Having long struggled to claw back market share mainly because it failed to quickly adopt a new smartphone strategy, Nokia hopes its Linux-powered N9 mobile will start to turn things around. Magnificently simple. That's the marketing tag-line for Nokia's promotion in the N9 smartphone, the first and last Nokia phone to own the MeeGo operating system. The N9 is the ideal looking and slickest device the company has released in a lot of years. Although it can't tackle Android's flexibility, or iOS's variety and quality of third-party software, the Nokia N9's great design and style, superb display and ease of usage makes it a valid alternative if you desire something different. It's just a shame it's so late to showcase and is essentially running a dead main system.
For the last few weeks I've had the opportunity to review the N9, which I think is Nokia's best effort which has a smartphone to date. My favourite feature will be the fact it has no links. Bar the power button along with volume rocker (which doubles as being a front-facing zoom for the camera) for the right-hand side, the N9 is void in the usual toggles you would see for the front of most smartphones currently. Nokia's idea of doing out with such buttons is brilliant and I expect other smartphone makers will track suit in the coming a few months. Using the N9 without the need to constantly press a physical button to return to say a home screen feels the best way a smartphone experience should always be.
Just how did Nokia design and style a smartphone without buttons? Straightforward: it found that you would use each side of the N9 monitor to navigate between open glass windows. Swipe from right to left for the home/app screen to see each of the windows you have open and left to to certainly see a feed of Facebook, Facebook and news updates. Pressing the top fills 30 % of the screen with a menu bar helping you to change the sound profile, adjust volume and search at what wireless access point you happen to be connected to and change the idea if necessary. Swiping from the bottom on the top hides whatever screen you have open to help you come back to it after, which is great, as you can multitask between apps without needing to close them.