Nokia announced its first MeeGo smartphone Nokia N9, powered by a new interface that has been built ground up to give neck to neck competition to Android and iOS.
Although Nokia’s WP7 phone is yet to come closer to reality, we are already impressed with the improvements we see in nokia smartphones.
The Nokia N9 is a solid unibody with 3.9-inch AMOLED screen (854 x 480) void of any kind of keyboard or hardware buttons other than camera a volume buttons. The N9 would ship with 16GB or 64GB of onboard memory and 1GB of RAM.
The body is nearly perfectly designed with polycarbonate shell and pretty much scratch proof.
Coming to the N9 specs, it has:
- CPU: OMAP3630 1 Ghz processor with a PowerVR SGX530 GPU
- Radio: QuadBand GSM, penta-band WCDMA radio
- Connectivity & Sensors: 802.11 abgn Wifi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, NFC, proximity senor, magnetometer, accelerometer, light sensor, compass, orientation sensor, a micro SIM slot, tethering support and a 3.5mm “AV connector
- Display: 3.9″ AMOLED 854×480 resolution display.
- Camera: 8 Megapixel CArl Zeis camera, capable of aperture F2.2 for low light picture taking and true 16:9 720p video recording
- Dimensions: 116.45- x 61.2- x 7.6-12.1mm
- weight: 135 grams
- battery: up to 50 hours (music), 4.5 hours (720p video), o7-11 GSM phone operation
- OS & apps: MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan, with apps being compliant with Qt 4.7 and HTML5 support bundled in
- Inbuilt Apps: turn-by-turn drive and walk navigation with voice guidance in Maps, a dedicated Drive app. Angry Birds Magic, Galaxy on Fire 2, Real Golf 2011 and OpenGL ES 2.0, Webit2 browser, pinch-to-zoom support, unified notifications for Facebook, Twitter and RSS feeds in the Events view as well as social networking profiles and status updates merged into phone contacts. Ovi Store apps soon.
Nokia N9 Impressions
Basically, MeeGo has a user interface simplified to three home views — events, applications and open apps. The Nokia N9 is a very thin smartphone. The official specs say it is 116.45 x 61.2 x 7.6-12.1 mm. In comparison, the iPhone 4 is 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm. N9 in terms of hardware is nearly perfect, but the software is something that still needs improvement, and it would get better within 2011.
There’s also an NFC chip for mobile payments and touch-and-go contact and photo sharing, an 8 megapixel camera with HD video capture and a wide-angle 28mm Zeiss lens, and Dolby Headphone and Dolby Digital Plus audio in case you like your jams with a side of sonic sweetener.
We’re also a little disappointed in the plastic body, although Nokia says it offers “superior antenna performance” and it does come in cyan, black, and magenta, so that’s fun.
Apps place (appy place)
The central home screen is where you get to see all the pre-installed and user-downloaded apps. Ovi Store and the pre-installed Facebook and Twitter clients are included in the MeeGo firmware.
A screen that many iPhone users will soon be familiar with, and android users already love it — the notifications screen — lives to the left of the apps drawer. The top fragment is the weather, and can be selected for a more detailed view, and beneath it is an aggregation of all incoming messages, including social network updates.
A screen is dedicated to Multitasking. MeeGo UI is a multitasking display, showing all recently used apps and the their saved states. Nokia tells us that while the N9 won’t run videos in the background, tasks like loading a webpage will continue if you switch to a different task in the middle of the page load.
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