Nokia N9: Why you shouldn't buy this device

The phone runs Meego, an obsolete OS when compared with Android and iOS, and one that's destined to be phased out.

Nokia has unveiled the N9, its latest flagship smartphone, the first device to run the Meego operating system. Meego has been heralded as Nokia's strategic move against increased competition from rivals Apple and Google.

The N9 looks like one of Nokia's finest works to date: it has a 3.9-inch AMOLED display (854 by 480 pixels resolution), which is made from scratch-resistant curved glass, with no buttons on the face of the phone; the body is made out of polycarbonate, which Nokia claims will help with reception issues. There's also an 8-megapixel camera on board and NFC capabilities.

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But hardware is not the N9's problem - it's the software. The phone runs on the latest iteration of Meego (even though it's not mentioned anywhere on the promotional site), which Nokia developed as a response to Apple's iPhone and the Android army. But the problem is Meego is obsolete, even before the N9 goes on sale.

Earlier this year Nokia, under new management, realized it was standing on a "burning platform." Symbian and Meego, Nokia's smartphone operating systems, were too expensive to maintain and they were years behind competitors' sleekness and usability. Nokia's new CEO realized this and decided to strike a deal with Microsoft and put Windows Phone 7 on its top smartphones.

The first Nokia Windows Phone 7 devices are set to arrive later this year, while Symbian and Meego phones will be slowly abandoned over the coming months (or relegated to cheaper feature phones). It makes little sense to buy the N9, with an OS soon to be put to pastures, regardless of Nokia's excellent craftsmanship when it comes to hardware. If you really want a Nokia phone, you are better off waiting until later this year for one of the Windows Phone 7 models.

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Meego exists independently of Nokia so even if Nokia never makes another Meego device, it will have little effect on Meego. But who in their right mind would EVER buy a phone based on Windows? Talk about dead in the water!

John Bauer


After seeing a Meego demo it is so efficient compared to wp7 bloated os. Come on Nokia, keep the meego a round instead by the crap wp7.



Nokia is abit behind on 21st century but it doesn't mean Nokia can't catch up. Nokia N95-3 is still selling over $800 on eBay. Welldone Nokia and keep it up with Meego.

WP7 user


I prefer my new WP7 to my old Galaxy S2 android and my friend's iPhone 4. It just looks so nice and works so smoothly and flawlessly. I can't believe there are retards in the world why manage to stuff up a Windows PC. But windows phone 7 seriously makes iPhone look like a n00b phone and android look like a half assed job.



I would have thought that such a reputable site would not have hired someone who would produce such an amateur opinion regarding a product like the N9..

Nokia has devoted support for at least a year after release, and between its Qt support and the fantastic MeeGo development community, it's destined to have a number of quality applications available.

Seems like the writer of this article is one of the "if it doesn't have Fruit Ninja, it's rubbish!!!11" types...



Charlie I agree with your views. N9 looks like an outstanding phone and from the video footage it seems like a well designed OS.



Who consider MeeGo obsolete...he doesn't know anything!!
MeeGo is the most advanced system in the world...

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