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Review: Nokia Lumia 900 through my MeeGo-loving eyes

| August 19, 2012 | 52 Replies

It is no secret I love the N9 and MeeGo-Harmattan. It runs such a versatile OS. It may not be the most developed out of the box, but you don’t choose it for that. The possibilities are endless. Enable developer mode, and install a few mods and the device is unmatched (except by the N900). But this isn’t to talk up the N9 (I’ll save that for later).

I am here to talk about my experiences over the last two weeks, with the Nokia Lumia 900. I’ll break it up into Hardware & Software. I did use it as my main device for the entire two weeks, only using my N9 to test some new mods I’d come across. When talking about software, I will also do my absolute best to remove any prejudice I have about WP (keeping in mind, I have used the Lumia 800 as my daily for over two months).

Hardware:

First up we have the gorgeous design. I knew I would like it, as it is the same design I’ve fallen in love with on my N9. I have the Unicorn, but was lucky enough to have a Stormtrooper, so again, glossy white, WOW! The screen didn’t feel too big going from my N9 to the Lumia 900, but now I have gone back, my N9 feels ridiculously small. (Haven’t felt like this since I went from N8 to X6 for a day).

At first, I thought I wasn’t going to like the bezel, and the flat screen, but after a day or so, there were no issues whatsoever. Although, I would jump for a Lumia 900 with a curved screen. Maybe the next Lumia that is coming “soon”. Having an exposed USB port was handy, as it was easy to just plug and get on with tasks, however, I kept being conscious about putting it the right way in pocket, so nothing went in there.

I’m putting this down to the fact it was a trial device and had been used before me, but compared to my N9 and Lumia 800, the physical keys were a lot more compressed and I found it hard to push them. Although, something I will never not like is the having a physical camera key. Yes, I have Camerra installed, so I can use the vol+ as a shutter key, but it does not replace having a dedicated camera shutter.

The front facing camera on the Lumia 900 is amazing! It was one of the things I was looking forward to the most (along with the larger screen), and it did not disappoint at all. It’s clarity blew me away (even more so when compared to the N9′s FFC). The rear camera surprised me too, as I expected it to be sub-N9, but they were pretty equal.

Something that I also found to be quite annoying was the back button. I found it to “bleed” onto the screen. When using predominantly black-backgrounded apps, you could notice this significantly. It isn’t restricted to the one device, as I’ve heard others complain of it too. Also, compared to the Lumia 800, the soft keys seem yellow, not white.

The last component of the hardware I want to talk about, is the memory options. Admittedly, my N9 and the Lumia 900 I trialled, were both 16GB, although WP7 is limited to that, where as I could purchase the 64GB version of the N9 if I wanted to.

Software:

Moving on to the software side of things, we have the multitude of apps, unique live tiles and the fluidity that is WP. Setting up the device is easy enough, synching your contacts from the Live ID you use to sign in to the device. Having the same ID on my 800 and N9, all the contacts were synched across all three. I was surprised when my 800 and N9 updated themselves almost instantly when I changed a contact’s name.

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After all the setting up was done, and I got the live tiles the way I liked, with all the apps I love, the experience was exactly the same as it was on my Lumia 800. There was no difference for me at all, it was like I was using the same phone in a way. The OS was really fluid. Venturing in to the marketplace, there was pretty much an app for anything I needed.

The social integration on the platform is a really awesome feature, and I love having Facebook chat, Windows Live Messenger and Text, all in the same thread, with that intelligent auto-switching based on the contact’s status. It is something I wish I had on my N9. The “Me” tile is handy, as it helps me see how many Facebook Notifications/Twitter Mentions I have, in a glance. That is the best way to describe live tiles, information at a glance. The N9 has it too, it is called the Standby Screen, and the Events homescreen.

The downsides of the OS includes a lack of a centralised notification system. Although Live Tiles is a solution, it isn’t a complete solution, as it is plain stupid to pin every app to the start screen, just to know when there are notifications. Bluetooth file transfer is something I have also missed when using a WP, supposedly coming to WP8. The lack of multi-tasking for me, as a self-declared “power user” was a huge element to get used to, especially trying to load web elements (Facebook notifications, Twitter feed, web page etc.) in the background.

