Nokia N9: All it takes is a swipe

November 29, 2011

Nokia N9, the much-anticipated smartphone from Nokia will hit the local market next week. Let’s have a look at the N9, the first ever pure touch phone with no buttons.
So far this is the best-looking and slickest device from Nokia. Its awesome design, display and ease to use make it reasonable alternative to Android and iPhones.
Having said that, the phone still lags the flexibility of Android or iOS’s number and quality of third party applications. But the N9 App market gained numbers after its launch and the phone comes with some preloaded apps and games such as facebook, twitter, skype and more.
With MeeGo as the operating system, the user experience of the N9 feels natural. Swiping from edge-to-edge to unlock the screen, go back to the default home screen or see important notifications is effortless and easy.
The idea around navigating the N9 is that whenever you are in an application you simply swipe from the edge of the screen (either side) to go back to the home screens. However, there is no back button.
You can also set the N9 to close apps by swiping down when in an app.
The N9 interface is based around three “home views” an applications screen that lists all your apps, a notifications screen for calls, messages, calendar events and social networking feeds and a currently open applications screen.
The casing of the phone is made of polycarbonate monolith. The back is slightly curved with an oval chrome-finished pod that’s flush with the body and houses eight megapixel autofocus camera. There is a dual-LED flash to the left of the lens.
The front is almost all-screen with no buttons, and just a tiny slit for the earpiece on top. Curved Gorilla glass flows into the bezel like liquid spilling onto a flat surface. It has 3.9-inch FWVGA (854×480) ClearBlack AMOLED display to rival Samsung’s Super AMOLED screen.
The volume controller and power / lock keys are on the right side. A speaker and microphone are at the bottom and at the top side there is 3.5mm headphone jack, a machined door protecting the micro-USB connector and the micro SIM tray.
The battery is sealed and there is no microSD card slot, but the N9 comes with 16GB of built-in flash storage. The 135g phone feels solid and comfortable in hand.
The phone will have a pricetag of Taka 52,000.

-With The Daily Star input

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