If I were able to try out any smartphone that has either just been released or will be released in the near future, I would have to go with the Nokia N9. Yes, I would even choose it over the iPhone 5 that may be released as early as this Fall. It’s not that I think that the N9 is the best of the bunch in terms of comparing it to Apple’s phones or any of the various flavors of Android or Wndows Phone 7. Instead, this is the phone I’m most curious about for the simple fact that it’s so different from the competition in several ways.
Why do I think that?
For one, the phone is running MeeGo OS 1.2; an open-source operating system platform led by Nokia and Intel among others. I’ve always been curious about MeeGo for a while now but I’ve yet to have had the opportunity to try it out. While reports are that the OS isn’t quite up to current iOS and Android standards, it does bring some unique things to the table including a tri-screen navigation system consisting of apps, notifications and multicasting. It’s a simple and elegant layout that seems to be a happy medium between Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android user interface.
The second reason I would choose the N9 as the smartphone I’m most curious about is the hardware itself. The phone just looks sweet with the full-screen glass front sans a single physical button interrupting it. Also as is common with most Nokia phones, the 8-megapixel camera with the Carl Zeiss lens, it puts most every other smartphone camera to shame. The camera is apparently so good; you’ll forget that you even had a stand-alone digital camera 99% of the time.
So while many people are out there aching to get their hands on the newest Samsung, Motorola or Apple smartphone, count me as one of the few that is dying to check out the Nokia N9. It may not be the greatest phone, but I’d say it’s definitely the most interesting.
Article first published as Nokia N9: Most Interesting Phone of 2011 on Technorati.