Overview of Nokia N9 GSM/UMTS smartphone. Part One

Overview of Nokia N9 GSM/UMTS smartphone. Part One

Nokia is positioning the device as the interim flagship of its smartphone lineup, which looks surprising, especially against the backdrop of statements by CEO Stephen Elop, who bluntly said in an interview with the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat that regardless of the success of sales of the first and last Meego smartphone, the company will focus on OS from Microsoft. The official announcement of the smartphone took place on June 21, 2011 in Singapore with a promise to start sales at the end of August. The company could not keep this promise, the model began to appear on the shelves from October 6th. But before moving on to its real market positioning, it's worth saying what MeeGo and Nokia N9 are.

Nokia started to develop an operating system for smartphones back in 2004, it looked like an experiment in the field of touch phones. With the release of the Apple iPhone in 2007, the company began to pay more attention to the development of Maemo (then the OS had this name) and considered that this particular OS could become an adequate response to the product from Apple. But existing products, for example, Nokia N800, Nokia N900 could not compete not only with Apple, but also with their own smartphones on Symbian. As a result of the decision, the company started investing in Maemo/MeeGo. The total investment in 2010 alone exceeded 300 million euros. Over the past few years – more than one billion euros. With the arrival of Stephen Elop, the company does not plan to actively develop this area and will pay less and less attention to it.

The story is surprising in that Nokia abandoned a direction that could potentially create one of the most modern, powerful and interesting operating systems. By the time the Nokia N9 was released, this device got rid of many of the children's shortcomings of the OS, received an impressive potential and was able to win the sympathy of consumers. Moreover, it was cheaper for Nokia to support the model, as well as the whole direction, and not make harsh statements that buried the Nokia N9 even before the start of sales. Who in their right mind would buy a product that will not be developed, as the president of the manufacturing company constantly says. Nobody.

Instead, Nokia at the executive level talks about betting on a different OS, the latest product, and so on. On the other hand, the company is investing heavily in promoting the Nokia N9 as if it were a true flagship. Words diverge from deeds, which brings additional confusion to the heads. The delay in the launch of the model leads to the fact that the advertising campaign launched for this device, for about a month, invites people to shops where you can’t even look at the dummies. Against the background of the release of competing and more mature products, this looks like a dangerous delay.

Nokia itself can't decide on its attitude towards the Nokia N9. On the one hand, this is a device that was supposed to give rise to a whole line of devices in the future, but according to all the comments of Nokia management, this will not happen. On the other hand, they are trying to sell it and lure it with promises of Meego support until 2016. We are talking about service support for sold models for three years, which is normal practice, but no one focuses attention on this. There are no investments in the development of the ecosystem for Meego by Nokia. Former partner in this project is Intel, between the company strained relations. Nokia's exit from the project was unexpected, as a result, Meego will not receive any support. From Nokia's side, this direction can be considered almost completely closed. And it's embarrassing. The potential of this device and OS is maximum, in theory, Meego could become one of the most popular/strong OS within 5-6 years. It is impossible to go a long way instantly, every OS and every manufacturer spends time and money on this way. Nokia had done the bulk of the work and were ready to reap the fruits of their labour. But the Meego development team has been robbed of its future. And this is the most offensive in this story.

How is the Nokia N9 positioned? Nokia presents this device as a flagship, on the other hand, the number of countries in which the company sells it is minimal. The scope of supply of the model is also as limited as possible. The situation with the Nokia N900 is repeated, which was sold in volume of about one hundred thousand pieces worldwide, and it was an absolute failure. Apparently, Nokia considered that the new model could repeat the failure of the previous device (which is not the case), or they tried to make room for the Nokia Lumia 800 (a temporary flagship on WP7, which uses the same case and design as the Nokia N9).< /p>

Find the differences in the photos of these two devices. They are not, except for the OS inside the models and minor differences. The fate of the Nokia N9 was sacrificed in order to increase sales of the Nokia 800 Lumia. And this is another Nokia blunder. Abandoning your own and promising OS in favor of an OS that could not prove its worth is a stupid move from any point of view. It is clear that Nokia N9 is by no means an ideal device, which has a lot of little things that need improvement. This is not a perfect smartphone, not the best device on the market. But it has a novelty (which WP7 does not have in any form), elegance, and again, a huge potential that will never be unlocked.

In the bottom line, we have a very interesting phone for collectors, those who love the exotic, but by no means a product for the mass market. And despite the ads, regular customers have already realized this and are not buying the phone. I am sincerely sorry not for this device, but for the entire Meego direction, which could become a new word in the phone market. But it will no longer be in any scenario.

For developers, Nokia has released the Nokia N950, a complete copy of the N9, but with a QWERTY keyboard. You cannot buy this model in the store.

Design, dimensions, controls

The design of Nokia N9 cannot be called original for the market, it is unusual for Nokia. To some extent, this is a rehash of the appearance of the Apple iPod, the external similarity of these devices is obvious.

We thank @nick_fess for the photo

The case is made of polycarbonate, this is one of the types of plastic. The case is one-piece, which ensures the absence of slots, moving parts, makes the device monolithic. It is impossible to consider that polycarbonate is an expensive material that can be compared with glass in the iPhone 4/4s, metal in a number of other models. This is a common plastic, which is also used in inexpensive models under 100 euros (for example, the Asha line from Nokia).

The protective glass of the screen is made with a slight influx along the edges of the case, an unusual and pleasant solution. A cover that can be put on the device makes the protective glass flush with this clothes, which is also a plus. For my taste, a protective case is absolutely unnecessary, unless you change the color with it. The quality of the case is such that there are almost no scratches on it, and the need for a case is doubtful. The polycarbonate body reacts poorly to shocks, cracks may appear. But I will make a reservation that this is rather an exception, the device is reliable and practical.

Some users claim that their screen “peels off”, a gap appears between the display and the case. Given that the screen is not glued, but inserted into the case, it cannot peel off. This problem is not widespread and may be due to poor build quality or, more likely, to the fact that the phone was dropped. In the service center, this defect can be corrected in a few minutes.

On the right side is a paired volume key, next to the on / off button. At the bottom end there is a speaker grille, it is the only one here. Unfortunately, the use of a polycarbonate housing introduces certain problems, the speaker sounds quiet. The volume of the call at the maximum is not enough to hear the phone from the pocket of a jacket or jeans. You can hear it, but the volume is almost half as loud as on regular Nokia devices (for example, worse than on the Nokia 6700 Classic, Nokia 5800, Nokia X6, and so on).

The weight of the phone is 135 grams, the size is 116.45×61.2×7.6-12.1 mm. In the hand, the device lies well, while it feels like a weighty bar. The body material does not look cheap, it is of high quality and unusual in sensations. In the pocket, the device also fits easily.

On the back, you can see an 8-megapixel camera, as well as an LED flash.

The device is available in four colors – white (later), black, turquoise and magenta (black, cyan, and magenta). Unofficially, the company showed two more colors – green and orange, but so far there is no information on the timing of the launch of these colors.

Display

The screen is made using AMOLED technology, it has an anti-reflective coating. In the sun, the picture remains readable, which is good. Screen resolution 854×480 pixels with a diagonal of 3.9 inches (16:9). Picture quality, brightness, colors – everything is at the level for the current market and the flagships of a year ago. There is nothing amazing, a decent display, but not beyond dreams.

The screen has a built-in Gorilla Glass coating, which has also been mastered by all major manufacturers for about a year. The curvature of the screen surface is also mastered by other companies. But here it is quite appropriate and pleasant.

The disadvantages of the screen include its diagonal and rather small font size. The fonts are curly in many menus, but this makes the perception of the device worse, the information is harder to read. This is especially noticeable in the browser, the perception of information is much worse than in the iPhone 4/4s, Galaxy S/S2. Both the diagonal of the screen and the size of the fonts affect.

After using the mentioned devices on the Nokia N9, it is not very convenient to surf the Internet, although all other functions do not raise any questions. At all. Everything is fine.

The screen is capacitive, the clicks are very pleasant and simple, at the level of the iPhone or Galaxy S2, a huge step forward compared to Symbian products. There is an automatic screen rotation depending on the position of the device. The problem is that rotation only works in one direction, on the other hand, many applications and menus do not support rotation. Why this is so remains a mystery to me, but the spread does not work in many places in standard menus. And this is a huge minus to the standard functionality and experience that you expect from the device.

