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The Nokia N9 Unboxing & Overview: In A Class Of Its Own

The N9 is here, I have the black 64 GB variant and I can tell you that the moment you lay your eyes on it, you will be able to say that the N9 in a class of its own. It is easily the best looking device on the market today, truly a pinnacle of Nokia’s design prowess. It feels very premium, the curved display looks spectacular and the whole distraction free (read button free) surface is a real pleasure to look at.

Nokia N9 Unboxing & Overview: In A Class Of Its Own

With that in mind, I put together a little unboxing video (available in HD) for you. In addition to the obvious unboxing, I give you a bit of an overview of the product along with a look at the rubber case that Nokia ships with it. Also included in the box are brand new accessories that Nokia specially designed for the N9, all of which look great.

That aside here a few quick initial impressions as precursor to the detailed review which will follow:

  • The N9, owing to the unibody design and the polycarbonate finish feels incredibly solid in the hand. Since there are literally no moving parts, it feels great in the hand.
  • The display on the N9 is terrific, the screen very close to the surface of the glass and it feels as if you’re touching it directly; almost makes you feel like its floating on top. Easily gives the Super AMOLED Plus on the Galaxy S2 a run for its money, and because its almost the same resolution on a smaller screen (3.9″ v 4.3″), its a lot more crisp.
  • The phone feels responsive, and you’re at home with the Swipe UI in a matter of minutes. Its very intuitive and makes you wonder why nobody else thought of it before. Enabling swipe down to close an app from the settings is recommended, it makes the experience better. There are two more apps that help tremendously, Swipe Manager and My Moves, more on them later.
  • The camera is FAST. The shot to shot time is incredible and you want to keep taking pictures once you get going.
  • The pre-loaded Twitter and Facebook apps are capable, they cover all the bases. The only thing missing is the ability to share pictures on Twitter and that ability is apparently coming in a future update.
  • The out of box service support is great, you can directly upload to Flickr or YouTube. Have multiple Mail for Exchange accounts, other email accounts, and even make Skype calls from the dialer itself. There is also support for IMs on Facebook, Skype and Gtalk.
  • The N9 makes it hard for you to find a fault with it, if you forget the direction Nokia is going in for a minute.

Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments section below, or on Twitter @v4ibhav.

Nokia N8 v Nokia N9 HD Video Capture

If you are wondering about the all new Nokia N9’s video capture capabilities, and how it measures up to the reining king, the Nokia N8, then this post might be able to help. The Nokia shoots 720p HD video at 24 frames per second out of the box with, while the Nokia N9 will be capable of shooting in 720p HD at 30 frames a second. Another difference is that the N8 uses an active hyper focal video focus system, which means that everything beyond 60 cms will be in focus, while the N9 will use continuous auto focus while recording to keep track of objects up close and afar.

Nokia N8 v Nokia N9 HD Video Capture

However, the thing to be noted is that the N8 post the Symbian Anna update will also get video capture at 30 FPS along with continuous auto focus, bringing it on par with the N9. Meanwhile video samples from the russian website allnokia.ru have popped up on YouTube, one from the N8 and another from the N9 shooting the same room. The Nokia N8 is running Anna, but it isn’t clear if the camera update has been installed. Also, the Nokia N9 is still running proto software, and when it comes to camera settings, things keep improving till the minute the device starts to ship, so this sample in no way represents the finished product. But if you’re curious, watch the samples below.

Nokia N8

Nokia N9

Please take these with a pinch of salt, given the state of the N9 development, its probably too early to post samples, but its not as if we’re judging!

Hat tip to @Camb078.