The Nokia N9 can now be viewed in landscape mode. This will allow to have a Nokia N900-similar experience and use the three appealing screens in that mode.
It takes only a few minutes to make the landscape mode available on this MeeGo device. To use it, you should use N9 Tweak. So your first step should be to get the Nokia N9 Tweak. Afterwards, you need to activate the Landscape mode (type “L”). Then it asks for a password. Make sure to get a no-capital letter password to avoid possible further problems.
Landscape view looks awesome on the Nokia N9. Unlike several old Symbian models, like the Nokia 5230, the device uses the entire screen capacity. All the features, including the horizontal Swype technology are usable while in landscape mode.
After you enable the landscape mode, flip the smartphone to switch from landscape to portrait mode simultaneously. Landscape mode is especially useful while reading news-feed, as the news articles appear in bigger fonts, so you won’t need to go through long lines to read a single info.
Live View app browser, which was created by Augmented Reality became pretty popular, thus Nokia reps decided to shrink the borders of its availability. Originally the browser app was designed to work only with Nokia’s Symbian handsets, but now the browser will also be available on the MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan Nokia N9.
The post in Nokia Beta Labs states the following:
“Following on the success of the Live View app for Symbian, we have developed another Qt version specifically for the Nokia N9.”
I think there’s another reason why Nokia Lab guys decided to get Live View app to the Nokia N9: it’s the only buttonless device from Nokia, thus the colorful icons of the app look amazingly beautiful with the large display and do not cause any design contradictions.
Experts claim the application causes no trouble while working on the Nokia N9. This is something unbelievable as whenever we get something new on the handset it affects at least the connectivity or the battery.
Anyway, we hope to get some feedback from Nokia users who already got the application downloaded on their Nokia N9.
While everyone is discussing the success of Nokia and its first Windows Phone Mango-powered smartphone, the Lumia 800, I want to remind you of another high-end smartphone, which came to the fore like a flash. I mean the N9, which got launched at a chaotic time for Nokia, attracted everyone with its design, showed MeeGo is good too and disappeared. Well, I wouldn’t say “disappeared” is the best word describing the current state of the N9, because let’s admit unlike the N9 the rest of the Nokia devices have appeared in the shadow of the Nokia Lumia 800. But at the moment we must recall the Nokia N9 once again, as it is available in Italy and Germany at affordable prices.
Expansys Italy is offering the Nokia N9 16GB for 469 EUR. Some people can say this is a high price, and there won’t be many consumers ready to buy this handset at such a price. But considering MeeGo offers features and performance differing from other platforms, it becomes clear the Nokia N9 deserves it.
Moreover, the Nokia N9 is also available in Germany. Amazon Germany offers the N9 for around 493 EUR for 16GB or 553 EUR for 64GB.
We are expecting the Nokia Lumia 900 to get released sometime next year in the US. The device will be the third handset from Nokia running Windows Phone. We used to have only a few details about the device, and now the list is slightly enhanced. At the moment we are almost sure the novelty will be sporting a larger display (4.3 inch) than the current WP models: the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Nokia Lumia 710. The reason is the device will come with the Windows Phone Tango, which solves the problem of large displays.
The rest of the specs include a 1.4 GHz processor and a great 8 megapixel camera. The design of the device is expected to be the same as for the Nokia Lumia 800, which in its turn resembles the Nokia N9. Is this actually realistic? I mean it doesn’t make sense to offer three identical handsets, only with different screen resolutions. I bet Nokia will at least offer a few details to differentiate the novelty, just like for the Nokia Lumia 710 (read more in Nokia Lumia 710 design review) .
Another change touches upon the microSIM technology of the device. From now on the users will not have problems while changing the SIM card of the device as it will be rather easy — with a simple push. This technique is adapted from the iPhone 4.
The Nokia Lumia 900 is so cool, that I just can’t wait to see it on the shelves of US carriers.
The fans of exclusive handsets are definitely in love with the Nokia N9. It’s the only device running MeeGo OS. This operating system is pretty good in terms of supporting a large display and great speed just like in case of the Android phones. The basic limitation of the device is the modest access of apps. Still even this problem is solvable with the help of hacking. Now this awesome handset is available in white.
The handset is priced 630 EUR (around $835), which is rather high. At the same price you can get a handset with a qHD display, such as the HTC Sensation XL. But we should remember even for its unique device, HTC requires much less. The evidence of my words can be tracked in the HTC Rhyme review.
It’s cool at the moment some users can get the white version of the device. The price of the smartphone is the same as for the other versions. The lucky customers are the inhabitants of… surely Finland.
