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Buying an N9 - Does Sailfish work well on it?

 
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PostPosted: Wednesday, 30.Apr.2014 07:23    Post subject: Buying an N9 - Does Sailfish work well on it?   Reply with quote   

Im buying an N9 and wanted to knlw if Sailfish works well on it without any fancy tricks necessary.

I have limited needs when it comes to apps. I just need FB and Twitter integration, a good steaming music app (does deezer work?), a good world news app, Here Drive and Maps..

What you think?
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PostPosted: Wednesday, 30.Apr.2014 07:49    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

I think you'll be better off buying a BB10 phone like the Z10 rather than an N9 running Sailfish. The N9's hardware is very dated now and Sailfish is still an immature os.
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PostPosted: Wednesday, 30.Apr.2014 08:28    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

You might want to buy the N9 anyway but leave it's Meego Harmattan System on it. It might suite you well (FB integration is already on it, Twitter as well and some streaming apps are available as well). As Sailfish is not designed to run on the N9 you have to expect some things not to work on N9 with Sailfish installed (see here: https://wiki.merproject.org/wiki/Nemo/Status/Matrix)

Or as SamKB said, try a BB or maybe even the Jolla itself.
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PostPosted: Wednesday, 30.Apr.2014 17:31    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

Like naytsyrhc wrote, if you indend to buy the N9 then its 'native' MeeGo Harmattan system actually works better on it than Sailfish. Please see the link above - on N9's port of Sailfish most of sensors (including GPS) don't work, some other hardware features are also unsupported or unfinished. Also, I don't know how it looks with Sailfish OS updates - probably only one of the earlier releases has been ported to N9 so far and it will probably be updated rarely, by the community, not Jolla (this port isn't directly made or supported by Jolla). So don't expect any rapid improvements...

And like SamKB wrote, give the Blackberry Z10 a try. It has much better (faster) hardware than N9 (probably by up to several times), it became quite cheap recently, and it has incomparably more native software than both Harmattan and Sailfish combined, and on top of that a really good Android compatibility. Or try the Jolla directly (rather than N9) - Sailfish OS on it is fully functional and surely works much faster than on the N9.

Personally, if I had to choose, for the time being I'd choose the Z10. And that's actually what I did choose, as that's the phone I've been using for almost 1,5 years now.
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PostPosted: Thursday, 01.May.2014 09:08    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

Unfortunately buying a Jolla phone doesn't make much sense at this time unless you want to help the company. The hardware is mid-range but sold at high end price. There are few native apps available, no effort to promote native apps and compatibility with Android apps isn't very good now. Unique features like TOH are not taken advantage of. At the way the company is going its future survival is also in doubt.
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PostPosted: Thursday, 01.May.2014 14:26    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

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Unfortunately buying a Jolla phone doesn't make much sense at this time unless you want to help the company. The hardware is mid-range but sold at high end price. There are few native apps available, no effort to promote native apps and compatibility with Android apps isn't very good now. Unique features like TOH are not taken advantage of. At the way the company is going its future survival is also in doubt.

That's all very true...

The reason why I mentioned Jolla is because it is not clear what are Thayjeff's priorities. He wrote that he wanted to buy the N9 in order to install Sailfish OS on it. So maybe his priority is to have Sailfish OS (e.g. because of its openness), and he considers buying the N9 for that only because it is cheaper... In such case, the Jolla is a better choice because Sailfish OS on the N9 isn't fully functional, lacking support for many hardware pieces, and it is also slower. I guess that now the Jolla can be bought considerably cheaper second-hand (ebay, etc.) because I've already seen some offers in the 200-250 EUR range. Still more expensive than the N9, but not so much that it would justify getting the N9 with its much slower hardware and semi-functional Sailfish OS port...

But if Sailfish OS is not a priority for him then I recommended the BB10 (i.e. Z10, which is now probably the cheapest of all models, yet still powerful - at least considerably better than the Jolla phone and surely more powerful than majority of mid-range Android phones). BlackBerry's future actually isn't clear, either. But BB10 is a complete, finished, fully functional smartphone OS (still actively developed, with version 10.3 coming soon) that's fully usable and very powerful, and Z10's hardware is on par with todays mid-range Android phones, so even if RIM went out of smartphone business today the Z10 would remain fully usable for another year or more. And thanks to its very good Android compatibility (better than the Jolla) it could still run new Android apps, even if native applications stopped coming.
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