Pick up your phone, yes that one. The one that’s never more than an arm’s reach from you at all times. The one that has probably been in the bathroom with you more times than the toilet roll has. Yes, that one.
Of course, if you’re already reading this on your smartphone then I do apologise for being an idiot by choosing this intro, but I digress.
How does your smartphone feel? And no, I don’t mean this in a metaphorical out-of-body-experience sense, I mean this in a literal sense. We spend every waking moment (some sleeping) of our lives holding onto a little brick that probably weighs no more than a really heavy spoon at a posh restaurant, but most of us put little to no thought into how a device feels in the hand when deciding on a purchase. It’s all about specs and that’s rather unfortunate.
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If you’re looking for a cheap deal for smart phone on contract but don’t necessary need the latest, DiGi is offering a year end promo on selected models. The MeeGo powered Nokia N9 is being offered for FREE while the Sony Xperia S and Galaxy W are offered for only RM499. The Galaxy S II which is Samsung’s flagship of last year is offered as well at RM699.
All these devices are tied with 12 months contract of DG Smart Plan of RM68/month. Along with DiGi’s Jualan Internet promo, you’ll get 5GB data each month as well. For a period of 12 months, the total minimum subscription costs only RM816 which makes the total cost of ownership less than RM1,600. All 4 devices requires an upfront payment of RM500 which will be rebated back to your bill. The Sony Xperia S looks like a tempting buy among the lot with a 4.3″ 1280×720 resolution display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 12MP camera and 32GB of storage.
The offer is now available from their Online Store and will be available at DiGi’s centre at SoHo KL from 25th December 2012 onwards. As usual, stocks are expected to be limited and it is based on first come first served basis.
For more information, head over to DiGi.
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Apart from having Windows Phone 7 Mango on the Lumia 800 and Meego on the N9, they have different screens (3.7″ vs 3.9″), processor (1.4GHz vs 1.0GHz), weight (142g vs 135g) and NFC Support (Lumia lacks NFC). Another interesting point to note is that while both are having the same 1450mAh battery, the Lumia 800 has more talk time but lesser standby time compared to the N9.
Head after the break to see the difference or you can compare with other Nokia models here.
We got a few requests for a Nokia N9 unboxing video, and so here it is.
Bonus video after the break featuring our first impressions on the Nokia N9. The video was shot a while back, just finally had the time post it up now. Hope you like it.
In any case, the Nokia N9 is a really special device from Nokia, MeeGo looks very polished and if you can look beyond the limitations that iOS and Android users take for granted, this platform has a future. In fact we want Nokia to give it a future, it is that good.
On the N9, MeeGo has so much potential that we’re not sure if Nokia even needs Windows Phone to stay relevant in the smartphone market.
On the Nokia N9 page, the device is offered as low as RM968 with 18 months contract of Celcom Exec 250 which comes with 5GB of data. The lowest entry plan is Celcom Exec 50 + Mobile Internet Basic of RM38/month that offers the device for RM1,348 on 18 months contract.
In addition to the offer, Celcom is also offering several units for RM999 for those that registered with them. The offer read “Be the first to own it and flaunt it. Register with us before 15th October”. The conditions wasn’t clearly stated and under the T&C, it shows packages are tied with 12 months contract of BlackBerry plans. So no idea currently on what plan/contract period is tied to this RM999 offer. Great work Celcom on your fantastic website!
UPDATE: Celcom has updated the T&C, mentioning that it is tied to Celcom Exec 50 + mobile internet or Celcom Exec 250 Plan (“Package Plan”) for a period of twelve (12) months. How this works is that from 7th till 15th October, Celcom will draw a lucky winner which will get the N9 at only RM999 which is tied with a shorter period.
As N9 official sales starts today, it appears that Celcom is only selling it on 15th October onwards based on the RM999 promo page. So if you are looking to own a N9 on contract, DiGi is the only choice now.
It is now available for bundling with DiGi from as low as RM1,199 with 24 months contract with Smart Plan 68. For those looking for lower commitment, it is also bundled on Smart Plan 48 from RM1,349. While Nokia N9 is available in both 16GB and 64GB options, it seems that only 16GB is offered for bundling.
For more information, head over to DiGi N9 Smart Plan page.
Update 15092011: This article was first posted on August 4, 2011. We’re bumping it up for your easy reference.
Update 14092011: We’ve included and answered your questions on the Nokia N9 from the media launch live coverage.
Alright people, we have a date with the Nokia N9 tonight and we’d be more than happy to answer any questions that you might have about the device or about Nokia in general. So please list down all your questions in the comments below and we will try to answer all of them here.
Your questions answered after the jump.
Nokia N9 16GB – RM1,799
Nokia N9 64GB – RM2,088
There’s also a NFC enabled stereo speaker going for RM699. As comparison, the N8 was launched at RM1,690 last October.
Both DiGi & Celcom will be offering plans for the device with official availability slated for early October. This makes Malaysia among the first markets in the world to receive the N9.
For the latest updates or if you have any questions, tweet to us at @soya_cincau
Earlier on Nokia, has started a countdown timer indicating the official launch of the Nokia N9. The timer was counting down to 23rd September which we’re hopeful to see it launched in Malaysia shortly after.
Today, that timer was mysteriously removed from their site. This could mean two things. Possible delay to sort out some issues or merely to create suspense. We’re more inclined to believe that there are some teething issues that Nokia needs to address which is similar to its Nokia N8 launch last year.
Whatever it is, we will keep our fingers crossed for September.
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Nokia has just made public a countdown page for the launch of the Nokia N9. So it’s official official, in just 49 days Nokia will release what is possibly its best phone is recent memory. Yes we said it. The Nokia N9 is a splendid piece of kit in virtually all aspects. Except for the fact that the future of MeeGo is an uncertain one and based on our experience with the phone last night, it is such a waste if Nokia choose not to pursue this platform further.
Back to the story. The page is in Swedish and is probably more reflective of the launch date for Sweden and perhaps Europe but based on our conversations with Nokia reps from last night’s Nokia N9 preview, its a safe bet that you can expect the MeeGo device to be launched in Malaysia around the same time. Counting 49 days ahead from today, the launch date is on September 23, we don’t expect the Malaysian launch to be earlier than that.
Some local online pundits are saying that the Nokia N9 launch will happen in a couple of weeks, this is 50% accurate. There will be a media launch for the device in a couple of weeks but the device will only hit store shelves about a fortnight after the media launch. What is definitive is the Nokia N9 launch will happen in September.
Take it from us, if you’re a Nokia fan, you will want to wait for this phone. If you’re not a Nokia fan, do Nokia a favour and just give the a N9 try.