I didn’t want to mention this, but at least for me (in no way do I represent the broader amount of user’s needs), the ability to extend the feature set of WP is limited, well, non-existent (unless you have hacked the OS). If something goes wrong, say like what happened to me where scrolling was buggy, and the Marketplace failed to launch, you most likely need to reboot to fix it.

With the N9, run a terminal command or 2, and you’re all set. Same thing with features. Due to the huge community following, the mantra of  “if it doesn’t do it, we’ll make it” has never been stronger than with MeeGo/Maemo. It may not have a billion apps, but the bigger ones are there, or very good alternatives. Plus, with the ability to run OSes like Android (via Nitdroid Project) and Debian (via Easy Debian), plus compatibility layers such as TizMee (Tizen), apps are irrelevant.

In every respect, WP7 is a great OS for the majority of consumers that need the basic feature set on a mobile phone. For the more tech savvy users, there are several things that are missing. Hopefully, most of these issues will be rectified by WP8. We won’t need to wait long either, given Nokia World is around the corner.

Overall Opinion:

Taking in to account everything, and attempting to remove the prejudice I have of the N9, the Lumia 900 is really a great all-round device. It has great industrial design, the screen is amazingly clear and the perfect size, with good optics (front & back). If this device was mine, it may become my daily driver, simply for the FFC and the larger screen, and keep my N9s as a “nerd-toy”.

My recommendation to anyone looking at getting a Lumia 900 is not to buy one. Yes, you read that right. There is no point in buying the Lumia 900 at this stage of the game, as WP8 will be coming out shortly. Since there is no upgrade path to the latest iteration, purchasing now, in my opinion, is a mistake. Wait until WP8 devices are announced, and weigh up your options. Worst thing is to buy one now, and in a month regret it because there is something new. There is the WP 7.8 update coming, and that is great for those who already own the device.

For me, I’m content with my N9, for now.

Cheers to Nokia Australia and Fuel for the trial device!

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Category: Lumia, Mango, MeeGo, MNB, Nokia, Nseries, Reviews, Windows Phone

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Hi! My name is Michael. Like the others, I'm also a Student, living here in Sydney. I have a real passion for the latest technology and I'm a real Nokia buff! My aim is to keep those of you, like myself, updated with the latest in what's going on in the Nokia World. Currently sporting N9 & Lumia 820, with other Nokia devices in my posession. Get in touch on Twitter via @MFaroTusino, Google Plus or even simply drop me an email at mike.mnb[at]outlook.com or tips[at]mynokiablog.com
  • deep space bar

    bbbbhahaha microsoft shitting on it’s people like usual…they’ve been doing the same software crap since windows 2000

  • fabri

    wp8 will be great

    • deep space bar

      nothing different :/

      • poiman

        Just like your comments… always the same cr*p.

        • http://mynokiablog.com Jay Montano

          Literally you’re right. They’re always the same ‘nothing special’. I think there’s a button on his keyboard specifically for that catchphrase.

          Anyway, great review Michael, fair take on both strengths and weaknesses and I agree with your conclusion not to recomment it right now.

          • deep space bar

            nothing different from you either jay :/

          • new user

            Lol.

  • @AndyHagon

    Fair comments mate, like your comparisons between the two. Do you think owning an N9 means you kinda have to tweak and mod? I’ve owned mine since January and my delving into Terminal has been very limited, and always with guidance from Arie, as I really don’t have much of a clue. But the results are always amazing. So that said, really looking forward to your and Arie’s guide to tweaking the N9 for all the N9 owners out there who want an ABC guide to do some of the great things you guys have already done.

    Also agree with your advice on buying a Lumia 900 right now. WP8 seems to be a week or so away from a Nokia announcement, I wouldn’t tie myself into a 2-year contract and exclude myself from the OS’s next iteration, especially when rumours suggest a 900 like design with a curved screen a la N9 and 800. Seems like Nokia listened to the bloggers who reviewed the 900 and complained that they switched out the curved screen for a flat one with bezel. Here’s hoping anyway!

