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An Introduction To The Software On The Stylish Nokia N9

The Nokia N9 is arguably the most stylish handset in the company's current line-up. In this article I will look at the user interface of the MeeGo Harmattan 1.2 operating system found on the device.

When the phone is on standby mode, only a clock is shown. The clock is in white, and this really shows off the difference that the ClearBlack display makes, as it actually looks like the phone is turned off, but is displaying black colour rendering in as true a tone as possible. When the phone is locked, you will also be alerted to unread SMS and email messages as well as missed calls with appropriate icons displaying the number of notifications. To unlock the screen, simply push the power button once, or double tap the screen.

When you unlock the screen, you can slide the interface upwards to display a set of four frequently used apps at the bottom of the screen similar to the Active Lockscreen on Android phones like the HTC Sensation. These can be customised to the user's preference, and makes it quick and easy to get to the apps you need. Alternatively, you can slide the interface to the right, where the homescreen will then be revealed. There are actually 3 homescreens. The first is a notifications screen, which will update you to any missed calls, SMS or email messages as well as Facebook and Twitter notifications. This is handy as it gives you an overview of your notifications before you go on to other tasks allowing you to stay on top of your notifications. The second homescreen is the app grid, which displays all applications currently installed on the phone. This is similar in appearance to the layout of the interface of the iOS platform in iPhone models, although the app icons have a more rounded appearance rather than the familiar squares of iPhone apps.

When you open an app by touching the onscreen icon, you have the option to slide the interface of the app in any direction, and it will keep the app open in the background, and allow you to perform other tasks. This brings me neatly onto the third and final homescreen of the Nokia N9 interface. This is the multitasking screen, which displays all open apps, which remain active when all viewed at once. To reopen an app from this point you can simply tap it and it will appear in full screen form once again. The number of open apps is limited only by memory, so 5-10 apps should be able to run comfortably before any lag kicks in or the 1 GHZ single core processor begins to struggle.

Although relatively unknown in the smartphone world, MeeGo Harmattan v1.2 offers an extremely user friendly interface. The Nokia N9 does a rather good job of showcasing this software, as many will be drawn to this handset due to features like its great styling, screen and 8 megapixel camera.

The Nokia N9 is available now in the UK in both black and blue versions on SIM free deals. This means users can insert the appropriate SIM card based on their network and tariff of their choice.

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