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Nokia N9: the World's Most Underrated Smartphone? 176

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jrepin writes "Eighteen months ago, Nokia announced a smartphone unlike any other it has produced before. It was a proper smartphone, one that looked miles away from previous Nokia phones: it was sleek, modern and simple at the same time. The hardware was pretty modern, too; no underpowered processors with severely limited RAM issues to be seen here. And, it runs on an operating system that Nokia had announced dead months before the phone's announcement. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the Nokia N9."
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Nokia N9: the World's Most Underrated Smartphone?

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  • Damn Microsoft (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 03, 2013 @09:37AM (#42461543)

    They've ruined Nokia. I loved my N900 and was planning on buying the N9 for both my wife and I, but then they shot Meego in the head. I'm OK with Android, but really loved having full GNU/Linux/X access on my phone.

    While Ubuntu has made some mis-steps, I still am greatly looking forward to running Ubuntu Phone on my Galaxy Nexus.

  • by TWX (665546) on Thursday January 03, 2013 @09:45AM (#42461619)
    Interesting... Modded down when the point was to satirize the very writeup itself with the reference to the website that satirized the claims and promotions of the dotcom era...
  • by Rob the Bold (788862) on Thursday January 03, 2013 @09:51AM (#42461701)

    Who cares about this obvious fucking advertisement?

    Fuck dice.com and their dumb corporate partners.

    If it's an advertisement, it's timed rather poorly. Unless it's supposed to gin up sales on used phones.

  • Re:Damn Microsoft (Score:0, Insightful)

    by SpryGuy (206254) on Thursday January 03, 2013 @10:01AM (#42461809)

    Not an ad. Jesus Christ, it's relevant (not off topic, it's about Nokia and a direct response to the parent), and just an honest assessment of the phone I bought.

  • by ThePhilips (752041) on Thursday January 03, 2013 @10:40AM (#42462287) Homepage Journal

    do you have any idea what a marketing or sales Exec VP hears when he or she hears this ??

    it translates to drop this dog as fast as possible

    Don't be an idiot. N9 is popular with enthusiasts because it is Linux based and well spec'ed. I was eyeing it too.

    It never became "recommended" to normal users for the simple reason that Nokia announced drop of MeeGo OS about the same time as the N9 was released.

  • Re:Damn Microsoft (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 03, 2013 @10:44AM (#42462339)

    On-topic in what regards? The article talks about the N9 and you about some Lumia 920. The article is talking about a full blown linux running on the mobile device, while you talk about a crippled version of a crappy OS. If you're not an advertiser, you fail at basic reading skills.

  • Re:Damn Microsoft (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 03, 2013 @11:02AM (#42462635)

    Yeah because someone who's looking for a full GNU Linux mobile would be very interested with Windows Phone.

  • Re:Damn Microsoft (Score:4, Insightful)

    by radish (98371) on Thursday January 03, 2013 @12:18PM (#42463757) Homepage

    Nokia killed Nokia, Whilst they may have made products that appealed to you specifically, they were failing spectacularly in the wider smartphone market. Staying on the same path wouldn't have improved anything, they needed a major overhaul. I'm not saying that the MS deal will save them in the long term but clearly something had to change.

  • Re:Damn Microsoft (Score:5, Insightful)

    by dropadrop (1057046) on Thursday January 03, 2013 @01:01PM (#42464391)

    Nokia killed Nokia, Whilst they may have made products that appealed to you specifically, they were failing spectacularly in the wider smartphone market. Staying on the same path wouldn't have improved anything, they needed a major overhaul. I'm not saying that the MS deal will save them in the long term but clearly something had to change.

    Had problems deciding if I should mod you up or respond, but here goes... It's true they had to do something, but they actually already did now and then. The N9 for example was different and people liked it; so they did not sell it to people or make a new model out of it. They where already doing things, but they killed everything that could have saved them.

    What really killed Nokia was the belief that years of good sales where due to them being so damn good. Internal competition combined with that attitude caused them to stagnate. "This is what they want, so we'll just keep doing the same thing over and over again". It's a perfect example of how middle management can kill a company...

    So will MS phone save them? How could it? Phone manufacturing is outsourced, operating system is outsourced... The only thing left is what killed them in the first place. They might get something to work, but it will never be the same as before.

  • by cheesybagel (670288) on Thursday January 03, 2013 @03:57PM (#42466815)
    Android has better licensing costs and allows more customization than Windows Phone. It has more apps. What reason was there to pick Windows Phone anyway? Besides Elop having come from Microsoft that is.

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