Nokia&#39;s website states that the device has a built-in ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the backlight level of the screen to environmental conditions. Unfortunately, this is not true, since there is no such setting in the menu, only manual level selection. It is clear that with the physical presence of the sensor (it is here), automatic changes in the backlight will be added later, but at the moment this is not the case. Unfortunately, there are a lot of such minor inconsistencies between the official description and reality.

Battery

The phone has a 1450 mAh lithium-ion battery that is non-removable. According to the manufacturer, with it the device is able to work up to 380 hours in standby mode and up to 11 hours in talk mode. In the conditions of networks of Moscow operators, the device works for about 2 days with 40 minutes of conversation a day and up to an hour of using other functions. The time to fully charge the battery is about 2.5 hours. In the menu, you can see all the information about the battery charge and the estimated operating time.

Присутствует режим экономии энергии, он может быть автоматически включен при достижении определенного процента от заряда батареи. Это удобная настройка, хотя непонятно, что именно аппарат отключает (снижает уровень подсветки, наверняка делает что-то еще).

The huge pluses of this device and the Meego platform include the operating time. The device lives quietly for about 2 days, in comparison with Android this is an achievement, with the iPhone the results are quite comparable. And this is the strength of the phone.

Unfortunately, some programs cause a sharp increase in energy consumption, especially if they are running in the background. What this is connected with, with the curvature of the programs themselves or something else, I don’t know. But such software can drain the battery very quickly. Therefore, if your phone has begun to work significantly less, it is worth looking at what you have installed lately.

For some users, the charging indicator does not work well, in particular, it does not blink during charging, and after it is completed, it does not light up constantly. The Nokia website discusses this issue here.

Unfortunately, it is not very clear what this problem is connected with, the SC does not have a description of such a problem, sometimes it disappears by itself. In my opinion, it is not worth attaching great importance to such behavior of the indicator.

Memory

The device comes in two versions, with 16 or 64 GB of internal memory. Memory cards are not provided in any of the options. The memory distribution is as follows (using the 64 GB version as an example) – for applications – 4.2 GB (used about 2 GB out of the box), application data (2.1 GB), user data (57.7 GB).

In the 16 GB version (15.79 GB), the memory is distributed as follows – for applications – 4.2 GB (used about 2 GB out of the box), application data (2.1 GB), user data (9.5 GB).

The RAM in the phone is 1 GB. Unfortunately, when comparing different operating systems, one cannot approach them in the same way and evaluate the amount of RAM without taking into account the resource intensity of the operating system. This will be an artificial comparison that will not lead to any practical results.

For Nokia N9, the most advanced version of multitasking is announced, which became possible, among other things, due to the use of such a large amount of RAM. You can work with applications, and they do not close, but take up a minimum of memory space (in theory and for standard applications). I honestly admit that I like the way the device works with standard applications, icons of open pages hang in memory, there can be several dozen of them (officially they say that up to 70 applications or functions are supported). And this is convenient, although after a dozen open applications it is already difficult to navigate them. But here the first roughness begins.

At the OS level, automatic memory cleaning is not implemented (it is, but it works in emergency, problematic situations). You can set the menu to close applications (pull the screen down), but by default, applications are simply minimized. And this is a minus. Because opening, for example, an unconverted video, and then an MS Word document, you will encounter the fact that everything starts to slow down and the device may reboot. The video for this review clearly shows that this is a standard situation that can happen at any time.

In Android or iOS, standard OS tools are provided that do not require user intervention, the OS itself decides when and which application to close in order to free up resources, but this does not happen here, and this is a serious minus. Readers who saw the number of open apps in our video and were outraged that this was an unfair comparison forgot that other OSes take care of this themselves. And that&#39;s okay. People don&#39;t have to keep in mind which apps are open and which aren&#39;t, and what they can use and what they can&#39;t. It is not normal. Devices are created for people, and not vice versa.

I think it&#39;s worth adding information about the processor in the phone, it uses a TI OMAP 3630 (ARM Cortex A8, 1 GHz, single core), plus a graphics co-processor – PowerVR SGX530. In my opinion, the device is fast, it starts to slow down only on complex tasks, and I would put it on a par with the flagships on Android – for example, Samsung Galaxy S or Sony Ericsson Arc. The device loses to models with dual-core processors, this can be seen visually when working in the menu, everything is not so fast, but for most people this speed will be more than sufficient.

Communication options – Bluetooth, USB, WiFi, NFC

USB. When connecting, you can select one of the operating modes:

  • Data Storage (Mass Storage USB) – the phone memory is visible, no drivers are required, the OS itself recognizes the phone.
  • Sync&connect. PC connection for data synchronization.

Data transfer rate is about 12 Mb/s (highly dependent on OS and computer). Connecting the USB cable will charge your phone.

Bluetooth. The old standard 2.1 + EDR is used, which does not raise any questions, since the advantage of 3.0 is only in file transfer speed, the Bluetooth version does not affect the work with accessories.

The model supports various profiles, in particular, Headset, Handsfree, Serial Port, Dial Up Networking, File Transfer, Object Push, Basic Printing, SIM Access, A2DP. Working with headsets does not raise any questions, everything is ordinary.

Wi-Fi. The standard 802.11 b/g/n is supported, this is not the first device on the market with such a set of protocols. The disadvantages include a long search for networks, you click on the search menu and then wait up to a minute for the first network names to appear. It is possible that this is a problem with many networks, but this problem is present in most places. Otherwise, Wi-Fi has no complaints.

NFC. One of the first models to support NFC tags and work with them. In the field, it was possible to check the operation of NFC in the USA with Google Wallet installed in stores (the first version of the software did not work – the second version of the software, the tags were not received from the Google Wallet device). In Russian conditions, installed commercial systems do not support NFC in phones (they do not support it in the current implementation). In total, the thing is completely useless, unless you transfer something from one phone to another using this standard.

Camera

Nokia N9 has a unique camera and a number of solutions that can be considered unusual for the phone market. In particular, most screens in phones have a 16:9 geometry, and not 4:3, as it used to be. In order to adapt the image to wide screens, it can either be enlarged (post-processed from a 4:3 image) or cropped to reduce the resolution. The Nokia N9 uses an 8.7 megapixel sensor that crops the image to fit 16:9 format, that is, it gets an honest resolution (while the actual resolution is 7 megapixels). At the same time, in 4:3 format, this is an honest picture from the sensor. Look at the illustration, from it it is clear how images are obtained in two formats on the sensor.

The specifications of the camera are as follows:

  • Max resolution 3248 x 2448 for 4:3, 3248 x 2160 for 3:2, 3552 x 2000 for 16:9
  • Aperture 2.2, focal length 28mm
  • Autofocus, touch focus control, constant focus on the subject when shooting video
  • Focus from 10 centimeters to infinity
  • Digital zoom x4 (including video mode)
  • Geo-tags, with the addition of the name of the place (the option is disabled)
  • Ability to add information about the author
  • Video recording 720p (1280×720 pixels, 30 fps)
  • Two microphones when recording video, stereo sound

Describing this camera, the developers refer to the fact that they were limited in the size of the module, and say that it is 70 percent smaller than that of the Nokia N8. In my opinion, this is not a completely correct comparison, since the Nokia N8 camera was chosen according to a different principle, this is a photo solution, which the N9 is not. However, the camera on a clear day gives pretty good results. By default, the camera is set to 16:9 format, look at the pictures from it in 4:3 format. And whichever you like more, choose the default setting.

Unfortunately, the phone does not have hardware keys for working with the camera, all control is carried out from the screen. It takes you a while to find the camera icon, but it makes up for it by being very fast. Nokia proudly claims that this is the fastest camera, but it is not. A number of devices are faster, for example, Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray. But it seems to me that from a certain point it is pointless to compare the speed, the camera is fast, and this is enough in most situations. Therefore, we will leave the statements about the fastest camera to marketers, it will be enough for us that it is fast.

You can focus on an object by selecting it on the screen, including when shooting a video. There is an automatic face detection. When you hold the shutter button for a long time, the device focuses on the object (blue square). As a rule, when shooting landscapes, people and all objects at a distance of 25 centimeters and further, no preliminary focusing is required, the automation works well. Another thing is shooting objects close, you have to press the button and wait until the camera focuses. Shooting spikelets in the wind, I encountered the fact that the camera often does not have time to work out the movement, it is better to shoot stationary objects.

All settings are made from the screen, you can’t change them quickly during shooting, you have to go to the menu (but it’s not difficult). The number of settings is quite large. This is the scene selection – Automatic, Macro, Landscape, Portrait, Night, Sports, flash mode – on, off, red-eye reduction. White balance – automatic, sunny, cloudy, fluorescent, incandescent. Exposure compensation -2 to +2.

