Recently Jason from Jasonteh.com (Nokia Ranger) and I organize a Nokia gathering in Malaysia. I took the oppurtunity to made and unboxing video. I made a simple and "jolly good happy" style of unboxing as didn't prefer serious types (will do something cool for the next one). Device courtesy of Jason and Carolyn Hikaru, thanks for helping.
Ok back to the review part. I have yet to receive my review unit so I'll review based on my experiences from the preview session, meego meetup and the gathering. Therefore, I won't go over the specification of the phone as it can be obtain at my blog. Let me start with what I like about the Nokia N9. First up, the operating system. Its running Meego Harmattan and peopleonly shadow on the term "dead OS". I don't think is a dead OS, as Meego help set a platform for Nokia's future phones may it be Meego, Symbian, Windows or Other OS. With the Nokia N9, Nokia learn how to prefect the unibody of the polycarbonate plastic for Nokia Lumia/future phones, making Qt more powerful with additional feature that relates to UX - UI - SI (social integration) and so on.
Meego is the only first OS that bring out the full potential of user experience (UX) with gestures and collaborating it with in what we called user interface (UI) and social integration(like in the notification screen with Facebook, Twitter sync harmoniously with SMS, email etc.. You won't get lost at any part of the phone it has five simple and different views; the unlock screen, multitask screen, apps screen, notification screen and the app you are running. Meego runs on a 1Ghz core seem to be more fluid and responsive than other OS, I recall running 30+ apps (games,camera,doc and etc) and it works like a charm no jet lag. With such power and simplicity anyone can pick the phone (Nokia N9) can start using it, takes roughly less 5 minture to master it an you are on the go. That Simple!!!
One of the key features that most people talk about its F2.2 aperture camera. What people don't know its 2 stop faster than F2.8 which means capture more light in low light and receive fast light during the outdoor.With such big aperture one can performance subject isolation technique, in simple terms separating your subject from the background by blurring it out (bokeh effect) in video recording. Unlike a basic F2.8 where you can seeing your subject as well as a dull boring background. Thats where Nokia N9 come to the rescue. Its like a mini DSLR with basic features but with a good lens (imagine a additional DSLR lens with such big aperture would cost example, RM870 Nikkor F/1.8G). Though I would say Nokia N8 will still remain as " " THE" " cameraphone while Nokia N9 is a fun phone to capture great moment may it be low light or outdoor without worrying much about lighting.
The features I would like to see improvement is on operating system level
- Option for manual contrast as the Nokia N9 always set itself to auto which lead to over darken or grey-ish of photo sometimes.
-Enable colour tone (like vivid and black&white)
-Simple effects (like lomo,cartoon, 1874 which can be found in Symbian^3 photo editor)
-Enable folder at apps view (some might like it on but I like as it is)
-Nokia Bubble alternative alike for unlock screen
-Add new gestures to the current one ( like circle to activate X app, S-shape swipe to open messaging)- Maybe app alike to Siri (iphone 4s)