After you’ve used a Nokia N9 for as long as I have, which is roughly a year (or slightly less), the iPhone feels like a step back. First off, you can use a Nokia N9 with just the gorilla-glass touchscreen. It does not have a home button and once you’ve used an all-touch interface, the idea of a home button simply feels primitive. The use of gestures on the Nokia N9, which is powered by Harmattan/Meego, initially takes some getting used to if you are an iPhone user because apart from the pinch-and-zoom and slide-to-scroll that the iPhone boasts, there isn’t much in the way of gestures that the iPhone does. The Nokia N9 lets you switch between applications, minimize applications, and close applications with gestures.
The Nokia N9 also integrates Skype and GoogleTalk contacts into its phonebook, so you do not really feel like you have to keep two different applications running in the background. There is a unified interface for instant messaging as well, and support for video chat through Google is another plus. The one thing the Nokia N9 is missing is video chat through Skype. If you can have a video chat through GoogleTalk, who would expect that the developers would leave out video chat through Skype?
An overall impression for the Nokia N9 user is that the N9 is a device that will simply last. The Corning Gorilla glass lives up to its promise of no scratches despite having the device battle it out with coins and key chains in the pocket. Harmattan and Meego may have been abandoned by Nokia in favor of Windows Mobile, but those software does not feel outdated yet and could perhaps last another year of innovation by its competitors. All in all, Nokia N9 users have the best that the industry has yet to offer.