Filters (the option appeared only in the first software update) – black&white, sepia, vivid, negative, solarize.

Overview of Nokia N9 GSM/UMTS smartphone. Part One

Nokia is positioning the device as the interim flagship of its smartphone lineup, which looks surprising, especially against the backdrop of statements by CEO Stephen Elop, who bluntly said in an interview with the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat that regardless of the success of sales of the first and last Meego smartphone, the company will focus on OS from Microsoft. The official announcement of the smartphone took place on June 21, 2011 in Singapore with a promise to start sales at the end of August. The company could not keep this promise, the model began to appear on the shelves from October 6th. But before moving on to its real market positioning, it&#39;s worth saying what MeeGo and Nokia N9 are.

Nokia started to develop an operating system for smartphones back in 2004, it looked like an experiment in the field of touch phones. With the release of the Apple iPhone in 2007, the company began to pay more attention to the development of Maemo (then the OS had this name) and considered that this particular OS could become an adequate response to the product from Apple. But existing products, for example, Nokia N800, Nokia N900 could not compete not only with Apple, but also with their own smartphones on Symbian. As a result of the decision, the company started investing in Maemo/MeeGo. The total investment in 2010 alone exceeded 300 million euros. Over the past few years – more than one billion euros. With the arrival of Stephen Elop, the company does not plan to actively develop this area and will pay less and less attention to it.

Nokia itself can&#39;t decide on its attitude towards the Nokia N9. On the one hand, this is a device that was supposed to give rise to a whole line of devices in the future, but according to all the comments of Nokia management, this will not happen. On the other hand, they are trying to sell it and lure it with promises of Meego support until 2016. We are talking about service support for sold models for three years, which is normal practice, but no one focuses attention on this. There are no investments in the development of the ecosystem for Meego by Nokia. Former partner in this project is Intel, between the company strained relations. Nokia&#39;s exit from the project was unexpected, as a result, Meego will not receive any support. From Nokia&#39;s side, this direction can be considered almost completely closed. And it&#39;s embarrassing. The potential of this device and OS is maximum, in theory, Meego could become one of the most popular/strong OS within 5-6 years. It is impossible to go a long way instantly, every OS and every manufacturer spends time and money on this way. Nokia had done the bulk of the work and were ready to reap the fruits of their labour. But the Meego development team has been robbed of its future. And this is the most offensive in this story.

How is the Nokia N9 positioned? Nokia presents this device as a flagship, on the other hand, the number of countries in which the company sells it is minimal. The scope of supply of the model is also as limited as possible. The situation with the Nokia N900 is repeated, which was sold in volume of about one hundred thousand pieces worldwide, and it was an absolute failure. Apparently, Nokia considered that the new model could repeat the failure of the previous device (which is not the case), or they tried to make room for the Nokia Lumia 800 (a temporary flagship on WP7, which uses the same case and design as the Nokia N9).< /p>

Find the differences between the two devices in the photo. They are not, except for the OS inside the models and minor differences. The fate of the Nokia N9 was sacrificed in order to increase sales of the Nokia 800 Lumia. And this is another Nokia blunder. Abandoning your own and promising OS in favor of an OS that could not prove its worth is a stupid move from any point of view. It is clear that the Nokia N9 is by no means an ideal device, in which there are many little things that need to be improved. This is not a perfect smartphone, not the best device on the market. But it has a novelty (which WP7 does not have in any form), elegance, and again, a huge potential that will never be unlocked.

For the average buyer, this means a pretty simple thing – the device will never get the same number of applications as iOS, Android or even WP7. Exactly the same story happened with the Nokia N900. Unfortunately, this is a model without any future, but very attractive to a certain audience – geeks. Those who bought and used the Nokia N900 with pleasure know firsthand what the command line is and want to improve their phone indefinitely, scouring for programs. It&#39;s more of a story that you don&#39;t even get a constructor, but a prototype of a constructor for the game. For the mass consumer, this device is expensive, incomprehensible and does not provide additional features other than what you get out of the box (a good illustration is the lack of the ability to publish photos in the twitter client, there are simply no alternative clients). In this the phone does not have much innovation, but the user experience is much poorer, even than in modern Symbian phones, but it is at the level of WP7.

In the bottom line, we have a very interesting phone for collectors, those who love the exotic, but by no means a product for the mass market. And despite the ads, regular customers have already realized this and are not buying the phone. I am sincerely sorry not for this device, but for the entire Meego direction, which could become a new word in the phone market. But it will no longer be in any scenario.

For developers, Nokia has released the Nokia N950, a complete copy of the N9, but with a QWERTY keyboard. You cannot buy this model in the store.

Design, dimensions, controls

The design of Nokia N9 cannot be called original for the market, it is unusual for Nokia. To some extent, this is a rehash of the appearance of the Apple iPod, the external similarity of these devices is obvious.

We thank @nick_fess for the photo

The case is made of polycarbonate, this is one of the types of plastic. The case is one-piece, which ensures the absence of slots, moving parts, makes the device monolithic. It is impossible to consider that polycarbonate is an expensive material that can be compared with glass in the iPhone 4/4s, metal in a number of other models. This is a common plastic, which is also used in inexpensive models under 100 euros (for example, the Asha line from Nokia).

The protective glass of the screen is made with a slight influx along the edges of the case, an unusual and pleasant solution. A cover that can be put on the device makes the protective glass flush with this clothes, which is also a plus. For my taste, a protective case is absolutely unnecessary, unless you change the color with it. The quality of the case is such that there are almost no scratches on it, and the need for a case is doubtful. The polycarbonate body reacts poorly to shocks, cracks may appear. But I will make a reservation that this is rather an exception, the device is reliable and practical.

Some users claim that their screen “peels off”, a gap appears between the display and the case. Given that the screen is not glued, but inserted into the case, it cannot peel off. This problem is not widespread and may be due to poor build quality or, more likely, to the fact that the phone was dropped. In the service center, this defect can be corrected in a few minutes.

The desire to create a monolithic case imposed restrictions on the device. For example, at the top there is a 3.5 mm jack, and next to it is a plug for a microUSB connector. You have to press the cap and it opens. The plastic plug is made like a door, on one hinge. The decision is very unfortunate, since it will be difficult to charge the phone from an external battery in the bag, you risk losing the plug. Yes, and leaving the phone in charge, putting it on the bed next to you, you are also guaranteed to lose the plug. For example, my friend accidentally ripped off the plug on the first day.

By opening the flap, you can pull out the micro SIM card holder. I personally do not see any disadvantages in using this type of cards, there are quite enough of them on the market. The battery, as you understand, is built-in, which makes the model similar to Nokia N8, but with one big difference. If replacing the battery on the Nokia N8 required a minimum of skills, it was enough to unscrew a couple of screws and have an appropriate screwdriver, then everything is wrong here. You need to be able to disassemble the phone.

On the right side is a paired volume key, next to the on / off button. At the bottom end there is a speaker grille, it is the only one here. Unfortunately, the use of a polycarbonate housing introduces certain problems, the speaker sounds quiet. The volume of the call at the maximum is not enough to hear the phone from the pocket of a jacket or jeans. You can hear it, but the volume is almost half as loud as on regular Nokia devices (for example, worse than on the Nokia 6700 Classic, Nokia 5800, Nokia X6, and so on).

The weight of the phone is 135 grams, the size is 116.45×61.2×7.6-12.1 mm. In the hand, the device lies well, while it feels like a weighty bar. The body material does not look cheap, it is of high quality and unusual in sensations. In the pocket, the device also fits easily.

On the back, you can see an 8-megapixel camera, as well as an LED flash.

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The device is available in four colors – white (later), black, turquoise and magenta (black, cyan, and magenta). Unofficially, the company showed two more colors – green and orange, but so far there is no information on the timing of the launch of these colors.

Display

The screen is made using AMOLED technology, it has an anti-reflective coating. In the sun, the picture remains readable, which is good. Screen resolution 854×480 pixels with a diagonal of 3.9 inches (16:9). Picture quality, brightness, colors – everything is at the level for the current market and the flagships of a year ago. There is nothing amazing, a decent display, but not beyond dreams.

The screen has a built-in Gorilla Glass coating, which has also been mastered by all major manufacturers for about a year. The curvature of the screen surface is also mastered by other companies. But here it is quite appropriate and pleasant.

