Amongst Meego fans and Stephen Elop haters in Finland there is still the delusional idea Nokia should have persisted with Meego rather than go with Windows Phone 7.
The rapid adoption by the Finnish public of the Windows Phone 7 Nokia Lumia 800 would therefore come as a shock to them. Since the launch of the handset its percentage of the browser market share has rapidly sped past the Meego-powered Nokia N9, released in September 2011, a full 4 months before the Lumia 800.
At 2.45% of browser share, Finland likely has the highest concentration of Windows Phones. With Nokia loyalty still very high there, we may still see the OS reach 5-10% market share in the next few months.
Now if only the graph of the rest of the world looked like thisâ€¦
It seems even Meego has some fans amongst retail staff, as some-one in this Swiss cellphone store decided it was a good idea to replace the WP7 Nokia Lumia 800 with the near identical, except for the interface of course, Nokia N9.
Hopefully such sabotage is not widespread, but this is certainly not the first example we have seen of Windows Phones being mislabelled.
We are about 100% certain that Nokia will announce the Nokia 800/ Nokia Searay at Nokia World on the 26th next week, but if you want a sneak peak at the hardware we will be getting, this Engadget video review of the Nokia N9 is pretty close to what we can expect.
Love at first sight — this is possibly the most beautiful phone ever made. It’s not our first hardware love affair (we’re looking at you, iPhone 4S), nor likely our last, but the N9 is in a class of its own in terms of design. You’ve never seen anything like it, and if you think it’s attractive in pictures, wait until you see it in person — it’s completely and utterly irresistible. It manages to be elegant by virtue of its minimalism yet remains unmistakably Nokia. The impeccable proportions belie the handset’s 12.1mm (0.48-inch) thickness thanks to tapered ends reminiscent of its more ornate predecessor, the N8.
While Engadget predictably prefers Meego running on the hardware, I think I know what our readers prefer, although I would love that clock being brought over to WP7 also.
Now we have a 20 min review of the Nokia N9, likely the last Meego handset, against an HTC Radar again. Unfortunately it is all in Russian, and I have no idea what the reviewers opinion is, but what I feel is clear from the video is that Windows Phone 7 provides a clearer, more consistent experience, and once again shows Nokia made the right choice by choosing Windows Phone 7.
This may help buyers from thinking the Nokia Sea Ray, which will follow the N9 to the market, will look like an old handset even before it is released. Of course this argument ignores the internet, which makes all news local instantly, but I am sure the alternative of very similar handsets side by side in the phone store would be even worse.
Also of note from Horace is that the USA appear not to be included in list of Nokia Sea Ray release countries, I am sure to the disappointment of many readers.
Of course Nokia does not have much brand equity in USA, and may initially want to concentrate on on their stronger markets like Europe.
Nokia Conversations have published an album of pictures taken with the Nokia N9â€™s 8 megapixel camera, and as expected the results look great, with great colour fidelity, high levels of detail and low noise, such that the pictures look more as if they are from a dedicated device than a phone camera.
It is expected that the same module will also show up in Nokiaâ€™s Sea Ray Windows Phone 7 handset.
The effect of having a wide-screen 16:9 sensor vs traditional 4:3.
Nokiaâ€™s official blog has written about the features of the camera in the Nokia N9, presumably the same one as will be showing up in the Nokia Sea Ray.
The camera features:
Industry-first imaging sensor which is FULLY optimised for BOTH 16:9 AND 4:3 images
Industry-leading Carl Zeiss optics
Super wide-angle optics â€“ the widest in the industry. Up to as much as 60% more viewing area than other broadly comparable devices
f/2.2 aperture â€“ largest ever in a mobile device
Extremely responsive, especially switching from stills to video and vice-versa and shot to shot
Touch AF for both video and stills
Full time continuous AF in BOTH video and stills plus face detection
HD video with stereo audio (still one of very few devices that provide high quality audio recording in video)
Seamless workflows optimised for speed or editing & sharing
Zoom in to images directly in the post capture view, edit and share all without leaving the camera â€“ the most seamless mobile imaging experience
Non-destructive editing of images â€“ go back to the original image at any time. Undo or redo edits even months later
New high power dual LED flash â€“ 20% more powerful than our previous most powerful LED flash despite its compact size
Geo tagging with place names rather than just co-ordinates
AMBR â€“ Automatic Motion Blur Reduction
Not forgetting the touch to share of images between handsets using NFC technology
Of note is that, unlike other 8 megapixel sensors, which sacrifice low light performance for pixel density, in the Nokia N9, which has a custom sensor made just for Nokia, the sensor is large, the aperture for the camera is very large, to capture more light and of course the focus is in fact very much on camera quality.
Of course Nokia innovated a lot in the camera software also, and it would be interesting to see how much of that carries over to their Windows Phone.
We all know the iPhone 5 will make the jump to 8 megapixel, and it will be great for once to have a camera on a Windows Phone that will not just have great specs, but is actually better in all aspects.