Our look at five hot phones starts with the new Nokia N9, which was promoted by the company’s public relations agency as the smartphone that would “disrupt” the market (that’s a fair bit of hype, even from a PR company).
We are not sure it is quite as revolutionary, but the slick device pre-viewed by Nokia in June may capture some hearts.
The Nokia N9 relies exclusive on its screen for commands, not possessing a home button or keyboard – although it does have hardware volume buttons. It claims to be controlled by touch and swipe gestures only.
It is built on MeeGo, a mobile operating system and interface Nokia announced before Android took hold and operating systems began the rationalisation trajectory analysts had predicted.
Now the company is going to build devices based on the Microsoft Windows Phone platform, so we’re not sure how long MeeGo is going to be around either.
But the N9 is a nice addition to the repertoire of the Finnish handset manufacturer who used to be global market leader but has been struggling to stay relevant in a fast moving world of smartphones led by Apple, BlackBerry and Android devices.
It features a 3.9-inch AMOLED screen, curved scratch-resistant glass, one 8-megapixel camera and Near Field Communications (NFC) which will eventually allow phones to be used as e-wallets.
The company promises “superior antenna performance” to deliver better reception with fewer dropout calls. We’ll reserve our judgement on that until it is tested on all networks.
No word yet on pricing, release date or carrier deals.
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