The disadvantages of the screen include its diagonal and rather small font size. The fonts are curly in many menus, but this makes the perception of the device worse, the information is harder to read. This is especially noticeable in the browser, the perception of information is much worse than in the iPhone 4/4s, Galaxy S/S2. Both the diagonal of the screen and the size of the fonts affect.

After using the mentioned devices on the Nokia N9, it is not very convenient to surf the Internet, although all other functions do not raise any questions. At all. Everything is fine.

The screen is capacitive, the clicks are very pleasant and simple, at the level of the iPhone or Galaxy S2, a huge step forward compared to Symbian products. There is an automatic screen rotation depending on the position of the device. The problem is that rotation only works in one direction, on the other hand, many applications and menus do not support rotation. Why this is so remains a mystery to me, but the spread does not work in many places in standard menus. And this is a huge minus to the standard functionality and experience that you expect from the device.

Nokia&#39;s website states that the device has a built-in ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the backlight level of the screen to environmental conditions. Unfortunately, this is not true, since there is no such setting in the menu, only manual level selection. It is clear that with the physical presence of the sensor (it is here), automatic changes in the backlight will be added later, but at the moment this is not the case. Unfortunately, there are a lot of such minor inconsistencies between the official description and reality.

Battery

The phone has a 1450 mAh lithium-ion battery that is non-removable. According to the manufacturer, with it the device is able to work up to 380 hours in standby mode and up to 11 hours in talk mode. In the conditions of networks of Moscow operators, the device works for about 2 days with 40 minutes of conversation a day and up to an hour of using other functions. The time to fully charge the battery is about 2.5 hours. In the menu, you can see all the information about the battery charge and the estimated operating time.

Присутствует режим экономии энергии, он может быть автоматически включен при достижении определенного процента от заряда батареи. Это удобная настройка, хотя непонятно, что именно аппарат отключает (снижает уровень подсветки, наверняка делает что-то еще).

The huge pluses of this device and the Meego platform include the operating time. The device lives quietly for about 2 days, in comparison with Android this is an achievement, with the iPhone the results are quite comparable. And this is the strength of the phone.

Unfortunately, some programs cause a sharp increase in energy consumption, especially if they are running in the background. What this is connected with, with the curvature of the programs themselves or something else, I don’t know. But such software can drain the battery very quickly. Therefore, if your phone has begun to work significantly less, it is worth looking at what you have installed lately.

For some users, the charging indicator does not work well, in particular, it does not blink during charging, and after it is completed, it does not light up constantly. The Nokia website discusses this issue here.

Unfortunately, it is not very clear what this problem is connected with, the SC does not have a description of such a problem, sometimes it disappears by itself. In my opinion, it is not worth attaching great importance to such behavior of the indicator.

Memory

The device comes in two versions, with 16 or 64 GB of internal memory. Memory cards are not provided in any of the options. The memory distribution is as follows (using the 64 GB version as an example) – for applications – 4.2 GB (used about 2 GB out of the box), application data (2.1 GB), user data (57.7 GB).

In the 16 GB version (15.79 GB), the memory is distributed as follows – for applications – 4.2 GB (used about 2 GB out of the box), application data (2.1 GB), user data (9.5 GB).

The RAM in the phone is 1 GB. Unfortunately, when comparing different operating systems, one cannot approach them in the same way and evaluate the amount of RAM without taking into account the resource intensity of the operating system. This will be an artificial comparison that will not lead to any practical results.

For Nokia N9, the most advanced version of multitasking is announced, which became possible, among other things, due to the use of such a large amount of RAM. You can work with applications, and they do not close, but take up a minimum of memory space (in theory and for standard applications). I honestly admit that I like the way the device works with standard applications, icons of open pages hang in memory, there can be several dozen of them (officially they say that up to 70 applications or functions are supported). And this is convenient, although after a dozen open applications it is already difficult to navigate them. But here the first roughness begins.

At the OS level, automatic memory cleaning is not implemented (it is, but it works in emergency, problematic situations). You can configure the menu to close applications (pull the screen down), but by default, applications are simply minimized. And this is a minus. Because opening, for example, an unconverted video, and then an MS Word document, you will encounter the fact that everything starts to slow down and the device may reboot. The video for this review clearly shows that this is a standard situation that can happen at any time.

In Android or iOS, standard OS tools are provided that do not require user intervention, the OS itself decides when and which application to close in order to free up resources, but this does not happen here, and this is a serious minus. Readers who saw the number of open apps in our video and were outraged that this was an unfair comparison forgot that other OSes take care of this themselves. And that&#39;s okay. People should not keep in mind which applications are open, which are not, and what they can use and what not. It is not normal. Devices are created for people, and not vice versa.

I think it&#39;s worth adding information about the processor in the phone, it uses a TI OMAP 3630 (ARM Cortex A8, 1 GHz, single core), plus a graphics co-processor – PowerVR SGX530. In my opinion, the device is fast, it starts to slow down only on complex tasks, and I would put it on a par with the flagships on Android – for example, Samsung Galaxy S or Sony Ericsson Arc. The device loses to models with dual-core processors, this can be seen visually when working in the menu, everything is not so fast, but for most people this speed will be more than sufficient.

Communication options – Bluetooth, USB, WiFi, NFC

USB. When connecting, you can choose one of the operating modes:

  • Data Storage (Mass Storage USB) – the phone memory is visible, no drivers are required, the OS itself recognizes the phone.
  • Sync&connect. PC connection for data synchronization.

Data transfer rate is about 12 Mb/s (highly dependent on OS and computer). Connecting the USB cable will charge your phone.

Bluetooth. The old standard 2.1 + EDR is used, which does not raise any questions, since the advantage of 3.0 is only in file transfer speed, the Bluetooth version does not affect the work with accessories.

The model supports various profiles, in particular, Headset, Handsfree, Serial Port, Dial Up Networking, File Transfer, Object Push, Basic Printing, SIM Access, A2DP. Working with headsets does not raise any questions, everything is ordinary.

Wi-Fi. The standard 802.11 b/g/n is supported, this is not the first device on the market with such a set of protocols. The disadvantages include a long search for networks, you click on the search menu and then wait up to a minute for the first network names to appear. It is possible that this is a problem with many networks, but this problem is present in most places. Otherwise, Wi-Fi has no complaints.

NFC. One of the first models to support NFC tags and work with them. In the field, it was possible to check the operation of NFC in the USA with Google Wallet installed in stores (the first version of the software did not work – the second version of the software, the tags were not received from the Google Wallet device). In Russian conditions, installed commercial systems do not support NFC in phones (they do not support it in the current implementation). In total, the thing is completely useless, unless you transfer something from one phone to another using this standard.

Camera

Nokia N9 has a unique camera and a number of solutions that can be considered unusual for the phone market. In particular, most screens in phones have a 16:9 geometry, and not 4:3, as it used to be. In order to adapt the image to wide screens, it can either be enlarged (post-processed from a 4:3 image) or cropped to reduce the resolution. The Nokia N9 uses an 8.7 megapixel sensor that crops the image to fit 16:9 format, that is, it gets an honest resolution (while the actual resolution is 7 megapixels). At the same time, in 4:3 format, this is an honest picture from the sensor. Look at the illustration, from it it is clear how images are obtained in two formats on the sensor.

The specifications of the camera are as follows:

  • Max resolution 3248 x 2448 for 4:3, 3248 x 2160 for 3:2, 3552 x 2000 for 16:9
  • Aperture 2.2, focal length 28mm
  • Autofocus, touch focus control, constant focus on the subject when shooting video
  • Focus from 10 centimeters to infinity
  • Digital zoom x4 (including video mode)
  • Geo-tags, with the addition of the name of the place (the option is disabled)
  • Ability to add information about the author
  • Video recording 720p (1280×720 pixels, 30 fps)
  • Two microphones when recording video, stereo sound

Describing this camera, the developers refer to the fact that they were limited in the size of the module, and say that it is 70 percent smaller than that of the Nokia N8. In my opinion, this is not a completely correct comparison, since the Nokia N8 camera was chosen according to a different principle, this is a photo solution, which the N9 is not. However, the camera on a clear day gives pretty good results. By default, the camera is set to 16:9 format, look at the pictures from it in 4:3 format. And whichever you like more, choose the default setting.

