Nothing in life is perfect and that even goes for the Nokia N9. I’ve already admitted in previous blogs that I love my N9. But…I do have some complaints at the same time. For one, the Facebook app is pretty weak sauce. It’s horribly slow and you are often presented with the now famous black screen with the: “FacebookQML not responding” message. After 10 seconds or so, the app kicks back in but it’s very annoying. Also, the Facebook app lacks the ability to check-in and really seems outdated compared to the iOS Facebook app.
The other app that I often use but is very buggy is FourSquare. It works, it just is really slow…and again…seems to be missing features that other Foursquare apps have on iOS and Android.
I’m still highly impressed with the hardware but I’d like to be able to use all the features! I had my phone for almost a week before I realized I never tried out the front-facing camera. But it really wasn’t my fault because NO apps support it! Nope, not even Skype. Well…I did find one app in the store called “Simple Mirror” which essentially let’s you see yourself using the front camera. At least I now know my camera works but I’d really like to see some apps that actually put the camera to use! Same goes for the NFC chip. I really want to see some unique ways to utilize this technology…not the gimmicky way it’s used in the “Angry Birds Magic” game. There’s tons of cool tech in the N9, just no apps yet to take advantage of the hardware.
My last gripe is the relatively weak WiFi reception I seem to be getting. I live in a 3-story building and my access point is located on the first floor. When I’m on the top floor, I’ve never had any problems getting excellent WiFi reception with various laptops, smartphones and tablets. But the Nokia N9 seems to get the weakest signal of the bunch for some reason. It still works, it’s just the signal isn’t that great and the connection is more sluggish due to lost packets while in wireless transit.
I’m sure there are other problems out there. Feel free to share them in the comments section.
But the good news is that hopefully many of these problems will be addressed with Nokia releases an update to Meego Heartman. The update is called N9 PR1.1 and it is said to be a major update and not simply a few bug fixes. The release should be coming any day now and we’ll certainly see it before the first of the year. Note that this is an over-the-air update so look for the software update notification in your notification screen (that’s the one that shows you the weather and all of your Facebook/Twitter messages). Stay tuned!