    Great piece, Michael. Cheers cobber! :)

    • Michael Faro-Tusino

      It doesn’t mean you have to. It is a great device in itself, but to unlock its true potential, and let it achieve its best, yes. I’ve only learnt Linux commands since I got the phone in October last year, so don’t let that hold you back.

      The results are amazing, lately have experienced a fairly lag free experience (I say fairly as there is still lag on the homescreen when a notification comes in, apparently cause by a bug in the FW).

  • Grendell

    Great points all around. Well written and expressed. I too fall into that category, having an N9 and getting a spare because I liked it so much. Here’s hoping WP can transcend its current limitations to provide a preferrable experience for those of us used to the trappings of both symbian and meego harmattan.

    • NULL

      That’s the problem: WP will be kept limited by MS, as vendor lock-in is part of MS’s business plan. MS, and only MS controls the only store for the device, so MS decides which apps are allowed on your device. They’ve learned from the competition: Apple does the very same thing, and rakes in buckets of money. Google and Nokia/Symbian/Harmattan as well, but slightly less restrictive as you can install apps from a third party on those devices. Yet, that still isn’t equivalent to root access.

      You might think: “I don’t need root access”, but being root is hardly the point. It’s about the options you have on *your* device, without the enforced limits of the OS-provider. As such, I cannot recommend WP nor iOS at all to anyone. I’ll keep the N9 for now, hoping that Jolla Mobile will come with a device which has no imposed (software) limits.

      • http://www.thedeathmerchant.com/ Death Merchant

        You might think: “I don’t need root access”, but being root is hardly the point. It’s about the options you have on *your* device, without the enforced limits of the OS-provider.

        This!

      • Dave

        1) The vast majority does not care, do you flash your TV firmware? Your toaster? Your car’s CPU? It’s an appliance where the iPhone has overwhelmingly proven people just want to have a great user experience.

        2) MS “lock-in” complaints are about a decade old, Skydrive fully integrates with my Mac, and in fact there is a Mac version of the WP software which uses iTunes and iPhoto for synchronization. Goodluck updating you freedom Symbian on anything except Windows. How’s that for irony.

        3) You are very picky in your freedom fight, it’s enough to install third party apps, but you don’t care Google strongarms everyone into either fully putting THEIR ads and THEIR apps and THEIR services front stage, or not being able to use ANY of them (see Kindle). You also don’t get any sourcecode to any of the hardware drivers, mobile firmware, etc, and of course there are plenty of bootloader locked devices as well.

        Of course if this battle is very important for you, you have the choice to do what you want, but you can only fight so many of them, so pick wisely.

        • NULL

          The vast majority doesn’t care because it doesn’t understand the implications of those limitations. Your example, the TV, is a nice one: my dad’s tv has limited support for video played from USB. Where the thing more open, I’m sure there would have been home-brew for it with better support. For my Samsung tv there are home-brew firmware images available, which add some nice features and fix some bugs in the official firmware. Yet I can’t install it, because Samsung won’t allow it and has plugged the security holes used to crack the tv…

          Why you think Skype is a perfect example against the vendor lock-in is beyond my comprehension. Skype is very much closed source, controlled by one party. I’m using a SIP provider for VoIP. Works OOTB on my N9 and other devices. I can switch providers in an instant, without losing my numbers or contacts. And it is cheaper than Skype.

          Also, why you think that I think that google is the good guy is also beyond my comprehension.

        • Shaun

          1) I’ve flashed my TV’s firmware 3 times or so. It’s a Sony Bravia TV with built in internet and local media services. Each new firmware has brought new features. My toaster? I’m sure there’s a toaster somewhere that has firmware but generally a toaster is quite different from a smartphone. My car? Yep, that’s had new firmware *.

          There’s nothing precluding a great user experience and flashing your firmware – heck, people are quite used to doing that even on iPhones. Many don’t even know they’ve done it – it just auto-updates.