Unfortunately, the phone does not have hardware keys for working with the camera, all control is carried out from the screen. It takes you a while to find the camera icon, but it makes up for it by being very fast. Nokia proudly claims that this is the fastest camera, but it is not. A number of devices are faster, for example, Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray. But it seems to me that from a certain point it is pointless to compare the speed, the camera is fast, and this is enough in most situations. Therefore, we will leave the statements about the fastest camera to marketers, it will be enough for us that it is fast.

Filters (the option appeared only in the first software update) – black&white, sepia, vivid, negative, solarize.

Overview of Nokia N9 GSM/UMTS smartphone. Part One

Nokia is positioning the device as the interim flagship of its smartphone lineup, which looks surprising, especially against the backdrop of statements by CEO Stephen Elop, who bluntly said in an interview with the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat that regardless of the success of sales of the first and last Meego smartphone, the company will focus on OS from Microsoft. The official announcement of the smartphone took place on June 21, 2011 in Singapore with a promise to start sales at the end of August. The company could not keep this promise, the model began to appear on the shelves from October 6th. But before moving on to its real market positioning, it&#39;s worth saying what MeeGo and Nokia N9 are.

Nokia started to develop an operating system for smartphones back in 2004, it looked like an experiment in the field of touch phones. With the release of the Apple iPhone in 2007, the company began to pay more attention to the development of Maemo (then the OS had this name) and considered that this particular OS could become an adequate response to the product from Apple. But existing products, for example, Nokia N800, Nokia N900 could not compete not only with Apple, but also with their own smartphones on Symbian. As a result of the decision, the company started investing in Maemo/MeeGo. The total investment in 2010 alone exceeded 300 million euros. Over the past few years – more than one billion euros. With the arrival of Stephen Elop, the company does not plan to actively develop this area and will pay less and less attention to it.

How is the Nokia N9 positioned? Nokia presents this device as a flagship, on the other hand, the number of countries in which the company sells it is minimal. The scope of supply of the model is also as limited as possible. The situation with the Nokia N900 is repeated, which was sold in volume of about one hundred thousand pieces worldwide, and it was an absolute failure. Apparently, Nokia considered that the new model could repeat the failure of the previous device (which is not the case), or they tried to make room for the Nokia Lumia 800 (a temporary flagship on WP7, which uses the same case and design as the Nokia N9).< /p>

Find the differences between the two devices in the photo. They are not, except for the OS inside the models and minor differences. The fate of the Nokia N9 was sacrificed in order to increase sales of the Nokia 800 Lumia. And this is another Nokia blunder. Abandoning your own and promising OS in favor of an OS that could not prove its worth is a stupid move from any point of view. It is clear that the Nokia N9 is by no means an ideal device, in which there are many little things that need to be improved. This is not a perfect smartphone, not the best device on the market. But it has a novelty (which WP7 does not have in any form), elegance, and again, a huge potential that will never be unlocked.

For the average buyer, this means a pretty simple thing – the device will never get the same number of applications as iOS, Android or even WP7. Exactly the same story happened with the Nokia N900. Unfortunately, this is a model without any future, but very attractive to a certain audience – geeks. Those who bought and used the Nokia N900 with pleasure know firsthand what the command line is and want to improve their phone indefinitely, scouring for programs. It&#39;s more of a story that you don&#39;t even get a constructor, but a prototype of a constructor for the game. For the mass consumer, this device is expensive, incomprehensible and does not provide additional features other than what you get out of the box (a good illustration is the lack of the ability to publish photos in the twitter client, there are simply no alternative clients). In this the phone does not have much innovation, but the user experience is much poorer, even than in modern Symbian phones, but it is at the level of WP7.

In the bottom line, we have a very interesting phone for collectors, those who love the exotic, but by no means a product for the mass market. And despite the ads, regular customers have already realized this and are not buying the phone. I am sincerely sorry not for this device, but for the entire Meego direction, which could become a new word in the phone market. But it will no longer be in any scenario.

For developers, Nokia has released the Nokia N950, a complete copy of the N9, but with a QWERTY keyboard. You cannot buy this model in the store.

Design, dimensions, controls

The design of Nokia N9 cannot be called original for the market, it is unusual for Nokia. To some extent, this is a rehash of the appearance of the Apple iPod, the external similarity of these devices is obvious.

We thank @nick_fess for the photo

The case is made of polycarbonate, this is one of the types of plastic. The case is one-piece, which ensures the absence of slots, moving parts, makes the device monolithic. It is impossible to consider that polycarbonate is an expensive material that can be compared with glass in the iPhone 4/4s, metal in a number of other models. This is a common plastic, which is also used in inexpensive models under 100 euros (for example, the Asha line from Nokia).

The protective glass of the screen is made with a slight influx along the edges of the case, an unusual and pleasant solution. A cover that can be put on the device makes the protective glass flush with this clothes, which is also a plus. For my taste, a protective case is absolutely unnecessary, unless you change the color with it. The quality of the case is such that there are almost no scratches on it, and the need for a case is doubtful. The polycarbonate body reacts poorly to shocks, cracks may appear. But I will make a reservation that this is rather an exception, the device is reliable and practical.

Some users claim that their screen “peels off”, a gap appears between the display and the case. Given that the screen is not glued, but inserted into the case, it cannot peel off. This problem is not widespread and may be due to poor build quality or, more likely, to the fact that the phone was dropped. In the service center, this defect can be corrected in a few minutes.

The desire to create a monolithic case imposed restrictions on the device. For example, at the top there is a 3.5 mm jack, and next to it is a plug for a microUSB connector. You have to press the cap and it opens. The plastic plug is made like a door, on one hinge. The decision is very unfortunate, since it will be difficult to charge the phone from an external battery in the bag, you risk losing the plug. Yes, and leaving the phone in charge, putting it on the bed next to you, you are also guaranteed to lose the plug. For example, my friend accidentally tore off the plug on the first day.

By opening the flap, you can pull out the micro SIM card holder. I personally do not see any disadvantages in using this type of cards, there are quite enough of them on the market. The battery, as you understand, is built-in, which makes the model similar to Nokia N8, but with one big difference. If replacing the battery on the Nokia N8 required a minimum of skills, it was enough to unscrew a couple of screws and have an appropriate screwdriver, then everything is wrong here. You need to be able to disassemble the phone.

On the right side is a paired volume key, next to the on / off button. At the bottom end there is a speaker grille, it is the only one here. Unfortunately, the use of a polycarbonate housing introduces certain problems, the speaker sounds quiet. The volume of the call at the maximum is not enough to hear the phone from the pocket of a jacket or jeans. You can hear it, but the volume is almost half as loud as on regular Nokia devices (for example, worse than on the Nokia 6700 Classic, Nokia 5800, Nokia X6, and so on).

The weight of the phone is 135 grams, the size is 116.45×61.2×7.6-12.1 mm. In the hand, the device lies well, while it feels like a weighty bar. The body material does not look cheap, it is of high quality and unusual in sensations. In the pocket, the device also fits easily.

On the back, you can see an 8-megapixel camera, as well as an LED flash.

The device is available in four colors – white (later), black, turquoise and magenta (black, cyan, and magenta). Unofficially, the company showed two more colors – green and orange, but so far there is no information on the timing of the launch of these colors.

Display

The screen is made using AMOLED technology, it has an anti-reflective coating. In the sun, the picture remains readable, which is good. Screen resolution 854×480 pixels with a diagonal of 3.9 inches (16:9). Picture quality, brightness, colors – everything is at the level for the current market and the flagships of a year ago. There is nothing amazing, a decent display, but not beyond dreams.

The screen has a built-in Gorilla Glass coating, which has also been mastered by all major manufacturers for about a year. The curvature of the screen surface is also mastered by other companies. But here it is quite appropriate and pleasant.

Nokia&#39;s website states that the device has a built-in ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the backlight level of the screen to environmental conditions. Unfortunately, this is not true, since there is no such setting in the menu, only manual level selection. It is clear that with the physical presence of the sensor (it is here), automatic changes in the backlight will be added later, but at the moment this is not the case. Unfortunately, there are a lot of such minor inconsistencies between the official description and reality.

Battery

The phone has a 1450 mAh lithium-ion battery that is non-removable. According to the manufacturer, with it the device is able to work up to 380 hours in standby mode and up to 11 hours in talk mode. In the conditions of networks of Moscow operators, the device works for about 2 days with 40 minutes of conversation a day and up to an hour of using other functions. The time to fully charge the battery is about 2.5 hours. In the menu, you can see all the information about the battery charge and the estimated operating time.

The huge pluses of this device and the Meego platform include the operating time. The device lives quietly for about 2 days, in comparison with Android this is an achievement, with the iPhone the results are quite comparable. And this is the strength of the phone.

