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Nokia N9 unboxed, in the flesh, 2nd impressions

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The Nokia N9 arrived at my doorstep yesterday along with the Nokia 701 but I only got to unbox it today since I spent the night at a hotel reviewing Samsung’s 60-inch LED Smart TV. Posted my first impressions here back in June so this unboxing comes with the second impression.

Here’s a run-down of my unboxing with a little commentary on the side.

Nokia N9 • Nokia N9 Unboxed, In The Flesh, 2Nd Impressions

When I saw the letter that the package contains the Nokia N9 and the Nokia 701, I immediately picked the bigger box thinking it was the N9. Turns out, the much smaller blue one is for the Nokia N9. It’s small, un-assuming and you’d easily mistake it for a box of a regular Nokia phone. Nothing special really.

Nokia N9 • Nokia N9 Unboxed, In The Flesh, 2Nd Impressions

The box contains the cyan-colored N9, the micro-USB charger, a headphone, and a blue rubber case. Good idea for Nokia to include a rubber case for the N9 and it fits well as if its actually part of the handset.

Nokia N9 Philippines • Nokia N9 Unboxed, In The Flesh, 2Nd Impressions

The SIM card slot is found on the top end of the unit. You need to pop out the micro-USB port cover first, then slide the cover of the SIM card slot and pull out the cradle for the SIM. Then I forgot the Nokia N9 actually uses a micro-SIM card so I had to look for that spare microSIM Smart gave me many months back.

Nokia N9 Sim • Nokia N9 Unboxed, In The Flesh, 2Nd Impressions

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Been using it since this afternoon and what I can say for the short period I’ve used it is that it has the flair of an iPhone, the character of an Android handset and the snappiness & energy of a Windows Phone 7 device.

The handset comes with a lot of pre-installed apps and has Twitter & Facebook right out of the box. FourSquare is just a download away from the Nokia Store and I was even surprised it had the YugaTech App supported in there (seems like Nokia ported the Ovi App into Meego last August 30 based on the info in the store).

Nokia N9 Camera • Nokia N9 Unboxed, In The Flesh, 2Nd Impressions

The camera is really good too although ISO range is only between 100 to 800. Low-light shots are still crisp and clear but you’d already see some noticeable noise in the images. Will still need to get more samples in daylight to really appreciate the photo quality.

Nokia N9 Yugatech • Nokia N9 Unboxed, In The Flesh, 2Nd Impressions

That social stream is pretty neat but once you add your Facebook account in there, it could be really crowded. Good thing there’s an option to filter out the streams based on specific social accounts.

Nokia N9 Case • Nokia N9 Unboxed, In The Flesh, 2Nd Impressions

The photo above shows the N9 with a cyan rubber case — hard to tell unless you look really close.

I have to stop my second-impression here (need to login to Starcraft 2 for our weekly session) but stay tuned for the full review around late next week. I’m not keeping my hopes up but my initial impressions of the device so far is a little short of impressive.

The obvious question would be is when this will be out in the Philippines? Well, considering the seeding of the unit just happened this week, I’m thinking 2 to 3 weeks maybe, or 4 weeks tops? Will post more updates once I get them.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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ronald
ronald
10 years ago

I bought mine yesterday in sm city annex bldg. I got the white 64GB for P27,700.

cris merto
10 years ago

how much? its nice….

cris merto
10 years ago

how much? its nice….

jomari
10 years ago

Where did you get your unit, it’s not locally released yet? And is microSIM available here in the Phils.?

von
von
10 years ago

Nobody really knows the future this phone. Pero sabi naman ng iba na isusupport naman daw to ng dev community. Good un sa mga advanced users, medyo bad naman un sa mga hinde. And ung quality din ng apps baka hinde din kasing premium ng mga galing sa iOS or Android.

Lalo pa na nilimitahan nila ang pinag bentahan ng N9 and inabandon na din nila ito. Konting konting developers na lang siguro ang magiging interested dito. :<

Viva La Nokia
10 years ago

OH MY GOSH!

3,500 UPDATES? I KNEW IT. THIS IS MELTEMI!

KAMUSTA NAMAN ANG 200+ NG iOS?

KABOG!

von
von
Reply to  Viva La Nokia
10 years ago

High ka? Echusera my nlalaman pang meltemi! Maemo/API yan! Its not even truly MeeGo. And kung icocompare mo siya sa iOS dapat mula sa pinakaumpisang update dahil obvioudly first update pa lang yang ng N9. May pa OH MY GOSH ka pang nalalaman

jonaflormicfren
10 years ago

Nice looks, i doubt if it is nice also to use.

nebula
nebula
10 years ago

http://www.n9fanclub.com/2011/10/nokia-n9-first-software-update-for.html

“While the agonizing wait was ongoing, software teams worked furiously on making the experience even better. First update release is complete, we will be distributing fruits of it to developers soon and end users a bit further down the road.
Improvements are a legion. This is due to the fact that many teams stopped the sales release work already in spring time and set their sights on the first update release. I counted around 3500 improvements (fixes or features) to be in the release. ”

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