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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Great phone
by terrakotta on Fri 27th Sep 2013 20:06 UTC
terrakotta
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2010-04-21

I bought my N9 after using a Pré 2 for a year. Due to using a phone often in rainy conditions I went for the Sony Experia Z after it, which is in repairs because the screen is soooo fragile. So back to N9 it is, and I'm not missing that Z one bit, even if having a larger screen is somehow usefull every now and then, Meego runs miles around the three biggest platforms.

Yet, I still find the WebOS interface to be much better (albeit slow), I tend to swipe a long time before I actually get to where I want to be. What WebOS did better as well was the unified messaging, really one person one conversation, the thing is that having 4 different messaging services connected drains the battery, which is I think the reason why the big players aren't really interested. The notification area combined with the newsfeed I find to be misplaced and in the way to work with the device. Maybe I should use more online services to get more notifications :-).

The haptic feedback, the browser, the keyboard (miss numeric version hough), the excellent maps and drive program, mail, clock, multitasking, ... are so much ahead of Android it is painfull to say the least. This thing really seems as fast as a quad core android, and it is still usefull with one hand as well. Only when you're on the train really often, a bigger phone like the Z can be usefull.

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