Unfortunately, some programs cause a sharp increase in energy consumption, especially if they are running in the background. What this is connected with, with the curvature of the programs themselves or something else, I don’t know. But such software can drain the battery very quickly. Therefore, if your phone has begun to work significantly less, it is worth looking at what you have installed lately.

For some users, the charging indicator does not work well, in particular, it does not blink during charging, and after it is completed, it does not light up constantly. The Nokia website discusses this issue here.

Unfortunately, it is not very clear what this problem is connected with, the SC does not have a description of such a problem, sometimes it disappears by itself. In my opinion, it is not worth attaching great importance to such behavior of the indicator.

Memory

The device comes in two versions, with 16 or 64 GB of internal memory. Memory cards are not provided in any of the options. The memory distribution is as follows (using the 64 GB version as an example) – for applications – 4.2 GB (used about 2 GB out of the box), application data (2.1 GB), user data (57.7 GB).

In the 16 GB version (15.79 GB), the memory is distributed as follows – for applications – 4.2 GB (used about 2 GB out of the box), application data (2.1 GB), user data (9.5 GB).

The RAM in the phone is 1 GB. Unfortunately, when comparing different operating systems, one cannot approach them in the same way and evaluate the amount of RAM without taking into account the resource intensity of the operating system. This will be an artificial comparison that will not lead to any practical results.

For Nokia N9, the most advanced version of multitasking is announced, which became possible, among other things, due to the use of such a large amount of RAM. You can work with applications, and they do not close, but take up a minimum of memory space (in theory and for standard applications). I honestly admit that I like the way the device works with standard applications, icons of open pages hang in memory, there can be several dozen of them (officially they say that up to 70 applications or functions are supported). And this is convenient, although after a dozen open applications it is already difficult to navigate them. But here the first roughness begins.

At the OS level, automatic memory cleaning is not implemented (it is, but it works in emergency, problematic situations). You can configure the menu to close applications (pull the screen down), but by default, applications are simply minimized. And this is a minus. Because opening, for example, an unconverted video, and then an MS Word document, you will encounter the fact that everything starts to slow down and the device may reboot. The video for this review clearly shows that this is a standard situation that can happen at any time.

In Android or iOS, standard OS tools are provided that do not require user intervention, the OS itself decides when and which application to close in order to free up resources, but this does not happen here, and this is a serious minus. Readers who saw the number of open apps in our video and were outraged that this was an unfair comparison forgot that other OSes take care of this themselves. And that&#39;s okay. People should not keep in mind which applications are open, which are not, and what they can use and what not. It is not normal. Devices are created for people, and not vice versa.

I think it&#39;s worth adding information about the processor in the phone, it uses a TI OMAP 3630 (ARM Cortex A8, 1 GHz, single core), plus a graphics co-processor – PowerVR SGX530. In my opinion, the device is fast, it starts to slow down only on complex tasks, and I would put it on a par with the flagships on Android – for example, Samsung Galaxy S or Sony Ericsson Arc. The device loses to models with dual-core processors, this can be seen visually when working in the menu, everything is not so fast, but for most people this speed will be more than sufficient.

Communication options – Bluetooth, USB, WiFi, NFC

USB. When connecting, you can choose one of the operating modes:

  • Data Storage (Mass Storage USB) – the phone memory is visible, no drivers are required, the OS itself recognizes the phone.
  • Sync&connect. PC connection for data synchronization.

Data transfer rate is about 12 Mb/s (highly dependent on OS and computer). Connecting the USB cable will charge your phone.

Bluetooth. The old standard 2.1 + EDR is used, which does not raise any questions, since the advantage of 3.0 is only in file transfer speed, the Bluetooth version does not affect the work with accessories.

The model supports various profiles, in particular, Headset, Handsfree, Serial Port, Dial Up Networking, File Transfer, Object Push, Basic Printing, SIM Access, A2DP. Working with headsets does not raise any questions, everything is ordinary.

Wi-Fi. The standard 802.11 b/g/n is supported, this is not the first device on the market with such a set of protocols. The disadvantages include a long search for networks, you click on the search menu and then wait up to a minute for the first network names to appear. It is possible that this is a problem with many networks, but this problem is present in most places. Otherwise, Wi-Fi has no complaints.

NFC. One of the first models to support NFC tags and work with them. In the field, it was possible to check the operation of NFC in the USA with Google Wallet installed in stores (the first version of the software did not work – the second version of the software, the tags were not received from the Google Wallet device). In Russian conditions, installed commercial systems do not support NFC in phones (they do not support it in the current implementation). In total, the thing is completely useless, unless you transfer something from one phone to another using this standard.

Camera

Nokia N9 has a unique camera and a number of solutions that can be considered unusual for the phone market. In particular, most screens in phones have a 16:9 geometry, and not 4:3, as it used to be. In order to adapt the image to wide screens, it can either be enlarged (post-processed from a 4:3 image) or cropped to reduce the resolution. The Nokia N9 uses an 8.7 megapixel sensor that crops the image to fit 16:9 format, that is, it gets an honest resolution (while the actual resolution is 7 megapixels). At the same time, in 4:3 format, this is an honest picture from the sensor. Look at the illustration, from it it is clear how images are obtained in two formats on the sensor.

The specifications of the camera are as follows:

  • Max resolution 3248 x 2448 for 4:3, 3248 x 2160 for 3:2, 3552 x 2000 for 16:9
  • Aperture 2.2, focal length 28mm
  • Autofocus, touch focus control, constant focus on the subject when shooting video
  • Focus from 10 centimeters to infinity
  • Digital zoom x4 (including video mode)
  • Geo-tags, with the addition of the name of the place (the option is disabled)
  • Ability to add information about the author
  • Video recording 720p (1280×720 pixels, 30 fps)
  • Two microphones when recording video, stereo sound

Describing this camera, the developers refer to the fact that they were limited in the size of the module, and say that it is 70 percent smaller than that of the Nokia N8. In my opinion, this is not a completely correct comparison, since the Nokia N8 camera was chosen according to a different principle, this is a photo solution, which the N9 is not. However, the camera on a clear day gives pretty good results. By default, the camera is set to 16:9 format, look at the pictures from it in 4:3 format. And whichever you like more, choose the default setting.

Unfortunately, the phone does not have hardware keys for working with the camera, all control is carried out from the screen. It takes you a while to find the camera icon, but it makes up for it by being very fast. Nokia proudly claims that this is the fastest camera, but it is not. A number of devices are faster, for example, Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray. But it seems to me that from a certain point it is pointless to compare the speed, the camera is fast, and this is enough in most situations. Therefore, we will leave the statements about the fastest camera to marketers, it will be enough for us that it is fast.

You can focus on an object by selecting it on the screen, including when shooting a video. There is an automatic face detection. When you hold the shutter button for a long time, the device focuses on the object (blue square). As a rule, when shooting landscapes, people and all objects at a distance of 25 centimeters and further, no preliminary focusing is required, the automation works well. Another thing is shooting objects close, you have to press the button and wait until the camera focuses. Shooting spikelets in the wind, I encountered the fact that the camera often does not have time to work out the movement, it is better to shoot stationary objects.

All settings are made from the screen, you can’t change them quickly during shooting, you have to go to the menu (but it’s not difficult). The number of settings is quite large. This is the scene selection – Automatic, Macro, Landscape, Portrait, Night, Sports, flash mode – on, off, red-eye reduction. White balance – automatic, sunny, cloudy, fluorescent, incandescent. Exposure compensation -2 to +2.

Filters (the option appeared only in the first software update) – black&white, sepia, vivid, negative, solarize.

Overview of Nokia N9 GSM/UMTS smartphone. Part One

Nokia is positioning the device as the interim flagship of its smartphone lineup, which looks surprising, especially against the backdrop of statements by CEO Stephen Elop, who bluntly said in an interview with the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat that regardless of the success of sales of the first and last Meego smartphone, the company will focus on OS from Microsoft. The official announcement of the smartphone took place on June 21, 2011 in Singapore with a promise to start sales at the end of August. The company could not keep this promise, the model began to appear on the shelves from October 6th. But before moving on to its real market positioning, it&#39;s worth saying what MeeGo and Nokia N9 are.

