Timi Cantisano is Managing Editor of The Mobile Fanatics. He has written a brief piece that captures the magnificence of the Nokia N9 beautifully, and

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Nokia N9 – a magical experience

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Timi Cantisano is Managing Editor of The Mobile Fanatics. He has written a brief piece that captures the magnificence of the Nokia N9 beautifully, and I think its worth sharing.

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An excerpt:

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 aluminum shell 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.

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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.

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  2. Great article replete with superlatives – by Timi.

    …finish. This design, structure,and style exude decadence …

    DECADENCE ???

    Probably AUTOCORRECT baring its ugly fangs there!

  3. Simply put, the OS is quick, beautiful, and intuitive. Its a perfect example of creating something from scratch that is
    both familiar and different.

    Now this is what we call correct ‘yarns’ Tim’s style of commentry is very artistic, like an artist conceptualizing his art work,in this case art work is already here. The awesome magical collector’s piece the N9

  4. EyeBeeKay,

    Perhaps Timi’s use of the word “Decadence” has more to do with the following definition of the word?

    dec·a·dence – unrestrained or excessive self-indulgence

  5. This article is poetic. I can feel it. Anyway lets see its implementations on the devices.Though wp7.5 mango is good but it could be better with an n9 swipe gestures.

  6. dec·a·dence Noun

    1. Moral or cultural decline, esp. after a peak of achievement .

    2. Behavior reflecting such a decline

    decadence
    ? noun
    1 the decadence of modern society: DISSIPATION, degeneracy, debauchery, corruption, depravity, vice, sin, moral decay, immorality; immoderateness, intemperance, licentiousness, self-indulgence, hedonism.
    2 the decadence of nations: DECLINE, fall, decay, degeneration, deterioration, degradation, retrogression.
    —OPPOSITES morality, rise.

    Yomi, you have a point there.I must however insist that ‘decadence’ is generally used in a disparaging or negative way..

    To be safe I would use an unambiguous word like ‘abundance’ or ‘surperfluity’….

  7. Sorry about the mixup in my previous comment.
    It would be great if it were possible to UNDO a comment..

    Strange and embarrassing things happen with autocorrect and small screen size..

  8. I think Timi’s use of decadence here could be to highlight Nokia’s downturn from being innovative and a pacesetter to a copycat.

    But hey, I think Nokia is copying and integrating just fine. If you can’t innovate, then copy the hell out of the leaders and make sure you stay alive. This is what Nokia should have done a long time ago.

    What I think is that they want to see if any company is suing them for copying and if not, they will suddenly change their plan and continue their business with Meego.

  9. Harry,

    In linguistics, where there are several possible meanings of a term, the way to tell what is being said is to look at the context in which the term is used I.e. How it is used. Here is the context of use:

    The N9 display is surrounded in black aluminum shell 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 competitor

    You may want to re-examine what you think the writer means. It is clear what he means. He means that there is nothing like the N9 from any of Nokia’s competitors.

  10. Now, Harry never ceases to wow me. In additiono go being gifted with ‘hearing’ people ‘think’, he is also trying to be an etymologist too! Impressive!

    (don’t blame me- i just can not resist pulling this goy’s legs!)

  11. Now a little dissection of the eulogy you quoted here. I guess this author is out to create a little bit of distortion of facts here. Hear him:

    The N9 display is surrounded in black
    aluminum shell thats soft to the touch, firm in
    construction and compliments the display well due
    to its matte finish.

    If he truly handled the device, then he hardly can be relied upon to give a fair judgment. He even acknowledged this at the end of the blog with this:

    Disclaimer: I wrote this article injecting a bit of fun.
    Apologies in advance if it was overly dramatic. But
    most of all I hope you enjoyed it. I wanted to write
    something special.

    He wanted to write something special irrespective of how inaccurate it is.

  12. How is it difficult to understand that a guy wanted to write something special after experiencing a special device? That doesn’t sound like an admission of inaccuracy. He simply admitted his style of writing. Poetic style of writing is dramatic, but that doesn’t mean it is misleading or inaccurate. SMH.

    And yes; finally, you got to what you do quite well: casting aspersions on others’ credibility. We’ve seen you do quite a lot of that here over time 🙂

  13. OK sorry. I thought you would have picked the inaccuracy there. Now reread this:

    Now a little dissection of the eulogy you quoted here. I guess this author is out to create a little bit of distortion of facts here. Hear him:

    The N9 display is surrounded in black
    aluminum shell thats soft to the touch, firm in
    construction and compliments the display well due
    to its matte finish.

    This device as we know is made of plastic and not aluminum. And I want to believe he is capable of differentiating between aluminum and plastic. If he truly handled the device, then he hardly can be relied upon to give a fair judgment. He even acknowledged this at the end of the blog with this:

    Disclaimer: I wrote this article injecting a bit of fun.
    Apologies in advance if it was overly dramatic. But
    most of all I hope you enjoyed it. I wanted to write
    something special.

    He wanted to write something special irrespective of how inaccurate it is. If poetry allows this level of distortion then it would be difficult to tell what holds in the entire article.

  14. Harry, I saw that reference to Aluminium too. However, I won’t attach much weight to it, as I have been fooled too in the past by well crafted plastic that felt like metal. I wasn’t the first, and I assure you that he won’t be the last.

    That error is not a factor in his writing style. They are two separate things. Do not cast aspersion on his reliability based on that. I have handled the N9 – heck, I can’t stop handling, fondling, and caressing it – and his description of the feelings that the N9 evoke are sound.

  15. “The N9 display is surrounded in black aluminum shell thats soft to the touch, firm in construction and compliments the display well due to its matte finish.”

    I want to go with the Harry Echemco way. I think that the point he made here and his conclusions from it are valid! A seasoned Tech Reviewer like Timi shouldn’t make such obvious mistake, whatever the reason. He should research his article properly before publishing. And even his disclaimer published above kind of absolves him of all blame.

    Which Tech site publishes a review, whether poetical or not and add a postscript disclaimer? The Engadget’s review of the Galaxy tab 10.5 & iPad 2 was full of superfluous praises too with no disclaimer!

    Folks, let’s see Harry’s view of this event. He was observant enough. And it makes sense too!

  16. You guys should lay off him. He has updated his original post to remove the reference to aluminium and also apologised in a comment to say it felt different in his hands.

    None of that changes the validity of his impressions of the device. Other reviewers have used even more flowing language to describe the N9.

    What’s important is that his impressions of the N9 are valid. Till date, there is not one reviewer who has not been wowed by this device.

    I am compiling excerpts from different reviewers globally into an article in tribute of the N9.

  17. Afewgoodmen,

    You speak of a seasoned reviewer like Timi not making such mistakes. Please, spare us. Everyone makes mistakes.

    I do. Even you as a medical doctor too do. Your idol, Steve Jobs, did. Google has. Nokia has. You have made a number of gaffes yourself on this blog. We all do. That’s why we are human.

    It’s no good trying to make a mountain of this. Like I said, I have been fooled too in the past by high quality plastic feeling like metal.

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