Too bad this buttonless device doesn’t come at a lower price as a Christmas deal, while this situation might be changed if the device gets a chance to land on such countries as the UK or the US.
The PR1.1 update distribution to the Nokia N8 and other N series devices is on its way, while this doesn’t mean the manufacturer is not working on another great update. This is obvious from the screenshot of the MeeGo Nokia N9 demonstrating the PR1.2 update.
The original update for the Nokia N9 was designed to deal with the Swype issues adding a large list of application improvements. In addition there were a few bug fixes to solve the UI problems.
The newest update brings a list of even more attractive updates. The first difference you see on the screen is the special button designed to work with the applications. The rest of the changes deal with the camera. From now on you don’t need to use the same button for the Camera Flash and Options. Similarly, there is a separate button to turn on/off the LED flash.
The full list of the changes is the following:
A new button to manage applications was added to the application handling.
The interface now separates the camera flash options (camera UI was already very awesome).
A separate icon to turn on the LED flash was added to the video recording interface.
The buttons have a new style.
Color profile option is added to the display settings.
Gallery Settings have a new option for face recognition.
The color of the menu to display an image was changed. The menu includes a new option “Insert face.”
The Nokia N9 was originally released to be available only in Europe and Asia and though geeks in the US liked it very much the release of the MeeGo handset is still not expected. Instead the manufacturer was planning to have only Windows Phone devices for this country. This is true only about the US carriers, but not strangely though, the N9 got its way over to the other side of the Atlantic, as some of the retailer stores, including Amazon, do offer the device.
Interestingly, as a seller of the device we have “Nokia.” I cannot be sure about the reasons why Nokia decided to make the device available for the US, but one thing is clear, here the handset comes at a higher price tag than elsewhere. Amazon is asking $649.99 for the handset and additional $3.99 for a one day shipment. But if you are patient enough I believe you will get a chance to get the smartphone at a cheaper price in a few weeks.
Still it’s a pretty good period to purchase the Nokia N9, as it just received a big update, bringing NFC tag reading capability, color filters while making photos, improved memory capacity, stable multitasking, Swype technology, noise cancellation and so on.
If it is quite difficult to compare two seemingly identical boxes, then the task becomes much easier by thinking what’s actually inside those boxes, for the content happens to be quite different when touched and tried on hand. The word is about Nokia’s twin brothers – the Nokia N9 and the Nokia Lumia 800. Both are born at nearly the same time (Nokia N9 in September 2011, Lumia 800 in November 2011), we can say even from the same genetic source, but the outcome went slightly different as to what they became. A little warning before proceeding: the word both in this review is going to be used twice or thrice more than usual due to already understandable reasons.
Both phones have the traditional already curved design, made from single piece polycarbonate. The looks are virtually the same, apart from the fact that the Lumia 800 has a Windows Phone logo below its monitor, and two other quick launch buttons on the left and right of it. As to dimensions there are no differences, as both have 116.5×61.2×12.1mm characteristics. But they actually weigh differently, the Nokia N9 is slightly lighter, it weighs 135g against the Lumia 800’s 142g.
Here is where we start to see more difference between these two, and these differences can actually make difference as which one is more preferable and why. The thing is that while both have the same 16 GB of internal storage, on the RAM side we surprisingly discover that the N9 is quicker than the Lumia with its 1GB of RAM against 512GB of the Lumia 800. That means that the N9 is potentially twice stronger than the Lumia 800. Moreover, according to SunSpider 0.9.1 benchmark, the N9 is said to be even faster than the iPhone 4 and the Galaxy S II.The phonebook of both devices has unlimited entry place, and both have no card slots available.
If we were asked to describe in one sentence the difference between the designs of these two, then we could say that there is a big eyed brother (the Nokia Lumia 800) and its small eyed brother (the Nokia N9), and all this refers to screen sensor buttons. Both handsets have AMOLED capacitive touchscreens, 16M colors, Gorilla glass displays, Multi-touch input method and fingertips swipe of a sliding motion. The display size is almost the same, the N9 being a little longer, as to anti-glare thing, the N9 uses Anti-glare polarizer, whereas the Lumia 800 works with Nokia Clear Black display system.
The two smartphones are packed with an 8MP camera with a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, an autofocus and a dual-LED flash. As to frontal camera, the N9 is equipped with a simple VGA front camera, but the Lumia 800 considered it unnecessary. Video recording again is of the same feature in both with 720p at 30fps.