Nokia started to develop an operating system for smartphones back in 2004, it looked like an experiment in the field of touch phones. With the release of the Apple iPhone in 2007, the company began to pay more attention to the development of Maemo (then the OS had this name) and considered that this particular OS could become an adequate response to the product from Apple. But existing products, for example, Nokia N800, Nokia N900 could not compete not only with Apple, but also with their own smartphones on Symbian. As a result of the decision, the company started investing in Maemo/MeeGo. The total investment in 2010 alone exceeded 300 million euros. Over the past few years – more than one billion euros. With the arrival of Stephen Elop, the company does not plan to actively develop this area and will pay less and less attention to it.

The story is surprising in that Nokia abandoned a direction that could potentially create one of the most modern, powerful and interesting operating systems. By the time the Nokia N9 was released, this device got rid of many of the children&#39;s shortcomings of the OS, received an impressive potential and was able to win the sympathy of consumers. Moreover, it was cheaper for Nokia to support the model, as well as the whole direction, and not make harsh statements that buried the Nokia N9 even before the start of sales. Who in their right mind would buy a product that will not be developed, as the president of the manufacturing company constantly says. Nobody.

Instead, Nokia at the executive level talks about betting on a different OS, the latest product, and so on. On the other hand, the company is investing heavily in promoting the Nokia N9 as if it were a true flagship. Words diverge from deeds, which brings additional confusion to the heads. The delay in the launch of the model leads to the fact that the advertising campaign launched for this device, for about a month, invites people to shops where you can’t even look at the dummies. Against the background of the release of competing and more mature products, this looks like a dangerous delay.

Nokia itself can&#39;t decide on its attitude towards the Nokia N9. On the one hand, this is a device that was supposed to give rise to a whole line of devices in the future, but according to all the comments of Nokia management, this will not happen. On the other hand, they are trying to sell it and lure it with promises of Meego support until 2016. We are talking about service support for sold models for three years, which is normal practice, but no one focuses attention on this. There are no investments in the development of the ecosystem for Meego by Nokia. Former partner in this project is Intel, between the company strained relations. Nokia&#39;s exit from the project was unexpected, as a result, Meego will not receive any support. From Nokia&#39;s side, this direction can be considered almost completely closed. And it&#39;s embarrassing. The potential of this device and OS is maximum, in theory, Meego could become one of the most popular/strong OS within 5-6 years. It is impossible to go a long way instantly, every OS and every manufacturer spends time and money on this way. Nokia had done the bulk of the work and were ready to reap the fruits of their labour. But the Meego development team has been robbed of its future. And this is the most offensive in this story.

How is the Nokia N9 positioned? Nokia presents this device as a flagship, on the other hand, the number of countries in which the company sells it is minimal. The scope of supply of the model is also as limited as possible. The situation with the Nokia N900 is repeated, which was sold in volume of about one hundred thousand pieces worldwide, and it was an absolute failure. Apparently, Nokia considered that the new model could repeat the failure of the previous device (which is not the case), or they tried to make room for the Nokia Lumia 800 (a temporary flagship on WP7, which uses the same case and design as the Nokia N9).< /p>

Find the differences in the photos of these two devices. They are not, except for the OS inside the models and minor differences. The fate of the Nokia N9 was sacrificed in order to increase sales of the Nokia 800 Lumia. And this is another Nokia blunder. Abandoning your own and promising OS in favor of an OS that could not prove its worth is a stupid move from any point of view. It is clear that Nokia N9 is by no means an ideal device, which has a lot of little things that need improvement. This is not a perfect smartphone, not the best device on the market. But it has a novelty (which WP7 does not have in any form), elegance, and again, a huge potential that will never be unlocked.

For the average buyer, this means a pretty simple thing – the device will never get the same number of applications as iOS, Android or even WP7. Exactly the same story happened with the Nokia N900. Unfortunately, this is a model without any future, but very attractive to a certain audience – geeks. Those who bought and used the Nokia N900 with pleasure know firsthand what the command line is and want to improve their phone indefinitely, scouring for programs. It&#39;s more of a story that you don&#39;t even get a constructor, but a prototype of a constructor for the game. For the mass consumer, this device is expensive, incomprehensible and does not provide additional features other than what you get out of the box (a good illustration is the lack of the ability to publish photos in the twitter client, there are simply no alternative clients). There are no special innovations in this phone, but the user experience is much poorer even than in modern Symbian phones, but it is at the level of WP7.

For the average buyer, this means a fairly simple thing – the device will never get the same number of applications as iOS, Android or even WP7. Exactly the same story happened with the Nokia N900. Unfortunately, this is a model without any future, but very attractive to a certain audience – geeks. Those who bought and used the Nokia N900 with pleasure know firsthand what the command line is and want to improve their phone indefinitely, scouring for programs. It&#39;s more of a story that you don&#39;t even get a constructor, but a prototype of a constructor for the game. For the mass consumer, this device is expensive, incomprehensible and does not provide additional features other than what you get out of the box (a good illustration is the lack of the ability to publish photos in the twitter client, there are simply no alternative clients). In that There are no special innovations on the phone, but the user experience is much poorer, even than in modern Symbian phones, but it is at the level of WP7.

In the bottom line, we have a very interesting phone for collectors, those who love the exotic, but by no means a product for the mass market. And despite the ads, regular customers have already realized this and are not buying the phone. I am sincerely sorry not for this device, but for the entire Meego direction, which could become a new word in the phone market. But it will no longer be in any scenario.

For developers, Nokia has released the Nokia N950, a complete copy of the N9, but with a QWERTY keyboard. You cannot buy this model in the store.

Design, dimensions, controls

The design of Nokia N9 cannot be called original for the market, it is unusual for Nokia. To some extent, this is a rehash of the appearance of the Apple iPod, the external similarity of these devices is obvious.

We thank @nick_fess for the photo

The case is made of polycarbonate, this is one of the types of plastic. The case is one-piece, which ensures the absence of slots, moving parts, makes the device monolithic. It is impossible to consider that polycarbonate is an expensive material that can be compared with glass in the iPhone 4/4s, metal in a number of other models. This is a common plastic, which is also used in inexpensive models under 100 euros (for example, the Asha line from Nokia).

The protective glass of the screen is made with a slight influx along the edges of the case, an unusual and pleasant solution. A cover that can be put on the device makes the protective glass flush with this clothes, which is also a plus. For my taste, a protective case is absolutely unnecessary, unless you change the color with it. The quality of the case is such that there are almost no scratches on it, and the need for a case is doubtful. The polycarbonate body reacts poorly to shocks, cracks may appear. But I will make a reservation that this is rather an exception, the device is reliable and practical.

Some users claim that their screen “peels off”, a gap appears between the display and the case. Given that the screen is not glued, but inserted into the case, it cannot peel off. This problem is not widespread and may be due to poor build quality or, more likely, to the fact that the phone was dropped. In the service center, this defect can be corrected in a few minutes.

The desire to create a monolithic case imposed restrictions on the device. For example, at the top there is a 3.5 mm jack, and next to it is a plug for a microUSB connector. You have to press the cap and it opens. The plastic plug is made like a door, on one hinge. The decision is very unfortunate, since it will be difficult to charge the phone from an external battery in the bag, you risk losing the plug. Yes, and leaving the phone in charge, putting it on the bed next to you, you are also guaranteed to lose the plug. For example, my friend accidentally tore off the plug on the first day.

By opening the flap, you can pull out the micro SIM card holder. I personally do not see any disadvantages in using this type of cards, there are quite enough of them on the market. The battery, as you understand, is built-in, which makes the model similar to Nokia N8, but with one big difference. If replacing the battery on the Nokia N8 required a minimum of skills, it was enough to unscrew a couple of screws and have an appropriate screwdriver, then everything is wrong here. You need to be able to disassemble the phone.

On the right side is a paired volume key, next to the on / off button. At the bottom end there is a speaker grille, it is the only one here. Unfortunately, the use of a polycarbonate housing introduces certain problems, the speaker sounds quiet. The volume of the call at the maximum is not enough to hear the phone from the pocket of a jacket or jeans. You can hear it, but the volume is almost half as loud as on regular Nokia devices (for example, worse than on the Nokia 6700 Classic, Nokia 5800, Nokia X6, and so on).

The weight of the phone is 135 grams, the size is 116.45×61.2×7.6-12.1 mm. In the hand, the device lies well, while it feels like a weighty bar. The body material does not look cheap, it is of high quality and unusual in sensations. In the pocket, the device also fits easily.

On the back, you can see an 8-megapixel camera, as well as an LED flash.

The device is available in four colors – white (later), black, turquoise and magenta (black, cyan, and magenta). Unofficially, the company showed two more colors – green and orange, but so far there is no information on the timing of the launch of these colors.

