linux – OneTechStop https://www.onetechstop.net Your Source For All Tech Sun, 29 Sep 2013 15:33:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 77705806 Happy 2nd Birthday, N9! https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/09/29/happy-2nd-birthday-n9/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/09/29/happy-2nd-birthday-n9/#comments Sun, 29 Sep 2013 15:33:02 +0000 http://www.nokiainnovation.com/?p=10788

    I’m two days late with this post. Two days ago, September 27th marked the two year anniversary of when Nokia began shipping the mysterious but equally compelling MeeGo-powered N9, a device that everyone knew was being born into a cold, cruel world; its parents had, months prior to its release, already abandoned it […]

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I’m two days late with this post. Two days ago, September 27th marked the two year anniversary of when Nokia began shipping the mysterious but equally compelling MeeGo-powered N9, a device that everyone knew was being born into a cold, cruel world; its parents had, months prior to its release, already abandoned it for another, unrelated non-Nokia operating system.

 

Nokia’s press release

 

“Since we announced the Nokia N9 in June this year, the feedback that it has gotten from discerning and avid smartphone users across the world has been nothing short of fantastic,” said Ilari Nurmi, Vice President of Marketing, Nokia. “With the innovations in industrial design, user interface, and the Qt developer experience, the Nokia N9 sets the bar for how natural technology can feel, and represents the first in a number of products from Nokia that will be brought to life in similar fashion.” – Nokia, 9/27/2011

 

Since that time, the N9 received three official OS updates, each bringing a variety of functionality improvements and new features, even if they were seen as almost insignificant (a musical note icon for the ‘Beep’ profile? Ooh!)

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Despite having been told to stand outside the door in the cold Finnish wind while Windows Phone got to sit by the fire and sip cocoa, MeeGo Harmattan was both popular among the geekarati and was also seen as a flash of brilliance by the tech media. But unfortunately, everyone knew that while the N9 was a sublime piece of kit, the lack of support and development of the OS meant that sooner or later it would become more obsolete in a world of fast-paced smartphones bulging with big name apps.

 

For me, none of that seemed to matter for the entire time I used the N9 as my main, daily phone. Indeed, it wasn’t until I picked up an 808 PureView over a year later that I didn’t use any other phone, even if I did have a collection of Symbian devices calling out at me from my sock drawer. The lack of apps for MeeGo problem was mostly solved by the community, and so I had 4squick for Foursquare, Tweetian for Twitter, SoundWave for Shazam, Wazapp for Whatsapp… the list goes on and on. And it still goes on, with developers still updating and maintaining their beloved N9-friendly apps.

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Some apps like Foursquare and Twitter and Facebook were native for the N9, but as Alvin Wong points out in his extraordinary, beautifully written N9 editorial recently, these native apps simply broke from neglect. Ever-changing APIs and behind-the-scenes tweaks and changes suddenly only went to the ‘Big 3’ and MeeGo (and Symbian) began to get left behind. But thanks to the amazing MeeGo community, many of these functions still remain, well, functional, and I tip my cap to all of them.

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But why did the N9 muster so much love and praise, even if it wasn’t the SGS2 of it’s year? Well to be honest, I could write a thousand words right now on the N9’s beautiful physical design, the thoughtful aesthetics within the operating system that just make sense, the way that the Swipe UI is the only UI paradigm that screams “this is how it should be done!” (and yet only BlackBerry has really taken the idea on properly in an expensive smartphone) BUT – all I will do is point you in the direction of Alvin’s post over at UnleashThePhones.com:

 

Alvin’s N9 article

 

The N9 is now two years old, and while it is not up there with the big guys, it is still an absolute pleasure to use. Sure it’s not the fastest or zippiest as you open apps, but there are unique things about it that draw you back into the interface like nothing else can.

