Layman’s Take on Nokia N9– Music of Beethoven

Nokia N9: The Interiors, the powerful beast inside the beauty

Nokia N9

Right now, there is a race going on in mobile world that who can clock more Hertz. Dual Core, Quad Core and whatever… but still when it comes to consumer then only one thing matter, how fast the device feels when you do something with it, how many tasks you can accomplish with it.

What point in having a dual core or Quad core processor in phone when you can not keep on with web browsing, gaming, camera, media viewing and calls etc at the same moment?

Nokia N9 doesn’t follow the same rat race, does multi-tasking better than any existing mobile OS on this planet and still works like a charm. Thanks to 1 GHz Cortex A8 processor, PowerVR SGX530 GPU, TI OMAP 3630 chipset and 1GB RAM on board.

Let’s visit the highlights of Nokia N9 specs sheet:

  • Dimensions 116.45 x 61.2 x 12.1mm (7.6mm at corners), 76cc, 135g
  • MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan Linux based OS
  • 3.9”CBD  AMOLED Corning Gorilla Glass Screen with a FWVGA resolution of 854×480 pixels, PenTile Matrix Display
  • 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU, PowerVR SGX530 GPU, TI OMAP 3630 chipset
  • 1 GB RAM, 512 MB ROM, 16/64 GB Mass Memory (depending on variant), no MIcroSD Card support though
  • HSDPA Cat10 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA Cat6 5.76 Mbps, WLAN IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  • 3D Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Compass (Magnetometer Sensor), Proximity Sensor
  • 8.0 Megapixels Carl Zeiss AF camera with an aperture  f/2.2 (fastest operating time)
  • 1280 x 720 pixels video recording resolution with 30fps
  • FM Radio is on board though no official app included yet (unofficial one here) –Credit TechProlonged
  • 2 Microfone inside, one serving purpose of noise cancellation
  • Micro SIM Support only
  • Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR
  • BV-5JW 3.7V 1450mAh non-removable battery (not soldered on chip though)
  • TV Out supported, NFC support native to OS
  • Out of box support for 3GPP formats (H.263), ASF, AVI, Flash Video, H.264/AVC, Matroska, MPEG-4, VC-1, WMV 9 and XVID

In addition to this, the Camera on Nokia N9 has some tricks of its own like Auto and Manual Exposure, Auto and Manual White Balance, Automatic Motion Blur Reduction, Carl Zeiss Optics, Continuous Auto Focus, Dual-LED Flash, Exposure Compensation, Face Detection, Full Screen Viewfinder, Geotagging, Still Image Editor with non-destructive image editing and Touch Focus.

Many have expressed the doubt that Nokia N9 has an FM Transmitter on board even though OS doesn’t have support for the same. The doubts seems genuine considering the presence of FM Receiver on board though no native app on board. Though there are some reports that even though Nokia N9 might have an FM Transmitter chip on board, it doesn’t have the required Antenna, which makes its useless.

No Bluetooth 3.0 here though I am not sure that what difference that would make for a consumer. If something I will miss in Nokia N9, then it would be USB OTG. Yup! USB OTG not supported on Nokia N9 and I am not sure if it’s a software issue only.

We can not use the switched off device as a USB storage like we can do with rest of Symbian^3 lineup, though no big deal and no other manufacturer does that except Nokia Symbian^3 devices.

N9 PenTile


Talking about a thing that people felt a bit negative about Nokia N9, the PenTile display. A patented technology in name of Samsung, PenTile RGBW technology adds a white sub pixel to the traditional red, blue, and green sub pixels in a color display allowing a brighter display using less power.

Check out the difference between normal RGB panel and PenTile display. The first shot is from Nokia N9 screen while the second shot is from Nokia Oro. Look closer and think if anything like RGB vs. PenTile matters in real life that much. What’s you loosing in it, if it offers a better battery life over traditional display.

I know many of you might just dismiss these specs, but specs alone is not defining Nokia N9, something even bigger beneath the capable HW. Next sections will talks about the same only.


43 thoughts on “Layman’s Take on Nokia N9– Music of Beethoven

  1. one question, how did you change the clock background to black?
    Have always been trying to find out, because i read the review on theverge and they managed to changed even the calendar to a black background..

  2. I’m halfway through page 5, and… man I was so disappointed with “Ra.One”. It has NOTHING to do with this review; that comment will come later. 😀

  3. Brother from where did you get this in India (I guess you are from India)…is there anyway I can get this device from anywhere in India…desperately need one…please tell

      1. Ok…if you had to guess that “will it come” ? what would you say ?
        Maybe some time after Nokia Lumia phones ?

          1. Wow .N900 now ready for India. Of course it shloud be as silence is broken, Meego would not be commercially launched for N900. So Nokia don’t want to let its smartphone sales figures come down & since latest info on N900 will not help sales figures to move up in Europe & elsewhere, the better option is to follow the imprints of Apple I.e. Launch soon going to be obselete products in Indian Market.Thank you Nokia. This time luckily I wasn’t expecting anything else.

  4. you nailed it Nitish .. greatest phone ever made .. period .. and your review does give N9 a justice that it need .. no other phone should have a review of this length and attention to detail except N9 😀 ..

    this phone has saved me from all dreadful devotion given to all the dreadful ecosystem .. you won’t believe how much I’ve spent buying apps from apple appstore without even executing half of it .. and come to think of it, I did that because I can’t never find satisfaction or sense of completeness with my last phone in its original form ..

    but N9 was different .. it has everything that I ever need in a timeless beautiful form, and already I felt a sense of completeness in one aspect of my life .. I think this is the phone that I’m going to kept forever while I’m alive even if it is can’t no longer be used (I always sold my old phone/trade in when buying new phone).. seriously, I am that much of fan ..

  5. Nitish Kumar there some inconsistency in your review.

    1. .deb files you can install it as simple as enabled 3rd party installation then run file manager and run it directly no need terminal
    2. soft reset the cirulating arrow doesnt mean brick it means its erasing or in progress. in the progress even u turn on and off it will still process u just need wait until it reboot itself means completed
    or its that your fren

    3. Account Authentication Broken: fixed in PR 1.1

    1. 1. Agree that the same can be done with File Manager itself but I was not sure that if it picks supporting files as well. Didn’t happened in case of VLC with me.

      2. I waited more than 20 mins but nothing happened and then review unit was to go back, so couldn’t check.

      3. My unit had PR1.1 only as I got the update before the review and it actually got broken after the update only.

  6. hi nithish… Good job… My doubt is if i buy this n9 from singapore .. Whether i will get software update in india or not through air or not.. Pls mail me

  7. Your “issue” number 3 is not an issue at all.
    This is N9 behaviour – and it is not “bricked” as you said.

    You just have to be patient and wait 10-15 minutes.

  8. I could barely make it through the first page of this review, as the English is absolutely terrible. This trend continues through the rest of your site as well. I would recommend doing some major editing.

    1. The noise-cancellation microphone is next to the camera flash – a 0.5mm hole. The in-device instructions indicate you shouldn’t cover this location during a call if you enable noise-cancellation.

  9. Maybe I missed it but can you :pause/play/forward/back the music player on the included earphones button? Is there a volume control too?

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