Display

The screen is made using AMOLED technology, it has an anti-reflective coating. In the sun, the picture remains readable, which is good. Screen resolution 854×480 pixels with a diagonal of 3.9 inches (16:9). Picture quality, brightness, colors – everything is at the level for the current market and the flagships of a year ago. There is nothing amazing, a decent display, but not beyond dreams.

The screen has a built-in Gorilla Glass coating, which has also been mastered by all major manufacturers for about a year. The curvature of the screen surface is also mastered by other companies. But here it is quite appropriate and pleasant.

The disadvantages of the screen include its diagonal and rather small font size. The fonts are curly in many menus, but this makes the perception of the device worse, the information is harder to read. This is especially noticeable in the browser, the perception of information is much worse than in the iPhone 4/4s, Galaxy S/S2. Both the diagonal of the screen and the size of the fonts affect.

Battery

The phone has a 1450 mAh lithium-ion battery that is non-removable. According to the manufacturer, with it the device is able to work up to 380 hours in standby mode and up to 11 hours in talk mode. In the conditions of networks of Moscow operators, the device works for about 2 days with 40 minutes of conversation a day and up to an hour of using other functions. The time to fully charge the battery is about 2.5 hours. In the menu, you can see all the information about the battery charge and the estimated operating time.

There is a power saving mode, it can be automatically enabled when a certain percentage of the battery charge is reached. This is a convenient setting, although it is not clear what exactly the device turns off (reduces the backlight level, probably does something else).

The huge pluses of this device and the Meego platform include the operating time. The device lives quietly for about 2 days, in comparison with Android this is an achievement, with the iPhone the results are quite comparable. And this is the strength of the phone.

Unfortunately, some programs cause a sharp increase in energy consumption, especially if they are running in the background. What this is connected with, with the curvature of the programs themselves or something else, I don’t know. But such software can drain the battery very quickly. Therefore, if your phone has begun to work significantly less, it is worth looking at what you have installed lately.

For some users, the charging indicator does not work well, in particular, it does not blink during charging, and after it is completed, it does not light up constantly. The Nokia website discusses this issue here.

Unfortunately, it is not very clear what this problem is connected with, the SC does not have a description of such a problem, sometimes it disappears by itself. In my opinion, it is not worth attaching great importance to such behavior of the indicator.

Memory

The device comes in two versions, with 16 or 64 GB of internal memory. Memory cards are not provided in any of the options. The memory distribution is as follows (using the 64 GB version as an example) – for applications – 4.2 GB (used about 2 GB out of the box), application data (2.1 GB), user data (57.7 GB).

In the 16 GB version (15.79 GB), the memory is distributed as follows – for applications – 4.2 GB (used about 2 GB out of the box), application data (2.1 GB), user data (9.5 GB).

The RAM in the phone is 1 GB. Unfortunately, when comparing different operating systems, one cannot approach them in the same way and evaluate the amount of RAM without taking into account the resource intensity of the operating system. This will be an artificial comparison that will not lead to any practical results.

For Nokia N9, the most advanced version of multitasking is announced, which became possible, among other things, due to the use of such a large amount of RAM. You can work with applications, and they do not close, but take up a minimum of memory space (in theory and for standard applications). I confess honestly that I like how the device works with standard applications, there are icons of open pages in memory, there can be several dozen of them (officially they say that up to 70 applications or functions are supported). And this is convenient, although after a dozen open applications it is already difficult to navigate them. But here the first roughness begins.

At the OS level, automatic memory cleaning is not implemented (it is, but it works in emergency, problematic situations). You can set the menu to close applications (pull the screen down), but by default, applications are simply minimized. And this is a minus. Because opening, for example, an unconverted video, and then an MS Word document, you will encounter the fact that everything starts to slow down and the device may reboot. The video for this review clearly shows that this is a standard situation that can happen at any time.

In Android or iOS, standard OS tools are provided that do not require user intervention, the OS itself decides when and which application to close in order to free up resources, but this does not happen here, and this is a serious minus. Readers who saw the number of open apps in our video and were outraged that this was an unfair comparison forgot that other OSes take care of this themselves. And that&#39;s okay. People don&#39;t have to keep in mind which apps are open and which aren&#39;t, and what they can use and what they can&#39;t. It is not normal. Devices are created for people, and not vice versa.

I think it&#39;s worth adding information about the processor in the phone, it uses a TI OMAP 3630 (ARM Cortex A8, 1 GHz, single core), plus a graphics co-processor – PowerVR SGX530. In my opinion, the device is fast, it starts to slow down only on complex tasks, and I would put it on a par with the flagships on Android – for example, Samsung Galaxy S or Sony Ericsson Arc. The device loses to models with dual-core processors, this can be seen visually when working in the menu, everything is not so fast, but for most people this speed will be more than sufficient.

Communication options – Bluetooth, USB, WiFi, NFC

USB. When connecting, you can select one of the operating modes:

  • Data Storage (Mass Storage USB) – the phone&#39;s memory is visible, no drivers are required, the OS itself recognizes the phone.
  • Sync&connect. PC connection for data synchronization.

Data transfer rate is about 12 Mb/s (highly dependent on OS and computer). Connecting the USB cable will charge your phone.

Bluetooth. The old standard 2.1 + EDR is used, which does not raise any questions, since the advantage of 3.0 is only in file transfer speed, the Bluetooth version does not affect the work with accessories.

The model supports various profiles, in particular, Headset, Handsfree, Serial Port, Dial Up Networking, File Transfer, Object Push, Basic Printing, SIM Access, A2DP. Working with headsets does not raise any questions, everything is ordinary.

Wi-Fi. The standard 802.11 b/g/n is supported, this is not the first device on the market with such a set of protocols. The disadvantages include a long search for networks, you click on the search menu and then wait up to a minute for the first network names to appear. It is possible that this is a problem with many networks, but this problem is present in most places. Otherwise, Wi-Fi has no complaints.

NFC. One of the first models to support NFC tags and work with them. In the field, it was possible to check the operation of NFC in the USA with Google Wallet installed in stores (the first version of the software did not work – the second version of the software, the tags were not received from the Google Wallet device). In Russian conditions, installed commercial systems do not support NFC in phones (they do not support it in the current implementation). In total, the thing is completely useless, unless you transfer something from one phone to another using this standard.

Camera

Nokia N9 has a unique camera and a number of solutions that can be considered unusual for the phone market. In particular, most screens in phones have a 16:9 geometry, and not 4:3, as it used to be. In order to adapt the image to wide screens, it can either be enlarged (post-processed from a 4:3 image) or cropped to reduce the resolution. The Nokia N9 uses an 8.7 megapixel sensor that crops the image to fit 16:9 format, that is, it gets an honest resolution (while the actual resolution is 7 megapixels). At the same time, in 4:3 format, this is an honest picture from the sensor. Look at the illustration, from it it is clear how images are obtained in two formats on the sensor.

The specifications of the camera are as follows:

  • Max resolution 3248 x 2448 for 4:3, 3248 x 2160 for 3:2, 3552 x 2000 for 16:9
  • Aperture 2.2, focal length 28mm
  • Autofocus, touch focus control, constant focus on the subject when shooting video
  • Focus from 10 centimeters to infinity
  • Digital zoom x4 (including video mode)
  • Geo-tags, with the addition of the name of the place (the option is disabled)
  • Ability to add information about the author
  • Video recording 720p (1280×720 pixels, 30 fps)
  • Two microphones when recording video, stereo sound

You can focus on an object by selecting it on the screen, including when shooting a video. There is an automatic face detection. When you hold the shutter button for a long time, the device focuses on the object (blue square). As a rule, when shooting landscapes, people and all objects at a distance of 25 centimeters and further, no preliminary focusing is required, the automation works well. Another thing is shooting objects close, you have to press the button and wait until the camera focuses. Shooting spikelets in the wind, I encountered the fact that the camera often does not have time to work out the movement, it is better to shoot stationary objects.

All settings are made from the screen, you can’t change them quickly during shooting, you have to go to the menu (but it’s not difficult). The number of settings is quite large. This is the scene selection – Automatic, Macro, Landscape, Portrait, Night, Sports, flash mode – on, off, red-eye reduction. White balance – automatic, sunny, cloudy, fluorescent, incandescent. Exposure compensation -2 to +2.

Filters (the option appeared only in the first software update) – black&white, sepia, vivid, negative, solarize.

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