Nokia N9 | MeeGo Is Here
Although Nokia is officially now switching to the Windows Phone 7 platform from the aging Symbian, it hasn’t completely let go of MeeGo. A result of a partnership with Intel, MeeGo is an Linux-based OS developed mostly indigenously by Nokia. So this announcement has taken most people by surprise.
The Nokia N9 is the first time were seeing the finished version of the OS on a Nokia device, and it looks quite good. The spec list has a 3.9-inch AMOLED screen (854 x 480), an 8 megapixel Carl Zeiss camera, a 1 Ghz processor, a PowerVR SGX530 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 16 or 64GB of storage, Bluetooth 2.1, NFC, and GPS.
The phone itself looks really nice from the photos and videos, and looks similar to the N8. The bright, vivid colors and slicker packaging give it a premium look and more fun factor.
But what about the software? Unfortunately little info was given on this front, except for a feature called Swipe. Swiping from one edge to the other will take you back to the home screen, hence the lack of a ‘Home’ button anywhere on the phone body. According to the lucky blokes at engadget, the Touch UI is a joy to use. See their hands-on review here
Double-tapping the screen wakes the phone up and then you can unlock it with a swipe in any direction. Similar swipes, starting from one edge of the screen and going to the other, allow you to exit apps into the home screen. What we can say about all these aspects of the interface is that they’re done exceedingly well and make the somewhat aged OMAP3630 processor look terrific. Fluid animations are evident throughout, navigation is natural, and this marks a major advance over anything else Nokia has given us on the software front in terms of touch-based UI.
Release is set for “later in the year.”
Check out the release videos below and let us know what you think!
…and the official hands-on demo