How the Nokia N9 differs from its predecessor, the N8

Veteran mobile phone maker Nokia looks set to tackle the smartphone mass market this summer with the highly anticipated launch of its long-awaited N9 phone. This new model not only looks really amazing, but also a new operating system in the form of the Meego platform that has been developed in partnership with Intel. The N9 is the successor to the popular N8 phone, but what differences can we expect from this long-awaited new model?

As you’d expect on any new model, the Nokia N9’s display has undergone some work and outshines what the N8 offered us. Nokia has decided to offer us an unusual size screen with the screen of 3.9 inch phones and it fits very well between the ultra large models like the HTC Desire HD and the more medium size models like the iPhone 4 and the HTC Desire S. Incorporating Excellent AMOLED technology The display uses its high resolution of 480 x 854 to produce natural color depth as well as excellent viewing angles. The Nokia N8 also uses the same AMOLED system but offers a lower resolution of 360 x 640 pixels. If we look at these two displays in terms of what they offer in terms of pixels per square inch, the new model stands out at 238 versus 209 offered by the N8. Both phones use Gorilla Glass, which not only improves the scratch-resistant properties of the screen, but also helps prevent breakage if the phone is accidentally dropped.

Despite offering an excellent camera setup, the Nokia N9 struggles to match the N8 in this area. A lot of this has to do with the fact that Nokia really built the N8 as the ultimate full camera phone with its astonishing 12 megapixel resolution that no phone has improved upon yet. While the phone was exceptional in this department, let’s not ignore the fact that the N9 still delivers excellent results in both stills and video capture. The snapshots offer a high resolution of 8 million pixels and additional quality is offered thanks to the Carl Zeiss optics that Nokia has once again chosen to use just as it did on the N8. As you would expect from any modern smartphone, video capture offers high definition quality in the 720P standard that not only looks great on the phone screen, but also when transferred to a compatible large screen TV. The biggest problem many users had with Nokia phones was the Symbian operating system they used. This often disappointed the models, as the interface seemed dated and the platform struggled to compete with Android and iOS. Nokia has taken note of this and developed Meego, which is visually a much more attractive system and offers functionality much more in line with what we can expect from other smartphones.

The Nokia N8 was an attractive phone that offered a host of features and the N9 just raised the bar by offering improvements in most areas, but most notably in the design of the phones and the excellent new operating system that it uses.

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