SlashGear’s Nokia N9 Review (+video) – double punch of compelling software and beautiful hardware.

| October 24, 2011 | 65 Replies

SlashGear’s Chris Davies has published his Nokia N9 review.

It’s a whopper of a read. Here’s the highlights of the text review. There’s a video too!

  •  Chris notes Nokia’s usual excellence in hardware in previous devices, just lacking in software, often wishing it had Android.
  • Now on N9. Hardware, “Nokia has certainly excelled itself with the N9”.
  • NFC Works surprisingly well
  • N9 – a shining beacon of what MeeGo could have been
  • MeeGo feels like it has been designed with multitasking and social integration from the outset.
  • whole interface is awash with neat little animations and usability tidbits, all with touch at their heart.
  • Lists spring and bounce when scrolled to their end, and there’s no lag to be encountered in swiping
  • N9′s 1GHz single-core handled things well, though occasionally we’d see a little sluggishness as apps loaded.
  • (in comparison with flimsy touch on Symbian) great to see that Nokia’s software engineers do actually know what they’re doing with touchscreen technology
  • Nokia doesn’t stint on preloaded applications with MeeGo: the N9 comes out of the box with just about everything you’d expect from a recent smartphone
  • The on-screen keyboard is particularly good, offering both portrait and landscape variants and supporting a sharp haptic buzz that does a great job of feeling localized to your fingertip.
  • Maps - solid alternative to Google Maps Navigation on Android
  • Camera – end result is excellent. Video clips solid if not outstanding.

  • Radio performance – something Nokia getting consistently right.
  • Battery – lasts till the end of the day with a fair chunk of juice for the next.
  • “It’s not often we review what’s effectively a dead product.”
  • “Our frustration is that the N9 doesn’t deserve to die.”
  • “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 can’t blame Nokia for the direction the company has chosen – there’s more to it than mere software; Windows Phone gives them a platform, a developer ecosystem, and the might of Microsoft among other things – but we can be more than wistful that the N9 and MeeGo came that little bit too late to have their true worth recognized.”
Again, check out the full review here:

Category: Maemo, MeeGo, Nokia, Video

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