Nokia N9 joins next month's mobile match
Meego ahead anyway
It looks like Nokia's venture into the Meego market will come to fruition next month, after Orange Switzerland let slip the Nokia N9 release date as 15 September.
The company is yet to officially announce availability for its high-end Meego machine, but the handset is definitely on the verge of release. However, with WinPho 7.5 Mango devices anticipated this September and iPhone 5s expected in the same time frame, Nokia's Meego endeavour will need to shine very brightly given those long shadows.
Still, the N9, turns out a decent spec, sporting an 854 x 480 3.9in capacitive touchscreen with 16 or 64GB storage and 1GB RAM. It also boasts an 8Mp camera with 720p recording.
Nokia's own WinPho models will follow closely behind though, with handsets such as the Nokia "Sea Ray" pencilled in for Q4 2011.
We haven't spotted any UK release dates as yet, but we'll keep you posted. ®
Count me in too.....
If it turns out to be decent (i wouldn't just get it because it's different if it's also crap) then who cares if there aren't millions of others with the same phone or a million, mostly utterly rubbish or pointless apps out there for it. If it does what I need it to do then sounds good to me :)
I don't know why...
.... but the fact that it will be running an OS that no one else is running (at the moment) and that there is a chance that they won't make another like.... makes me _want_ to get it!
I have an N950 (as a developer)
And the N950 is superb. Stable, easy to use, a genuinely good phone and has battery life in excess of 2 days with moderate usage. The N9 should be even better - lighter (as plastic not aluminium) and no keyboard (which isn't really needed as the screen keyboard is very good), AMOLED display and higher capacity battery.
Shame on Nokia for not following it up, and also for trying to force WP7 on some regions where the N9 may not be offered. With those tactics, Nokia can shove their WP7 devices.
Too little, too late
After being burned with their N97 (I should have done my research first), the only handset I would have considered was the N900.
Unfortunately for Nokia, by the time I hit my upgrade window, the Samsung Galaxy S2 was released and I jumped straight on the Android bandwagon with nary a second thought.
With the N9 announced, I looked at its specs compared to my Samsung and I figure I still have a better deal, even though I would like the freedom of a 'proper' Linux handset.
Sorry Nokia, you lost me as a previously loyal customer due to the rash of poor handsets you released and then (final coffin nail), jumping into bed with Microsoft.
Believe me, I understand
This is my only real alternative to Android. I don't want to use any of the big three on my personal phone, and Maemo was excellent for my purposes. I was hyped for its successor; such a waste...