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Review of Nokia's N9, its first and last MeeGo powered smartphone

Review by Dan Seifert on Wednesday November 09, 2011.

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4.0 stars

(How we score)

Gorgeous hardware design, excellent display, solid camera
Weak app ecosystem, occasional performance bugs, you can't buy it in most markets


The Nokia N9 has had quite a storied life, even though it was only announced just this summer. Revealed in June, the N9 was the first MeeGo-powered smartphone built by the Nokia, and as it turns out, it is also the last MeeGo smartphone that will roll off of Nokia's manufacturing lines. Pushed aside by Nokia's commitment to Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, the N9 introduced a number of interesting hardware and software designs, the likes of which we had yet to see in previous phones. Though the MeeGo software and interface is dead, the N9's hardware will live on, for the most part, in the recently announced Lumia 800 with Windows Phone 7.5.

The N9 is certainly not without its flaws, but it still is one of the most beautiful smartphones ever developed, and likely the most interesting smartphone introduced in 2011. The design elements flow from the hardware into the software, and it offers a truly different experience than provided by the two dominant smartphone platforms on the market today. Read on to find out what makes so many smartphone lovers shed a tear about the N9, and what parts of the N9 we hope to see in future products from Nokia.

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Dan Seifert
Dan is MobileBurn.com's Editor-in-Chief. Based in Poughkeepsie in New York, Dan can be found on Twitter as @DCSeifert.

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