The Nokia N9 is the first MeeGo-powered smartphone from the Finns, and we certainly hope it certainly won’t be the last because it’s actually a rather decent piece of kit.
The unibody polycarbonate chassis might feel somewhat plasticky to the touch, however it seamlessly integrates to the glass 3.9-inch OLED panel, which offers ClearBlack display technology to produce the dark bits darker and also the colours more vivid than previously before.
TechRadar used our time while using phone wisely, and were bag some time for a quick video preview in the new Nokia N9 as well as the plethora of photos below:
Such as the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, the Nokia N9 design team has worked to enhance the quality of the screen by bringing it closer on the glass, making it look darker than ever before when the screen is turned off.
The chassis of the phone is virtually free from buttons, save to the volume and power keys for the right hand side. There is no physical home button, with Nokia preferring to work with an innovative swipe gesture to navigate around.
With no microSD card slot on offer (Nokia says the N9 will are available in 16GB and 64Gb variants) the only ports live about the top of the phone, with the headphone jack, a pop-up cover to the microUSB connector and a pop-up tray for your microSIM.
That’s right – the microSIM seems like it’s here to remain as Nokia joins Apple within the teeny SIM club.
The only other thing of note around the front is the front-facing VGA camera… it’s in the bottom of the N9, and it’ll be interesting to see how this works in day by day life. Assuming anyone ever starts thinking video calling is an excellent idea, that is.
The back of the phone is ‘pillowed’ within the words of Nokia, meaning it sits rather nicely inside palm of the hand. The dual-LED powered 8MP camera is covered in certain natty Carl Zeiss optics, and features an f2.2 aperture which is better for low-light situations.
The camera is positioned more centrally than a great many other smartphones on the market, which suggests it’s easier to hold – in your brief tests, the pictures felt more like we were taking them over a normal compact, that is definitely a plus.
However, there is not any physical camera key, that’s a real disappointment as Nokia usually loves them and we’re real fans, mainly because it means less camera wobble when you’re taking a snap. Touch to focus is on offer to enhance the quality of your shots, although we didn’t view it making much of a difference whenever we tried it out.