The Nokia N900 was the last truly great smartphone release by the Finnish communications corporation. In may 2010 it was announced that the device would be the last one to use the Maemo 5 operating system. This platform is to be replaced by Meego and after over a year of waiting we now have details of the new Nokia N9, the first phone to sport this long awaited system. Obviously the new N9 outshines the N900 in many areas but exactly what are the differences and will this new device follow on from the success enjoyed by the older handset?
Upon handling both of these handsets the most noticable difference is in the overall weight of the phones. The N900 weighed in at a rather large 181 grammes whilst the new N9 shaves nearly 50 grammes of that figure in order to compete with the modern lightweight devices that are currently available. It is not only in this area where the new phone has made some reductions as the depth of the phone has also undergone a dramatic change. The N900 measured a rather chunky 18mm in depth but did offer the advantage of a physical keypad which is lacking on the new N9. Such is the quality of the modern virtual keypad however one could argue that this facility is not necessary and many people would take the slim 12.1mm depth of the new phone over the chunkier dimensions of the older phone complete with its keypad.
When we look at the screen technology incorporated in both models the Nokia N9proves far superior as you would expect. The N900 uses a 3.5 inch resistive touchscreen rather than the capacitive panel that is is used on the N9. Capacitive technology gives much more responsive control whilst not relying on pressure being placed on the screen. It was for this reason that many resistive panels came supplied with a stylus to help more precise navigation. The N900 was ahead of its time in terms of screen quality and displayed images at a high resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. On the Nokia N9 the resolution is suitably increased to 480 x 854 along with a 0.4 inch increase in screen size. The most notable difference between the two displays however is the use of AMOLED on the newer model which offers not only wafer thin properties but also incredible clarity on all manner of material.
The Nokia N9 illustrates just how far mobile phones have come in two years. The N900 was a superb handset but times change and what we are offered on the N9 beats it in almost every department. The Nokia N9 looks set to follow in the footsteps of the N900 and prove a huge hit with both consumers and industry experts.
The Nokia N9 is coming soon and the White Samsung Galaxy S2 is available now.