts out fast it seems. However, Engadget called it a “luscious slab of MeeGo” which was nice of them, while TmoNews (unofficial blog of T-Mobile USA) said ” Honestly this is just a beautiful looking phone”.
- Phone Arena: Nokia officially introduces the MeeGo powered Nokia N9, the first pure touchscreen phone
- Engadget: Nokia’s N9 official: a luscious slab of MeeGo coming later this year
- This is my Next – Nokia N9 Officially announc: unibody design, buttonless ‘swipe’ UI, and the lost promise of MeeGo
- TmoNews – The Nokia N9 Is One Sexy Piece Of Hardware, Supports AWS Bands
- Fone Arena – Nokia N9 MeeGo Phone Announced , available later this year
- TechRadar – Nokia N9 unveiled – crazy home screens and specs galore
Hands On Video and Photo Galleries
There have been lots of these and some have a huge number of pictures. There are also several videos going around and the most informative I have seen so far is the one from Tech65, bought to my attention by @the_thuth34 of NokiaInnovation.com – 11 minutes long but worth it – and check out how it scores on html5test.com. I haven’t seen all the videos I’m linking here so there may be better ones. My Nokia Blog has been particularly good about gathering hands on videos together, but I’ll link a few separately as well. Of the ones they have together, the “Batch 3” collection of videos they posted, all from Michael Hell, are well worth seeing.
As for pictures rather than video, check out Michael Hell’s fantastic collection of photo’s on Fone Arena. GSM Arena has a 4 page hands on review which is well worth a look too, and Pocket Lint also have a bunch of nice pictures and call it “stunning”.
- Tech365/Nokia Innovation – Nokia N9 first look video
- My Nokia Blog – Video: Nokia N9 Hands on (from Marko) +N9 Design
- My Nokia Blog: Video collection – every single Nokia N9 show floor hands on
- My Nokia Blog: Video: Bunch of Nokia Hands on Wave 2
- Engadget – Nokia N9 first hands on
- Slashgear – Nokia N9 Hands On
- All About Meego: Nokia N9 Hands On Gallery
- My Nokia Blog – Gallery: Nokia N9 UI screenshots
- Fone Arena -Exclusive Photo Gallery : 99 Photos of the Nokia N9 !
- GSM Arena – Nokia N9 hands-on: First look
- My Nokia Blog – Videos: Nokia N9 Hands on – Batch 3
- My Nokia Blog – Video: Nokia N9 hands on for the weekend – compilation number 4 :D
- Pocket Lint – Nokia N9 hands-on
- Engadget – Nokia N9 camera: sample images and video
- Phone Arena – Nokia N9 Hands-on (New)
- MyNokiaBlog – Video: 17 Minutes with the Nokia N950 (Preview of the MeeGo-Harmattan Developer Device)
So after the gut reaction and the rush to get pictures and videos out, comes the moment when people start to think a bit and praises and concerns come together. The main thrust is that the device is fantastic, but will it get support, or What are you doing with Windows Phone, Nokia, when you have this. Vlad Savov at Engadget who is often highly critical of Nokia (sometimes justifiably) sums things up well here.
I think MeeGo, as compared to stand-alone mobile operating systems is both a breath of fresh air and a great product, but like our dear friend Stephen Elop says, “We are moving from a battle of devices to a war of ecosystems.” Will MeeGo have a competitive ecosystem? I truly hope it does.
It’s a terrific phone that’s got me legitimately excited to use it, but its future is clouded by a parent that’s investing its time and money into building up a whole other OS. MeeGo, and in particular its Harmattan variety, looks set to become the unfortunate victim of the cutthroat economics that dominate competition in the smartphone realm today. Which would be a damn shame considering the wonderful concepts it espouses.
There’s a big difference between what’s in effect an OS experiment and the sort of broad play for the smartphone market that Microsoft is making with Mango, however. What the N9 does achieve is leaving us more confident about the Nokia and Microsoft partnership as a whole. The software has ripened quickly and Nokia has demonstrated it still has hardware – and software – skills to be reckoned with. Q4 and the first Nokia Windows Phone devices can’t come soon enough.
