Nokia Releases First Major MeeGo Phone: 3.9" N9

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Is it a shame that Nokia dumped MeeGo for Windows Phone 7? Only time will tell if the most significant mobile decision in this decade will pay off for both Nokia and Microsoft, but today we're getting a good look at what Nokia gave up in order to get it: MeeGo. This Linux-based OS was first crafted as a mix-up between Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo, and now it's totally under Nokia's roof. But not for long. It's a bit weird, this phone. The N9 is undoubtedly gorgeous. It has a 3.9" AMOLED panel, no front buttons, and ships in three color choices. And MeeGo 1.2, the operating system onboard, looks just beautiful from top to bottom. But it's already a lame duck.

Nokia's not going to be supporting MeeGo for long. The only reason the N9 is being introduced today is because it was simply too far along in the pipeline to outright kill. And also, it's beautiful. The grid of icons will be immediately familiar with Android and iOS users, and the 116.45- x 61.2- x 7.6-12.1mm frame will make just about anyone do a double take. Other features include a microSIM slot, GPS, 3.5mm AV adapter, a proximity sensor, Wi-Fi, ambient light sensor, compass, an NFC chip, quad-band GSM and penta-band WCDMA radios and an 8MP camera sensor.

Nokia's not giving out any sort of pricing or release details yet, but we suspect it won't be cheap. And with an outfit like that, why should we expect it to be?
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RHuitron replied on Tue, Jun 21 2011 3:57 AM

I truly Dislike that it only has a 8mp Camera! The 12mp with the N8 was a great path! Why deviate from it?

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So we have both low-end and high end phones being released shortly from Nokia. Hopefully for Nokia MeeGo won't turn people off since Android and iOS are drilled into our brains.

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LLeCompte replied on Tue, Jun 21 2011 10:59 AM

as a user of android, meego actually looks pretty cool. Nokia should have just made phones for everyone, and not just windows. That would have made them more money and saved jobs.

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EHarler replied on Tue, Jun 21 2011 11:52 AM

Too little, too late.

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pwrntspd replied on Tue, Jun 21 2011 5:03 PM

Both the devices and the software look pretty cool. I kinda wonder how well meego will be supported though.


They probably figured most people dont need a 12 MP camera, and they'd be right. Heck ive gotten by for years with a 4MP camera and that was average when i graduated HS.

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coolice replied on Tue, Jun 21 2011 10:19 PM

I have a feeling that the software is going to be terribly laggy... they didnt mention many other features that are vital to a smartphone: cut/copy/paste, methods of typing/input, etc. These promo videos mean nothing really

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AKwyn replied on Wed, Jun 22 2011 2:53 AM

It does look cool but so far it's not interesting me in the least bit.


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I think the phone itself looks really sexy, I like it a lot. If this is a sign of what's to come from nokia then I'm looking forward to it. Now we just need wp7 to step up it's game.

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MeeGo U long time :P

Just make it stable and they shouldnt have anything to worry bout. Should just plug in Android or at least give the customer the option?

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digitaldd replied on Thu, Jun 23 2011 9:07 AM


I truly Dislike that it only has a 8mp Camera! The 12mp with the N8 was a great path! Why deviate from it?

I read some where they went with less mega-pixels but have a better lens and the phone is capable of taking pictures much faster than any other camera phone on the market.

See this.




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