I have sung the praise of the Nokia N9 to high heavens, and it’s all praise that’s due this magnificent piece of work. I could go on – and I will! However, while I catch my breath, permit me to vent a bit about the few letdowns that I have found on the Nokia N9.
Yes; like all other products, the N9 is not perfect. It is just that it’s easy to go gaga when you see and use one.
No Flash Support in Web Browser
Zongs! I really love for my mobile browsers to do Flash. Symbian’s browser does it. The N900’s did it. Nokia, why? Please bring Flash support to the N9.
No Document Editor
You will be able to open and read your documents, but should you need to edit them, please forget about doing that on the N9. For a phone that costs that much, that just sounds…. unforgivable.
Few 3rd Party Apps
The MeeGo/Maemo platform won’t win any medals for availability of 3rd party apps. And there are lots missing. For example, there is no Yahoo Messenger app at the moment. A developer contacted me though to say that plugins are on the way to add such extra functionality.
Text Box Issue in Web Browser
Still investigating this, but right now, if you type in a text box such that you need to scroll through the box, there just doesn’t seem to be a way to scroll.
I have pinched, dragged, swiped, twiddled my fingers, said “Open Sesame”, and blinked twice at the box (hey; you never know!). Nada. No dice.
If this is an omission, it’s a serious usability issue in the web browser and needs to be fixed like yesterday.
No FM Radio/Transmitter
Maybe I have just been spoilt by the N8, but I miss being able to play music via my car’s FM Stereo. Not a big deal, but then…
Updated! No Camera Shutter Button
This is a big deal for me and simply limits what you can do with the camera on this baby. For example, I can’t take self-portraits anymore. A camera button helps with that.
Also, I am not so excited about how auto-focus works here. Pressing the N8’s camera button halfway focuses the lens, then pushing it all the way takes the shot. I prefer that. I have been finding it difficult to get the N9 to focus in Macro mode. A camera shutter button would have taken care of that. Why, Nokia; why?
The guys at Nokia have said that 3,500 improvements are coming in the first update shortly. Hopefully, that update might address some of the letdowns above.
In the meantime, if I find any more jiggles and shortcomings, I’ll be sure to update this page. At this point, I am going back to staring at, caressing, touching and swiping on my N9. Yes; more review articles are on the way: camera, music, video, browsing, email, Facebook, Twitter, etc, etc, etc.
Hold on to your hats, guys!