So I understand if there are folks who think it is in bad taste to post about the n9 hours before Stephen Elop is going to start announcing Windows phones at Nokia world, but I think if I don’t do this now it might not happen at all.
The device runs MeeGo which wad going to be Nokia’s primary smart phone platform, until February 11 when Stephen Elop announced that Windows Phone would take that role and that there would only be one MeeGo device this year.
When when it was announced I posted an ultimate guide to the reaction the device received across the web. The Nokia n9 is it and is now out and had been getting reviewed. It seems only appropriate to aggregate a few if those reviews here. If you like what you read and want to pick one up, depending on your country, there may be carriers selling it or you may have to find it unlocked. Here in the USA, two online stores selling it are Expansys-USA ($754 for 16GB) and Negri Electronics($685 for 16GB). However you call it, those prices for the 16GB version are a lot of money. Still, Here are the reviews.
- My Nokia blog –
- Micheal Review Sumary – Despite the few issues I’ve noted above, and those that may have come through in my videos, it’s still a very good phone. I like that the boot time is fast and I can start using the phone almost straight away without any lag (unlike N8). I believe there is a good compromise between features, speed and good design. For those who don’t mind spending that little bit extra I think the N9 is a suitable choice and, from personal experience, is a good upgrade from an N8.
- Sergejs Review Part 1, Part 2 – As crazy that might sound, the N9 was probably one of the closest iPhone rivals without even realizing it. Like other reviewers have stated before, it’s hard not to immediately fall in love with N9. It’s even harder to put it down in the first few days. The outer shell and UI is gorgeous and refreshing, the tech inside – solid.
- Thisismynext – 7.9/10 – The N9 is flawed and doomed, but you have to understand, I don’t care. The universal experience of using this phone is one of delight and desire. Yes, it can get bamboozled and freeze up, and no, you won’t be finding an avalanche of awesome new apps for it, but those downsides fade in comparison to the abundance of positives. The Harmattan UI is fresh, slick, and as natural as anything the smartphone world has yet introduced, while the physical design is unmatched.
- Slashgear – In fact, Nokia has delivered a double-punch of compelling software and beautiful hardware: a device that earned curious, envious glances while we played with it in public, and a platform that was both instantly usable and consistently slick. We try not to play “What could’ve been” …but forgive us if we stare wistfully off for a while, imagine a whole range of MeeGo smartphones helping Nokia reclaim its crown. Nonetheless, it’s hard to escape the polish of the N9′s hardware/software combination. Seldom are we so reluctant to part with a review unit as we are over sending the N9 back to Nokia. It may not be the fastest, or the most whiz-bang of the smartphones, but it’s holistically beautiful and an example in many ways of why Nokia once led the mobile field.
- Engadget – Nokia’s really made our lives difficult here. On the one hand, the N9 delivers a double punch with gorgeous hardware and brilliant software….. Yet despite all that, it was killed before even getting a chance to prove its worth. At least the current hardware — with its fantastic design, amazing screen and top-notch camera — will likely be reborn as the Sea Ray (guess we’ll find out at Nokia World next week). Still, it’s a shame about the software, because given the choice, we’d pick MeeGo over Mango, despite its weaker ecosystem.
- Gsm Arena – Beautiful. Simple. Brilliant. Out of place and hardly on time. Timeless. The Nokia N9 is a story with no happy ending but you want to enjoy every word. Sad story. Post-coital kind of sad. And that’s not because the Nokia N9 let us down. On the contrary, we found it to be a revelation: gorgeous design and the divine simplicity of the all-screen experience.
- Phone Arena – 7 -Is MeeGo a viable OS? Is the Nokia N9 design up to scratch? Is the new camera good enough? The resounding answer is yes, bittersweet though it may be. MeeGo ordains Nokia’s impeccable hardware with a form fitted OS, one that could even challenge the major players on the usability stakes and before we can celebrate, we must commemorate.
- CNET Australia – 8 – Despite a laundry list of missing features, the N9 is Nokia’s best phone for a long time. The MeeGo OS feels lean and fast, and the messaging system is a winner. The web browser is limited in its features and controls, but is pleasingly zippy when loading pages. It is also one the best media-playing mobiles that we’ve come across in 2011, with a long list of supported codecs.