Nokia N9 sample video
Nokia N9 sample photos
Nokia Lumia 800 sample video
Nokia Lumia 800 sample photos
Here Lumia 800 takes revenge over N9 for its RAM lag by having a slightly stronger of 1.4 GHz Scorpion processor plus Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon chipset, 3D Graphics HW Acce, and N9 is equipped with 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU, PowerVR SGX530 GPU, TI OMAP 3630 chipset.
Here both have the same type of battery, which is a Standard 1450mAh Li-Ion battery (BV-5JW), but what it does in both devices is a different matter. Stand by duration in the N9 is up to 380 h (2G)/up to 450 h (3G) and in the Lumia 800 it is up to 265 h (2G)/up to 335 h (3G), so this makes the N9 look more attractive, but no need to hurry there. And that’s because in talk time the Lumia 800 can do up to 13 h (2G)/up to 9 h 30 min (3G) as compared to the N9’s up to 11 h (2G)/up to 7 h (3G).
As to the operating system, the N9 runs on MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan, while the Nokia Lumia 800 is built on Windows Phone 7.5 called Mango. MeeGo was released in May 2010 and is made on Linux by a mix of Nokia’s Maemo and Intel’s Moblin software platforms. As to Microsoft’s Mango, it was released this year at the end of September and does everything to make you forget you are using a smartphone, and think you are dealing with a laptop. Though it is easy to give preference to Mango over MeeGo, but I think it is too soon to do so, considering that Nokia would not release almost similar phones nearly at the same time. So what’s the issue here? One guess is that the Nokia N9 is indirectly directed to more sophisticated customers, who know what Linux is, and probably some programming skills. MeeGo indeed can be said to possess amazing multi-tasking possibilities, whereas Mango so more directed to general public, with ease of use and navigation. Finally, MeeGo is a dead platform, and the Nokia N9 is the only handset running it, while Windows Phone thrives.
The N9 did keep NFC feature, while the Lumia 800 dismissed it, but the latter has a built-Stereo FM radio with RDS, while it is absent surprisingly on the N9. But N9 can boast of its currently much spoken TV-out feature, whereas it’ not there on the Lumia. The N9 is also equipped with a Dolby Mobile sound enhancement, Dolby Headphone support.
Even though there is a widely accepted notion that the newer the phone is, the better, I personally think that the Lumia 800 needs time on its side to prove its superiority over the N9. The thing is that the N9’s multi-tasking and RAM advantage can be more comparable to Nokia’s main tow competitors, while the Lumia 800 is more of easy to handle, big-button, windows looking smartphone. But this is a purely subjective view, for the standards of assessment can drastically change within a small time when the Lumia 800 can really be loved and make the N9 look obsolete.
At the moment we are familiar with only two Windows Phone handsets coming from Nokia, the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Nokia 710. But these are definitely not the only handsets planned to be released in its lineup.
In one of its promo Videos Nokia introduced a handset, which looks a lot similar to the Nokia 700 (introduced back in August, running Symbian Belle). The video demonstrates the capabilities of the new hardware created by Nokia’s Developers.
This can be just a concept phone, thus we cannot be sure about its actual release. It’ll probably look like the Nokia 700 but come with Mango OS, just like in case of the Nokia Lumia 800, which is basically the WP version of the popular Nokia N9.
Earlier we had rumors concerning a new device called the Nokia Ace or the Nokia 900, so this might be that exact handset. The specs of the smartphone are not announced. Still if we do compare it with the Nokia Lumia 800, we can assume that the display of the handset will be larger than 3.7 inches; close to 4 inches. Waiting for a feedback from Nokia reps.
Nokia is back. The proof is the Nokia Lumia 800, which managed to gain the love of many geeks, even though it’s not launched yet. We’ve talked about the phone for many times and each time reminded you that it’s the same Nokia N9 with Windows Phone Mango inside. Now that the launch date of the phone is coming closer, let’s see what we have.
Before you push the play button and watch the video, get acquainted with the specs list of the Nokia Lumia 800, because that’s what the designers have to think about when devising a handset. The Lumia 800 sports a 3.7-inch AMOLED True Black screen, 1.4 GHz Snapdragon CPU (32bit), 512MB of RAM that ensures smooth performance, 16GB of internal memory, an 8.8MP camera with a dual-LED flash and Carl Zeiss lens, a 1450mAh battery, Bluetooth, WLAN, GPS, FM radio, accelerometer and so on. As for network bands, it supports GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS850, UMTS900, UMTS1900, UMTS2100, CSD, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, though we have heard AT&T will bring the LTE version of the device to the States.
Now watch the video below and let us know what you think about the Nokia Lumia 800 design and hardware features.