Experiencing the device for the first time is magical. Time stops, everything goes silent, your heart slows, you hold your breath because you can feel that this device is a piece of history. The slightly protruding curved glass screen is bright and extremely glossy, reflecting everything and anything like a highly polished jewel. The colors emitted by the glass display are colorful, true, and unyielding under extreme lighting conditions like sunlight. The N9 display is surrounded by a black
aluminumshell thats soft to the touch, firm in construction and compliments the display well due to its matte finish. This design, structure, and style exude decadence and is something that is missing from current offerings by competitors.
Just like its impressive exterior the OS is brilliant. The N9 is different, it doesn’t rely on dedicated touch sensitive buttons but instead relies on swipes and gestures to accomplish actions. Often swiping from the side, bottom, and top of the screen will yield different results making the interaction with the N9 extremely physical and intimate. Over time your body reacts appropriately and swipes instinctively and all the while the OS stays right on pace without a sign of exhaustion. Simply put, the OS is quick, beautiful, and intuitive. Its a perfect example of creating something from scratch that is both familiar and different.
On the one hand, it is sad that such a magical experience as the N9 is also a bus-stop of sorts. But then, Nokia says that elements of the UI/UX will be integrated into some of their upcoming devices, so we might as well see it as a demonstration product.
Truth be told, there is not any other smartphone on the market like the Nokia N9. I am glad to high heavens that I own and use this very stunning collector’s item.
Do enjoy Timi’s full article: Nokia N9: Gone in 60 seconds.