Veteran mobile phone manufacturer Nokia look set to tackle the massive smartphone market this summer with the highly anticipated release of their eagerly awaited N9 handset. Not only does this new model sport some truly jaw dropping looks but also a brand new operating system in the shape of the Meego platform which has been developed in partnership with Intel. The N9 is the successor to the popular N8 phone but what differences can we expect on this eagerly awaited new model?
As you would expect on any new model the display on the Nokia N9 has undergone some work and eclipses what the N8 offered us. Nokia have decided to offer us an unusual sized display with the phones 3.9 inch screen and it sits nicely between ultra large models such as the HTC Desire HD and more averagely sized models such as the iPhone 4 and the HTC Desire S. Incorporating excellent AMOLED technology the screen uses its high 480 x 854 resolution to produce a natural depth of colour in addition to great viewing angles. The Nokia N8 also uses the same AMOLED system but offering a lower resolution of 360 x 640 pixels. If we look at these two displays in terms of what they offer with regards to pixels per square inch then the new model comes out on top with its 238 against the 209 that the N8 offers. Both phones use Gorilla Glass which not only improves the displays scratch resistant properties but also helps prevent it smashing if the handset is accidentally dropped.
Despite offering a superb camera facility the Nokia N9 struggles to match the N8 in this area. Much of this is to do with the fact that Nokia really did build the N8 as the ultimate camera phone complete with its staggering 12 mega pixel resolution that no handset has yet to better. Although the phone was exceptional in this department lets not ignore the fact that the N9 still offers superb results on both still photographs and video capture. Snapshots offer a high 8 million pixel resolution and there is extra quality on offer thanks to the Carl Zeiss optics that Nokia have once again opted to use just as they did on the N8. As you would expect from any modern smartphone the video capture offers high definition quality at 720P standard which not only looks great on the phones own display but also when transferred to a compatible large screen television. The biggest issue that many users had with Nokia phones was the Symbian operating system that they employed. This often let the models down as the interface looked dated and the platform struggled to compete with Android and iOS. Nokia have taken note of this and developed Meego which is visually a much more appealing system and offers functionality much more in line with what we can expect from other smartphones.
The Nokia N8 was a good looking phone that offered a wealth of features and the N9 has just taken things up a level by offering improvements in most areas but most notably the handsets design and the excellent new operating system that it uses.