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The N9's camera is still pretty good, with interesting built-in filters, if you like that sort of thing.
The N9’s camera is still pretty good, with interesting built-in filters, if you like that sort of thing.
Macro is always good on the N9
Macro is always good on the N9

 

Swipe, tap, done. That’s why I love it still, just so simple. No clunky homescreen button a la 2007. No cludgey multitasking screen that requires more swiping and scrolling.

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Two years later and we’re still thinking: what if? Maybe, just maybe, by the end of this year, Jolla will show us that very possibility. Shame Nokia didn’t, couldn’t, wouldn’t though.

 

Happy birthday, N9!  :^)

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Jolla pre-book Limited Edition is sold out! And sneak peeks at “Other Half” possibilites! https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/07/12/jolla-pre-book-limited-edition-is-sold-out-and-sneak-peeks-at-other-half-possibilites/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/07/12/jolla-pre-book-limited-edition-is-sold-out-and-sneak-peeks-at-other-half-possibilites/#respond Fri, 12 Jul 2013 19:06:55 +0000 http://www.nokiainnovation.com/?p=9296   The recent news with Jolla’s pre-book for the Limited edition package has ended. If you’re wondering what the Limited Edition Pre-book entails, it was an offer to not only show demand for the upcoming open sourced device running Sailfish OS but also knocks 100 euros off of the retail price when announced with limited […]

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Photo: El Pre-Order está agotado, de todas maneras pueden registrarse para sumar interés en América Latina.

Regístrense para que muy pronto podamos disfrutar de este nuevo n9 con esteroides :) que tanto hemos esperado!

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The recent news with Jolla’s pre-book for the Limited edition package has ended. If you’re wondering what the Limited Edition Pre-book entails, it was an offer to not only show demand for the upcoming open sourced device running Sailfish OS but also knocks 100 euros off of the retail price when announced with limited edition t-shirt to show your Jolla Love. Now that the pre-book offer has ended, it doesn’t mean you can’t pre-order for free! You can still go to Jolla’s Official website to pre-order with no money down to be one of the first to know the availability and also show demand for the Jolla phone where you reside. Sign up HERE and show your Jolla love and support for an upcoming Linux and Meego based resurrection that many say will sweep the world.

And one more little sweet preview for what we can expect for the “Other Half” customizable portion of the Jolla Phone, is shown over at Jolla Argentinas Facebook page displaying a much anticipated and desired hardware keyboard add-on as you can see here, the possibilities really are endless!

 

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I’m an artist and respectively, I was wrong about Windows Phone https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/06/20/im-an-artist-and-respectively-i-was-wrong-about-windows-phone/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/06/20/im-an-artist-and-respectively-i-was-wrong-about-windows-phone/#comments Thu, 20 Jun 2013 17:29:31 +0000 http://www.nokiainnovation.com/?p=9014 A few months ago  I wrote a post about how after being with Windows Phone for a while, I realized it wasn’t for me. There were many factors I took in play for this conclusion but now there’s an update to my conclusion. My choices were based off of other motives where I really wanted […]

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A few months ago  I wrote a post about how after being with Windows Phone for a while, I realized it wasn’t for me. There were many factors I took in play for this conclusion but now there’s an update to my conclusion.

My choices were based off of other motives where I really wanted the ability to try other OS’s and partially because I was getting somewhat bored. I set out to sell my Lumia 920 (which I miss now lol) and found someone who wanted one in exchange for a Nexus 4. I took the plunge and did the swap. The reason for the Nexus 4 Android device was mainly for the fact that I could run a new smartphone OS in development on it. This OS is Ubuntu Touch. Over the time I spent with Android/Ubuntu, I learned a lot and it was a fun experience as it should be when trying something else out. I wasn’t new to Android but I was new to Ubuntu Touch although it was and still is in a development preview version. Using Android was fun, and playing with Ubuntu Touch was fun as well. UT has a lot of potential in my opinion. It’s like a mini version of Ubuntu desktop on your phone. You can even run the terminal to update software etc, which is pretty impressive. Android is, well, Android. It has its pros, but many of us know it has its cons. After playing with Ubuntu/Fedora on my desktop for this time period, I wanted more “stability”. Don’t get me wrong, Linux is awesome. Ubuntu is getting more and more popular with new features that others seem interested in implementing as well. Fedora was awesome too but there was something missing for me personally. I never had any security issues with either Linux platform on my laptop. Dealing with where I should focus my development/programming priorities is very important to me as well. Summed up, I felt the urge to put Windows 8 back on my laptop. It really fits me better. There are huge benefits with using a Linux based, open sourced platform as well though. But I can always install whichever Linux platform alongside (with a much smaller partition) Windows if I ever feel the need to, so we’ll see where that goes for me in the future.