You can’t “experiment” with platforms, you have to support them with every fiber of your corporate being. … ultimately users are going to be best served by an OS that’s available on the market, ferociously updated, and widely supported by hardware and software manufacturers. That OS, according to Nokia, is Windows Phone 7…..
Seeing the audience’s excitement and positive reaction to a new product by a manufacturer that is clearly struggling is indeed inspiring. Could it be that not WP7, but MeeGo is Nokia’s future? And is it too late for the company to make a U-turn and get back to developing a MeeGo-powered portfolio?
With the exception of a dual-core processor, the N9 comes with everything that most cell phone junkies could ever want in a current-gen phone. Everything about the N9 sounds great – ….. until we take into consideration the future of MeeGo …
Nokia has said that beginning later this year, their main focus will be Windows Phone 7. Those who buy the N9 with hopes of long-term support will face the reality of MeeGo not being a substantial long-term player. Releasing the N9 with MeeGo is simply Nokia’s way of letting the fruits of their labor see the light of day, for however long it will last. The N9, in essence, is a probe device for Nokia’s side-project, nothing more.
All the blows and all the work in the course of 9 months. I never knew how much sweat and tears there needs to be to get this baby out.
What I want to say to the people who beared all that: Respect. You have my utmost respect and admiration.
So, depending on the price and Nokia’s will, there is a vague chance that the N9 might take off. If that happens, it would utterly undermine the Microsoft tie-in. If nothing else, Nokia will have to get its first Windows Phone out as close as possible to the release of the N9.
….a Nokia spokesperson has just told me….the company will be “fully supporting” the handset.
However, look back at the four essential pieces above
(Linux Kernel, Qt, Webkit, swipe UX) and keep in mind that Nokia is investing in all of them. Even if working on them is really fun, you may guess that Nokia is not paying the teams for the fun of it. It is sensible to expect more to come in a form or another…..
in reality the concern about “the future of MeeGo at Nokia” is tied to the future of Qt: …… There is a direct correlation between the success of the Qt project and the satisfaction of the future N9 users, even if most of them won’t know ever.
The N9, I should say first off, is really slick in the flesh—simple and streamlined—and seems to work just as smoothly on the inside, with a very responsive touchscreen and very fluid graphics. As an iPhone user, I found the N9’s interface intuitive and very easy to get to grips with
What I will say though is that the phone is a fantastic device, and if you like it and like the services and apps it comes with then why not buy it. ….
It is a device worthy of a full ecosystem and full support from a company that wants to see it do well and release more like it.
Worth a listen
- Engadget Mobile Podcast 093 – 06.25.2011 (First 35 mins of approx 90 – Vlad Savov, Myriam Joire, Brad Molen)
- All About MeeGo Insight Podcast 9 (53 mins – David Gilson, Rafe Blandford)
- All About MeeGo Insight Podcast 10 (30 mins – David Gilson, Rafe Blandford)
Other Bits and Bobs
So there has been more info pop up about the device that is worth sharing, some factual, some editorial.
- NY Times: Nokia Unveils a New Smartphone, but Not a Product of Its Microsoft Deal (didn’t really fit into the above)
- Pricing via phone arena or here via MyNokiaBlog
- Available in your country? (US, UK, India not listed)
- But it did pass the FCC (or is this the N950?)
- You can run android apps on it
- My Nokia Blog got 100,000 views yesterday
- Coming to Sweden September 23rd
- Warning: This is not MeeGo
- MeeGo developer disagreement with Elop
- N9 has lots pre-installed, including Skype integration, as well as Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Wifi Hotspot
- N9 has Swype keyboard
- N9 has a huge list of supported service, including Mail for Exchange
- N9 can be rooted from settings menu
- Has FM radio hardware, but no app out of the box, can close apps by swiping Up, Games can disable Swipe
- MAY get flash one day, and will be the only MeeGo device from Nokia THIS YEAR