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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Here’s a video of the Nokia N9 being dissembled. Everything is in Russian so we don’t understand a single word the dude is saying but we can see that despite being fashioned out of a single polycarbonate unibody, Nokia made the N9 easy enough to take apart — unlike the heavily glued together iPhone (iPad and iPod).
With the right tools, we reckon that any technically inclined person can take apart the N9 with ease. This video also shows that replacing the battery or the screen of the N9 is — to an extent — user serviceable.
Yesterday Nokia has revealed its Windows Phone 7 line up with the Lumia 800 dubbed as the first real Windows Phone. Despite close collaboration with Microsoft, there isn’t any significant Nokia-exclusive features except for a couple of apps such as Nokia Drive and MixRadio.
So how does it compare spec by spec with HTC? We’ve compiled a comparison above against Nokia’s latest Lumias & N9 for reference. Earlier last month, they have announced the HTC Radar and Titan. The HTC Radar is currently available in Malaysia for RM1,399.
Tentatively it looks like Nokia is giving a pass on Malaysia for the latest Lumia devices which will make its Asian debut in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore at the end of this year. So if you’re planning to get one, you might have to wait until early 2012. The estimated pricing is about RM1117 for the Lumia 710 and RM1830 for the Lumia 800 before shipping and taxes.
If you are planning to get a Windows Phone 7 Mango smart phone, would you wait for Nokia?
Don’t forget to check out our previous Smart Phone comparison.
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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.
Nokia has released a video showing how the Nokia N9 is being produced at the factory lines. It starts with cutting of its polycarbonate body and ends up being packaged in Nokia’s signature blue box.
We’re wondering if the video is shot using the Nokia N9 itself. Some parts does look like it.
If you want to see the whole thing, check the official product pics that were leaked earlier.
Updated with video from MyNokiaBlog without lengthy intro.
The video above was recorded by TheNextWeb and their intro video occupies almost 80% of the entire clip. Don’t blink after 0:12.
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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.
Here are the first official pictures of the Nokia 800 (aka Sea Ray), one of the first Nokia Windows Phone devices soon to be launched.
The 800 adopts an identical design language to the Nokia N9 with a tough polycarbonate body, curve glass screen and a 3.7-inch AMOLED Clear Black Display. Being a Windows Phone device, the Nokia 800 brings with it the obligatory trio of capacitive navigation buttons as opposed to the button-less design on the N9.
Specs include a 1.4GHz processor, 16GB of storage, an 8MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics and a 1,540 mAh battery
The 800 is expected to be unveiled at Nokia World 2011 happening next week in London. We’ll keep you posted on any developments till then.
One more picture after the jump.
Update: See how the camera on the iPhone 4S compares with the one on the Xperia arc here.
We have assembled for you here a collection of pictures taken using the Nokia N9 and the iPhone 4S. Both shooters feature 8MP sensors and high-end optics. Nokia wowed us before with the epic 12MP sensor on the N8, will the N9 repeat the same success?
Based on the sample pictures that you will see after the jump, the answer is a disappointing no.
In every situation, the iPhone 4S outperforms the Nokia N9, especially in the sharpness and colour reproduction departments. The iPhones shooter is also better at capturing details.
The Nokia N9 performs better in certain low-light and high-contrast conditions but generally the iPhone 4S is better overall.
Some may argue that the iPhone 4S over-saturates colours, while this is true, the result is a generally more rich picture overall, and most can live with that trade-off.
What do you think?