Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Sep 2013 16:57 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Still, the Nokia N9 and its MeeGo Harmattan software platform remain unmatched in various aspects of user interface and user experience. Even though MeeGo Harmattan has essentially remained stagnant and frozen in time for 2 whole years, it still represents a benchmark in some ways for what a smartphone user interface should be.

Virtually every N9 owner I've ever talked to loves the N9 unconditionally. It could have been the Eve of Nokia's resurrection. Instead, it became the symbol of its demise.

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After much longing for an N9, I finally bought one, but had to let it go. (Actually I bought it for my wife and we both used it for a while.)

The browser is what I (and my wife) use 99% of the time with a phone. The N9's native one is close to useless, IMO. Firefox is behind useless on the N9. But I'm very happy with Opera on my E52, so I installed it on the N9, only to discover it's not a native app there, and doesn't even use the N9's stellar keyboard. No way we were going to use it like that, and since hopes for a better browser would remain close to zero, we had to let it go.

I'm sad, because I think the N9 is one of the best -if not the best- design ever, both hardware and software wise. It was just murdered by this soul-less idiot who dismantled the whole company (making a few dollars for Nelson, I know, I know) for Microsoft. (I hope anyone finds a way to sue that bastard and the board altogether.)

I just can't understand why no one else has achieved haptic feedback but the N9 developers. What's so hard about it? Why doesn't even Nokia get it on Windows phones? I have some hope that the Jolla team has done it right again, although their whole design is far from what the N9 was.

Edited 2013-09-28 23:23 UTC

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