Now back to Ubuntu Touch. They have a long way to go still. The OS and its functionality is very unique. The UI and the UX (hopefully I correctly understand the differences by now lol) are reminiscent of the desktop Unity format but there are still missing points to me. It just feels empty. This could be because it’s still being worked on, but as videos and demos show a more finalized version of it, it still doesn’t appeal to me. So after flashing Ubuntu Touch onto my Nexus 4 about 3-4 times, I decided to move elsewhere. I played with and learned about Firefox OS, which my favorite feature is the impressive fact that the entire phone OS is built off of the web with HTML5. Everything from the settings of the phone to the web apps. This is going to be great for those in other countries where it’s hard to find affordable smartphones, also since Firefox OS phones are planned to be very, very affordable. There are drops in the Firefox OS world of apps though. Yes, they’re just web apps and that is awesome but they are also laggy, unresponsive at times and for the most part, you need an internet connection for them to function at all. I wish them both the best of success.

I started to look more into Jolla’s mission with Sailfish OS, which is truly unlike anything I’ve ever seen. More appealing to the eye and very simple to use. I was looking to get a Nokia N9 to play with MeeGo, which I have heard from my fellow-writers here at Nokia Innovation, it’s a legend. The MeeGo smartphone OS is the forefather of the upcoming Sailfish OS. They have a lot of similarities, except it looks to me that Sailfish is just more polished.

I had the opportunity to either get a Nokia N9 for $175 in great condition or a Nokia Lumia 521 for $130. My family and I are in a real bind right now, being unemployed with two children so you gotta do what you gotta do, so I went with the Lumia 521, with no real desire to come back to Windows Phone. I met the guy and talked him down to $100 due to other deals online and ever since I’ve had that phone in my hand, I’m happy. Aside from the awesome Windows Phone/Windows/Nokia community worldwide, this device in itself is perfect for me right now.

First things first, I had to learn that no phone will be ultimately perfect, ever.

Each OS and Manufacturer will have their cons, but what matters is how much the pros add up, for you. They each have their pros as well, obviously.

This Lumia 521 is the best device and Windows Phone you can buy for that price tag to get the most out of. I had a Lumia 810, Lumia 820, Lumia 822 and Lumia 920 and this little Lumia 521 can work just as hard. Pictures come out beautiful outside in the light, since it doesn’t have flash for the camera. It also doesn’t have a front facing camera, but 99% of the time, I never used a front camera. It has a 5 MP camera but still has Nokia’s camera technology built in (though it’s not Carl Zeiss). Like I said, pictures come out great, videos even better, music is crisp and loud, I have a lot of apps downloaded that I use and still have enough space left.

Simply put, Windows Phone and Windows is a breath of fresh air again, especially WP8 since I use a smartphone for most of my work etc. I was tired of having to constantly kill background tasks with Android among other issues. The battery on this Lumia 521 honestly lasts much longer than my Nexus 4. Windows Phone is simple, clean, effective and though it’s still young, it has come far and I’m sure has a bright future. So I’m excited to get back on the ship and continue my learning of Windows Phone development, Windows 8 development and might work on Sailfish OS development too in the future.

I’d like to thank all of my friends on twitter, Nokia Employees/Ambassadors/Devs/Fans and WinPhans etc, for all of their help, support and love for the welcome back! Let’s do this!!

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