Nokia N9: Own a Piece of Technology History
I finally put my money where my mouth was when I previously stated that the Nokia N9 was the most interesting smartphone of 2011. When Apple finally announced the iPhone 4S, I honestly was a little let down with their offering. After all, nobody I know was asking for a faster processor, marginally better camera and voice recognition with a slightly modified OS. Instead, I was looking for something completely different from end-to-end and the Nokia N9 does exactly that.
To start, the hardware of the N9 is absolutely first rate. Nokia has been in the hardware "biz" for a long time now and it really shows. The phone is very light, yet it feels like you could drop it without any worries. For those of you that are really concerned, Nokia was nice enough to include a protective silicone case. The great thing about this particular case is that it really becomes part of the phone as it fits very snugly and doesn't add any unnecessary bulk. Also included with the N9 is a pair of headphones, USB charger and AC adapter.
The LCD screen of the N9 is absolutely fantastic. Despite the relatively low resolution (480 x 854 pixels) of the 3.9-inch screen, the colors truly "pop" off the curved Gorilla glass. And the color black really, truly is BLACK. More so than any other touchscreen I've ever seen.
The phone does not have any external storage expansion slots which is a disappointment but it does come with either 16 GB or a much larger 64 GB internal flash storage. And typical of high-end Nokia phones, the 8 MP Carl Zeiss camera with dual-LED flash is one of the better cameras I've used on a smartphone. It also records some decent 720p video.
The N9 also comes with a Near Field Communications (NFC) chip. NFC chips allow for a simplified point-to-point wireless transmission for a variety of uses including data sharing, electronic business card transfer and electronic wallet functions. There's not too many uses for this chip yet, but I expect the technology to take off in early 2012 for a variety of functions.Continued on the next page