          2) Symbian phones are supported by Nokia Media Transfer on the Mac which uses iTunes and iPhoto. You can also use iSync if you’re still pre-Lion. And you can of course just mount it as a USB filesystem or a camera. BUT, we’re not talking about Symbian, this is an N9 v Lumia comparison and with the N9 and a Mac you get local CalDAV support, NokiaLink on the Mac, USB filesystem, camera MTP or you can ssh/ftp into your phone from the Mac. My N9 just mounts as a local ssh drive on my Mac when in wifi range using MacFuse. i use iCloud for syncing calendars remotely. Good luck doing any of that with a Windows phone.

          3) No idea what you’re on. NULL was pointing out you can sideload apps from non-approved stores on Android and Symbian/Harmattan. NULL pointed out that Google weren’t quite as open as Nokia’s platforms. But, both are a world away from Windows Phone or iOS restrictions.

          Really, some people are quite fine with installing python on their phone and hacking scripts and others better just buy dumb Windows or iOS phones. Choice is good. Why get shitty with the technical minority when that’s what they like doing? It’s like telling people off for trying to learn something beyond their knowledge. Why can’t you have BOTH an elegantly simple to use phone AND root access to the phone’s OS for people technical enough to go look?

          The lack of ambition in today’s techies and their willingness to be walled off from their own devices is quite stunning. Sad.

          * That’s about all I can do on modern cars although I can still balance a set of twin SU carbs and pick needle profiles. ;-)

          • JGsmartypants

            “Why get shitty with the technical minority when that’s what they like doing?”
            Because there aren’t enough of them. Perhaps for a Jolla sized company though.

            • John

              Please, why stink up a thread with something childish…
              When you could post something insightful in relation to the sw & or hw, that would be of benefit to end-users.

  • arts

    great review. =) sad i did not w8 for the 900 thou. missed having the ffc as a mirror. =x

  • dss

    I had the 900 for about 10 days (main sim) and had to sell it..even without the camera, the 808 is a much better smartphone for my needs.

    • deep space bar

      +1

  • drg

    The recommendation should be don’t buy a new one. If you can buy a second hand one. And going by your recommendation I assume people shouldn’t by N9s as its hardware is older than the 900. i say that cause the reason you should hold out on the 900 is if you want better hardware, cause otherwise the 900 will get upgraded to WP7.8 which will have the new design. The main features it will miss out on are the features you need new hardware for e.g. NFC for Wallet and better screens for higher res. also if your in Australia even if Nokia release WP8 phones in 2 weeks I doubt they will be here before Jan2013 so go ahead and get a Lumia 900, a second hand one as I mentioned and in 6 months get your new WP8.

    And for the record I’m a senior programmer in Oracle and SQL server for over 11 years. Completed Bachelor of Science. Have administered Linux and Unix Servers. I assume I’m a lot more tech savy then said blogger who is studying and only learning Linux now. i used to mod and tweak my HTC HD with Windows Mobile in 2009. The advancement in Tech is to make a phone you don’t have to mess around with and mod to make work. you and all current Android users who love modding your phones I have to tell you are 3 years behind. In 2015 hopefully you will appreciate why Windows Phone is an advancement in tech.

    • Nathan

      Ah the old: “I’m an authority figure so therefore I’m right” slant, nice try but that’s irrelevant.
      What’s relevant is whether your claimed skill-set/experience, has enabled you to gain an in-depth understanding of both devices & their respective platforms, whilst using them heavily.
      Such that you’re able to speak “in great detail” about their relative strengths/weaknesses, from both a hw & sw perspective.
      You’ve done almost zilch of that*, so your opinion -rightfully so- carries little merit/weight.

      *In fact I already see some inaccuracies + lack of qualified detail to back up some assertions.
      And then there’s the silly claim that if you like hacks/twks & mods you’re some kind of n00b.

