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A N9ce way to go

The Nokia N9

  • By Gareth Kurt Warren | Staff Writer
  • Published: 00:00 December 15, 2011
  • GN Focus

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While everyone has been paying attention to the iPhones and androids, the brand we used to love and adore, the brand that helped us and serviced our communication needs, back in '09 has been discarded and abandoned by a lot of us. However, just like an ex-partner that we assumed we would never see again, Nokia crept up with the N9. Sleek, hot, amazing and desirable.

To be blatantly straightforward, the sleek little Meego-powered N9 would have to play second fiddle to other smartphones out there. Probably as a back-up phone for a while, until Nokia makes its mark in the smartphone market. But you have to admit — the thing is gorgeous.

The N9 comes preloaded with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Skype and — wait for it — Angry Birds!

What seems like an hour later, I got back to doing my job again. For those who wouldn't admit they love Angry Birds, the N9 also houses interesting games like NFS Shift and Real Football 2011.

The N9 has three main panels that can be accessed by horizontal swipes. The 3.9-inch capacitive AMOLED touch screen is far superior to any full touch screen phones I have handled in a while. The device is equipped with two effective cameras, an eight-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics at the rear and a front-facing camera for video calls.

The device also comes with a non-removable Li-Ion 1450 mAh battery and an incredibly innovative SIM card and USB slot, hidden at the top of the device. The only draw back is that the N9 doesn't feature a slot for a memory card, so we will have to make do with the 16 or 64GB models that are available.

The phone comes in three colours — black, cyan and magenta — a welcome change from the monotonous black and white that we constantly flock to.

I can safely say that the N9 is more than capable of schooling its BlackBerry counterpart the 9860. And its successors might even be able rival the iPhones in terms of acceptability. To wrap things up, we've got to give props to Nokia on their environmental features and energy efficiency. The materials used are fully recyclable and recoverable as is the packaging of the device.

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