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100 days with the Nokia 9 PureView: on the right track, but with the wrong gear

An iconic design worthy of the brand

Nokia 9 PureView may not be the most revolutionary design device on the market, but it is impeccably manufactured. My colleague David, who tried it as soon as he came to the newsroom, admitted that he had accidentally dropped it, but the device resisted very well despite being made of glass.

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The seal of the blow is practically invisible. / AndroidPIT

The metal frame is easy to grip and thanks to the curvature of the rear glass, the smartphone fits perfectly. The front glass that protects the screen is completely flat (not even 2.5D) and, although it is not as chic as the curved screens of the P30 Pro or the S10 +, it guarantees to avoid any accidental contact. The lower frame below the screen is pronounced, but secures the symmetry with the upper edge where we find the entrance of the headset, the various sensors, the camera for the selfie and the Nokia logo.

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The fact that the cameras do not stand out is fantastic. / AndroidPIT

Really noticeable is the lack of any bulge for the rear cameras, except for the LED flash frame that can be perceived by running your finger through the back of the slippery smooth glass. Tip: Do not leave the Nokia 9 PureView on a smooth surface with which you are not familiar. A good connoisseur, few words are enough.

Android One is the right choice, or almost …

Nokia's decision to use Android One on its smartphones is certainly worth it on its low or medium range devices. But with this high-end, does it really have any benefit? Well, certainly finding a version of Android stock helps a lot and the absence of any third-party application is a joy. The only two applications installed that are not produced by Google are My Phone (HMD support and service center) and the Camera application. Lightroom is on your smartphone to help you edit RAW photos captured by Nokia 9 PureView, but you can choose whether or not to start it.

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Android One is a good option, but some additions to the Oxygen OS style will be fine. / AndroidPIT

However, Android One is really empty and in this Nokia not find any exclusive software function that can distinguish it from among many devices on the market. Someone can contradict me by saying that being simple is exactly your distinguishing point …

Forget the biometer

Very few words will be needed for you to understand this great problem of Nokia 9. Facial recognition takes a second (an infinite when compared to the competition) and is ineffective if it is not in full light.

The fingerprint reader built into the screen is so slow that it is easier to press the unlock button, slide your finger up and draw a pattern. Instead of this solution, it was better to have a classic fingerprint reader on the back (where objectively there is not much space, however), on one side or even in the frame under the P20 Pro style screen.

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Good patron be your best friend with Nokia 9 PureView. / AndroidPIT
<h2>The biggest promise is also the biggest disappointment</h2>
<p>PureView: this was the brand that Finns gave to smartphones equipped with the company's most advanced camera. The Nokia 808 and Nokia Lumia 1020 are still milestones for smartphone photography and have become a legend, but the Lumia 920 (among others) was also part of the category.</p>
<p>The Nokia 9 PureView has a great responsibility on your shoulders: do not leave your ancestors wrong. Unfortunately, in 2019, competition in the world of smartphones is mainly focused on the quality of the images taken and this is not a good starting point. The competition is fierce and lethal.</p>
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Photographing with Nokia 9 PureView requires patience. Too much / AndroidPIT

The Nokia 9 has 5 12MP cameras (3 RGB and 2 BW) of the same focal length to capture as much information as possible and then process it. In this way he takes incredibly detailed photos suitable for professional editing, or at least that was the promise made by HMD.

Actually, don't give gold everything that glitters. First, the shots are instantaneous (several photos can be taken in a quick sequence and without delay), but image processing, which takes place in the background, takes an unacceptable amount of time. The only way to enjoy taking photos with this smartphone is to rely completely on the software, taking several photos, forgetting them and reviewing them calmly later.

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My colleague David also noted the slowness of the camera in his analysis. / AndroidPIT
<p>Unfortunately, due to this incredible workload to which the processor is subjected, the smartphone heats up quickly even during the shortest photographic sessions. In addition, it is never possible to know in time whether the photo taken was successful or not before the end of the process. It has often happened to me that the camera changes the focus point at the exact moment I press the shutter button, wasting time in the process as well as a battery.</p>
<p>One of the various promises of the Nokia 9 PureView photography department, made in collaboration with Zeiss and Light, is the possibility of taking photographs that can contain very detailed depth information (up to 1024 levels) so you can adjust and change the focus a posteriori. To be honest, in some situations the results are acceptable, but in most cases the processing software makes more mistakes than the classic bokeh software we are used to.</p>
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Do you really need 5 cameras for this result? / AndroidPIT

At least the normal photos, despite the long processing time, are spectacular …. No? Let's say I'm not at all convinced. The photos are full of details but unfortunately it has often happened to me that the colors are completely wrong. Also the contrasts are practically null, resulting in flat and faded photos.

The dynamic range is not the best and the brightest points are often burned. Point in favor, the software tends to correctly expose framed subjects even at the expense of having other areas of the photo underexposed or overexposed.

Some examples

A great smartphone, despite everything

Forgive my concern for the photographic sector, but it is the only real reason why someone could think of spending the crazy figure of 600 euros (at the time of writing this article) to buy this smartphone. However, if we don't consider your biometric authentication methods, the Nokia 9 PureView is a nice smartphone to use.

The user experience is fabulous, in the style of Google Pixel, and this is a dream for Finnish brand lovers. Unfortunately, it does not seem that the price will come down soon and the recently presented Pixel 3a represents a more sensible alternative.

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Nokia is on the right track and I am looking forward to success. / AndroidPIT

Anyway, I congratulate Nokia and HMD Global for having had the courage to dare, creating a pleasant device to use and with an iconic design that will surely leave a mark. I really hope that the company does not stop imagining and make the fans of the brand dream and aspire to return to the splendor of the past.

We believe in you, Nokia!

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