      • drg

        Lool all i was saying is i used to hack and mod my WinMo phone back in ’09. at the same time i watched my wife use an iPhone which just worked and i had to admit that made the phone better cause why do i have to mod a phone to make it better? It should just work. MFT said in an above comment he’s had to mod the N9 so that its “nearly lag free.” that to me shows an inferior product. WP7 is very fast and fluid and to me already lag free.

        But my comment was more aimed at the fact that the blog calls me a non-tech savy cause i like WP. That’s the issue. I like my WP and i don’t consider my self non-tech savy. Hence i qualified my post with my credentials and experience. You don’t have to believe it and I’m not going to give you my resume, but my opinion is you can be tech savy and like WP7. In my humble opinion to mod your phone to improve it is not a tech advancement.

        • Michael Faro-Tusino

          I didn’t say you’re not tech savvy because you like it, I said there are features that tech savvy people like, that are missing, ie. Mass Storage Mode, Screenshot, BT File transfer.

          These are features the more tech savvy users need on a daily basis, however the vast majority of users don’t. It didn’t mean you’re not tech savvy, just means your individual needs are met by WP’s feature set.

        • Nathan

          Have you used Harmattan extensively? You’d understand where he’s coming from if you had.
          I USE WP7x/Harmattan & I can tell you there’s way more extensibility/hack-ability under the hood with the latter, & it’s NOT purely for rectifying limitations/issues.
          But that does happen to be a nice by-product of that flexibility…
          Such extensibility/hack-ability is simply not possible with WP7x by it’s very design/architecture.
          (interup_lock has everything locked down tighter than a nun’s chastity belt)
          WP7x also has way less functionality built-in, an advantage of that is that the overall system is generally less buggy*, & it’s also enabled MS to focus more on UX fluidity.
          That’s why many refer to it as great for n00bs, it “just works”, the feature-set is good enough for most & the usability experience is rock-solid, same deal for iOS or even Android to some extent, it’s a compliment.
          With great flexibility comes great (potentially) instability, you can chose not to tinker with your N9 & you’ll have something that mostly “just works”, & is still a great experience overall.
          (there is some bugs/issues for which it’s worth doing some tinkering in order to remove or mitigate them, but hey even my 900 has it’s fair share of small quirks/bugs!)
          But then the L900 starts to become a better alternative, as at least you’ll have a greater choice of commercial apps, more stability, UX fluidity**, & better hw (in SOME respects, & some of those respects are debatable depending on usage pattern, & N9 wins in a few significant areas too)

          *of course harmattan would be way less buggier than it is now if the team behind it hadn’t been downsized by almost 100% over the past 18mth+ (especially the last 10mth+).

          **which is rectifiable in harmattan, but only for those that tinker.

        • drg

          Fair comments. I obviously took MFT’s comments the wrong way. I’m not one to argue cause you get enough of that with iPhone and Android users and there’s no need for it with us who like Nokia, whether it be Meego or WP. Maybe I will pick up a second hand N9 and give it a go one day.

          • Michael Faro-Tusino

            I didn’t intend to argue either, just wanted to clear that up. Exactly, Nokia Fans Unite!

    • Shaun

      You don’t HAVE to mod the N9 to make it work.

      The point is, you CAN and there’s not many restrictions stopping doing what you want with it.

      I haven’t ‘modded’ my N9 at all and frankly I don’t see the fascination with doing so. I’ve not really come across anything I want to do that it can’t do. Running aircrack-ng is about the only thing I’ve not done with it that I know will require a mod but that’s pretty low down nefarious stuff anyway.

      On the other hand, on my Google Nexus 7 tablet I’ve had to mod it within days of getting it because it has stupid restrictions like not connecting to ad-hoc networks without a hack and not running some software because I’m on Android 4.1.1 and the software needs v2.x to run. It’s also got two ‘bug fix’ programs that patch the CalDAV and CardDAV support in mid flight to prevent sync bugs.

      And that is on Google’s pure Android experience without TouchWiz or Sense or any other crap interfering.

      I do have some sympathy with your ’3 years behind’ argument given my experience with Android but IMHO Harmattan is 3 years ahead. All the power if you want it: no need to mod it if you just want that ‘it just works’ iOS experience.

  • Nathan

    Well written & balanced opinion piece Michael.

    • loci

      +1

  • http://chriswwwright.wordpress.com/ Chriswwwright

    I used to own a Lumia 800 and very much enjoyed the platform, but traded it for an N9, which was much more up m street.
    I’m planning to get my very non tech savvy wife a Lumia for her birthday at start of November, maybe a magenta 610. I know she’d love all the Facebook integration. I showed her all the Lumia phones to see which she likes, I also threw an Asha 302 in, which she said she prefered. Think she’s a bit put off by the touch screen, but I’m sure she could figure out WP7, and wouldn’t care in the slightest about WP8.

  • sdfg

    “In every respect, WP7 is a great OS for the majority of consumers that need the basic feature set on a mobile phone. For the more tech savvy users, there are several things that are missing.” – this says it all. Some people are “consumers that need the basic feature set on a mobile phone” and they will be happy with WP. Others leave Nokia.

    • http://www.thedeathmerchant.com/ Death Merchant

      Others leave Nokia.

      Like me. I find WP absolutely horrible. I’ll take any other OS before it. Even iOS that I seriously despise. That’s how bad WP is.

      • JGsmartypants

        that’s how whiny you are.

  • Aliqudsi

    After getting back in bed with the N9 this week I’m seeing the appeal of the Geeky side to it, being able to jump from terminal to browser to chat to fix something (although tiring since it should be working) is somewhat cool in a twisted way. Also agree with you telling people not to buy, not worth investing when something cooler is right around the corner.

    Just wondering how is it you were able to sync your L800/900 contacts with your N9; since they use a live id to save them and try as I might I can’t get active sync to work with my live id on the N9 (apparently it’s broken for everyone)

    • Michael Faro-Tusino

      I’ve sent you instructions on Pulse :)

  • kornofilo

    i saw a n9 for 400 in my local carrier (movistar) and its killing me… i wanted it from the first day i saw it, but wp8 devices are in the corner… really dont know what to do

    • kornofilo

      400 dollars.

  • http://www.thedeathmerchant.com/ Death Merchant

    No offense, but I found this “review” not so good. It was quite superficial and very lenient to Lumia 900.

    There was no mention about the connectivity with PC. Or how to move files between other phones when there’s no bluetooth transfer? For example we (friends and family) frequently transfer photos between our phones and using bluetooth is so easy and fast. Especially with NFC.

    What about ringtones? What kind of control do you have with ringtones? Is using you own ringtones easy? Can you put different tones for different people/contacts and user groups?

    How does it manage different video files? How to easy to move e.g. mkv’s or avi’s and watch them? Does it have any kind of folders/directories? Any file size limits?

    What about GPS and the Maps? Better or worse than N9? Can you answer a phone call or check out a SMS/something else while still continuing navigation? How well does it work without internet connection? Not just in navigation but also overall as a phone? How’s the battery life?

    What about the browsers, how well does it show differently coded web pages? No Flash of course, but how about HTML5 compatibility? Or even older standards compatibility? Any of that traditional IE poor standards following. What other browsers are there besides IE? The email client? What about MMS?

    Etc.

    • deep space bar

      blame microsoft…it’s their OS no nokia’s remember that

    • Dave

      There are dozens if not hundreds of reviews with all the details you want. Do you just think you are being clever by highlighting what you believe are the weak spots and what you know it doesn’t have ?

      Connectivity with PC ? How about IT WORKS WITH MAC ? Try that with N9 or Symbian.

      You know there is no user accessible filesystem. The N8 also in theory plays any video file, directly from a USB stick (USB-OTG). Of course most of the times when I tried it just does the stupid CLICK-CLICK error noise and shows a completely useless error message like playback not supported without saying if it is about the codec, the size, the resolution, or anything.

      WP uses iTunes library to sync and it couldn’t be easier.

      Also, IE is not on version 6 anymore. Nowadays you should be complaining about websites using only -webkit prefixes.

      Email on WP is a dream; and the Lumia works just fine without mobile data, and is happy to sync your email in the night if there is a friendly wifi near without you having to do anything.

      • Nathan

        Can you elaborate on why the N9′s horrid with Macs compared to the L800/900?
        I use Macs mostly, and that hasn’t been my experience using my L900 & N9.

        • Michael Faro-Tusino

          I have no issues using 800/900/N9 with my MBP. Only feature missing from 800/900 that I have on Win PC is WiFi Sync, but that doesn’t even work on my machine.

          • Shaun

            WiFi Sync of what exactly?

            If it’s just files, then no, it’s not missing.

            1) Give your N9 a fixed IP address in your router
            2) Run OSXFuse on your Mac and create an ssh mount of your N9
            3) rsync your files on the Mac.

            OSXFuse – http://osxfuse.github.com

            You might also want http://macfusionapp.org to make it easy to create SSHFS mount points.

            Alternatively, Fuse is built in to Panic’s Transmit and you can mount an SFTP favourite as a drive from the menubar.

            You don’t have to use rsync of course – any old file sync program will do.

            I’m not sure how the N9 DropBox clients work too but they in theory do local network syncs instead of over the internet when they can.

            If you can’t give your N9 a fixed IP then you can find out what it is by going into terminal and typing /sbin/ifconfig and the IP is in that output.

            I’m sure there’s endless ways to sync over wifi – just get out your UNIX Kung Fu.

        • Dave

          I extrapolated my experience with Nokia’s own software and support for my Symbian devices, with Nokia Suite for OS X being rumored and sometimes spotted internally but never released. Nokia Suite, even on Windows, used to drive me crazy, and I always thought it ironic that a WP phone is so much better supported on non-Windows than my Symbian devices were.

          (I mean things like backup device, update firmware (when not OTA), sync media. Mass storage of course works, also for Symbian)

          However I am happy to concede this point if using the N9 is a good experience which it seems to be for you and Michael, so, sorry for my confusion, add another point for the N9!

          • Dave

            (I know there’s a software updater for Mac, but I updated 4 N8′s to Belle, where this could only be done using Windows Nokia Suite, and 2 out of these 4 got stuck on the backing up messages error. If you go to Nokia forums, there are dozens of threads about this with the incredibly frustrating useless hints like delete all your messages first (wtf), delete your email accounts, free up more space on C:, etc etc, and as far as I can tell it never was resolved by Nokia. In the end you’d have to do a full backup, reset the device, upgrade, and see how much of the backup restores, all the while stressing wether it’s going to brick anything. Using WP is a breath of fresh air compare to all that crap. But I probably project too much of that on the N9, I don’t know how good the support is now that it is finally supported by Nokia Suite. Could very good of course).

            • Shaun

              There’s a few things missing in Nokia Suite for the N9 but Software Updates are pretty smooth OTA so not much point in using Nokia Suite.

              If you want to reflash the device entirely then there are command-line tools for Mac and Linux (and Windows) that do the job efficiently. It’s essentially the same tools from Maemo.

              Projecting the Symbian experience onto what Nokia did with Maemo and the N9 is pointless. It’s an entirely different experience, thankfully.

              • Dave

                Good to hear, thanks for setting me straight on that :)

  • http://www.everythingn9.com Arie

    I have a Lumia 800, 900, and N9…. I haven’t turned on my Lumia 800 or 900 in ages… I think the last time was on June 2nd, if I remember correctly….

    Yes, that is all that needs to be said… WP and Prashant still suck…

  • Sasa

    I would like to know when will Nokia make some smartphone with DUALSIM!!!??? For example, like Samsung Galaxy S Duos; with at least 5 mpix led flash camera, windows OS phone, wi fi, 3G, etc. Simple question, I want to know will Nokia make some smartphone with dual sim?

    • Nathan

      And you think this is the most appropriate thread to necropost that, freaking e-tards, they’re everywhere nowadays >.>

  • Nathan

    No, just no…

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